|Born||January 29, 1954|
Lincoln, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Illinois State University|
|Occupation||Actor, theatre director|
(m. 1984; div. 1988)
(m. 1993; div. 2006)
Terry Kinney (born January 29, 1954) is an American actor and theatre director, and is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, with John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, and Jeff Perry. Kinney is best known for his role as Emerald City creator Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz.
He attended Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois, where he became friends with Jeff Perry, who took him to see a performance of Grease featuring Gary Sinise, bringing the three Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founders together for the first time.
Kinney has been involved in theatre since 1974, when he, Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In describing the company's radical usage of cinematic techniques such as accelerated time, substantial soundtracks and the rough equivalent of dissolves and bleeds, Kinney had said:
We’ve always been more influenced by cinematic techniques than stage techniques because stage techniques have been around long enough to become really boring and cliché. Our earliest influences were the films of Cassavetes, not any plays we’d seen. We always tend to score our pieces and we always tend to manipulate the audience to look where we want them to look and the way to do that is to get very tight on certain situations.
He has directed several plays (see below) and performed in several. In 1985 he performed in the Drama Desk Award winning play Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson. In 1996 Kinney played Tilden in the Sam Shepard play Buried Child directed by Gary Sinise in New York City. During a performance of Buried Child Kinney had a "terrible, horrible, screaming panic attack" and stayed offstage for several years, only returning in 2002 in a performance with Kurt Elling called Petty Delusions and Grand Obsessions. He directed Richard Greenberg's play Well Appointed Room in 2006 and Neil Labute's reasons to be pretty in 2009. In 2010 he directed another Lanford Wilson play, Fifth of July for Bay Street Theatre (July) and for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (August).
In October–November 2012 Kinney directs Checkers a new play by Douglas McGrath at the Vineyard Theatre, New York City. He's slated to direct Lyle Kessler's new play Collision in January 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Film and television
Besides his theatrical work, Kinney has done much acting, mainly for television, starting in 1986 with an appearance in Miami Vice. In 1987, he starred as Pastor Tom Bird in the CBS miniseries Murder Ordained opposite JoBeth Williams. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the idealistic unit manager Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz.
In 1995, Kinney co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones in an adaptation of an Elmer Kelton western novel titled The Good Old Boys. Tommy Lee Jones directed this made-for-TV movie which also co-starred Sissy Spacek, Matt Damon, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley and retired Texas Ranger H. Joaquin Jackson.
Kinney also directed two episodes of Oz, "Cruel and Unusual Punishments" in 1999 and "Wheel of Fortune" in 2002. Explaining the experience, he said, "it was great training for shooting on a limited budget, on a time crunch."
His film work includes a role in the 1988 film Miles from Home, which featured many cast members of Steppenwolf and was directed by Sinise. In 1995, he played mayoral candidate Todd Carter in Carl Franklin's film Devil in a Blue Dress. In 1996, Kinney played a comedic role as Uncle David in the coming-of-age drama, Fly Away Home. In 1999, Kinney played the lead in the indie film, The Young Girl and the Monsoon, about Hank, a 39-year-old photo-journalist dealing with a demanding job and a growing daughter. In 2001, he played the estranged father of the protagonist, Sara Johnson (Julia Stiles), in the film Save the Last Dance.
In 2006 Kinney directed a short film (18 minutes) called Kubuku Rides (This Is It), which portrays the effects of drug addiction of a mother as seen by her young son. The film is based on the short story by Larry Brown. It is the first film produced by Steppenwolf Films. In 2008, he directed Diminished Capacity, a feature film with a big Steppenwolf presence, based on the Sherwood Kiraly novel of that name.
For television, in 2008, Kinney was Deputy Attorney General Zach Williams in Canterbury's Law, a short-lived Fox series. In 2009, he played Sergeant Harvey Brown in the ABC series, The Unusuals, and in the same year he had a recurring role as Special Agent Sam Bosco on the hit CBS series, The Mentalist.
2010 saw a pilot for a CBS drama called The Line, starring Dylan Walsh as ATF Agent Donovan with Kinney as a complex criminal, Alex Gunderson, that Donovan is hunting. The series was to be based on a novel by Robert Gregory Browne called "Kiss Her Goodbye". (Browne said that the show was tentatively called "ATF".) In 2011 Kinney had a recurring role in the North American adaptation of Being Human as Heggemann, an 1,100-year-old Dutch vampire. In April 2012 he starred in the CBS police procedural drama NYC 22 as Field Training Officer Daniel "Yoda" Dean. However, after four episodes NYC 22 was axed. Kinney also guest starred as Salvatore Amato, a member of a Chicago crime family, in the new Fox drama The Mob Doctor premiering in September 2012.
From 1984 to 1988, Kinney was married to Elizabeth Perkins. From 1993 to 2005, he was married to his Oz co-star Kathryn Erbe, with whom he has a daughter, Maeve (b. 1995), and a son, Carson (b. 2003).
Theater directing credits
|1985||Seven Minutes in Heaven||Bill the Photographer||Film|
|1986||Miami Vice||Asst. State Atty. William Pepin||TV series|
|No Mercy||Paul Deveneux||Film|
|1987||A Walk on the Moon||Lew Ellis||Film|
|Murder Ordained||Pastor Tom Bird||TV film|
|thirtysomething||Steve Woodman||TV series (7 episodes, 1987–1989)|
|1988||Miles from Home||Mark||Film|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||(unnamed)||TV film|
|Law & Order||Clifford Chester||TV series|
|The Grapes of Wrath||Reverend Jim Casey||Teleplay|
|Talent for the Game||Gil Lawrence||Film|
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||John Cameron||Film|
|Deadly Matrimony||Jim Mihkalik||TV mini-series|
|1993||Body Snatchers||Steve Malone||Film|
|The Firm||Lamar Quinn||Film|
|JFK: Reckless Youth||Joseph P. Kennedy||TV film|
|1995||The Good Old Boys||Walter Calloway||TV film (dir: Tommy Lee Jones)|
|Devil in a Blue Dress||Todd Carter||Film|
|1996||Fly Away Home||David Alden||Film|
|Critical Choices||Lloyd||TV series|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||Richard Laumer||TV series|
|1997||George Wallace||Billy Watson||TV film (dir: John Frankenheimer)|
|Oz||Emerald City Unit Manager Tim McManus||TV series (six seasons)|
|Don't Look Down||Dr. Paul Sadowski||TV film (dir: Wes Craven)|
|1999||Oxygen||Captain Tim Foster||Film|
|That Championship Season||James Daly||TV film|
|The Young Girl and the Monsoon||Hank (main character)||Film (with Ellen Muth)|
|2000||The House of Mirth||George Dorset||Film|
|2001||Save the Last Dance||Roy Johnson||Film|
|Midwives||Rand Danforth||TV film|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Dennis Shepard||Film|
|2003||House Hunting||Hogue||Short film|
|2004||Focus Group||Bob Sadler||Short film|
|CSI: NY||District Attorney Tom Mitford||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2005||The Game of Their Lives||The journalist, Dent McSkimming||Film|
|Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution||Detective Neil O'Hara||TV film|
|2006||Kidnapped||James Sullivan||TV series|
|2007||Turn the River||Markus||Film|
|Wainy Days||Marvin||Internet series (5 min episodes), 1 episode|
|Queens Supreme||Andrew Grigg||TV series (1 episode)|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Deputy Attorney General Zach Williams||TV series (main cast)|
|2009||The Unusuals||Sergeant Harvey Brown||TV series (main cast)|
|The Mentalist||Special Agent Sam Bosco||TV series (recurring role)|
|2010||The Good Wife||Gerald Kozko (Risk assessor)||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2011||Being Human||Heggemann||TV series (recurring role)|
|2012||NYC 22||Daniel "Yoda" Dean||TV series (main cast)|
|Promised Land||David Churchill||Film|
|The Mob Doctor||Dante Amato||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2013||Elementary||Howard Ennis||TV series (one episode)|
|2014||Black Box||Dr. Owen Morely||Series regular|
|2015||Show Me a Hero||Peter Smith||TV miniseries|
|Fargo||Chief Gibson||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2016||Good Behavior||Christian||Series regular|
|Billions||Hall||TV Series (recurring role)|
|2017||Abundant Acreage Available||Jesse Ledbetter||Film|
|November Criminals||Principal Karlstadt||Film|
|2018||Mile 22||Johnny Porter||Film|
|2019||Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile||Mike Fisher||Film|
|2021||The Little Things||Captain Farris||Film|
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- Gholson, Craig.  BOMB Magazine Spring, 1989. Retrieved May 15th, 2013.
- Hayford, Justin (July 11, 2002). "Petty Delusions and Grand Obsessions". Chicago Reader. Alison Draper/Sun-Times Media Group. Chicagoreader.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- Jones, Kenneth (June 21, 2012). "New Works by Rajiv Joseph, Jenny Schwartz and Doug McGrath Will Cling to Vineyard's Vine in 2012-13". Playbill. Philip S. Birsh. Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- Bacalzo, Dan (June 29, 2012). "Terry Kinney to Direct Amoralists Production of Lyle Kessler's Collision". Theatermania.com. TheaterMania.com, Inc. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
- Kinney was talking about his preparation for directing Diminished Capacity, reported at indieWIRE.
- See Browne's Facebook page.
- Abrams, Natalie (17 July 2012). "Fox's Mob Doctor Snags Fringe, Oz Alums for Recurring Gigs". TV Guide. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2013-09-26). "Terry Kinney Joins 'Black Box', Robin Weigert In 'Trending Down' & 'Chicago PD', Annabelle Stephenson Boards 'Revenge'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26.