Terry Kinney (Pinky) co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry in 1976. Since then, he has directed several plays for Steppenwolf, including The Violet Hour, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Clockwork Orange, …And a Nightingale Sang, Of Mice and Men, My Thing of Love ,Streamers. In New York he’s directed Checkers, After Ashley,Beautiful Child at the Vineyard Theatre, Eyes for Consuela for MTC , one Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ( Tony Award, Best Revival), and Reasons To Be Pretty for MCC Theatre’s Lucille Lortel, which then transferred to Broadway and earned Kinney a 2009 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. Recently he directed Gibraltar, an adaptation by( and starring) Patrick Fitzgerald of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Perhaps best known for his portrayal of the idealistic unit manager Tim McManus in HBO’s prison drama Oz, and more recently , CBS’ NYC 22, and ABC’s The Unusuals. Other television appearances include victim Matthew Shepard’s father in the HBO special The Laramie Project; CSI: New York; Kidnapped; the TNT movie, Wallace; That Championship Season; as well as Canterbury’s Law and The Good Wife, both opposite Juliana Marguiles. Kinney was recently seen in The Mentalist opposite Simon Baker, as well as a guest star in Fox’s The Mob Doctor, CBS’s Elementary, and SyFy’s Being Human.
Kinney has also appeared in several films, including Promised Land, Save the Last Dance, Sleepers, Fly Away Home, House of Mirth, No Mercy, Last of the Mohicans, The Firm, and Devil in a Blue Dress.
After directing the short film Kubuku Rides (This Is It) for Steppenwolf Films, Mr. Kinney directed his first full length feature Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick and Alan Alda.
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