Everett McGill

Biography: Presskit biography from the film "The People Under the Stairs" 1991 : Everett McGill, born in Florida and raised in a rural community outside Kansas City, never expected to become an actor. A self-described kid who tended to get into trouble, his acceptance of a role in a school production as a favour to a teacher turned his life around. After performing on guitar and keyboard in a hard-driving rhythm-and-blues band for several years, McGill returned to acting, studying at the University of Missouri, then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where he attended "every attic and cellar production I could see." Returning to New York, McGill performed in numerous off-Broadway shows before winning the coveted role of the "Equus," a part he played for more than 500 performances. He also appeared in leading roles on Broadway in "A Texas Trilogy" and Whose Life Is It, Anyway?" McGill made his motion picture debut in "Union City," then received his big film break when he was cast as the starring lead in Jean-Jacques Annaud's pre-historic classic "Quest For Fire." His major films since include "Dune," "Field of Honor," "Licence to Kill," "Iguana," and "Jezebel, It Was You."
On television, McGill is well known to audiences as the quietly compelling, sympathetic gas station operator on "Twin Peaks." Additionally, he has appeared prominently in "Tour of Duty," "Werewolf," "Three on a Match," and "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story."
An Avid outdoorsman and backpacker, McGill lives with his wife in northern Arizona where he maintains a home recording studio and collects Indian pottery.


Tall, muscular American actor. First gained attention from his memorable portrayal of Noah, the leader of the Caveman tribe in Guerre du feu, La (1981). With his rugged physique, cold, sinister stare and husky, whispering voice, Everett became usually memorable and well cast in villainous roles, such as the double-crossing FBI Agent Killifer in Licence to Kill (1989) and as Penn, the terrorist leader in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995).

Height: 6'5

Everett McGill's Scores

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Average career score: 86
Highest Metascore: 86 The Straight Story
Lowest Metascore: 86 The Straight Story
Score distribution:
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1 movie review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
86 The Straight Story Oct 15, 1999 Tom The John Deere Dealer 8.3