Terry Kinney was born on January 29, 1954 in Lincoln, Illinois. He attended Illinois State University, where he met actors Jeff Perry
and Gary Sinise
. Kinney, Sinise, and Perry founded The Steppenwolf Theater, their own Chicago theatrical troupe, in 1973.
Kinney’s movie debut was in 1986, with a small role in the film Seven Minutes in Heaven
. He also had a recurring role on the TV series, thirtysomething
. Lately, he is most recognized for playing character Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz
He was married to actress Elizabeth Perkins
, with whom he has one daughter, but they are now divorced. He was also married to Kathryn Erbe
(his co-star on Oz
) and with whom he has a daughter, named Maeve, and a son, named Carson. They divorced in 2006.