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Terry Kinney filmography and biography

Date of birth: 29 January 1954, Lincoln, Illinois, USA

Terry Kinney biography

Terry Kinney, the stage, film and television actor, was born on January 29, 1954 in Lincoln, Illinois and attended Illinois State University. While at university, his friend, the aspiring actor Jeff Perry (I), 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 in the basement of a church in Highland Park. The company's metamorphosis into one of the country's great regional theatrical companies began in 1976, after Kinney and Perry joined it full-time after graduating from college. The theater has, since 1976, put on a full season of ensemble works.

The founders of Steppenwolf supported the theater and themselves with odd jobs until he company began financially self-supporting in the early 1980s. Re-located in the old St. Nicholas Theater, Steppenwolf's productions began to attract a steady audience. Steppenwolf flourished artistically and financially in the '80s, and moved once again to its permanent home at 1650 N. Halsted Street in Chicago.

At the height of the company's fame, Kinney and Sinise were Steppenwolf's artistic co-directors, winning numerous awards, and even transferring some productions, such as their monumental adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", to Broadway. In addition to Kinney and Sinise, the company included such first rate actors as John Malkovich, Joan Allen (I) and John Mahoney (I). As an actor, Kinney was nominated for a Tony Award for his appearance as the "Reverend Casey" in "Grapes".

Kinney made his movie debut in 1986, with a bit part in Seven Minutes in Heaven (1986) (V), and has been much in demand as a supporting actor ever since. On television, he had a small but recurring role on thirtysomething and appeared as a regular on the HBO prison drama Oz.

Terry Kinney trivia


- Co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
- Second child with Kathryn Erbe, son Carson Lincoln Kinney, born October 15, 2003.
- Daughter, Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney, born Oct. 26, 1995.
- 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).
- He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Glass Menagerie" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Death of a Salesman" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "And a Nightingale Sang" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in the Play, "Tracers," at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Tracers" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Orphans" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1989 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was nominated for a 1991 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Another Time" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Terry Kinney filmography

Name Year
The Line 2010
Cut, Good: The Making of 'Runaway' 2009
The Unusuals 2009
The Good Wife 2009
Canterbury's Law 2008
Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star 2008
The Mentalist 2008
Turn the River 2007
Wainy Days 2007
Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: Murder at the Fair - The Assassination of President McKinley 2006
Kidnapped 2006
Runaway 2005
The Game of Their Lives 2005
Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution 2005
Focus Group 2004
With All Deliberate Speed 2004
CSI: NY 2004
House Hunting 2003
Queens Supreme 2003
The Laramie Project 2002
The Making of 'Save the Last Dance' 2001
Midwives 2001
Save the Last Dance 2001
The House of Mirth 2000
The Young Girl and the Monsoon 1999
That Championship Season 1999
Oxygen 1999
Luminous Motion 1998
Don't Look Down 1998
George Wallace 1997
Oz 1997
Critical Choices 1996
Sleepers 1996
Fly Away Home 1996
White Lies 1996
The Good Old Boys 1995
Devil in a Blue Dress 1995
Body Snatchers 1993
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth 1993
The Firm 1993
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993
Deadly Matrimony 1992
The Last of the Mohicans 1992
The Grapes of Wrath 1991
Queens Logic 1991
Talent for the Game 1991
The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1990
Kojak: None So Blind 1990
Law & Order 1990
Miles from Home 1988
Murder Ordained 1987
A Walk on the Moon 1987
thirtysomething 1987
No Mercy 1986
Seven Minutes in Heaven 1985
Miami Vice 1984
A Wedding 1978