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

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Gainey at WonderCon 2010.
Michael Connor Gainey

(1948-01-18) January 18, 1948 (age 71)
Other namesM.C. Gainey, Mike Connor Gainey, Michael Connor Gainey
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1954–present
Spouse(s)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 one season of 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. 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:

On the characters he has played, Gainey said:


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


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Dynasty Worker Episode: "The Bordello"
1982 Happy Days Elmo Episode: "Hi Yo, Fonzie Away"
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Peters Episode: "Bad Day in Hazzard"
1982 The Blue and the Gray Sykes Episode: "Part 1"
1982 Father Murphy Foreman Episode: "The Reluctant Runaway: Part 2"
1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive Miller Episode: "Escape from Kampoon"
1983 T. J. Hooker Earl Banks Episode: "Too Late for Love"
1983 Wizards and Warriors Episode: "The Kidnap"
1983 The A-Team C.W. Watkins Episode: "A Nice Place to Visit"
1983 Night Partners Rapist TV movie
1984 Blue Thunder Saver Episode: "Arms Race"
1984 Hart to Hart Hayward Episode: "The Shooting"
1984 Whiz Kids Episode: "The Sufi Project"
1984 The New Mike Hammer PeeWee Episode: "Too Young to Die"
1985 Street Hawk Frankie Monroe Episode: "The Arabian"
1985 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
1988 Police Story: Gladiator School Rafferty TV movie
1983-1988 Simon & Simon Clarence 'Buzz-Saw' Cooder / Mr. Bad / Dexter 3 episodes
1988 Something Is Out There Deputy Episode: "The Keeper"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Benger Episode: "Elysian Fields"
1989 Major Dad Zaff Episode: "Just Polly & Me, and the Kids Make Five"
1989 The Young Riders Gabe Colter Episode: "Ten-Cent Hero"
1990 Doctor Doctor Darren DuFine Episode: "Doctors and Other Strangers"
1990 Hunter Magruder Episode: "Street Wise: Part 2"
1989-1990 Hardball Moose Dobson 2 episodes
1990 El Diablo Bebe TV movie
1990-1991 Against the Law J.T. 'Miggsy' Meigs 17 episodes
1991 Matlock Marty Jensen 2 episodes
1988-1991 Designing Women T. Tommy Reed / Junior 3 episodes
1991 The Commish Si Prince Episode: "Nothing to Fear But Fear"
1991 L.A. Law Jack Markell Episode: "Monkey on My Back Lot"
1992 Night Court Eddie the Machete Episode: "Shave and a Haircut"
1992 Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life One-Armed Jack Sample TV movie
1992 Raven Fat Boy Ochoa Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Luther Episode: "Robbing the Banks"
1993 Danger Theatre George 'Mad Dog' Munson (segment "Vengeance in the Grass") Episode: "Comes a Searcher/Vengeance in the Grass"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Big Smith 2 episodes
1993 Hearts Afire M.C. Episode: "The Stud Club"
1994 Renegade Mick Russell Episode: "The Posse"
1994 Dead Man's Revenge TV movie
1994 Blind Justice Bull TV movie
1994 Thunder Alley Mr. Ohrt Episode: "Give 'Em Hell, Bobbi"
1994 Touched by an Angel Smoky Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
1994 New Eden Thor TV movie
1995 Women of the House Moving Man #2 Episode: "Miss Sugarbaker Goes to Washington"
1995 Marker Floyd Episode: "High & Wild"
1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Gaylon TV movie
1995 Misery Loves Company Scar Episode: "Uneasy Rider"
1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. Cabin Dweller Episode: "Ghost of the Ice"
1996 Silk Stalkings Lucien 'Bayou' Boudreau Episode: "Uncivil Wars"
1996 Death Benefit D.K. Graham TV movie
1996 Don't Look Back Red TV movie
1996 The Lazarus Man Everett Henderson Episode: "The Angel Maker"
1997 Nash Bridges Neil Gallow Episode:: "Payback"
1998 The Pretender Sharpton Episode: "Amnesia"
1998 Last Rites 'Quinn' Quint TV movie
1998 Buddy Faro Dyer Episode: "Get Me Cody Swift"
1999 The Magnificent Seven Earl Episode: "The New Law"
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Clyde Donaldson Episode: "Sortie"
1999 Horse Sense Twister TV movie
1993-2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Craig / Tingley 2 episodes
2001 The X-Files Bo Taylor Episode: "Vienen"
2001 Dead Last Hagerty Episode: "Teen Spirit"
2001 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
2003 The Pitts Curtis Episode: "Ticket to Riot"
2003 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"
2008 The Young and the Restless Dick Dentner 2 episode
2008 Cold Case Coach Walters '08 Episode: "Glory Days"
2009 Burn Notice Jacob Orr Episode: "Seek and Destroy"
2009 Life William Ford Episode: "I Heart Mom"
2009 ER Darrion Walters Episode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
2010 Happy Town Sheriff Griffin Conroy 6 episodes
2010 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"
2012 Haunted High Danforth TV movie
2013 Glee Santa Episode: "Previously Unaired Christmas"
2014 Revolution Gen. Frank Blanchard 2 episodes
2014 The Walking Dead Walker Episode: "Slabtown" (uncredited)
2010-2015 The Mentalist Pete Barsocky / Pete 3 episodes
2015 Married Ed Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2015 Girl Meets World Pappy Joe 2 episodes
2014-2015 Kingdom Rick 6 episodes
2016 The Magicians Stanley 2 episodes
2016 Lopez Broughton Goodson 2 episodes
2016 Maron Gus 2 episodes
2016 American Gothic Al Jenkins Episode: "The Oxbow"
2017 Outcast Bob / Junkyard Bob Caldwell 8 episodes
2017 Speechless Dom Episode: "S-H-- SHIPPING"
2018 Riverdale Papa Poutine
2017-18 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"
2018 The Conners Group Leader Episode: "The Separation of Church and Dan"
2019 The Passage Bob Episode: "Last Lesson"
2019 Bosch Ryan Rodgers 2 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 11/28/2010
  3. ^ Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  4. ^ "The Last Cowboy, movie review". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Last Cowboy by Joyce Chopra". Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Slash Film
  7. ^ "Lawyer Kim Novicki - Los Angeles, CA Attorney - Avvo". Avvo. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b M.C Gainey : Interview : Dukes of Hazzard : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat

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