M. C. Gainey

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Michael Connor Gainey[1] (born January 18, 1948) is an American character actor best known for his appearances in Lost and Con Air.

M. C. Gainey
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Gainey at WonderCon 2010
Michael Connor Gainey

(1948-01-18) January 18, 1948 (age 73)
Other namesM.C. Gainey, Mike Connor Gainey, Michael Connor Gainey
Years active1954–present
Kim Novicki
(m. 2002)

Early lifeEdit

Gainey was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1970s, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California with Ken Hixon.[2] Prior to this, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi.[2] He worked as a mortician's apprentice before he decided to study acting.[2] He served in the U.S. Army and was the company mailman at his post in Chakmakli, Turkey in 1969.


In 1981, he made his big-screen debut in Herbert Ross's musical Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.[2] Since the early 1980s, he has been in over 50 films, including Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Fan (1996), Breakdown (1997), Con Air (1997), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Sideways (2004), Are We There Yet? (2005), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Wild Hogs (2007) and Mr. Woodcock (2007).

Gainey was one of the stars of the short-lived series Against the Law and played Tom Friendly on the series Lost.[3] He also played murderous drug dealer Bo Crowder in season one on the hit FX series Justified. He has guest starred on over 40 television shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Designing Women, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Walker, Texas Ranger, Criminal Minds, CSI, Girl Meets World, Cheers, Days of Our Lives, The X-Files, Desperate Housewives, Burn Notice, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

In 2003, Gainey appeared in The Last Cowboy, playing the role of Lance Henriksen's friend, along with Bradley Cooper and Jennie Garth.[4][5] In 2004, Gainey appeared as a cuckolded husband in full frontal nudity in the award-winning arthouse film Sideways. He played Kurtz / The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge short film Apocalypse Oz. In 2007, he appeared in Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and Unearthed. In 2010, he appeared in Love Ranch and voiced the Captain of the Palace Guard in Tangled and he reprised this role for the tv series Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure in 2017-2020. In 2012, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He has been married to his wife Kim Novicki, who is a lawyer, since 2002.[7]

On being typecast, Gainey stated:

With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've got a face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts.[8]

On the characters he has played, Gainey said:

"Swamp Thing" in Con Air. In a movie that has so many villains, take a look at my character closely - not that it supports the weight of a careful examination - and you'll see that I don't really get in anyone's face, I don't really kill anyone, I'm not really a bad guy - I'm just a guy who likes to fly. He made the mistake of landing his plane full of controlled substances in the wrong place and finds himself in the system. In terms of bad guys though, the character I played in Breakdown was a very bad human being. There's nothing redeeming about that character.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Hard Times Party Guest at Mansion (uncredited)
1979 Time After Time London Bobby (credited as Mike Gainey)
1981 Pennies from Heaven Policeman
1982 Frances Reporter / Publicist / Photographer
1984 Starman Cop #2
1986 Ratboy Police Officer
Soul Man Man in Cell
1987 Fatal Beauty Detective Barndollar
1988 Spellbinder Brock
Two Idiots in Hollywood Sergeant Albert
1989 An Innocent Man Malcolm
Caddie Woodlawn Hankinson
1992 The Mighty Ducks Lewis
Ulterior Motives Max
Leap of Faith 'Tiny'
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Unafraid Miner
1995 Citizen Ruth Harlan
1996 One Tough Bastard Hank
The Fan Man Behind Man
The Secret Agent Club Jock Dad
1997 Breakdown Earl
Con Air Earl 'Swamp Thing' Williams
1998 Meet the Deedles Major Flowers
Ringmaster Trucker
1999 Happy, Texas Bob Allen Maslow
The Haunting Large Man
Tyrone Sheriff Haggard
2001 Diary of a Sex Addict Theatre manager (Video)
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Hark Trellis
Highway Steven
The New Guy Clem
The Country Bears Roadie
2003 The Cooler Highway Officer
King of the Ants Coach Rack
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Roadhouse Bouncer
Wonderland Detective Billy Ward
2004 Club Dread Hank
Sideways Cammi's husband
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Bartender (Video)
2005 At Last Earl Singleton
Are We There Yet? Al
The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Barbosa
The TV Set Hutch
Beerfest Priest
Relative Strangers Spicer
Apocalypse Oz Kurtz (Short)
2007 Wild Hogs Murdock
Unearthed Rob Horn
The Death and Life of Bobby Z 'Boom-Boom'
Mr. Woodcock Hal
2009 Tripping Forward Jim Rose - Interviewer
All About Steve Norm the Truck Driver
2010 The Not Goods Anthology: This Is Absolutely Not Good M.C. Not Good (Video short)
Love Ranch Warren Stamp
Tangled Captain of the Guard
Trim Ron
2011 Leave Gus
2012 Stolen Hoyt
The Babymakers Officer Malloy
Django Unchained John 'Big John' Brittle
Ghost Quake Principal Alger Danforth
2013 The Pardon Gibbs Duhon
2015 Father's Day Dad (Short)
The Week Doc
2016 Greater Coach Ford
2017 The Corridor Defended Bartender (Short)
2018 Shifting Gears D.H. 'Dirty Harry' Hawkins
Town of Samhain Marquee (voice) (Short)
Boogeyman Pop Ed
Deadman Standing Hugh Anderson
2019 The Orchard Girl Wheelchair (Short)
Bit Enoch
2020 Emperor Randolph Stevens


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Dynasty Worker Episode: "The Bordello"
1982 Happy Days Elmo Episode: "Hi Yo, Fonzie Away"
The Dukes of Hazzard Peters Episode: "Bad Day in Hazzard"
The Blue and the Gray Sykes Episode: "Part 1"
Father Murphy Foreman Episode: "The Reluctant Runaway: Part 2"
Bring 'Em Back Alive Miller Episode: "Escape from Kampoon"
1983 T. J. Hooker Earl Banks Episode: "Too Late for Love"
Wizards and Warriors Episode: "The Kidnap"
The A-Team C.W. Watkins Episode: "A Nice Place to Visit"
Night Partners Rapist TV movie
1984 Blue Thunder Saver Episode: "Arms Race"
Hart to Hart Hayward Episode: "The Shooting"
Whiz Kids Episode: "The Sufi Project"
The New Mike Hammer PeeWee Episode: "Too Young to Die"
1985 Street Hawk Frankie Monroe Episode: "The Arabian"
The Rape of Richard Beck Sonny TV movie
1986 Cheers Irving Episode: "Suspicion"
1982-1986 Knight Rider Jerry Nash / Jason Keller 2 episodes
1988 Frank Nitti: The Enforcer TV movie
Police Story: Gladiator School Rafferty TV movie
Something Is Out There Deputy Episode: "The Keeper"
1983-1988 Simon & Simon Clarence 'Buzz-Saw' Cooder / Mr. Bad / Dexter 3 episodes
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Benger Episode: "Elysian Fields"
Major Dad Zaff Episode: "Just Polly & Me, and the Kids Make Five"
The Young Riders Gabe Colter Episode: "Ten-Cent Hero"
1990 Doctor Doctor Darren DuFine Episode: "Doctors and Other Strangers"
Hunter Magruder Episode: "Street Wise: Part 2"
El Diablo Bebe TV movie
1989-1990 Hardball Moose Dobson 2 episodes
1988-1991 Designing Women T. Tommy Reed / Junior 3 episodes
1990-1991 Against the Law J.T. 'Miggsy' Meigs 17 episodes
1991 Matlock Marty Jensen 2 episodes
The Commish Si Prince Episode: "Nothing to Fear But Fear"
L.A. Law Jack Markell Episode: "Monkey on My Back Lot"
1992 Night Court Eddie the Machete Episode: "Shave and a Haircut"
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life One-Armed Jack Sample TV movie
Raven Fat Boy Ochoa Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Luther Episode: "Robbing the Banks"
Danger Theatre George 'Mad Dog' Munson (segment "Vengeance in the Grass") Episode: "Comes a Searcher/Vengeance in the Grass"
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Big Smith 2 episodes
Hearts Afire M.C. Episode: "The Stud Club"
1994 Renegade Mick Russell Episode: "The Posse"
Dead Man's Revenge TV movie
Blind Justice Bull TV movie
Thunder Alley Mr. Ohrt Episode: "Give 'Em Hell, Bobbi"
Touched by an Angel Smoky Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
New Eden Thor TV movie
1995 Women of the House Moving Man #2 Episode: "Miss Sugarbaker Goes to Washington"
Marker Floyd Episode: "High & Wild"
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Gaylon TV movie
Misery Loves Company Scar Episode: "Uneasy Rider"
M.A.N.T.I.S. Cabin Dweller Episode: "Ghost of the Ice"
1996 Silk Stalkings Lucien 'Bayou' Boudreau Episode: "Uncivil Wars"
Death Benefit D.K. Graham TV movie
Don't Look Back Red TV movie
The Lazarus Man Everett Henderson Episode: "The Angel Maker"
1997 Nash Bridges Neil Gallow Episode:: "Payback"
1998 The Pretender Sharpton Episode: "Amnesia"
Last Rites 'Quinn' Quint TV movie
Buddy Faro Dyer Episode: "Get Me Cody Swift"
1999 The Magnificent Seven Earl Episode: "The New Law"
Pensacola: Wings of Gold Clyde Donaldson Episode: "Sortie"
Horse Sense Twister TV movie
1993-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Craig / Tingley 2 episodes
2001 The X-Files Bo Taylor Episode: "Vienen"
Dead Last Hagerty Episode: "Teen Spirit"
UC: Undercover Cubby Episode: "Zero Option"
2002 Days of Our Lives Big Chauncey O'Hanrahan 5 episodes
2003 The Last Cowboy Amos Russell TV movie
The Pitts Curtis Episode: "Ticket to Riot"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Frank Maddox Episode: "Homebodies"
2005 Criminal Minds Moretti Episode: "Derailed"
2005-2008 Lost Tom Friendly 19 episodes
2008 Bones Braxton Smalls Episode: "The Man in the Mud"
The Young and the Restless Dick Dentner 2 episode
Cold Case Coach Walters '08 Episode: "Glory Days"
2009 Burn Notice Jacob Orr Episode: "Seek and Destroy"
Life William Ford Episode: "I Heart Mom"
ER Darrion Walters Episode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
2010 Happy Town Sheriff Griffin Conroy 6 episodes
Human Target Donnelly Episode: "The Wife's Tale"
2010-2011 Justified Bo Crowder 6 episodes
2011 Enlightened Rick Episode: "The Weekend"
2012 The Finder Pete Steck Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
Haunted High Danforth TV movie
2013 Glee Santa Episode: "Previously Unaired Christmas"
2014 Revolution Gen. Frank Blanchard 2 episodes
The Walking Dead Walker Episode: "Slabtown" (uncredited)
2010-2015 The Mentalist Pete Barsocky / Pete 3 episodes
2015 Married Ed Episode: "Thanksgiving"
Girl Meets World Pappy Joe 2 episodes
2014-2015 Kingdom Rick 6 episodes
2016 The Magicians Stanley 2 episodes
Lopez Broughton Goodson 2 episodes
Maron Gus 2 episodes
American Gothic Al Jenkins Episode: "The Oxbow"
2017 Outcast Bob / Junkyard Bob Caldwell 8 episodes
Speechless Dom Episode: "S-H-- SHIPPING"
2018 Riverdale Papa Poutine
2017-2018 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Captain of the Guard
2017-2018 Tangled: The Series Captain of the Guard 14 episodes
2018 9-1-1 Charlie Episode: "Under Pressure"
The Conners Group Leader Episode: "The Separation of Church and Dan"
2019 The Passage Bob Episode: "Last Lesson"
Bosch Ryan Rodgers 5 episodes
2020 A Teacher Wyatt Wilson 3 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lost: Via Domus Tom Friendly (voice)


  1. ^ According to his interview on ABC's Official Lost Audio Podcast (released April 16, 2007), he is named after Martin S. "Mike" Connor, the first Irish-American governor of Mississippi.
  2. ^ a b c d TV Guide Profile Retrieved on November 28, 2010
  3. ^ Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  4. ^ "The Last Cowboy, movie review". Dove.org. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Last Cowboy by Joyce Chopra". Barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Slash Film
  7. ^ "Lawyer Kim Novicki - Los Angeles, CA Attorney - Avvo". Avvo. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b M.C Gainey : Interview : Dukes of Hazzard : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat

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