Rory McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Edgar Wright's crime-comedy Hot Fuzz. He also had a role as Jurgen the Brutal, the main villain in the adventure comedy Jumanji: The Next Level.
McCann in 2014
|Born||24 April 1969|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
Before becoming an actor, McCann was a painter who studied at the Scottish School of Forestry near Inverness. He also worked as a bridge painter (on the Forth Road Bridge), landscape gardener and carpenter. Rory McCann was first trained as an actor by writer-artist Robert Parsifal Finch in The Actor's Workshop, Glasgow in 1998.
McCann's first acting job was as an extra on the film Willow (1988). He was fired because he laughed during the takes. He appeared in an advertisement for Scott's Porage Oats, dressed in a vest and kilt. As his first major acting role, McCann played a disabled personal trainer in the 2002 television comedy drama The Book Group, winning the Scottish BAFTA for the best television performance of 2002.
Since then, he has taken television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise, and a priest in the award-winning British comedy-drama series Shameless.
He made his Hollywood debut in the 2004 film Alexander, which required the actors to go through training in the African desert, and included shooting in Thailand, Morocco, and a London studio. In 2007, he appeared as Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he played Moby in The Crew and Attila the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains.
McCann's younger sister, Sally-Gay McCann, works on costumes for film and television; he worked alongside her on Alexander and Game of Thrones. McCann is a supporter of the Scottish Green Party, and appeared in its 2007 Scottish Parliament general election broadcast.
McCann is known for living a solitary, transient lifestyle. He often lives on his boat or in places without modern conveniences. In 2006, he went to Iceland with Gerard Butler to attend the premiere of Beowulf & Grendel. He ended up living in Iceland for a year, part of the time in a tent after losing his apartment, and working as a carpenter.
|2003||The Devil's Tattoo||Eric|
|2005||Beowulf & Grendel||Breca|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Michael "Lurch" Armstrong|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Belo|
|2011||Season of the Witch||Soldier Commander||Credited as Rory MacCann|
|2015||Slow West||John Ross|
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Tennyson "The Torch"|
|2019||Jumanji: The Next Level||Jurgen The Brutal|
|1999||Coming Soon||Fergus||Television film|
|2000||Randall & Hopkirk||Bouncer||Episode: "Mental Apparition Disorder"|
|Monarch of the Glen||Roger||Episode No. 1.6|
|2002||London's Burning||Keith||Episode No. 14.7|
|2002–2003||The Book Group||Kenny McLeod||Main role; 12 episodes|
|2003||State of Play||Stuart Brown||Episode No. 1.1|
|Rockface||Adam||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|Peter in Paradise||Peter the Great||Television film|
|2006||Shameless||Father Critchon||2 episodes|
|2008||Heroes and Villains||Attila the Hun||Episode: "Attila the Hun"|
|2011||The Jury||Derek Hatch||Main role (season 2); 5 episodes|
|Game of Thrones||Sandor "The Hound" Clegane||Main role; 38 episodes (seasons 1–4, 6–8)|
|2015||Banished||Marston||Main role; 4 episodes|
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- "Rory McCann Joue Les Petits Rigolos à L'avant-Première de "Game of Thrones" à New York, le Mardi 18 ..." Pure/Trend. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Davey, Cathie (18 March 2014). "Cast announced for Jimmy McGovern's epic new series, Banished, for BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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- Fulton, Rick (28 March 2002). "I fell into acting says Oats hunk; Scots actor and climber Rory McCann on the mountain plunge that changed his life". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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- Lash, Jolie (23 February 2013). "Access Countdown To 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2: Q&A Rory McCann Talks Sandor Clegane (The Hound)". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Kristinn Haukur Guðnason (29 November 2019). "Heimsfrægur leikari bjó í tjaldi á Íslandi og stal sér til matar" (in Icelandic). Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- Ellie Harrison (29 November 2019). "Game of Thrones star Rory McCann says he was living in a tent and 'stealing food' before he landed The Hound role". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2019.