Everett McGill

Everett McGill (born Charles Everett McGill III, October 21, 1945) is an American actor,[1] who first rose to prominence for his portrayal of a caveman in Quest for Fire (1981). He went on to have prominent roles in films like Dune (1984), Silver Bullet (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Licence to Kill (1989), The People Under the Stairs (1991) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995).[1]

Everett McGill
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McGill at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1945-10-21) October 21, 1945 (age 75)
Years active1972–1999, 2015

On television he appeared as "Big" Ed Hurley in Twin Peaks (1990–1991). He retired from acting in 1999, but returned in the Twin Peaks 2017 revival.

Early lifeEdit

McGill was born Charles Everett McGill III in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1963.


McGill has a relatively short filmography, but has managed to garner some level of fame by appearing in films such as Brubaker starring Robert Redford. With cult followings, including a stint as Chad Richards on the soap opera The Guiding Light in 1975 and 1976. After coming into the public eye in 1981 for his role as the rugged caveman leader Naoh in Quest for Fire,[1] McGill appeared in Silver Bullet,[1] a 1985 werewolf film inspired by a Stephen King short story; the Korean War battle epic Field of Honor and the Clint Eastwood war film Heartbreak Ridge in 1986; and in the 1989 installment of the James Bond franchise Licence to Kill. In 1988, McGill played the titular role in Iguana directed by Monte Hellman. In later 1996, he starred in the film My Fellow Americans starring his two late co-stars James Garner and Jack Lemmon. In 1991, McGill would reunite with his Twin Peaks co-star Wendy Robie. The two appeared as the villains of the Wes Craven feature The People Under the Stairs.

He has worked on a number of occasions with director David Lynch. McGill first worked with Lynch in the 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, in which he played Fremen leader Stilgar. McGill later appeared as Ed Hurley on the television series Twin Peaks. McGill also appeared in Lynch's 1999 film The Straight Story.

After Lynch searched for him in his country home, the actor and director reunited, and McGill decided to come out of retirement specifically to reprise the role of Big Ed Hurley, in the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Everett McGill Filmography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Dom, Pieter (14 August 2014). "Help David Lynch Find "Big Ed Hurley" Everett McGill [UPDATED: We Found Ed!]". Welcome to Twin Peaks. Retrieved 22 August 2019. we learn that Everett lived (or still lives) near the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona

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