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Date of birth: January 29, 1954
Lincoln, Illinois, USA
Eye color:
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Kathryn Erbe (1993, divorced 2006; 2 children)
Elizabeth Perkins (March 27, 1984, divorced October 10, 1988)
Actor; Director
Best known for:
Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz

Actor mini-bio:

Kinney was born in Lincoln, Illinois, the son of Elizabeth, a telephone operator, and Kenneth C. Kinney, a tractor company supervisor. From 1993 to 2005, Kinney was married to his Oz costar Kathryn Erbe, with whom he has a daughter, Maeve (b. 1995), and a son, Carson (b. 2003). He was also previously married to Elizabeth Perkins.
Jeff Perry, Kinney and Gary Sinise, opened their own Chicago theatrical troupe, the Steppenwolf Theater. Steppenwolf flourished artistically and financially in the '80s, winning numerous awards.

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Talk about Terry Kinney:
Thread 1: Mentalist Summons OZ Star

Thread 2: Bosco and Lisbon

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Non-acting careers:
  • Film director (Found in the Street, 2004)
  • TV director (Episodic, Cruel and Unusual Punishments, Oz, HBO, 1999; Wheel of Fortune, Oz, HBO, 2002)
  • Stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1997; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Steppenwolf, then London, 2000, then Royale Theatre, 2001)
  • The Game of Their Lives (2005) as Dent McSkimming
  • Save the Last Dance (2001) as Roy Johnson
  • The Firm (1993) as Lamar Quinn
  • Oz as Tim McManus
  • The Unusuals as Sergeant Harvey Brown (10 episodes, 2009)
  • Law & Order as Clifford Chester (1 episode, 2008)
  • CSI: NY as Tom Mitford (2 episodes, 2004)
  • A Clockwork Orange, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1994
  • Loose Ends, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Also appeared in Tracers; Cloud 9; A Prayer for My Daughter; The House; Action; Savages; Death of a Salesman; Exit the King; Sandbar Flatland; and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Big break:
Kinney had a role in the 1988 film Miles from Home, which featured many cast members of Steppenwolf and was directed by Sinise
Best known for:
his portrayal of the idealistic unit manager Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz
1983, Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for And a Nightingale Sang at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois
Upcoming projects:
Joining The Mentalist

  • It's a great thing when writers have the sensitivity to write well for a specific group of actors, which comes out of working together over an extended period of time. I think that's something we could do much more often, frankly.
  • I directed pretty much as soon as I started acting. I didn't really get to acting until college. I did a little bit in high school. But I was interested in directing right away.
  • Acting in front of a camera is really not an issue for me. It moves quickly. You don't get a lot of time to think. It's more character-based. Television is still about people.
  • I was a Cubs fanatic like my dad and his dad before. I collected stuff from the '69 Cubs. I had a ball signed by all of them and my mom gave it to a cousin. I had a bat signed by Ernie [Banks] and Billy Williams - gone. Now, I have a few cards.
  • When I was younger, I used to have those concerns like "I can't act well if I'm directing or prepping to direct. If I'm working on this movie, I should drop everything else." Really, that's overrated. I just work a lot. And I'm also a single dad. I really feel like I fill up every minute this way.
Read Terry Kinney Park City '08 Interview
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for playing Reverend Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath, a part he recreated in the television version of the same title, The Grapes of Wrath (1991) (TV)
  • While at university, his friend, the aspiring actor Jeff Perry, took Kinney to Chicago to see a production of "Grease" in which his best friend, Gary Sinise, was appearing. The like-minded trio of Sinise, Perry and Kinney opened their own Chicago theatrical troupe, the Steppenwolf Theater, in 1973
  • The founders of Steppenwolf supported the theater and themselves with odd jobs until he company began financially self-supporting in the early 1980s.
  • In high school he was voted class president

  • He drove a school bus while pursuing his acting career

  • He lists his personal heroes as being, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and firemen

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lisbon69 kinney 1 Nov 19 2009, 6:10 AM EST by amk358
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he is a good actor but i wa told he was a fellow Aussie! talk abotu being misled....lol
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amk358 Kinney!! 0 Oct 9 2009, 5:26 AM EDT by amk358
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He's obviously not as good as Simon Baker at keeping his wife, or in his case wives happy!! I wonder if it'll be third time lucky!! I have to admit he is a good actor,even if I don't like his character in The Mentalist. He seems to care about Lisbon.
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