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Bill McKinney Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Sep 12, 1931
  • Died: Dec 1, 2011
  • Birth Name: William Denison McKinney

A character actor beloved particularly for playing villains, Bill McKinney was born in Chattanooga, TN, in 1931. After spending some time in Los Angeles while on leave in the Navy, McKinney decided to settle there following his discharge in order to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and Lee Strausberg's Actors Studio while paying the bills as a high-school teacher before he began landing TV roles on shows like [[Feature~V175189~The Monkees~themonkees[tvseries]]] and [[Feature~V175086~I Dream of Jeannie~idreamofjeannie[tvseries]]]. In 1972, McKinney was cast as a sadistic mountain man in the thriller [[Feature~V13142~Deliverance~deliverance]] alongside [[Performer~P108069~Burt Reynolds~burtreynolds]] and [[Performer~P115561~Jon Voight~jonvoight]]. His visage was soon synonymous with ominousness and violence, leading to a slew of roles as baddies in a wide variety of films over the coming years, like [[Feature~V9964~Cleopatra Jones~cleopatrajones]], [[Feature~V44462~The Shootist~theshootist]], [[Feature~V17472~First Blood~firstblood]], and [[Feature~V37236~The Parallax View~theparallaxview]]. McKinney also began collaborating with [[Performer~P88601~Clint Eastwood~clinteastwood]] on a series of films, including [[Feature~V36888~The Outlaw Josey Wales~theoutlawjoseywales]], [[Feature~V19309~The Gauntlet~thegauntlet]], [[Feature~V16215~Every Which Way but Loose~everywhichwaybutloose]], [[Feature~V2645~Any Which Way You Can~anywhichwayyoucan]], and [[Feature~V38159~Pink Cadillac~pinkcadillac]]. By the 2000s, the actor, now in his seventies, was still going strong. He appeared in such films as 2007's [[Feature~V321759~Lucky You~luckyyou]], 2008's [[Feature~V336719~Pride and Glory~prideandglory]], and 2010's [[Feature~V477288~How Do You Know~howdoyouknow]] before passing away in December 2011 at age 80. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi