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M.C. Gainey

Mostly Credited As: M.C. Gainey
Sometimes Credited As: Mike Connor Gainey
MC Gainey

Birth Name: Michael Christopher Gainey
Date Of Birth: January 18, 1948 (Age 66)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6' 2 ½" (1.89 m)

M.C. Gainey


Since the 1980s, M.C. Gainey has been taking the acting world by storm. Before he even landed an acting gig, Gainey had a unique - and somewhat dark - job as an undertaker’s apprentice. Some might say the job influenced most of his roles, since he’s usually cast as the villain or lowlife. He does a fine job at it. Gainey, himself, has even admitted to being typecast, “With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've gotta face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past 30 years...by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts." Before he was even recognized as that guy who plays convicts and bikers, in the early ‘70s, he was busy studying at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Soon after, he made his movie debut in the musical “Pennies from Heaven,” alongside Steve Martin, Christopher Walken and Bernadette Peters. He then went on to star in all types of classic TV series like “Happy Days,” “Knight Rider,” “Cheers” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Ironically, Gainey even starred in the 2005 adaptation of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Some of his more current TV roles include Sheriff Griffin Conroy on “Happy Town,” Bo Crowder on “Justified” and Tom Friendly aka the leader of the Others on “Lost.” He’s even starred in some of top movies, including “Django Unchained,” the ever so popular comedy “Beerfest” and even Disney’s “Tangled.” One of his most memorable - and bare - roles was in the 2004 Oscar nominated film “Sideways.” He stripped completely nude for the part. It’s kind of hard to forget. Gainey’s favorite role was when he starred in the 1997 Nicolas Cage action flick, “Con Air,” where he played Swamp Thing. In 2002, Gainey married artist Kim Novicky. The two got hitched at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Against the Law (1990)As: J.T. "Miggsy" Meigs
Episode Cast Credits 

Revolution (2012) (2012) 
  Declaration of Independence 02x22: (May/21/2014) As Frank Blanchard 
  Austin City Limits 02x18: (Apr/02/2014) As Frank Blanchard 

Glee (2009) 
  Previously Unaired Christmas 05x08: (Dec/05/2013) As Santa 

The Mentalist (2008) 
  Red John's Rules 05x22: (May/05/2013) As Pete Barsocky 
  Cackle-Bladder Blood 03x02: (Sep/30/2010) As Pete Barsocky 

The Finder (2012) 
  Eye of the Storm 01x07: (Mar/08/2012) As Pete Steck 

Human Target (2010) (2010) 
  The Wife's Tale 02x02: (Nov/24/2010) As Donnelly 

Happy Town (2010) 
  This Is Why We Stay 01x05: (Jun/09/2010) As Sheriff Griffin Conroy 
  Slight of Hand 01x04: (Jun/02/2010) As Sheriff Griffin Conroy 
  I Came to Haplin for the Waters 01x02: (May/05/2010) As Sheriff Griffin Conroy 
  In This Home on Ice 01x01: (Apr/28/2010) As Sheriff Griffin Conroy 

Justified (2010) 
  Bulletville 01x13: (Jun/08/2010) As Bo Crowder 
  Fathers and Sons 01x12: (Jun/01/2010) As Bo Crowder 
  Veterans 01x11: (May/25/2010) As Bo Crowder 
  Blowback 01x08: (May/04/2010) As Bo Crowder 

ER (1994) 
  Shifting Equilibrium 15x20: (Mar/19/2009) As Darrion Walters 

Life (US) (2007) 
  I Heart Mom 02x15: (Feb/18/2009) As William Ford 

Burn Notice (2007) 
  Seek and Destroy 02x12: (Feb/05/2009) As Jacob Orr 

Cold Case (2003) 
  Glory Days 06x01: (Sep/28/2008) As Coach Walters '08 

Bones (2005) 
  The Man in the Mud 03x10: (Apr/14/2008) As Braxton Smalls 

Lost (2004) 
  Meet Kevin Johnson 04x08: (Mar/20/2008) As Mr. Friendly / Tom 
  The Other Woman 04x06: (Mar/06/2008) As Mr. Friendly / Tom 
  Through The Looking Glass (2) 03x23: (May/23/2007) As Mr. Friendly / Tom 
  Through The Looking Glass (1) 03x22: (May/23/2007) As Mr. Friendly / Tom 

Desperate Housewives (2004) 
  It Wasn't Meant to Happen 02x20: (Apr/30/2006) As Claude 

Criminal Minds (2005) 
  Derailed 01x09: (Nov/23/2005) As Moretti 

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) 
  Homebodies 04x03: (Oct/09/2003) As Frank Maddox 

Days of our Lives (1965) 
  Ep. #9285 37x111: (Apr/16/2002) As Big Chauncey O'Hanrahan 
  Ep. #9284 37x110: (Apr/15/2002) As Big Chauncey O'Hanrahan 
  Ep. #9282 37x108: (Apr/11/2002) As Big Chauncey O'Hanrahan 
  Ep. #9280 37x106: (Apr/09/2002) As Big Chauncey O'Hanrahan 

UC: Undercover (2001) 
  Zero Option 01x09: (Dec/09/2001) As Cubby 

The X-Files (1993) 
  Vienen 08x18: (Apr/22/2001) As Bo Taylor 

Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) 
  The Bachelor Party 08x23: (May/13/2000) As Craig 
  She'll Do to Ride With the River 02x07: (Nov/24/1993) As Tingley 

The Magnificent Seven (1998) 
  The New Law 02x01: (Jan/08/1999) As Earl 

The Pretender (1996) 
  Amnesia (a.k.a. Unforgotten) 02x14: (Mar/21/1998) As Sharpton 

Nash Bridges (1996) 
  Payback 03x02: (Sep/26/1997) As Neil Gallow 

Silk Stalkings (1991) 
  Uncivil Wars 05x15: (Jan/14/1996) As Lucien 'Bayou' Boudreau 

Misery Loves Company (1995) 
  Uneasy Rider 01x02: (Oct/08/1995) As Scar 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  The Heart of the Matter 01x06: (Nov/02/1994) As Smoky 

Hearts Afire (1992) 
  The Stud Club 02x07: (Dec/08/1993) As M.C. 

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993) 
  Crystal Hawks 01x12: (Nov/12/1993) As Big Smith 
  Pilot 01x01: (Aug/27/1993) As Big Smith 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) 
  Robbing the Banks 03x15: (Jan/18/1993) As Luther 

Night Court (1984) 
  Shave and a Haircut 09x12: (Jan/08/1992) As Eddie the Machete 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Monkey on My Back Lot 06x05: (Nov/14/1991) As Jack Markell 

Designing Women (1986) 
  Last Tango in Atlanta 06x07: (Oct/21/1991) As T. Tommy Reed 
  Nightmare From Hee Haw 04x04: (Oct/16/1989) As Junior 
  Great Expectations 02x13: (Jan/04/1988) As T. Tommy Reed 

Matlock (1986) 
  The Witness Killings (2) 06x02: (Oct/18/1991) As Martin Jensen 
  The Witness Killings (1) 06x01: (Oct/18/1991) As Martin Jensen 

Hardball (1989) (1989) 
  Prescription For Murder (a.k.a. Charlie and Kaz Meet the Mummy) 01x16: (Jun/08/1990) As Unknown 
  The Silver Scream 01x02: (Sep/28/1989) As Moose 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  Street Wise (2) 06x22: (May/07/1990) As Magruder 

Doctor, Doctor (1989) 
  Doctors and Other Strangers 02x09: (Jan/15/1990) As Darren DuFine 

Knight Rider (1982) (1982) 
  Out of the Woods 04x14: (Jan/17/1986) As Jerry Nash 
  A Plush Ride 01x12: (Dec/10/1982) As Jason Keller, [Co-Guest Stars]

Cheers (1982) 
  Suspicion 04x14: (Jan/16/1986) As Irving 

The Fall Guy (1981) 
  No Rms Ocean Vu 05x09: (Jan/04/1986) As Boyce 

Street Hawk (1985) 
  The Arabian 01x11: (May/02/1985) As Frankie Monroe 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  The Mickey Mouse Mob 04x19: (Feb/14/1985) As Mr. Bad 
  The Club Murder Vacation 02x15: (Jan/27/1983) As Dexter 

Hart to Hart (1979) 
  The Shooting 05x18: (Feb/28/1984) As Hayward 

Blue Thunder (1984) 
  Arms Race 01x03: (Jan/20/1984) As Saver 

The A-Team (1983) 
  A Nice Place to Visit 01x14: (May/10/1983) As Unknown 

Wizards and Warriors (1983) 
  The Kidnap 01x02: (Mar/05/1983) As Unknown 

T.J. Hooker (1982) 
  Too Late for Love 02x13: (Jan/15/1983) As Earl Banks, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) 
  Bad Day in Hazzard 04x23: (Mar/05/1982) As Peters 

Happy Days (1974) 
  Hi Yo Fonzie, Away 09x17: (Feb/09/1982) As Elmo 

Dead Last (2001) 
  Teen Spirit 01x09: (Unaired) As Hagerty 

Viva Laughlin! (2007) 
  Takin' Care of Business 01x03: (Unaired) As Commissioner Miller 
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