Bill McKinney

Bill McKinney

Birth
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA
Death 1 Dec 2011 (aged 80)
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 81430414 · View Source
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Actor. He was best known for being adept at portraying evil and violent characters in motion pictures. After a stint as a mine sweeper for the United States Navy in the Korean War, he settled in Los Angeles, California and attended acting classes at both the Pasadena Playhouse and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studios. His first film credit was in the 1967 exploitation movie "She Freak," and the following year his made his television debut on "The Monkees" comedy show. He also appeared in a recurring role as 'Lobo' on the tongue-in-cheek western series "Alias Smith and Jones." However, it was in 1972 that he landed his signature role as the sadistic mountain man who terrorizes Jon Voight and Ned Beatty in the film "Deliverance." His visceral, depraved performance contributed to the film's notoriety and huge box office success. Although now typecast as a villain, he enjoyed a busy career portraying bad guys in such films as Sam Peckinpah's "Junior Bonner," John Huston's "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," the comedy "For Pete's Sake," and as the cold blooded assassin in "The Parallax View." He caught the attention of actor Clint Eastwood and became part of the his stock company, appearing in six Eastwood films, most memorably as 'Captain Redlegs Terrell' in "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Other notable film roles in his career included "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," "The Shootist," "Against All Odds," "Back to the Future, Part III," "The Green Mile," and as Sylvester Stallone's nemeses in "First Blood," the first film in the popular "Rambo" series. In demand right up to the end of his life, he filmed a Doritos commercial two weeks before his death of cancer of the esophagus.

Bio by: Miracle Mile Tim


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Miracle Mile Tim
  • Added: 2 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81430414
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bill McKinney (12 Sep 1931–1 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81430414, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.