Mark Gilbert “Gil” McKinney (born February 5, 1979) is an American actor known for various roles on stage and screen. He has appeared in all 22 episodes of the final (15th) season of “ER” (2007-2009) as resident Dr. Paul Grady as well as recurring character Derek Bishop in NBC’s hit drama, “Friday Night Lights” (2010-2011). He has starred in “The Grudge 3” as well as “Witches’ Night,” with supporting roles in “Elvis Has Left The Building” and “Jeepers Creepers II.” He has also portrayed the role of private investigator Jack Kelso in the critically acclaimed video game, “L.A. Noire.”
McKinney was born in Houston, Texas and graduated in 1997 from Angleton High School in Angleton, Texas. He attended USC for Vocal Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre. McKinney received a Bacherlor’s of Arts Degree in 2001. He currently resides in Toluca Lake, California.
James McKinney (brother), Morgan (cousin), Melissa Ann (cousin), Christina (cousin), Alison McKinney (sister), William McKinney (Uncle)
McKinney began his career in various musical productions. He has played the titular roles of Danny Zuko in Grease and Will Parker in Oklahoma!. He has also starred as Paul in Weird Romance, Rob Stein in Twilight of the Golds, Ben in The Dumbwaiter, Charles in Pippin, Jim in Sneaux! (with Kristen Bell), Jake in I’m Getting My Act Together and Todd in Sensitive Skin. He has also acted in various commercial advertising campaigns for Taco Bell, Lowe’s, and Goodyear.
In 2003, McKinney’s small screen debut came in David E. Kelley’s series for The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire as Joel Nudnick, comissioned for two episodes. His first feature film role was that of a basketball player in Jeepers Creepers 2. He was also cast in a FOX pilot for the comedy Titletown. McKinney was also cast as Elvis opposite Kim Bassinger in his second feature film, Elvis Has Left The Building. He then went on to film supporting roles in NCIS as well as The District and later was cast as David Robinson for a Lost In Space pilot in 2004.
In 2005, McKinney was cast as Jack Mercer in an episode of Night Stalker opposite Stuart Townsend and appeared in the short film The Receipt. He then went on to appear in episodes of The Loop and Just legal in 2006. In 2007, McKinney filmed the short Beat The Street as well as appeared in Ghost Whisperer, Saving Grace, and landing yet another lead role in the feature film, Witches’ Night. His first recurring role also happened in 2007, landing amongst the ensemble cast of ER as Dr. Paul Grady. McKinney’s run as Dr. Paul Grady lasted from 2007-2009. He filmed 23 episodes in all during the 14th and 15th final season of ER.
After wrapping the final seaon of ER in 2009, McKinney was tapped to play the lead role of ‘Max’ in The Grudge 3. He went on to film appearances in Castle, Past Life, The Mentalist, and a 6 episode arc as Derek Bishop in Friday Night Lights in 2010, which then aired through the beginning of 2011. McKinney’s role as Jack Kelso in L.A. Noire was also filmed in 2010 at the MotionScan studios in Culver City, Los Angeles. L.A. Noire was released May of 2011 to Xbox and PS3, and November 2011 to PC. Later in 2011, McKinney appeared as Pastor Ben Logan in Season 3 of Drop Dead Diva.
In 2012, McKinney went on to film the short, Chlorine. He also guest-starred in various other TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, Major Crimes, and Supernatural, which aired January 2013. Gil McKinney can also be seen featured in the feature film, Hitchcock.
Other than TV and film, McKinney can also be seen in Progressive Insurance’s “Chick Flick” commercial advertisement opposite Stephanie Courtney, which is still currently being broadcast regularly nationwide in the U.S.
Few of the pilots that McKinney has appeared in never aired. These include Lost In Space: The Robinsons, Titletown, and Women In Law.
Biography written by: Kelly Blacklan