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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, 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:

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role
1981 Pennies from Heaven Policeman
1984 Starman Cop #2
1985 The Rape of Richard Beck Sonny
1987 Fatal Beauty Barndollar
1988 Spellbinder Brock
1988 Two Idiots in Hollywood Sergeant Albert
1989 An Innocent Man Malcolm
1992 The Mighty Ducks Lewis
1992 Leap of Faith Tiny
1995 Citizen Ruth Harlan
1996 One Tough Bastard Hank
1996 The Fan Man Behind Man
1997 Breakdown Earl
1997 Con Air Earl Williams ("Swamp Thing")
1998 Meet the Deedles Major Flowers
1999 Horse Sense Twister
1999 Happy, Texas Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Hark Trellis
2002 Highway Steven
2002 The Country Bears Roadie
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Roadhouse Bouncer
2003 Wonderland Billy Ward
2004 Club Dread Hank
2004 Sideways Cammi's husband
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
2007 Wild Hogs Murdock
2007 Unearthed Rob Horn
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Boom Boom
2007 Mr. Woodcock Hal
2009 All About Steve Norm the Truck Driver
2010 Love Ranch Warren Stamp
2010 Tangled Captain of the Guard
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 Girl Meets World Pappy Joe
2017-18 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Captain of the Guard
2018 Riverdale Papa Poutine

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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