Terry Kinney

Terry Kinney (born January 29, 1954) is an American actor and theater director, and is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, with John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinise, and Jeff Perry. Kinney is best known for his role as Emerald City creator Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz.

Terry Kinney
Terry Kinney in 2016.jpg
Kinney in 2016
Born (1954-01-29) January 29, 1954 (age 68)
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, theatre director
Years active1974–present
(m. 1984; div. 1988)

(m. 1993; div. 2006)

Early lifeEdit

Kinney was born in Lincoln, Illinois, the son of Elizabeth L. (née Eimer), a telephone operator, and Kenneth C. Kinney, a tractor company supervisor.[1]

He attended Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois, where he became friends with Jeff Perry, who took him to see a performance of Grease featuring Gary Sinise, bringing the three Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founders together for the first time.[citation needed]



Kinney has been involved in theatre since 1974, when he, Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In describing the company's radical usage of cinematic techniques such as accelerated time, substantial soundtracks and the rough equivalent of dissolves and bleeds, Kinney had said:

We’ve always been more influenced by cinematic techniques than stage techniques because stage techniques have been around long enough to become really boring and cliché. Our earliest influences were the films of Cassavetes, not any plays we’d seen. We always tend to score our pieces and we always tend to manipulate the audience to look where we want them to look and the way to do that is to get very tight on certain situations.[2]

He has directed several plays (see below) and performed in several. In 1985 he performed in the Drama Desk Award winning play Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson. In 1996 Kinney played Tilden in the Sam Shepard play Buried Child directed by Gary Sinise in New York City. During a performance of Buried Child Kinney had a "terrible, horrible, screaming panic attack" and stayed offstage for several years, only returning in 2002 in a performance with Kurt Elling called Petty Delusions and Grand Obsessions.[3] He directed Richard Greenberg's play Well Appointed Room in 2006 and Neil Labute's reasons to be pretty in 2009. In 2010 he directed another Lanford Wilson play, Fifth of July for Bay Street Theatre (July) and for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (August).

In October–November 2012 Kinney directed Checkers a new play by Douglas McGrath at the Vineyard Theatre, New York City.[4] He directed Lyle Kessler's new play Collision in January 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.[5]

Film and televisionEdit

Besides his theatrical work, Kinney has done much acting, mainly for television, starting in 1986 with an appearance in Miami Vice. In 1987, he starred as Pastor Tom Bird in the CBS miniseries Murder Ordained opposite JoBeth Williams. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the idealistic unit manager Tim McManus on HBO's prison drama Oz.

In 1995, Kinney co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones in an adaptation of an Elmer Kelton western novel titled The Good Old Boys. Tommy Lee Jones directed this made-for-TV movie which also co-starred Sissy Spacek, Matt Damon, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley and retired Texas Ranger H. Joaquin Jackson.

Kinney also directed two episodes of Oz, "Cruel and Unusual Punishments" in 1999 and "Wheel of Fortune" in 2002. Explaining the experience, he said, "it was great training for shooting on a limited budget, on a time crunch."[6]

His film work includes a role in the 1988 film Miles from Home, which featured many cast members of Steppenwolf and was directed by Sinise. In 1995, he played mayoral candidate Todd Carter in Carl Franklin's film Devil in a Blue Dress. In 1996, Kinney played a comedic role as Uncle David in the coming-of-age drama, Fly Away Home. In 1999, Kinney played the lead in the indie film, The Young Girl and the Monsoon, about Hank, a 39-year-old photo-journalist dealing with a demanding job and a growing daughter. In 2001, he played the estranged father of the protagonist, Sara Johnson (Julia Stiles), in the film Save the Last Dance.

In 2006 Kinney directed a short film (18 minutes) called Kubuku Rides (This Is It), which portrays the effects of drug addiction of a mother as seen by her young son. The film is based on the short story by Larry Brown. It is the first film produced by Steppenwolf Films. In 2008, he directed Diminished Capacity, a feature film with a big Steppenwolf presence, based on the Sherwood Kiraly novel of that name.

For television, in 2008, Kinney was Deputy Attorney General Zach Williams in Canterbury's Law, a short-lived Fox series. In 2009, he played Sergeant Harvey Brown in the ABC series, The Unusuals, and in the same year he had a recurring role as Special Agent Sam Bosco on the hit CBS series, The Mentalist.

2010 saw a pilot for a CBS drama called The Line, starring Dylan Walsh as ATF Agent Donovan with Kinney as a complex criminal, Alex Gunderson, that Donovan is hunting. The series was to be based on a novel by Robert Gregory Browne called "Kiss Her Goodbye". (Browne said that the show was tentatively called "ATF".[7]) In 2011 Kinney had a recurring role in the North American adaptation of Being Human as Heggemann, an 1,100-year-old Dutch vampire. In April 2012 he starred in the CBS police procedural drama NYC 22 as Field Training Officer Daniel "Yoda" Dean. However, after four episodes NYC 22 was axed. Kinney also guest starred as Salvatore Amato, a member of a Chicago crime family, in the new Fox drama The Mob Doctor premiering in September 2012.[8]

Kinney was cast as series regular on ABC drama series Black Box opposite Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave, set to air on ABC in 2014.[9]

From 2016 - 2022 Kinney has played Hall, a recurring character in the TV series Billions. In 2019, Terry was cast in the Shonda Rhimes mini-series Inventing Anna alongside Julia Garner, Laverne Cox, and Anna Chlumsky.[10] The series, which depicts Instagram-famous scam artist Anna Sorokin, premiered on Netflix in 2022.

Personal lifeEdit

From 1984 to 1988, Kinney was married to Elizabeth Perkins. From 1993 to 2005, he was married to his Oz co-star Kathryn Erbe, with whom he has a daughter, Maeve (b. 1995), and a son, Carson (b. 2003).

Kinney lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Theater directing creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Lover Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Perry
1981 Of Mice and Men Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Gary Sinise
1982 And a Nightingale Sang Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Joan Allen
1984 Fool for Love Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred William Petersen and Rondi Reed
1985 Streamers Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry
1990 Reckless Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Joan Allen
1992 My Thing Of Love Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Laurie Metcalf
1994 A Clockwork Orange Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
1997 A Streetcar Named Desire Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Gary Sinise
1998 Eyes For Consuela Director Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City/Starred David Strathairn
2000 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Gary Sinise
2003 The Violet Hour Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
2004 Beautiful Child Director Vineyard Theatre, New York City/Starred Gary Sinise
2005 After Ashley Director Vineyard Theatre, New York City/Starred Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin
2006 The Well-Appointed Room Director Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago/Starred Josh Charles and Tracy Letts
The Agony and the Agony Director Vineyard Theatre, New York City/Starred Nicky Silver
2009 reasons to be pretty (Neil Labute) Director MCC, New York City/Starred Piper Perabo and Thomas Sadoski
2010 Fifth of July (Lanford Wilson) Director Bay Street Theatre (July), then Williamstown Theatre Festival (August)
2019 Curse of the Starving Class (Sam Shepard) Director Signature Theatre, New York City/Starred Maggie Siff


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Bill the Photographer Film
1986 Miami Vice Asst. State Atty. William Pepin TV series
No Mercy Paul Deveneux Film
1987 A Walk on the Moon Lew Ellis Film
Murder Ordained Pastor Tom Bird TV film
thirtysomething Steve Woodman TV series (7 episodes, 1987–1989)
1988 Miles from Home Mark Film
1990 Kojak: None So Blind (unnamed) TV film
Law & Order Clifford Chester TV series
1991 Queens Logic Jeremy Film
The Grapes of Wrath Reverend Jim Casey Teleplay
Talent for the Game Gil Lawrence Film
1992 The Last of the Mohicans John Cameron Film
Deadly Matrimony Jim Mihkalik TV mini-series
1993 Body Snatchers Steve Malone Film
The Firm Lamar Quinn Film
JFK: Reckless Youth Joseph P. Kennedy TV film
1995 The Good Old Boys Walter Calloway TV film (dir: Tommy Lee Jones)
Devil in a Blue Dress Todd Carter Film
1996 Fly Away Home David Alden Film
Sleepers Ralph Ferguson Film
Critical Choices Lloyd TV series
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Laumer TV series
1997 George Wallace Billy Watson TV film (dir: John Frankenheimer)
Oz Emerald City Unit Manager Tim McManus TV series (six seasons)
White Lies Richard Film
1998 Luminous Motion Pedro Film
Don't Look Down Dr. Paul Sadowski TV film (dir: Wes Craven)
1999 Oxygen Captain Tim Foster Film
That Championship Season James Daly TV film
The Young Girl and the Monsoon Hank (main character) Film (with Ellen Muth)
2000 The House of Mirth George Dorset Film
2001 Save the Last Dance Roy Johnson Film
Midwives Rand Danforth TV film
2002 The Laramie Project Dennis Shepard Film
2003 House Hunting Hogue Short film
2004 Focus Group Bob Sadler Short film
CSI: NY District Attorney Tom Mitford TV series (2 episodes)
2005 The Game of Their Lives The journalist, Dent McSkimming Film
Runaway Dr. Maxim Film
Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Detective Neil O'Hara TV film
2006 Kidnapped James Sullivan TV series
2007 Turn the River Markus Film
Wainy Days Marvin Internet series (5 min episodes), 1 episode
Queens Supreme Andrew Grigg TV series (1 episode)
2008 Canterbury's Law Deputy Attorney General Zach Williams TV series (main cast)
2009 The Unusuals Sergeant Harvey Brown TV series (main cast)
The Mentalist Special Agent Sam Bosco TV series (recurring role)
2010 The Good Wife Gerald Kozko (Risk assessor) TV series (3 episodes)
2011 Being Human Heggemann TV series (recurring role)
2012 NYC 22 Daniel "Yoda" Dean TV series (main cast)
Promised Land David Churchill Film
The Mob Doctor Dante Amato TV series (2 episodes)
2013 Elementary Howard Ennis TV series (one episode)
2014 Black Box Dr. Owen Morely Series regular
2015 Show Me a Hero Peter Smith TV miniseries
I Smile Back Dr. Page Film
Fargo Chief Gibson TV series (2 episodes)
2016 Good Behavior Christian Series regular
Billions Hall TV Series (recurring role, six seasons)
2017 Abundant Acreage Available Jesse Ledbetter Film
November Criminals Principal Karlstadt Film
2018 Mile 22 Johnny Porter Film
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Mike Fisher Film
2021 The Little Things Captain Farris Film
2022 Inventing Anna Barry TV miniseries (10 episodes)


  1. ^ "Terry Kinney Biography (1954-)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Gholson, Craig. [1] BOMB Magazine Spring, 1989. Retrieved May 15th, 2013.
  3. ^ Hayford, Justin (July 11, 2002). "Petty Delusions and Grand Obsessions". Chicago Reader. Alison Draper/Sun-Times Media Group. Chicagoreader.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (June 21, 2012). "New Works by Rajiv Joseph, Jenny Schwartz and Doug McGrath Will Cling to Vineyard's Vine in 2012-13". Playbill. Philip S. Birsh. Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (June 29, 2012). "Terry Kinney to Direct Amoralists Production of Lyle Kessler's Collision". Theatermania.com. TheaterMania.com, Inc. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Kinney was talking about his preparation for directing Diminished Capacity, reported at indieWIRE.
  7. ^ See Browne's Facebook page.
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (17 July 2012). "Fox's Mob Doctor Snags Fringe, Oz Alums for Recurring Gigs". TV Guide. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-09-26). "Terry Kinney Joins 'Black Box', Robin Weigert In 'Trending Down' & 'Chicago PD', Annabelle Stephenson Boards 'Revenge'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (2019-11-07). "Shonda Rhimes' Anna Delvey Series at Netflix Adds Five More to Cast". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-22.

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