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Also Known As: Mark Douglas Brown Mckinney, The Kids In The Hall (The Kids In The Hall) Died:
Born: June 26, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, comedy writer, piano maker

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The slim, boyishly cute member of the zany Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Mark McKinney went on to write and perform on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (from 1995-97) and to play numerous roles in "The Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY" (1996).The well-traveled son of a diplomat, McKinney dropped out of college and broke into comedy at a Calgary, Canada, theater, where he met Bruce McCulloch and formed The Audience. The duo left for Toronto in 1983, where they eventually teamed up with Dave Foley, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald to form The Kids in the Hall. Toronto native and famed creator of "Saturday Night Live", Lorne Michaels saw their act and launched their TV show on Canadian TV in 1989. (It played on CBS, HBO and Comedy Central in the USA.)The Kids in the Hall were known for their arcane pop references, and their use of not so much drag as male transformations into female characters--a shtick in which all participated. Their skits might be raucous or bawdy, or merely the musings about the moon on a summer's night. While never gaining the widespread audience of other groups, they still garnered a fan following greater than what one might term a cult. His most disturbing characters were...

The slim, boyishly cute member of the zany Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Mark McKinney went on to write and perform on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (from 1995-97) and to play numerous roles in "The Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY" (1996).

The well-traveled son of a diplomat, McKinney dropped out of college and broke into comedy at a Calgary, Canada, theater, where he met Bruce McCulloch and formed The Audience. The duo left for Toronto in 1983, where they eventually teamed up with Dave Foley, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald to form The Kids in the Hall. Toronto native and famed creator of "Saturday Night Live", Lorne Michaels saw their act and launched their TV show on Canadian TV in 1989. (It played on CBS, HBO and Comedy Central in the USA.)

The Kids in the Hall were known for their arcane pop references, and their use of not so much drag as male transformations into female characters--a shtick in which all participated. Their skits might be raucous or bawdy, or merely the musings about the moon on a summer's night. While never gaining the widespread audience of other groups, they still garnered a fan following greater than what one might term a cult. His most disturbing characters were the freakish and voracious Chicken Lady and the Headcrusher, described by McKinney as "a misanthropic loner who sits in public parks sighting pedestrians between his thumb and forefinger and crushing their heads." McKinney in particular has demonstrated a flair with accents and impersonations (on "SNL" he mimicked Steve Forbes during the 1996 Presidential campaign).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Falling Angels (2003) Reg & Ron Shelman
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 Ladies Man, The (2000) Mr White
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 Out of Towners, The (1999) Greg
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 Superstar (1999) Father Ritley
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 Dog Park (1998) Dog Psychiatrist
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1981:
Formed 'The Audience' with Bruce McCulloch in Calgary
1983:
McKinney and McCulloch moved to Toronto
1984:
With Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson and McCulloch, formed 'The Kids in the Hall'
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"The Kids in the Hall" TV show aired
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Joined cast and writing staff of "Saturday Night Live"
1996:
Co-starred in "Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY"
1999:
Had featured role in "Dog Park"
2004:
Starred opposite Isabella Rossellini in "The Saddest Music in the World"
2004:
Cast in the drama "Falling Angels" also starring Miranda Richardson
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Education

Memorial University of Newfoundland: -

Notes

"Mark is like Peter Sellars--he can do accents at the drop of a hat." --Kevin McDonald in People, May 6, 1996.

The name for the group "The Kids in the Hall" comes from a line comedian Jack Benny would use when referring to the young writers who would hang around the corridors at NBC trying to sell him jokes.

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wife:
Marina Gharabegian. Caterer. Born c. 1968; married 1995.

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father:
Russell McKinney. Diplomat.
mother:
Chloe McKinney. Architectural writer.
sister:
Jayne McKinney. Children's shelter manager. Older.
brother:
Nick McKinney. Comedian. Younger.
son:
Christopher Thomas Russell McKinney. Born March 4, 1996.
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