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M. C. Gainey
Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
Michael Connor Gainey
January 18, 1948
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Other names||M.C. Gainey, Mike Connor Gainey, Michael Connor Gainey|
|Spouse(s)||Kim Novicki (m. 2002)|
Michael Connor Gainey(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.
The southern United States, also known as the American South, Dixie, Dixieland, or simply the South, is a region of the United States of America. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the western United States, with the midwestern United States and northeastern United States to its north and the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico to its south.
The Southwestern United States, also known as the American Southwest, is the informal name for a region of the western United States. Definitions of the region's boundaries vary a great deal and have never been standardized, though many boundaries have been proposed. For example, one definition includes the stretch from the Mojave Desert in California to Carlsbad, New Mexico, and from the Mexico–United States border to the southern areas of Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. The largest metropolitan areas are centered around Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso. Those five metropolitan areas have an estimated total population of more than 9.6 million as of 2017, with nearly 60 percent of them living in the two Arizona cities—Phoenix and Tucson.
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.
Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California with Ken Hixon.Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked as a mortician's apprentice before he decided to study acting. He served in the U.S. Army and was the company mailman at his post in Chakmakli, Turkey in 1969.
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is one of two county seats of Hinds County, along with Raymond, Mississippi. The city of Jackson also includes around 3,000 acres comprising Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport in Rankin County and a small portion of Madison County. The city's population was estimated to be 165,072 in 2017, a decline from 173,514 in 2010. The city sits on the Pearl River and is located in the greater Jackson Prairie region of Mississippi.
The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is a large nonprofit theater company in San Francisco, California, that offers both classical and contemporary theater productions, as well as being an acting school.
San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area.
In 1981, he made his big-screen debut in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.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.
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.
Stephen Glenn Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning him Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors.
Gainey was one of the stars of the short-lived series Against the Law and played Tom Friendly on the series Lost .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 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".
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.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 .
Lance James Henriksen is an American actor, voice actor and artist, best known for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, and Frank Black in Fox television series Millennium. Henriksen is also a voice actor who has voiced Kerchak the gorilla in the 1999 Walt Disney Feature Animation film Tarzan and Fleet Admiral Steven Hackett in BioWare's Mass Effect video game trilogy.
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.
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.
He has been married to his wife Kim Novicki, who works as a lawyer, since 2002.
On being typecast, Gainey stated:
|“||With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've got a face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts.||”|
On the characters he has played, Gainey said:
|“||"Swamp Thing" in Con Air . In a movie that has so many villains, take a look at my character closely - not that it supports the weight of a careful examination - and you'll see that I don't really get in anyone's face, I don't really kill anyone, I'm not really a bad guy - I'm just a guy who likes to fly. He made the mistake of landing his plane full of controlled substances in the wrong place and finds himself in the system. In terms of bad guys though, the character I played in Breakdown was a very bad human being. There's nothing redeeming about that character.||”|
|1981||Pennies from Heaven||Policeman|
|1985||The Rape of Richard Beck||Sonny|
|1988||Two Idiots in Hollywood||Sergeant Albert|
|1989||An Innocent Man||Malcolm|
|1992||The Mighty Ducks||Lewis|
|1992||Leap of Faith||Tiny|
|1996||One Tough Bastard||Hank|
|1996||The Fan||Man Behind Man|
|1997||Con Air||Earl Williams ("Swamp Thing")|
|1998||Meet the Deedles||Major Flowers|
|1999||Happy, Texas||Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Hark Trellis|
|2003||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||Roadhouse Bouncer|
|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|
|2007||The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Boom Boom|
|2009||All About Steve||Norm the Truck Driver|
|2010||Love Ranch||Warren Stamp|
|2010||Tangled||Captain of the Guard|
|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|
|2008||Lost: Via Domus||Tom Friendly (voice)|
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