J. C. MacKenzie

John Charles MacKenzie (born October 17, 1970) is a Canadian actor.[1] He is best known for portraying Skip Fontaine on the HBO series Vinyl (2016) and Reagan "Normal" Ronald on the Fox series Dark Angel (2000–2002). He has also appeared in several films directed by Martin Scorsese, including The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and The Irishman (2019).

J. C. MacKenzie
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John Charles MacKenzie

(1970-10-17) October 17, 1970 (age 50)
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)Erin Cressida Wilson

Early lifeEdit

John Charles MacKenzie was born in Peterborough, Ontario on October 17, 1970,[2] one of four sons born to nurse Mary and pharmacist Bill MacKenzie. He was raised in Ottawa, Ontario,[3] and attended Pinecrest Public School and Sir John A. Macdonald High School.[3] He later studied at Concordia University[3] and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[4]


MacKenzie spent several years working in theatre across Canada until he was picked by Neil Simon to do the national tour of Simon's play Biloxi Blues, which ran for over 600 performances over the course of a year and a half.[3] His first television success came as Arnold Spivak in the Emmy Award-winning television series Murder One,[3][5] which ran for two seasons on ABC. He was cast as Reagan "Normal" Ronald in the series Dark Angel,[3] which won a People's Choice Award and ran for two seasons on Fox. Some of his more recent notable roles include Fred Allen on October Faction, Dr. Arnold Spivak on Hemlock Grove[3][5] and Skip Fontaine on Vinyl.[3][6][7] He has made over 150 television appearances[5] and has appeared in the Martin Scorsese films The Irishman, The Aviator,[3][7] The Departed,[3][7] and The Wolf of Wall Street.[3][7]

Personal lifeEdit

MacKenzie is married to American screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson. They have one son, Liam, and split their time between Los Angeles and New York City.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dutch Mike Malloy
1994 Rave Review John
1995 Clockers Medic Frank
1995 Heavy Gas Man
1998 The Pentagon Wars Jones
1998 He Got Game Dr. Cone
2000 What Planet Are You From? John
2001 Final Todd
2004 The Aviator Ludlow
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Co-Pilot
2006 The Return Griff
2006 The Departed Realtor
2006 Gospel of Deceit Ted Wendell
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Grossman
2008 Mad Money Mandelbrot
2009 My One and Only Tom
2012 For the Love of Money Mr. Phillips
2012 Commencement Paul Wesker
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Lucas Solomon
2017 Molly's Game Harrison Wellstone
2019 Share Mickey Lundy
2019 The Irishman Jimmy Neal
2020 The Hunt Paul
2020 Target Number One Arthur
2020 The Trial of the Chicago 7 Tom Foran
  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role
1989 Have Faith Father Nicky Doran
1990 Baywatch Marty
1991 In the Heat of the Night Detective Sgt. Mara
1992 Sibs Chris
1994 Law & Order M. E. Hoeck
1995–1997 Murder One Arnold Spivak
1996 F/X: The Series Wayne Harmon
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Stan Davace
1998 The Practice Dr. Fred Spivak
1998 New York Undercover Holmquist
1998 Touched by an Angel Ray Craig
1999 Earth: Final Conflict Dr. Michael Reed
1999 Total Recall 2070 Brendan McGuire
1999 L.A. Doctors Attorney Ray
2000–2002 Dark Angel Reagan "Normal" Ronald
2002 MDs Ted
2002 Monk Sidney Teal
2003 The Agency Peter Walton
2003 CSI: Miami Mr. Infante
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lenny
2004 JAG Sean Parker
2006 Standoff William Tate
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Gus Hoffman
2006 Enemies Keith Abbott
2007 24 Doctor Bradley
2007 NCIS Mitchell Reese
2008 Desperate Housewives Walter Bierlich
2008 The Shield Detective Kouf
2009 CSI: Miami Timothy Hewitt
2009 Dexter Andy Brightman
2009 Medium Dan Taper
2009 In Plain Sight Mr. Day
2009 Ghost Whisperer Jeffrey Silber
2009 Without a Trace Rick Stevens
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brian Ackerman
2010 Gigantic Gary Ritter
2010 The Mentalist Griffin Welks
2011 Burn Notice Hector Oaks
2011 Big Love Superintendent Buckland
2013 Hemlock Grove Dr. Spivak
2013 Elementary Daren Sutter
2013 House of Cards Phil Langdon
2016 Vinyl Skip Fontaine
2016 The OA Dr. Mark Shea
2017 Madame Secretary Gov. Sam Evans
2019 October Faction Fred Allen


  1. ^ "J. C. MacKenzie". The New York Times.
  2. ^ J. C. MacKenzie, tvsa.co.za, retrieved January 30, 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ottawa's J.C. MacKenzie has found an acting mentor in Martin Scorcese". Ottawa Citizen. August 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "MacKenzie — Ottawa Life Magazine". www.ottawalife.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "J.C. MacKenzie on Playing Skip Fontaine on HBO's 'Vinyl' And What He Thought the Show Would Originally Be Called | GALO Magazine". www.galomagazine.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Vinyl, J.C. MacKenzie". Set in the City. February 6, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Exclusive Interview: JC Mackenzie discusses 'Vinyl'". lenalamoray.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.

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