Mostly Credited As: M.C. Gainey
Sometimes Credited As: MC Gainey
Birth Name: Michael Christopher Gainey
Date Of Birth: January 18, 1948 (Age 68)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6' 2 ½" (1.89 m)
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.