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M. C. Gainey
Born Mike Connor Gainey
January 18, 1948 (1948-01-18) (age 61)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.

Mike Connor Gainey[1] (born January 18, 1948) is an American film and television actor whose distinctive mustache, 6'2½" height, and threatening look have given him supporting roles as Southern/Southwestern types, thugs, and criminals.

Since the early 1980s he has been in over 50 movies and made for TV movies, including Breakdown, Two Idiots in Hollywood, Con Air, Terminator 3, Sideways,in which he appeared naked through all of his screen time, and 2005's The Dukes of Hazzard. He was one of the stars of the short-lived television series Against the Law. 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, CSI, Days of our Lives, The X-Files, Desperate Housewives, and has a role as Tom on the series Lost, a character who has appeared in 19 episodes, as many as some former main cast members.

Gainey played Kurtz/The Wizard in the controversial road-revenge film Apocalypse Oz, a film containing no original dialogue as it is all taken from Apocalypse Now or The Wizard of Oz. In 2007 he appeared in a trio of films including Mr. Woodcock, Wild Hogs, and the sci/horror film Unearthed. His classmates included Ken Hixon.

He attended the 2007 Emmys with Lost's show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.[2]

Personal quotes

On being typecast:

With a face like this, there aren't a lot of lawyers or priest roles coming my way. I've got a face that was meant for a mug shot and that's what I've been doing for the past thirty years. If I play a cop, it's always a racist cop, or a trigger-happy cop or a crooked cop - but by and large I play cowboys, bikers, and convicts.[3]

(In contrast to this, Gainey's most recent TV role was on Young and the Restless in September 2008, playing a lawyer named Dick Denter.)

On the characters he has played:

"Swamp Thing" in Con Air. In a movie that has so many villains, take a look at my character closely - not that it supports the weight of a careful examination - and you'll see that I don't really get in anyone's face, I don't really kill anyone, I'm not really a bad guy - I'm just a guy who likes to fly. He made the mistake of landing his plane full of controlled substances in the wrong place and finds himself in the system. In terms of bad guys though, the character I played in Breakdown was a very bad human being. There's nothing redeeming about that character.[3]


  1. ^ According to his interview on ABC's Officlal Lost Audio Podcast (released April 16, 2007), he is named after Martin S. "Mike" Connor, the first Irish-American governor of Mississippi (1932-'36).
  2. ^ Watch with Kristin - Lost Still in "Radio Silence" (Hmph)
  3. ^ a b M.C Gainey : Interview : Dukes of Hazzard : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat

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