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Terry Kinney – Famous Actor


Who is Terry Kinney?

Terry Kinney is an American actor and theater director. He is best known for playing Tim McManus in Oz.


January 29, 1954

Birth Place

Lincoln, Illinois, United States of America

Zodiac Sign


Personal Life

The actor attended Illinois State University. He was married to Elizabeth Perkins between 1984 and 1988. Between 1993 and 2005, he was married to Kathryn Erbe. He has two kids, Maeve and Carson.

Professional Life

Kinney first became involved in theatre in 1974. At this point, he founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry. It was an innovative and radical approach to theatre that borrowed cinematic techniques.

Throughout the years, Kinney would direct various plays and also act in several. He was in Buried Child and Balm in Gilead. Unfortunately, a production of Buried Child in 1996 led to a panic attack that made him quit acting on stage until 2002. Since then, he has been in plays like Petty Delusions and Grand Obsessions. In addition, he has directed plays like reasons to be pretty, Well Appointed Room, and Fifth of July. He has directed nineteen plays.

In 1986, Kinney first appeared on television, showing up in Miami Vice. One year before, he made an appearance in Seven Minutes in Heaven, marking his film debut. This was followed by numerous roles in film and television. Since then, he has appeared in works like Murder Ordained, thirtysomething, Law & Order, The Grapes of Wrath, The Last of the Mohicans, Body Snatchers, The Firm, The Good Old Boys, and more.

In 1997 he was in Oz as Tim McManus, appearing over the course of six seasons. McManus is the idealistic creator of the Emerald City unit, which is meant to rehabilitate the prisoners. Oz was highly acclaimed by critics.

Other roles include The Unusuals, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, Being Human, Elementary, Black Box, Fargo, and more.

In 2016, Kinney was cast as Hall in a recurring role in the popular television series Billions. Billions centers on financial crime and wealth.

Other cast members seen in Billions include Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Daniel K. IsaacDan SoderAsia Kate Dillon, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly AucoinZina WildeStephen KunkenCorey Stoll, Daniel Breaker and Glenn Fleshler.

Afterwards, he was in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, The Little Things, and Inventing Anna, airing in 2022.


Kinney shares his birthday with Oprah Winfrey.

In 1990, he was nominated for the Tony Award for his role as Reverend Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath. He would reprise the role for the television version of the play by American Playhouse.

In 1979, he was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award as a supporting actor for his role in The Glass Menagerie. He would once again be nominated for this award in 1980 for his role in Death of a Salesman.

He was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play in 1983 for And A Nightingale Sings. He would be nominated for this award multiple times after: in 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1991. This would be for his work as an actor in plays like Tracers, Orphans, The Grapes of Wrath, and Another Time.

He has English, Irish, and German ancestry.


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