Kevin McNally is an English character actor. A graduate of RADA and a veteran of London's West End stages, McNally is best-known to mainstream audiences for his role as Joshamee Gibbs in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. He made his debut in 1976 in tv drama productions, including a role as Castor in the prime-time epic "I, Claudius", where he appeared with Brit heavyweights John Hurt and Patrick Stewart. McNally's TV work has paled next to his film career, limited to primarily brief guest stints on the original version of the sci-fi classic "Doctor Who" and starring turns on such short-lived comedies as "Dad" in the late '90s. McNally made his big-screen debut with a bit part in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977, and a few years later, he had a key supporting role in the British gangster film "The Long Good Friday", which starred Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. A noble early project, the 1987 biopic "Cry Freedom"--an investigation into the death of South African activist Steve Biko--eventually gave way to more mainstream fare two decades later, producing roles in movies like the 2003 Rowan Atkinson action-comedy, "Johnny English". That same year, McNally landed his career role, in terms of fame and income, as the mutton-chops-sporting Gibbs, Captain Jack Sparrow's right-hand man in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". McNally reprised his role as Gibbs through each successively bigger-budgeted incarnation of the franchise into the 2010s.