Gregory McKinney

Biography: Born in Los Angeles, Greg McKinney moved to Washington D.C. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Washington and spent three years studying at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Chosen for his outstanding military record, McKinney served his country in a selectively manned position as a Ceremonial Guardsman with the United States Air Force Presidential Honor Guard, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. "He was an absolute joy to work with," said Technical Sergeant Darryle Swartzlander, "he left a lasting impression on all of us that knew him. He was a wonderful person and it was a distinct honor to work with 'Mac' in the Presidential Honor Guard." After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force McKinney pursued a career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Metro Transit Division of the Washington D.C. Police Department for nine years. He moved back to Los Angeles with one dreamBorn in Los Angeles, Greg McKinney moved to Washington D.C. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Washington and spent three years studying at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Chosen for his outstanding military record, McKinney served his country in a selectively manned position as a Ceremonial Guardsman with the United States Air Force Presidential Honor Guard, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. "He was an absolute joy to work with," said Technical Sergeant Darryle Swartzlander, "he left a lasting impression on all of us that knew him. He was a wonderful person and it was a distinct honor to work with 'Mac' in the Presidential Honor Guard." After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force McKinney pursued a career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Metro Transit Division of the Washington D.C. Police Department for nine years. He moved back to Los Angeles with one dream – of becoming an actor. From the beginning, he worked steadily in films, television and theatre co-starring in Mortal Kombat, Brilliant Disguise and Blood Fist III and with featured roles in Eraser, The Rock, Money Train, and Beverly Hills Cop III. On stage he gave dynamic performances in Lie of the Mind, Weekend Near Madison, Waiting for Godot and Cave Dwellers. He gave diverse performances in numerous episodic television series guest starring in: Pacific Blue, Ellen, J.A.G., Babylon 5, In the Heat of the Night, and A Man Called Hawk. He had co-starring roles in the series, Trade Winds, Dangerous Curves and Seven Days on UPN. On Saturday, April 10, 1998 Greg suffered a brain aneurysm. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital where he was placed on life support. He died early Sunday morning on April 11. He was 41 years old. His final wish to donate his organs was fulfilled, when his heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas were placed with patients needing the vital organs. McKinney had plans to marry his long-time girlfriend, Paige Patterson in August of that year. He is survived by his son Devin, brothers Tony and Gary, sister Shelli, father Carl McKinney and grandmother Beatrice. Expand