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Also Known As: John Mcnairy (Scoot) Died:
Born: November 11, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession:

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"Scoot" implies a fast pace or rapid advancement; for "Killing Them Softly" (2012) actor Scooter McNairy his career trajectory from no-name actor to Brad Pitt co-star couldn't have happened more slowly. The Dallas native, whose nickname (his real name is John) is a jokey reference to the way he scooted around as a baby, grew up obsessively watching movies and eventually migrated to California to attend film school for cinematography. When he landed his debut role as a disaffected teen in "Wrong Numbers" (2001), however, he realized creating something in front of the camera was just as rewarding as working behind it. The quietly intense actor quickly amassed a string of roles portraying young, rebellious, slightly on the edge characters in everything from films such as "Wonderland" (2003) and "D.E.B.S." (2004), to TV shows like "Good Girls Don't..." (BBC, 2004) and "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). In between portraying an oddly named art student in "Art School Confidential" (2006) and appearing in the music video for Regina Spektor's "Fidelity," the ambitious McNairy also formed his own production company, The Group Films, in an effort to create the kinds of films and roles he wanted to see but no one...

"Scoot" implies a fast pace or rapid advancement; for "Killing Them Softly" (2012) actor Scooter McNairy his career trajectory from no-name actor to Brad Pitt co-star couldn't have happened more slowly. The Dallas native, whose nickname (his real name is John) is a jokey reference to the way he scooted around as a baby, grew up obsessively watching movies and eventually migrated to California to attend film school for cinematography. When he landed his debut role as a disaffected teen in "Wrong Numbers" (2001), however, he realized creating something in front of the camera was just as rewarding as working behind it. The quietly intense actor quickly amassed a string of roles portraying young, rebellious, slightly on the edge characters in everything from films such as "Wonderland" (2003) and "D.E.B.S." (2004), to TV shows like "Good Girls Don't..." (BBC, 2004) and "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). In between portraying an oddly named art student in "Art School Confidential" (2006) and appearing in the music video for Regina Spektor's "Fidelity," the ambitious McNairy also formed his own production company, The Group Films, in an effort to create the kinds of films and roles he wanted to see but no one was offering. His first outing as a producer came on "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" (2007), the surprise Independent Spirit Award-winning hit in which he played a bitter Los Angeleno who finds himself on an unexpected date on New Year's Eve. Directed by Alex Holdridge of "Wrong Numbers," the film's massive success (it grossed over $1 million on a $25,000 budget) propelled McNairy to even bigger roles. After portraying a jaded journalist in the 2010 experimental sci-fi film "Monsters," in 2012 McNairy gave a trio of performances that brought him out of the shadows and into the spotlight: none-too-bright petty thief Frankie in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly;" defiant American hostage Joe Stafford in Ben Affleck's "Argo;" and struggling farmer Jeff Dennon in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land." Scoot McNairy isn't a late-bloomer - it just took us awhile to catch on.

Born and raised in Texas, McNairy always dreamed of a life in pictures. After moving to California to study cinematography, McNairy returned to Austin and began shooting local independent movies; soon he found himself spending more time acting than composing shots. He moved back to L.A. in 2000 and began portraying wayward youths in films such as "Wrong Numbers" and "Wonderland," the latter of which starred Val Kilmer as notorious adult film star John Holmes. Determined to challenge himself with every project, in 2004 McNairy crossed the pond for his TV debut on the BBC sitcom "Good Girls Don't...", and returned to the U.S. with cameo roles on the critically-acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under" and in the satirical "Art School Confidential," directed by Terry Zwigoff.

Though he was enjoying a steady stream of work, including a brief role in the video for indie singer-songwriter Regina Spektor's single "Fidelity," McNairy wasn't content to remain simply an actor. In the mid-2000's he joined forces with John Pierce, his longtime friend and manager, and formed The Group Films, a production company dedicated to fostering new and original films and filmmakers. Their first project together, "In Search of a Midnight Kiss," was a breakout success. McNairy drew praise for his role as Wilson, a bitter L.A thirtysomething who places a Craigslist ad that changes his life, and the film (which McNairy executive produced) won the coveted John Cassavetes Award at that year's Independent Spirit Awards.

McNairy subsequently further established himself on both the big and small screens. He landed cameo roles on high-profile sitcoms such as "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 2005-14) and "My Name Is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09) while appearing in indie ensembles such as "Everything Will Happen Before You Die" (2010). During filming he started dating his co-star Whitney Able, who ended up being cast alongside him in his next film, the sci-fi action flick "Monsters." The movie, which was shot on location in South America and largely improvised, found McNairy playing a journalist who escorts a wary tourist (Able) through an alien-infected Mexico to the U.S. border. Though it died quickly at the box office, the film gave McNairy a welcome dramatic challenge, and he and Able married later that year.

After several more years of steady supporting work, 2012 proved a pivotal year for multi-hyphenate McNairy. He produced the short romantic comedy "Please, Alfonso," and released a trio of films that earned Hollywood's attention and showcased his talent for disappearing into a character. His desperate petty thief in "Killing Them Softly" sported an unidentifiable accent and week-old bedhead, while the Oscar-winning "Argo" saw him decked out in period-appropriate '70s facial hair and wide-lapelled suits. While he was still basking in his SAG ensemble win for "Argo," McNairy appeared as a weary farmer in Gus Van Sant's fracking drama "Promised Land." Supporting roles in Lynn Shelton's indie drama "Touchy Feely" (2013), Steve McQueen's acclaimed "12 Years A Slave" (2013) and the quirky Sundance-favorite comedy-drama "Frank" (2014) followed.

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2001:
Made film debut in the indie "Wrong Numbers."
2004:
Landed debut TV role on the BBC's "Good Girls Don't..."
2006:
Appeared in the music video for Regina Spektor's "Fidelity."
2007:
Landed the lead role in "In Search of a Midnight Kiss;" also served as executive producer.
2010:
Cast in the sci-fi film "Monsters."
2012:
Starred opposite Brad Pitt in "Killing Them Softly."
2012:
Portrayed an American hostage in Ben Affleck's "Argo."
2012:
Cast in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land."
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