Joel McKinnon Miller, or occasionally credited as Joel McKinnon, has an extensive TV credits to his name but is most noted for his role as Don Embry on HBO’s Big Love. Born in Minnesota, he first developed his fondness for acting in high school and then went on to study opera and theater at the University of Minnesota.
After college, Miller was offered a spot at John Houseman's The Acting Company, a classical theatre touring company outside of New York. He was given the opportunity to travel all over the United States for three years, performing in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A New Way to Pay Old Debts and the world premiere of Orchards, which is a collection of Seven Chekhov short stories adapted into one-act plays by American playwrights such as David Mamet, Michael Weller, and Samm-Art Williams.
Miller moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to further broaden his acting career and made his TV debut on Murphy Brown, which was the number 1 rated show at the time. Subsequently, he landed a string of guest roles on shows like The Commish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Pacific Blue, Dharma & Greg, The X Files, Malcolm in the Middle, Picket Fences, George Lopez, Roswell, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, The Closer, and Everybody Loves Raymond, where he played George, the custodian, in the episode “The Faux Pas.”
In addition to the small screen, Miller was also cast in several films including The Truman Show, Friday After Next, The Family Man, After the Sunset, Rush Hour 2, and The Blue Hour, among others.