Scoot McNairy

"Scoot" implies a fast pace or rapid advancement; for "Killing Them Softly" (2012) actor Scooter McNairy his career trajectory from no-name actor to Brad Pitt co-star couldn't have happened more slowly. The Dallas ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1980 in Dallas, Texas, USA


Actor (38)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 (Movie)


Black Sea 2015 (Movie)

Daniels (Actor)

Halt & Catch Fire 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)


Mr. Fix It 2015 (Movie)


Our Brand Is Crisis 2015 (Movie)


Frank 2014 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Mr. Sadman 2014 (Movie)

Stevie (Actor)

Non-Stop 2014 (Movie)

Tom Bowen (Actor)

The Rover 2014 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Wednesday Again 2014 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)


Dragon Day 2013 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest 2013 (Movie)


Touchy Feely 2013 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

A Night in the Woods 2012 (Movie)

Brody Cartwright (Actor)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

Joe Stafford (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

Jeff Dennon (Actor)

Bones 2007 - 2008, 2011 (Tv Show)


Monsters 2010 (Movie)

Kaulder (Actor)

The Off Hours 2010 (Movie)


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009 (Tv Show)


Eleventh Hour 2008 (Tv Show)


In Search of a Midnight Kiss 2008 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Murder 101: Locked Room Mystery 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)


The Shield 2008 (Tv Show)


How I Met Your Mother 2007 (Tv Show)


Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

Army-Jacket (Actor)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Beatnik (Actor)

Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)


Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 (Movie)

Augie (Actor)

Good Girls Don't 2004 (Tv Show)


Sleepover 2004 (Movie)

DJ at Club (Actor)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Wreckage (Movie)

Producer (3)

Frank and Cindy 2015 (Movie)


Monsters: Dark Continent 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

In Search of a Midnight Kiss 2008 (Movie)



"Scoot" implies a fast pace or rapid advancement; for "Killing Them Softly" (2012) actor Scooter McNairy his career trajectory from no-name actor to Brad Pitt co-star couldn't have happened more slowly. The Dallas native, whose nickname (his real name is John) is a jokey reference to the way he scooted around as a baby, grew up obsessively watching movies and eventually migrated to California to attend film school for cinematography. When he landed his debut role as a disaffected teen in "Wrong Numbers" (2001), however, he realized creating something in front of the camera was just as rewarding as working behind it. The quietly intense actor quickly amassed a string of roles portraying young, rebellious, slightly on the edge characters in everything from films such as "Wonderland" (2003) and "D.E.B.S." (2004), to TV shows like "Good Girls Don't..." (BBC, 2004) and "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). In between portraying an oddly named art student in "Art School Confidential" (2006) and appearing in the music video for Regina Spektor's "Fidelity," the ambitious McNairy also formed his own production company, The Group Films, in an effort to create the kinds of films and roles he wanted to see but no one was offering. His first outing as a producer came on "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" (2007), the surprise Independent Spirit Award-winning hit in which he played a bitter Los Angeleno who finds himself on an unexpected date on New Year's Eve. Directed by Alex Holdridge of "Wrong Numbers," the film's massive success (it grossed over $1 million on a $25,000 budget) propelled McNairy to even bigger roles. After portraying a jaded journalist in the 2010 experimental sci-fi film "Monsters," in 2012 McNairy gave a trio of performances that brought him out of the shadows and into the spotlight: none-too-bright petty thief Frankie in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly;" defiant American hostage Joe Stafford in Ben Affleck's "Argo;" and struggling farmer Jeff Dennon in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land." Scoot McNairy isn't a late-bloomer - it just took us awhile to catch on.



Starred opposite Brad Pitt in "Killing Them Softly."


Portrayed an American hostage in Ben Affleck's "Argo."


Cast in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land."


Cast in the sci-fi film "Monsters."


Landed the lead role in "In Search of a Midnight Kiss;" also served as executive producer.


Appeared in the music video for Regina Spektor's "Fidelity."


Landed debut TV role on the BBC's "Good Girls Don't..."


Made film debut in the indie "Wrong Numbers."

Bonus Trivia


"Stay in your subconscious. Be free. Be willing to make mistakes. Be willing to fall on your face. The mistakes you make as an actor are some of your most golden moments." - from, Nov. 30, 2012


Real name is John; his father called him Scoot as a baby because of the way he scooted around the house.


Before he worked with Ben Affleck in "Argo," McNairy starred with him in a 2006 European commerical for Axe deoderant.


"I was out here, struggling to get the roles I wanted, so I opened a production company to start making films that I wouldn’t normally get cast in and that I wanted to see. Producing was just an extension of my love for storytelling." - from, Sep. 6, 2012


Runs his own production company, called The Group Films.