Ray McKinnon (actor)

Ray McKinnon

The cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards

The cast and crew of Rectify at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards
Born Raymond Wilkes McKinnon
(1957-11-15) November 15, 1957
Adel, Georgia U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Nationality American
Education Valdosta State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989-present
Known for Rectify
Spouse(s) Lisa Blount (1998-2010; her death)

Raymond "Ray" Wilkes McKinnon (born November 15, 1957)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.[2]

Early life

McKinnon grew up in Adel, Georgia, to Raymond McKinnon, a car dealer, and Dorothy McKinnon.[2]

In 1981, McKinnon graduated with a degree in Theatre from Valdosta State University.[3]


Along with his wife, actress and producer Lisa Blount, McKinnon won the Academy Award in the category Live Action Short Film in 2001 for The Accountant.[4] The film was produced by Ginny Mule Pictures, a company founded by himself, his late wife and Walton Goggins. McKinnon currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, the hometown of Blount.[5] As an actor, he is best known for his role as Reverend Smith in the HBO series Deadwood[6] and for his role as Lincoln Potter in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed FX show Sons of Anarchy.[7]

McKinnon wrote, produced, directed and played Snake in the critically acclaimed 2004 film Chrystal starring Blount and Billy Bob Thornton. The supporting cast included Goggins, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Galecki.[8]

He created the television series Rectify, the first original series from SundanceTV.[9] The first season was broadcast from April to May 2013 and will air its fourth and final season in October 2016.[8]

Personal life

He was married to actress and producer Lisa Blount from 1998 until her death on October 25, 2010.[10]



Year Film Role Other notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Jethro Puller 1989–1991
Driving Miss Daisy Trooper #1
1991 Bugsy David Hinton
Designing Women Dwayne Dobber 1991–1992
1993 Sommersby Lawyer Webb
Needful Things Deputy Norris Ridgewick
1994 The Stand Charlie D. Campion TV mini-series
Matlock Wade Parsons
Roswell Deputy Joe Pritchard
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Garland Briscoe
Apollo 13 FIDO (Flight Dynamics Officer), White team
The Net Dale
1996 Dead Man's Walk Long Bill Coleman
The Pretender Lawson Goodbye Lover-Rollins
1999 NYPD Blue Ted
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Vernon T. Waldrip
2001 The Practice Frank Vaughan
The Accountant The Accountant
2002 The X-Files Mad Wayne
Philly Dewey Hicks
2003 The Missing Russell J. Wittick, photographer
2004 Deadwood Rev. H.W. Smith
Chrystal Snake
2006 Come Early Morning Toby
Things That Hang from Trees Tom Wheeler Sr.
2007 Randy and The Mob Randy and Cecil Pearson
2008 Comanche Moon Bill Coleman TV mini-series
The Last Lullaby Ominous Figure
2009 That Evening Sun Lonzo Choat Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
The Blind Side Coach Burt Cotton
2010 Justified Mr. Duke Blind Spot, Season 1, Episode 7
2011 Sons of Anarchy Lincoln Potter
Dolphin Tale Mr. Doyle
Take Shelter Kyle
Footloose Wes Warnicker
2012 Mud Senior


Year Film Other notes
2001 The Accountant Academy Award for Live Action Short Film
shared with Lisa Blount
2004 Chrystal
2006 Randy and The Mob
2013 Rectify "Jacob's Ladder" (season 1, episode 6)


Year Film Other notes
2001 The Accountant
2004 Chrystal
2006 Randy and the Mob
2013–present Rectify Creator and head writer


Year Film Other notes
2004 Chrystal
2008 I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down
2013–present Rectify Executive producer


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