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Born: January 29, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lincoln, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, director

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A tall, blond player of American film and stage with affecting eyes and a keen ability to elicit sympathy even if on the wrong side of good and evil, Terry Kinney is known within show business as one of the founders (along with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, among others) of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Kinney made his stage debut soon after Steppenwolf was founded in 1976 playing Murphy in a production of "The Indian Wants the Bronx". He has since gone on to play a host of roles, including Preacher Jim Casy in the award-winning production of "The Grapes of Wrath" which also went to Broadway and was later taped for PBS. Kinney directed "And a Nightingale Sang" in 1981 and Kinney starred in "Orphans" (1984), both of which were later produced in NYC. He returned to Broadway in 1996 co-starring in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child", directed by Gary Sinise.Kinney made his feature film debut in 1985 playing a burnt out Peace Corps volunteer in "A Walk on the Moon". In 1986, he was in "No Mercy", as a member of a socially prominent New Orleans family whose interest in Kim Basinger makes him susceptible to a gangster and was a potentially sleazy photographer in "Seven Minutes in Heaven". He...

A tall, blond player of American film and stage with affecting eyes and a keen ability to elicit sympathy even if on the wrong side of good and evil, Terry Kinney is known within show business as one of the founders (along with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, among others) of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Kinney made his stage debut soon after Steppenwolf was founded in 1976 playing Murphy in a production of "The Indian Wants the Bronx". He has since gone on to play a host of roles, including Preacher Jim Casy in the award-winning production of "The Grapes of Wrath" which also went to Broadway and was later taped for PBS. Kinney directed "And a Nightingale Sang" in 1981 and Kinney starred in "Orphans" (1984), both of which were later produced in NYC. He returned to Broadway in 1996 co-starring in Sam Shepard's "Buried Child", directed by Gary Sinise.

Kinney made his feature film debut in 1985 playing a burnt out Peace Corps volunteer in "A Walk on the Moon". In 1986, he was in "No Mercy", as a member of a socially prominent New Orleans family whose interest in Kim Basinger makes him susceptible to a gangster and was a potentially sleazy photographer in "Seven Minutes in Heaven". He was John Cameron, the friend of Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and a settler whose family is murdered by Huron warriors and 'Les Francais' in "The Lost of the Mohicans" (1992). Kinney had one of his best chances the next year in Sydney Pollock's "The Firm", in which he was the younger partner who was supposed to look out after Tom Cruise. He starred in "The Body Snatchers" (also 1993), the updated remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", and was the rich Brahmin who loves Jennifer Beals but cannot marry her in "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995).

Kinney had an auspicious TV debut in the miniseries "Murder Ordained" (CBS, 1987), as a charismatic minister who begins an affair with JoBeth Williams and then convinces her they should each murder their spouses so they can be together. In 1993, he was Joseph Kennedy Sr. in the longform, "JFK: Reckless Youth." For two seasons (1987-89), he appeared on ABC's "thirtysomething" as the beau of Ellyn (Polly Draper) and more recently has portrayed the prison administrator on the HBO series "Oz" (1997- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Promised Land (2012)
2.
 Turn the River (2007)
5.
 Laramie Project, The (2002) Dennis Shepard
6.
 Save the Last Dance (2001) Roy
7.
 Midwives (2001) Rand Danforth
8.
 House of Mirth, The (2000) George Dorset
9.
 That Championship Season (1999) James Daley
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1976:
Co-founded Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL
1976:
Stage debut, "The Indian Wants the Bronx" at Steppenwolf Theatre
1981:
Made stage directing debut with "And a Nightingale Sang" at Steppenwolf Theatre; production transferred off-Broadway
1985:
Feature film debut, "A Walk on the Moon"
1986:
Made TV debut starring in CBS miniseries "Murder Ordained"
1987:
Landed recurring role on ABC drama series "thirtysomething" as Ellyn's (Polly Draper) boyfriend
1991:
Co-starred in the New York stage production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; recreated role for the PBS version
1993:
Co-starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" opposite Tom Cruise
1993:
Played Joseph Kennedy Sr. in the ABC TV-movie "JFK: Reckless Youth"
1997:
Directed the 50th anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Steppenwolf Theatre
1997:
Portrayed Tim McManus, the head of a penitentiary unit on HBO prison drama series "Oz"
2000:
Staged Steppenwolf Theatre revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," starring Gary Sinise
2003:
Directed "The Violet Hour" at Steppenwolf Theatre
2005:
Directed Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin in "After Ashley" on the New York stage
2006:
Wrote and directed drama short "Kubuku Rides (This Is It)"
2008:
Cast in Fox's short-lived legal drama "Canterbury's Law"
2008:
Helmed indie comedy "Diminished Capacity"
2009:
Played recurring guest role on "The Mentalist" (CBS)
2012:
Featured in "Promised Land," directed by Gus van Sant; film co-written by Damon and John Krasinski
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Education

Illinois State University: Normal , Illinois -

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wife:
Elizabeth Perkins. Actor. Married March 27, 1984; divorced.
wife:
Kathryn Erbe. Actor.

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father:
Kenneth C Kinney. Supervisor. Worked for a tractor company.
mother:
Elizabeth L Kinney. Telephone operator.
daughter:
Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney. Born October 26, 1995.

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