Terry Kinney


Date Of Birth

January 29, 1954


Terry Kinney got his start during his years as a student at the Illinois State University. Inspired after watching a stage production of Grease, he, along with other then aspiring actors Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise, founded the Steppenwolf Theater Company, which was based in the university. Upon graduation, he joined the group full-time, and started staging productions across Chicago. As one of the company’s artistic directors, he won several awards and also oversaw the transfer of some of their plays to Broadway. As an actor, he also earned a Tony Award nomination in 1990, for the plat The Grapes of Wrath.

Kinney began his screen acting career, however, in the mid-1980s, when he took a small role in the 1985 film Seven Minutes in Heaven. Most of his screen roles to date were in films, although he also took roles in television; his first regular stint was a recurring role in the acclaimed series thirtysomething. In 1997, he joined the cast of the acclaimed HBO prison drama Oz, appearing as Tim McManus, the idealistic manager of the Emerald City unit of the Oswald State Correctional Facility. He stayed in the role until the series concluded in 2003.

More recently, Kinney focused his attention on acting for stage and television. While continuing his work on Broadway and with the Steppenwolf Theater Company, he made guest appearances in shows such as Law & Order and CSI: NY (notably where his Steppenwolf co-founder Gary Sinise is a regular). After taking a recurring role in the short-lived legal drama Canterbury’s Law, he took a regular role in the 2009 crime series The Unusuals as Sergeant Harvey Brown.

At present, Kinney stars appears as recurring character Special Agent Sam Bosco on the CBS series The Mentalist.

Place of Birth

Lincoln, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Terry Kinney



Fun Facts

-He is a co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, along with actors Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry.

-He has been married and divorced twice-- first to Elizabeth Perkins and then to Kathryn Erbe.




2010 The Good Wife
2010 The Line
2009 The Mentalist
2009 The Unusuals
2008 Canterbury's Law
2008 Law & Order
2007 Turn the River
2007 Wainy Days
2007 Queens Supreme
2006-2007 Kidnapped
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution
2005 Runaway
2005 The Game of Their Lives
2004 CSI: NY
2004 Focus Group
2003 House Hunting
1997-2003 Oz
2002 The Laramie Project
2001 Midwives
2001 Save the Last Dance
2000 The House of Mirth
1999 The Young Girl and the Monsoon
1999 That Championship Season
1999 Oxygen
998 Don't Look Down
1998 Luminous Motion
1997 George Wallace
1996 Critical Choices
1996 Sleepers
1996 Fly Away Home
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street
1996/I White Lies
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress
1995 The Good Old Boys
1993 J.F.K.: Reckless Youth
1993 The Firm
1993 Body Snatchers
1992 Deadly Matrimony
1992 The Last of the Mohicans
1991 Talent for the Game
1991 The Grapes of Wrath
1991 Queens Logic
1990 Kojak: None So Blind
1987-1989 thirtysomething
1988 Miles from Home
1987 Murder Ordained
1987 A Walk on the Moon
1986 No Mercy
1986 Miami Vice
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven




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