M.C. Gainey - Rotten Tomatoes

M.C. Gainey

Highest Rated:   96% Sideways (2004)
Lowest Rated:   0% At Last (2005)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
64% Greater
  • Coach Ford
2016
88% Django Unchained
  • Big John Brittle
2012
No Score Yet The Pardon
  • Gibbs Duhon
2012
16% Stolen
  • Hoyt
2012
No Score Yet Haunted High (Ghost Quake)
  • Danforth
2012
8% The Babymakers
  • Officer Malloy
2012
No Score Yet Leave
  • Actor
2011
89% Tangled
  • Captain of the Guard
2010
12% Love Ranch
  • Warren Stamp
2010
7% All About Steve
  • Norm the Truck Driver
2009
No Score Yet Unearthed
  • Rob Horn
2007
13% Mr. Woodcock
  • Hal, Barber No. 1
2007
64% The TV Set
  • Hutch
2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Murdock
2007
41% Beerfest
  • Priest
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
2005
11% Are We There Yet?
  • Big Al
2005
0% At Last
  • Earl Singleton
2005
No Score Yet Bad Trip
  • Actor
2005
96% Sideways
  • Cammi's Husband
2004
29% Club Dread
  • Hank
2004
70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
  • Roadhouse Bouncer
2003
77% The Cooler
  • Highway Cop
2003
34% Wonderland
  • Bill Ward
2003
No Score Yet The Last Cowboy
  • Amos Russell
2003
30% The Country Bears
  • Roadie
2002
7% The New Guy
  • Clem
2002
75% 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
17% The Haunting
  • Large Man
1999
25% Ringmaster
  • Trucker
1998
4% Meet the Deedles
  • Major Flower
1998
No Score Yet Last Rites
  • Quinn
1998
54% Con Air
  • Swamp Thing
1997
80% Breakdown
  • Earl
1997
80% Citizen Ruth
  • Harlan
1996
No Score Yet The Secret Agent Club
  • Jock Dad
1996
37% 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
53% Geronimo - An American Legend
  • Unafraid Miner
1993
67% Leap of Faith
  • Tiny
1992
15% 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
81% Starman
  • Cop
1984
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Young Policeman
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Pete Pete Barsocky
79% Human Target
2010-2011
  • Donnelly
86% Enlightened
2011-2013
  • Rick
44% Happy Town
2010
  • Sheriff Griffin Conroy
57% The Finder
2012
  • Pete Steck
61% American Gothic
2016
  • Al Jenkins
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Claude
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Bo Taylor
89% Lost
2004-2010
  • Mr. Friendly/Tom Tom Tom/Mr. Friendly Mr. Friendly
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Braxton Smalls
68% Revolution
2012-2014
  • Frank Blanchard
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Sharpton
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Coach Walters
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Bo Crowder
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Frank Maddox
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Luther

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