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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 29 January 1954Lincoln, Illinois, USA
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Terry Kinney, the stage, film and television actor, was born on January 29, 1954 in Lincoln, Illinois and attended Illinois State University. While at university, his friend, the aspiring actor Jeff Perry, took Kinney to Chicago to see a production of "Grease" in which his best friend, Gary Sinise, was appearing. The like-minded trio of Sinise, Perry and Kinney opened their own Chicago theatrical troupe, the Steppenwolf Theater, in 1973 in the basement of a church in Highland Park. The company's metamorphosis into one of the country's great regional theatrical companies began in 1976, after Kinney and Perry joined it full-time after graduating from college. The theater has, since 1976, put on a full season of ensemble works.

The founders of Steppenwolf supported the theater and themselves with odd jobs until he company began financially self-supporting in the early 1980s. Re-located in the old St. Nicholas Theater, Steppenwolf's productions began to attract a steady audience. Steppenwolf flourished artistically and financially in the '80s, and moved once again to its permanent home at 1650 N. Halsted Street in Chicago.

At the height of the company's fame, Kinney and Sinise were Steppenwolf's artistic co-directors, winning numerous awards, and even transferring some productions, such as their monumental adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", to Broadway. In addition to Kinney and Sinise, the company included such first rate actors as John Malkovich, Joan Allen and John Mahoney. As an actor, Kinney was nominated for a Tony Award for his appearance as the "Reverend Casey" in "Grapes".

Kinney made his movie debut in 1985, with a bit part in Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985), and has been much in demand as a supporting actor ever since. On television, he had a small but recurring role on thirtysomething (1987) and appeared as a regular on the HBO prison drama Oz (1997).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Kathryn Erbe (1993 - 2006) (divorced) (2 children)
Elizabeth Perkins (27 March 1984 - 10 October 1988) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theater Company.
Second child with Kathryn Erbe, son Carson Lincoln Kinney, born October 15, 2003.
Daughter, Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney, born Oct. 26, 1995.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for playing Reverend Jim Casey in "The Grapes of Wrath," a part he recreated in the television version of the same title, American Playhouse: The Grapes of Wrath (1991).
He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Glass Menagerie" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Death of a Salesman" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "And a Nightingale Sang" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Tracers" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1985 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Orphans" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1989 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1991 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Another Time" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Has 2 children with Kathryn Erbe - Daughter Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney born October 26, 1995 & son Carson Lincoln Kinney, born October 15, 2003.

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