Ray McKinnon (actor)

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Ray McKinnon
The cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards
The cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards
Born Raymond Wilkes McKinnon
(1957-11-15) November 15, 1957 (age 59)
Adel, Georgia U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Nationality American
Education Valdosta State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989-present
Known for Rectify
Spouse(s) Lisa Blount (1998-2010; her death)

Raymond "Ray" Wilkes McKinnon (born November 15, 1957)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.[2]

Early life[edit]

McKinnon was born in 1957 and grew up in Adel, Georgia, the son of Raymond McKinnon, a car dealer, and his wife Dorothy McKinnon. He attended local schools.[3]

In 1981, McKinnon graduated with a degree in theatre from Valdosta State University.[4]


McKinnon began acting and later directed. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Reverend Smith in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006, a total of three seasons and 36 episodes.[5] He is also known for his role as Lincoln Potter in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed FX show Sons of Anarchy.[6]

He founded Ginny Mule Pictures, a production company, with his wife Lisa Blount, an actress and producer, and Walton Goggins. Together the trio won the Academy Award in 2001 in the category Live Action Short Film for The Accountant, which they produced with their company.[7]

McKinnon wrote, produced, directed and played 'Snake' in the critically acclaimed 2004 film Chrystal, starring Blount and Billy Bob Thornton. The supporting cast included Goggins, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Galecki.[8]

He wrote, directed, and acted in the television series Rectify, the first original series from SundanceTV, featuring a man released from Georgia state prison after 19 years on death row, and it explores the effects on him, his family and his small town. Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden.[9] The first season was broadcast from April to May 2013, and the fourth and final season ended in December 2016.[8] The series won a Peabody Award in 2013 and its first season was critically acclaimed.

Marriage and family[edit]

In 1998 McKinnon married Lisa Blount, an actress and producer. She died on October 25, 2010.[10] He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, the hometown of Blount.[11]



Year Film Role Other notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Jethro Puller 1989–1991
Driving Miss Daisy Trooper #1
1991 Bugsy David Hinton
Designing Women Dwayne Dobber 1991–1992
1993 Sommersby Lawyer Webb
Needful Things Deputy Norris Ridgewick
1994 The Stand Charlie D. Campion TV mini-series
Matlock Wade Parsons
Roswell Deputy Joe Pritchard
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Garland Briscoe
Apollo 13 FIDO (Flight Dynamics Officer), White team
The Net Dale
1996 Dead Man's Walk Long Bill Coleman
The Pretender Lawson
1999 NYPD Blue Ted
1999 Goodbye Lover Rollins
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Vernon T. Waldrip
2001 The Practice Frank Vaughan
The Accountant The Accountant
2002 The X-Files Mad Wayne
Philly Dewey Hicks
2003 The Missing Russell J. Wittick, photographer
2004 Deadwood Rev. H.W. Smith
Chrystal Snake
2006 Come Early Morning Toby
Things That Hang from Trees Tom Wheeler Sr.
2007 Randy and The Mob Randy and Cecil Pearson
2008 Comanche Moon Bill Coleman TV mini-series
The Last Lullaby Ominous Figure
2009 That Evening Sun Lonzo Choat Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
The Blind Side Coach Burt Cotton
2010 Justified Mr. Duke Blind Spot, Season 1, Episode 7
2011 Sons of Anarchy Lincoln Potter
Dolphin Tale Mr. Doyle
Take Shelter Kyle
Footloose Wes Warnicker
2012 Mud Senior


Year Film Other notes
2001 The Accountant Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
shared with Lisa Blount
2004 Chrystal
2006 Randy and The Mob
2013 Rectify "Jacob's Ladder" (season 1, episode 6), "The Source" (season 3, episode 6), "All I'm Sayin" (season 4, episode 8)


Year Film Other notes
2001 The Accountant
2004 Chrystal
2006 Randy and the Mob
2013–2016 Rectify Creator and head writer


Year Film Other notes
2004 Chrystal
2008 I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down
2013–2016 Rectify Executive producer


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