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Raymond Wilkes "Ray" McKinnon (born November 15, 1957)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.[2]

Ray McKinnon
The cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards
McKinnon speaks for cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards
Raymond Wilkes McKinnon

(1957-11-15) November 15, 1957 (age 61)
EducationValdosta State University
Years active1989–present
Known forRectify
Lisa Blount
(m. 1998; died 2010)


Early lifeEdit

McKinnon was born on November 15, 1957 and grew up in Adel, Georgia, the son of Raymond McKinnon, a car dealer, and his wife Dorothy McKinnon. He attended local schools.[3]

In 1981, McKinnon graduated with a degree in theatre from Valdosta State University.[4]


McKinnon began acting and later directed. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Reverend Smith in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006, a total of three seasons and 36 episodes.[5] He is also known for his role as Lincoln Potter in the fourth season of the FX show Sons of Anarchy.[6]

He founded Ginny Mule Pictures, a production company, with his wife Lisa Blount, an actress and producer, and Walton Goggins. Together the trio won the Academy Award in 2001 in the category Live Action Short Film for The Accountant, which they produced with their company.[7]

McKinnon wrote, produced, directed and played 'Snake' in the 2004 film Chrystal, starring Blount and Billy Bob Thornton. The supporting cast included Goggins, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Galecki.[8]

He wrote and directed the television series Rectify, the first original series from SundanceTV, featuring a man released from Georgia state prison after 19 years on death row, and it explores the effects on him, his family and his small town. Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden.[9] The first season was broadcast from April to May 2013, and the fourth and final season ended in December 2016.[8] The series won a Peabody Award in 2013.

Marriage and familyEdit

In 1998 McKinnon married Lisa Blount, an actress and producer. She died on October 25, 2010.[10] He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, the hometown of Blount.[11]



Year Title Contribution Role Notes
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Actor Trooper #1
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Actor Cub Reporter
1990 Vampire Cop Actor unknown role
1991 Paris Trout Actor Carl Bonner
1991 Livin' Large! Actor Harmon
1991 Bugsy Actor David Hinton
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Actor Detective Frank
1993 Sommersby Actor Lawyer Webb
1993 Needful Things Actor Deputy Norris Ridgewick
1993 A Perfect World Actor Bradley
1995 Apollo 13 Actor Jerry Bostock - FIDO White
1995 The Net Actor Dale
1995 The Grass Harp Actor Charlie Cool, Jr.
1998 Goodbye Lover Actor Rollins
1999 This Is Harry Lehman Actor Harry Lehman Short film
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Actor Vernon T. Waldrip
2001 The Accountant Actor/Writer/Director The Accountant Short film
2002 The Pickets Actor Craig Short film
2002 The Badge Actor Deputy C.B.
2003 The Missing Actor Russell J. Wittick
2004 Chrystal Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Snake
2006 Come Early Morning Actor Toby
2006 Things That Hang from Trees Actor Tom Wheeler, Sr.
2007 Randy and the Mob Actor/Writer/Director Randy Pearson / Cecil Pearson
2008 The Last Lullaby Actor Ominous Figure
2009 That Evening Sun Actor/Producer Lonzo Choat
2009 The Blind Side Actor Coach Cotton
2010 Spanola Pepper Sauce Company Director Short film
2011 Take Shelter Actor Kyle
2011 Hick Actor Lloyd
2011 Dolphin Tale Actor Mr. Doyle
2011 Footloose Actor Wes Warnicker
2011 The Last Ride Actor Stan
2012 Mud Actor Senior
2019 Chaos Walking Actor Jim Johnson post-production
2019 Ford v. Ferrari Actor Phil Remington post-production


Year Title Contribution Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Actor Timer Episode: "Crackdown"
1990 Murder in Mississippi Actor Lyle's Father Television Movie
1990 Rising Son Actor Ken Mott Television Movie
1990 Web of Deceit Actor Stuart Troxel Television Movie
1990 When Will I Be Loved? Actor Man with Basketball Television Movie
1990–1991 In the Heat of the Night Actor Jethro Puller 2 episodes
– Episode: "Perversions of Justice" (1990)
– Episode: "Ruda's Awakening" (1991)
1991 Night of the Hunter Actor Ben Harper Television Movie
1991 In the Line of Duty: Manhut in the Dakotas Actor Bob Cheshire Television Movie
1991 I'll Fly Away Actor Donny Hubbard Episode: "The Hat"
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Actor Lee Bob Television Movie
1991–1992 Designing Women Actor Dwayne Dobber 2 episodes
– Episode: "Dwayne's World" (1991)
– Episode: "Sex and the Single Woman" (1992)
1992 In Sickness and in Health Actor Dr. Nyland Television Movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Actor Les Television Movie
1992 Indecency Actor Victor Television Movie
1993 Arly Hanks Actor Hobert Middleton Television Movie
1994 Picket Fences Actor Jeffrey Muray Episode: "Paging Doctor God"
1994 The Stand Actor Charlie Campion Television Miniseries
Episode: "The Plague"
1994 Sisters Actor Billy Episode: "Protective Measures"
1994 Roswell Actor Deputy Joe Prtichard Television Movie
1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Actor Buddy Rivers Television Movie
1994 The Boys Are Back Actor Bill Episode: "The Fishing Trip"
1994 Matlock Actor Wade Parsons Episode: "The Tabloid"
1994 Scarlett Actor Will Benteen Television Miniseries (2 episodes)
– Episode: "#1.1"
– Episode: "#1.3"
1995 Legend Actor Kyle Episode: "Knee-High Noon"
1995 The Client Actor Lenny Barlow 2 episodes
– Episode: "A Perfect World"
– Episode: "Drive, He Said"
1996 Forgotten Sins Actor Steve Sweetler Television Movie
1996 Dead Man's Walk Actor Long Bill Coleman Television Miniseries (3 episodes)
1996 The Pretender Actor Lawson Episode: "Flyer"
1996 Nash Bridges Actor unknown role Episode: "Zodiac"
1997 Old Man Actor Shanty Man with Gun Television Movie
1997 Brooklyn South Actor Gilbert Van Eggidy Episode: "A Reverend Runs Through It"
1998 Michael Hayes Actor unknown role Episode: "Devotion"
1999 NYPD Blue Actor Ted Episode: "T'aint Misbehavin' "
1999 The Price of a Broken Heart Actor unknown role Television Movie
1999 Any Day Now Actor unknown role Episode: "You really Believe in That Stuff?"
2000 Rocky Times Actor Sheriff Rick Television Movie
2001 The Practice Actor Frank Vaughan Episode: "Suffer the Little Children"
2002 Philly Actor Dewey Hicks Episode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"
2002 The X-Files Actor Mad Wayne Episode: "Improbable"
2004 Deadwood Actor Reverend H.W. Smith recurring role (11 episodes)
2008 Comanche Moon Actor Bill Coleman Television Miniseries (2 episodes)
2010 Justified Actor Mr. Duke Episode: "Blind Spot"
2011 Sons of Anarchy Actor Lincoln 'Linc' Potter recurring role (12 episodes)
2013–2016 Rectify Creator/Writer/Executive Producer/Director Creator (23 episodes)
Writer (17 episodes)
Executive Producer (25 episodes)
Director (3 episodes)
– Episode: "Jacob's Ladder" (2013)
– Episode: "The Source" (2015)
– Episode: "All I'm Saying' " (2016)
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Actor Proctor John 2 episodes
– Episode: "Things Bad Begun"
– Episode: "Sleigh Ride"
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Actor William Labott Episode: "The Book of Esther"
2018 Mayans M.C. Actor Lincoln 'Linc' Potter recurring role (5 episodes)
2019 Wayne Actor Episode: "Get Some Then"
2019 Heartstrings Actor TBA Episode: "Two Doors Down"[12]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Raymond W Mc Kinnon - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ Poling, Dean (18 March 2007). "Oscar winner comes home to VSU". The Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ [-VSUVisit-2007 Valdosta Daily Times, 2007
  4. ^ "Academy Award Winner To Speak for the President's Lecture Series - Valdosta State University". Valdosta State University. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times (19 June 2014). "'Rectify's' Ray McKinnon tries to find what matters". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Sons of Anarchy casts Ray McKinnon, continuing the Deadwood/FX link". HitFix.
  7. ^ "The Accountant". Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  8. ^ a b "The Many Faces of Ray McKinnon". Den of Geek.
  9. ^ "Rectify creator Ray McKinnon wants to leave some season finale questions unanswered". The A.V. Club.
  10. ^ "Oscar-winning director, Ray McKinnon still misses his wife Lisa Blount, who died in 2010. Says no to second marriage??!!".
  11. ^ "Ginny Mule Pictures". Short Film Central.
  12. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology". TVLine.

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