Everett McGill

Actor, Musician
Dark featured and loomingly tall, Everett McGill was well suited to a career playing in dark, cult films. His deep-set eyes and prominent forehead were a perfect fit for Naoh, head cavemen in Jean-Jacques Annaud's ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1945 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Twin Peaks 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

JAG 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Straight Story 1999 (Movie)

Tom--The John Deere Dealer (Actor)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Colonel Paul Tanner (Actor)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

Penn (Actor)

Against All Odds 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jezebel's Kiss 1990 (Movie)

Dan Riley (Actor)

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Killifer (Actor)

Iguana 1988 (Movie)

Oberius (Actor)

Three on a Match 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

Major Powers (Actor)

Field of Honor 1985 (Movie)

Sire (Actor)

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

Reverend Lester Lowe (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Stilgar (Actor)

Quest for Fire 1982 (Movie)

Naoh (Actor)

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Caldwell (Actor)

Union City 1979 (Movie)

Larry Longacre (Actor)

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

White GI Attending Dance (Actor)

A Time For Miracles (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Dark featured and loomingly tall, Everett McGill was well suited to a career playing in dark, cult films. His deep-set eyes and prominent forehead were a perfect fit for Naoh, head cavemen in Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest For Fire." As Naoh McGill went under heavy prosthetics, preparing him well for his only other lead part which came seven years later in Monty Hellman's "Iguana," where he played a sailor with a disfigured face and tyrannical impulses. These roles were mile-markers on a career with a bizarre trajectory in which he often took on intense roles. McGill played a murderous reverend in the Stephen King adaptation of" Silver Bullet," a corrupt DEA agent in the Bond film "License To Kill," and a crazed Colonel in the comedy "My Fellow Americans." Not until after casting him in his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune," did David Lynch recognize McGill's gentler side, casting him in the 1990 night-time soap, "Twin Peaks." Here, McGill played a kindly mechanic in love with his high school sweetheart, though married to the one-eyed shrew, Nadine (Wendy Robie). Robie and McGill made a good pairing, and slasher king Wes Craven tapped them to play a duo of evil landlords a year later in "The People Under the Stairs." McGill career began in a soap opera, "Guiding Light," and his role in "Twin Peaks" was not much of a leap, nor was his reprised role as a friendly mechanic in Lynch's 1999 heart-wrencher "The Straight Story." His abrupt disappearance from acting in '99 is surprising due to his frequent work with the well-respected Lynch.

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Milestones

1999

Appeared in Lynch's "The Straight Story"

1985

Met David Lynch while starring in feature, "Dune"

1980

Feature acting debut, "Union City" opposite Debbie Harry

1979

Appearance in feature, "Yanks"

Led a rhythm-and-blues band for several years

Starred on Broadway, "Equus"

Regular role on TV soap opera, "Guiding Light" (1952-)

Moved to New York; performed in off-off-Broadway productions

Regular role on TV series, "Twin Peaks"

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