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One of Hollywood's busiest character actors, M. C. GAINEY (Roadie) will soon be seen on the big screen in the upcoming comedies "The New Guy" and "Run Ronnie Run," as well as "Terminator 3" and "The Cooler." He has also just finished filming the lead role in "The Last Cowboy," which will open the new Hallmark Hall of Fame Channel.

Gainey's recent films include "Diary of A Sex Addict," "Highway," "Ringmaster," "Tyrone," Jan de Bont's "The Haunting," "Meet The Deedles," "Sugar," "Yakima Wash," and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival entry "Happy Texas."

In 1997, Gainey won raves for his starring roles opposite Kurt Russell in "Breakdown" and in "Con Air" as the convict-turned-pilot, known as Swamp Thing.

His other feature credits include "Don't Look Back," "The Fan," "Citizen Ruth," "Geronimo," "The Mighty Ducks," "Leap of Faith," "Starman," "An Innocent Man," "Fatal Beauty," "Soul Man," "Blind Justice," "Frances," "Time After Time" and "Pennies From Heaven," among others.

Gainey has been seen in over 150 episodes of television. He was a series regular on "Against the Law" and had recurring roles on such shows as "Designing Women" as T. Tommy Reed, "The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.," "Elysian Fields," "Stir Crazy," "Hard Ball," and "Simon & Simon." He has starred in numerous telefilms including "The Judds: Love Can Build a Bridge," "The True Life of Ned Blessing," "El Diablo," "Caddie Woodlawn," "Nitti," "The Rape of Richard Beck," "Night Partners" and "The Blue & the Gray."

He has also guest starred on dozens of series such as "Lazarus Man," "Renegade," "Knight Rider," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Hunter," "Touched By An Angel," "L.A. Law," "The Commish," "Major Dad," "Dukes of Hazzard," "The A Team," "Dynasty," "Hart to Hart," "Happy Days" and "Cheers."

Gainey's extensive stage experience ranges from "Othello" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to "Two Idiots in Hollywood."

Gainey began his career as a folk singer in the New Orleans coffee house circuit. After studying theater in his home state at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gainey took diverse jobs until he met legendary character actor Strother Martin while Gainey was working as an extra on a movie, and accepted Martin's encouragement to pursue acting in California. After two years of study with the American Conservatory Theater in the Bay Area, Gainey moved to Los Angeles.

Before joining up with "The Country Bears," Gainey worked as a roadie, touring with the New Orleans-based band "Cowboy Mouth" and the New York-based "The Bet Williams Band." He was also a singer in the Los Angeles band "The Chihuahuas."

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