Terry Kinney

Birthday: Jan 29, 1954
Birthplace: Not Available
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
22% Mile 22 Johnny Porter 2018
0% November Criminals Principal Karlstadt 2017
89% Abundant Acreage Available Jesse 2017
51% I Smile Back Dr. Page $50.6K 2015
52% Promised Land David Churchill $7.7M 2013
74% 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
73% Sleepers Ferguson 1996
87% Fly Away Home David Alden 1996
No Score Yet Critical Choices Lloyd 1996
88% 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
95% 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

CREDIT
89% Billions
2016
  • 2018
73% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
2017-2018
  • 2018
78% Good Behavior
2016-2017
Christian
  • 2017
  • 2016
50% NYC 22
2012
Daniel "Yoda" Dean
  • 2016
  • 2012
97% Show Me a Hero
2015
Peter Smith
  • 2015
  • 15
24% Black Box
2014
Dr. Owen Morely Owen Morely
  • 2014
97% Elementary
2012-2018
Martin Ennis
  • 2013
22% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
Dante Amato Donte Amato
  • 2012
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Gerald Kozko
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Sam Bosco
  • 2009
78% The Unusuals
2009
Sgt. Harvey Brown Harvey Brown
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
Tom Mitford
  • 2004
89% Oz
1997-2003
Director Tim McManus
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Richard Laumer
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Pepin
  • 1986
No Score Yet Elementary
Martin Ennis

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