M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Highest Rated: 100% BIT (2019)

Lowest Rated: 0% At Last (2005)

Birthday: Jun 15, 1948

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Notorious for his uncanny portrayals of jocks, rednecks, hellraisers, and good ol' boys, the rough-hewn American character actor M.C. Gainey built a career for himself as the prototypical onscreen lowlife. Gainey observed in an interview, "With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past 30 years...by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts."Born in Jackson, MS, in 1947, Gainey debuted onscreen -- effectively portraying a young police officer -- in Herbert Ross' fascinating, ambitious, and stillborn musical film version of the Dennis Potter miniseries Pennies from Heaven (alongside Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Walken). Some might call Gainey's evocation of a cop uncharacteristic, given his later turns, but at least two additional roles as a policeman followed during the '80s, in John Carpenter's Starman (1984) and Sondra Locke's ill-advised sentimental fantasy Ratboy (1986). Gainey landed a number of additional assignments through the end of that decade, but his career did not fully catch fire until the '90s, when he sustained several turns per year. Additional films during this period include 1993's Geronimo: An American Legend (as a miner), 1996's Citizen Ruth (as Harlan), 1997's Con Air (as the villain Swamp Thing), 1999's Happy, Texas (as Bob Allen), and 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (as a bouncer).In the late '90s and early 2000s, Gainey delivered two particularly memorable and dark performances that gave him instant recognition among viewers. In the first picture -- Jonathan Mostow's Breakdown (1997) -- Gainey played Earl, one of the psychopathic redneck kidnappers who torments Kurt Russell. In the second, Alexander Payne's character comedy Sideways (2004), Gainey played the unnamed husband of waitress Cammi, who chases intruder Thomas Haden Church out of his house while fully naked.Gainey found his broadest exposure to date, however, as Mr. Friendly/Tom -- seemingly the leader of the Others and as enigmatic as can be -- in the blockbuster ABC series Lost. In 2006 he began a six episode run as Bow Crowder in the popular FX crime drama series Justified, with feature roles in The Babymakers and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained following in 2012.

Highest Rated Movies



100% BIT Actor 2019
No Score Yet Shifting Gears Dirty Harry Hawkins 2018
No Score Yet Deadman Standing Hugh Anderson 2018
No Score Yet Tangled Before Ever After Captain of the Guards 2017
67% Greater Coach Ford $2M 2016
No Score Yet The Pardon Gibbs Duhon $3.4K 2013
87% Django Unchained Big John Brittle $162.9M 2012
20% Stolen Hoyt $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Haunted High (Ghost Quake) Danforth 2012
8% The Babymakers Officer Malloy $5.7K 2012
No Score Yet Leave Actor 2011
89% Tangled Captain of the Guard $200.9M 2010
13% Love Ranch Warren Stamp $0.2M 2010
6% All About Steve Norm the Truck Driver $33.9M 2009
No Score Yet Unearthed Rob Horn 2007
13% Mr. Woodcock Hal, Barber No. 1 $25.8M 2007
65% The TV Set Hutch $35K 2007
14% Wild Hogs Murdock $168.3M 2007
40% Beerfest Priest $19.1M 2006
No Score Yet Tripping Forward Interviewer 2006
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Paradise Barbosa 2006
14% The Dukes of Hazzard Rosco P. Coltrane $80.3M 2005
12% Are We There Yet? Big Al $82.4M 2005
0% At Last Earl Singleton 2005
97% Sideways Cammi's Husband $71.5M 2004
29% Club Dread Hank $4.6M 2004
69% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines Roadhouse Bouncer $150.3M 2003
77% The Cooler Highway Cop $8.2M 2003
34% Wonderland Bill Ward 2003
No Score Yet The Last Cowboy Amos Russell 2003
29% The Country Bears Roadie $16.9M 2002
7% The New Guy Clem $29M 2002
71% Run Ronnie Run! Hark Trellis 2002
No Score Yet Diary of a Sex Addict Theatre Manager 2001
No Score Yet Horse Sense Twister 1999
81% Happy, Texas Bob Maslow 1999
16% The Haunting Large Man 1999
21% Ringmaster Trucker 1998
7% Meet the Deedles Major Flower 1998
No Score Yet Last Rites Quinn 1998
55% Con Air Swamp Thing 1997
80% Breakdown Earl 1997
81% Citizen Ruth Harlan 1996
No Score Yet The Secret Agent Club Jock Dad 1996
34% The Fan Man Behind Man 1996
No Score Yet One Man's Justice Hank 1995
No Score Yet Blind Justice Bull 1994
No Score Yet New Eden Thor 1994
48% Geronimo - An American Legend Unafraid Miner 1993
62% Leap of Faith Tiny 1992
23% The Mighty Ducks Lewis 1992
No Score Yet Ulterior Motives Max 1992
No Score Yet El Diablo Bebe 1990
38% An Innocent Man Malcolm 1989
No Score Yet Spellbinder Brock 1988
No Score Yet Frank Nitti: The Enforcer Actor 1988
23% Fatal Beauty Barndollar 1987
14% Soul Man Man in Cell 1986
25% Ratboy Police Officer 1986
84% Starman Cop 1984
85% Pennies From Heaven Young Policeman 1981


81% 9-1-1
Charlie 2018
No Score Yet Speechless
Dom 2017
58% American Gothic
Al Jenkins 2016
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Pete Pete Barsocky 2015
67% Revolution
Frank Blanchard 2014
57% The Finder
Pete Steck 2012
87% Enlightened
Rick 2011
44% Happy Town
Sheriff Griffin Conroy 2010
75% Human Target
Donnelly 2010
97% Justified
Bo Crowder 2010
90% Bones
Braxton Smalls 2008
No Score Yet Cold Case
Coach Walters 2008
85% Lost
Mr. Friendly/Tom Tom Tom/Mr. Friendly Mr. Friendly 2008
72% Desperate Housewives
Claude 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Frank Maddox 2003
74% The X-Files
Bo Taylor 2001
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
Cubby 2001
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
Grag 2000
No Score Yet The Pretender
Sharpton 1998
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Smoky 1994
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Big Smith 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Luther 1993
No Score Yet Night Court
Eddie 1992
No Score Yet The Commish
Hunter 1991
No Score Yet Designing Women
Junior T. Tommy Reed 1991
No Score Yet Cheers
Irving Guest 1986
No Score Yet The A-Team
C.W. Watkins 1983
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
Peters 1982
No Score Yet Against the Law
J.T. Meigs


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Short Thug says: What's the password?

Captain of the Guard says: What?!

Short Thug says: Nope!

Captain of the Guard says: Open this door, now!

Short Thug says: Not even close!