M. C. Gainey

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Michael Connor Gainey

(1948-01-18) January 18, 1948 (age 71)
Other namesM.C. Gainey, Mike Connor Gainey, Michael Connor Gainey
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1954–present
Spouse(s)Kim Novicki (m. 2002)

Michael Connor Gainey [1] (born January 18, 1948) is an American actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2" height, and intimidating appearance have landed him supporting roles as Southern or Southwestern thugs and criminals. He is known for playing a major role in the 1997 Con Air action movie.

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<i>Con Air</i> 1997 American action film by Simon West

Con Air is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Simon West, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich, with Steve Buscemi, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Ving Rhames, Nick Chinlund, Jesse Borrego, Jose Zuniga, and Monica Potter in supporting roles.


Early life

Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California with Ken Hixon. [2] Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi. [2] He worked as a mortician's apprentice before he decided to study acting. [2] He served in the U.S. Army and was the company mailman at his post in Chakmakli, Turkey in 1969.

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In 1981, he made his big-screen debut in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. [2] Since the early 1980s, he has been in over 50 films, including Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Fan (1996), Breakdown (1997), Con Air (1997), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Sideways (2004), Are We There Yet? (2005), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Wild Hogs (2007) and Mr. Woodcock (2007).

Herbert David Ross was an American actor, choreographer, director and producer who worked predominantly in the stage and film.

<i>Pennies from Heaven</i> (1981 film) 1981 film by Herbert Ross

Pennies from Heaven is a 1981 American musical romantic drama film, based on a 1978 BBC television drama. Dennis Potter adapted his own screenplay from the BBC series for American audiences, changing its setting from London and the Forest of Dean to Depression-era Chicago and rural Illinois.

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Gainey was one of the stars of the short-lived series Against the Law and played Tom Friendly on the series Lost . [3] He also played murderous drug dealer Bo Crowder in one season of the hit FX series Justified . He has guest starred on over 40 television shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard , Knight Rider , Designing Women , The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. , Walker, Texas Ranger , Criminal Minds , CSI , Cheers , Days of Our Lives , The X-Files , Desperate Housewives , Burn Notice , and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air .

Against the Law is an American legal comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network from September 23, 1990, until April 5, 1991. Starring Michael O'Keefe and Suzzanne Douglas, the series centered on the brash Boston lawyer, Simon MacHeath, who left his job at a prestigious law firm to start his own defense practice.

Tom (<i>Lost</i>) character from the American TV show Lost

Tom Friendly, often referred to as Tom or Mr. Friendly, is a fictional character portrayed by M. C. Gainey on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television series Lost. The series follows the lives of around forty survivors from the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. The survivors find themselves on a mysterious tropical island, and interact with a group known as the Others, who appear to have lived on the island since long before the crash. Tom is an influential member of the Others, and is introduced in 2005 in the season one finale "Exodus: Part 2", where he kidnaps one of the survivors. The character makes another fifteen appearances before being killed in the season three finale "Through the Looking Glass". Tom appears twice in season four in the flashbacks of other characters. Gainey was initially credited as playing "bearded man" and then as "Mr. Friendly" throughout season two before the character was given a first name. In a montage of deceased characters shown at Comic-Con in 2009, the Lost producers present the character's full name as "Tom Friendly".

<i>Lost</i> (TV series) American television series

Lost is an American drama television series that originally aired on ABC from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. The show contains elements of supernatural and science fiction, and follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, after the plane crashes on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline set on the island, augmented by flashback or flashforward sequences which provide additional insight into the involved characters.

In 2003, Gainey appeared in The Last Cowboy, playing the role of Lance Henriksen's friend, along with Bradley Cooper and Jennie Garth. [4] [5] In 2004, Gainey appeared as a cuckolded husband in full frontal nudity in the award-winning arthouse film Sideways . He played Kurtz / The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge short film Apocalypse Oz . In 2007, he appeared in Mr. Woodcock , Wild Hogs , and Unearthed . In 2010, he appeared in Love Ranch and voiced the Captain of the Palace Guard in Tangled . In 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained . [6]

Lance Henriksen American actor

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Bradley Cooper American actor and filmmaker

Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Award. Cooper appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on two occasions and Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. His films have grossed $7.8 billion worldwide and he was named one of the world's highest-paid actors for three years.

Jennie Garth actress

Jennifer Eve Garth is an American actress. She is known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise (1990–2000) and Valerie Tyler on the sitcom What I Like About You (2002–06). In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT.

Personal life

He has been married to his wife Kim Novicki, who works as a lawyer, since 2002. [7]

On being typecast, Gainey stated:

On the characters he has played, Gainey said:

Selected filmography

1981 Pennies from Heaven Policeman
1984 Starman Cop #2
1985 The Rape of Richard Beck Sonny
1987 Fatal Beauty Barndollar
1988 Spellbinder Brock
1988 Two Idiots in Hollywood Sergeant Albert
1989 An Innocent Man Malcolm
1992 The Mighty Ducks Lewis
1992 Leap of Faith Tiny
1995 Citizen Ruth Harlan
1996 One Tough Bastard Hank
1996 The Fan Man Behind Man
1997 Breakdown Earl
1997 Con Air Earl Williams ("Swamp Thing")
1998 Meet the Deedles Major Flowers
1999 Horse Sense Twister
1999 Happy, Texas Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Hark Trellis
2002 Highway Steven
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Roadhouse Bouncer
2003 Wonderland Billy Ward
2004 Club Dread Hank
2004 Sideways Cammi's husband
2005 Are We There Yet? Al
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Barbosa
2006 The TV Set Hutch
2006 Beerfest Priest
2006 Relative Strangers Spicer
2007 Wild Hogs Murdock
2007 Unearthed Rob Horn
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Boom Boom
2007 Mr. Woodcock Hal
2009 All About Steve Norm the Truck Driver
2010 Love Ranch Warren Stamp
2010 Tangled Captain of the Guard
2012 Stolen Hoyt
2012 The Babymakers Officer Malloy
2012 Django Unchained Big John Brittle
2012 Ghost Quake Principal Alger Danforth
2013 The Pardon Gibbs Duhon
2015 Girl Meets World Pappy Joe
2017-18 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Captain of the Guard
2018 Riverdale Papa Poutine

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2008 Lost: Via Domus Tom Friendly (voice)

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  1. According to his interview on ABC's Official Lost Audio Podcast (released April 16, 2007), he is named after Martin S. "Mike" Connor, the first Irish-American governor of Mississippi.
  2. 1 2 3 4 TV Guide Profile Retrieved on 11/28/2010
  3. Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  4. "The Last Cowboy, movie review". Dove.org. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  5. "The Last Cowboy by Joyce Chopra". Barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
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  7. "Lawyer Kim Novicki - Los Angeles, CA Attorney - Avvo". Avvo. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
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