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Terry Kinney

Highest Rated:   94% The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% November Criminals (2017)
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Some actors have such defining traits that they seem to have "leading man" written all over them, while others, like Terry Kinney, succeed with an uncanny ability to drastically alter their appearance at the drop of a hat. Though his chameleon-like skills have helped the actor land numerous roles on the stage and screen, it's his talent that ultimately formed the backbone of his enduring career. After graduating from high school, the Lincoln, IL, native attended Illinois State University. It was there that he befriended aspiring actor Jeff Perry, who invited Kinney to Chicago to watch his best friend perform in a stage production of Grease. Perry's friend was an ambitious young actor named Gary Sinise, and the three soon began planning to open their own regional theater. Though it was founded in 1974, the Steppenwolf Theater wouldn't quite get off the ground until two years later -- when Kinney and Perry graduated from I.S.U. The venture was largely unprofitable at first, so its founders supported themselves and their dream through a series of odd jobs before the theater moved from a Highland Park church basement to the old St. Nicholas Theater building in the early '80s. The change of scenery proved to be just what the theater needed to flourish, and it was soon drawing good crowds. In the years that followed, the company moved once again -- this time to a permanent location in Chicago -- and Kinney served as Steppenwolf's artistic co-director alongside Sinise. During this profitable period, Kinney and his co-founders were nominated for numerous theatrical awards, while their productions made headway on Broadway. Kinney, of course, had aspirations beyond regional theater, and, in 1986, made his film debut with a small part in the romantic comedy Seven Minutes in Heaven. The remainder of the '80s found the actor landing bit parts in No Mercy (1986) and Sinise's Miles From Home (1988), in addition to a brief stint on television with thirtysomething. It wasn't until the following decade, however, that his film career truly began to blossom. Following an appearance in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Kinney drew favorable reviews for his top-billed turn in Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers, and his billing remained high with The Firm (1993), Fly Away Home (1996), and Sleepers (1998). In 1997, Kinney landed an extended gig on the acclaimed HBO prison drama Oz. Cast as Cell Block Five Unit Manager Tim McManus, Kinney's hardened performance lent the show both dimension and a certain foundation. Kinney frequently balanced his role on this series with a number of feature performances, including such films as The Young Girl and the Monsoon (1999, his second lead), Luminous Motion (1998), and The House of Mirth (2000). Although the bulk of his work in Save the Last Dance (2001) ended up on the cutting room floor, audiences could still get a good look at Kinney in such features as The Laramie Project (2001) and the 2004 soccer drama The Game of Their Lives.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% November Criminals
  • Principal Karlstadt
2017
87% Abundant Acreage Available
  • Jesse
2017
52% I Smile Back
  • Dr. Page
$50.6k 2015
51% Promised Land
  • David Churchill
$7.7M 2013
75% The Last Rites of Joe May
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Runaway (Runaway Boys)
  • Dr. Mazim
2009
35% Diminished Capacity
  • Director
2008
60% Turn the River
  • Markus
2008
26% Le match de leur vie
  • Dent McSkimming
$0.4M 2005
78% With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown vs. Board
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet House Hunting
  • Actor
2003
92% The Laramie Project
  • Dennis Shepard
2002
53% The Young Girl and the Monsoon
  • Hank
2001
53% Save the Last Dance
  • Roy
$90.7M 2001
81% The House of Mirth
  • George Dorset
2000
50% Luminous Motion
  • Pedro
2000
77% Oxygen
  • Tim
1999
No Score Yet Don't Look Down
  • Dr. Paul Sadowski
1998
No Score Yet George Wallace
  • Billy Watson
1997
74% Sleepers
  • Ferguson
1996
86% Fly Away Home
  • David Alden
1996
No Score Yet Critical Choices
  • Lloyd
1996
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Todd Carter
1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys
  • Walter Calloway
1995
No Score Yet JFK: Reckless Youth
  • Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
1993
75% The Firm
  • Lamar Quinn
1993
71% Body Snatchers
  • Steve Malone
1993
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • John Cameron
1992
No Score Yet Deadly Matrimony
  • Jim Mihkalik
1992
38% Queens Logic
  • Jeremy
1991
No Score Yet Talent for the Game
  • Gil
1991
60% Miles from Home
  • Mark
1988
No Score Yet Murder Ordained
  • Pastor Tom Bird
1987
21% No Mercy
  • Paul Deveneux
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
76% Good Behavior
2016
  • Christian
  • 2017
  • 2016
47% NYC 22
2012
  • Daniel "Yoda" Dean
  • 2016
  • 2012
97% Show Me a Hero
2015
  • Peter Smith
  • 2015
  • 15
25% Black Box
2014
  • Dr. Owen Morely Owen Morely
  • 2014
95% Elementary
2012
  • Martin Ennis
  • 2013
23% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
  • Dante Amato Donte Amato
  • 2012
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Gerald Kozko
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Sam Bosco
  • 2009
76% The Unusuals
2009
  • Sgt. Harvey Brown Harvey Brown
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Tom Mitford
  • 2004
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Tim McManus
  • Director
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • Richard Laumer
  • 1996
No Score Yet Elementary
  • Martin Ennis

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