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 60)
Adel, Georgia U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Nationality American
Education Valdosta State University
Occupation Actor
Screenwriter
Director
Producer
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]

Career[edit]

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 and directed 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]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Trooper #1
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Cub Reporter
1991 Paris Trout Carl Bonner
Livin' Large Harmon
Bugsy David Hinton
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Detective Frank
1993 Sommersby Lawyer Webb
Needful Things Deputy Norris Ridgewick
A Perfect World Bradley
1995 Apollo 13 Jerry Bostick - FIDO White
The Net Dale
The Grass Harp Charlie Cool Jr.
1998 Goodbye Lover Rollins
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Vernon T. Waldrip
2001 The Accountant The Accountant
2002 The Badge Deputy C.B.
2003 The Missing Russell J. Wittick
2004 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 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
2011 The Last Ride Stan
Take Shelter Kyle
Hick Lloyd
Dolphin Tale Mr. Doyle
Footloose Wes Warnicker
2012 Mud Senior

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
19891991 In the Heat of the Night Timer / Jethro Puller 3 episodes
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle's father TV movie
When Will I Be Loved? Man with Basketball TV movie
1991 Night of the Hunter Ben Harper TV movie
I'll Fly Away Donny Hubbard Episode: "The Hat"
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Lee Bob TV movie
19911992 Designing Women Dwayne Dobber 2 episodes
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Les TV movie
1993 Arly Hanks Hobert Middleton TV movie
1994 Picket Fences Jeffrey Murray Episode: "Paging Doctor God"
The Stand Charlie D. Campion Miniseries; Episode: "The Plague"
Sisters Billy Episode: "Protective Measures"
Roswell Deputy Joe Pritchard TV movie
The Boys Are Back Bill Episode: "The Fishing Trip"
Matlock Wade Parsons Episode: "The Tabloid"
Scarlett Will Benteen Miniseries; 2 episodes
1995 Legend Lyle Episode: "Knee-High Noon"
The Client Lenny Barlow 3 episodes
1996 Forgotten Sins Steve Sweetler TV movie
Dead Man's Walk Long Bill Coleman Miniseries; 3 episodes
The Pretender Lawson Episode: "Flyer"
1997 Brooklyn South Gilbert Van Eggidy Episode: "A Reverend Runs Through It"
1999 NYPD Blue Ted Episode: "T'aint Misbehavin"
2001 The Practice Frank Vaughan Episode: "Suffer the Little Children"
2002 Philly Dewey Hicks Episode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"
The X-Files Mad Wayne Episode: "Improbable"
2004 Deadwood Rev. H.W. Smith 11 episodes
2008 Comanche Moon Bill Coleman Miniseries; 2 episodes
2010 Justified Mr. Duke Episode: "Blind Spot"
2011 Sons of Anarchy Lincoln Potter 11 episodes
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Proctor John 2 episodes

Director[edit]

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
20132016 Rectify "Jacob's Ladder" (season 1, episode 6), "The Source" (season 3, episode 6), "All I'm Sayin" (season 4, episode 8)

Screenwriter[edit]

Year Film Other notes
2001 The Accountant
2004 Chrystal
2006 Randy and the Mob
20132016 Rectify Creator and head writer

Producer[edit]

Year Film Other notes
2004 Chrystal
2008 I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down
20132016 Rectify Executive producer

References[edit]

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