Rory McCann – Famous Actor

Who is Rory McCann?

Rory McCann is a Scottish actor. His best-known role was Sandor Clegane, called The Hound, on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.


24 April 1969


Glasgow, Scotland



Personal Life

McCann started working as a painter, a bridge painter, a carpenter, and a gardener. He got his first training as an actor in 1998.

Professional Life

McCann started acting with a debut as an extra on Willow. He was fired, however, due to laughing during the takes. He appeared on a commercial later, but his first major role was on The Book Group, where he played a disabled personal trainer, which earned him a Scottish BAFTA.

He appeared in State of Play, Peter in Paradise, and Shameless, taking varied roles, such as a detective, Peter the Great, and a priest, respectively.

In 2004, he made his Hollywood debut in the film Alexander.

In 2007, he played Michael Armstrong, also called Lurch, in the crime comedy Hot Fuzz by director Edgar Wright. The next year he appeared in The Crew and the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains, playing Attila the Hun.

In 2011, he was cast in Game of Thrones. His character, the Hound, was memorable and popular with audiences. He would appear on the show throughout all eight seasons until the finale.

He would also appear in Banished.

In the film Jumanji: The Next Level, McCann played Jurgen the Brutal, the main villain of the movie.

In 2021, the actor appeared in The Irregulars, also playing a villain in two episodes of this Netflix show.

He is distinguished by his impressive physique and personality, which have made him more of a character actor.


McCann’s sister Sally-Gay McCann is in costumes and has worked on Alexander and Game of Thrones.

In 1990, McCann almost died in a rock-climbing accident, breaking many bones in the process.

McCann plays various instruments, such as the piano, the guitar, the banjo, and the mandolin. He used to front for a band called Thundersoup.

The actor is known for being somewhat reclusive and often lives in solitary places, traveling and living roughly. He reportedly lives on a boat or without conveniences.

Thanks to his looks and physique, as well as physical prowess, he is often cast as a warrior and often also as an intimidating villain.

He was a carpenter and painter and held other blue-collar jobs before going into acting. He only started working in the field at age 29.

He has done a variety of jobs and received different types of training, including painting and forestry. He was also a pub bouncer, a trained tree surgeon, and a singer and musician.

The actor has stated he prefers an independent lifestyle and doesn’t see himself settling with a wife and kids while being an actor, as the two are difficult to manage. He also moves around a lot.

In 2006, reportedly, the actor went to Iceland for a film premier but ended up living out of his van and working as a carpenter for a while.


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