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Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
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Gaines in 2013
Boyd Payne Gaines

(1953-05-11) May 11, 1953 (age 66)
EducationAllan Hancock College
Juilliard School
Years active1978-present
Kathleen McNenny

Boyd Payne Gaines (born May 11, 1953) is an American actor. During his career, he has won four Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.

Early life and education

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to James and Ida Gaines. His early theatre training began at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California,[1] where his talent and rich baritone voice were showcased in leading roles in plays, musicals, and opera. He attended the Juilliard School as a member of the Drama Division's Group 8 (1975-1979).[2]


Gaines has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Fame, L.A. Law and Law & Order, Piece of Cake (1990), but his most notable television role was as Mark Royer, who married Valerie Bertinelli's Barbara Cooper on TV's One Day at a Time.[3] Gaines appeared in the final three seasons of the show. He also portrayed Coach Brackett in the 1981 movie Porky's, Lt. Ring in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge and Jason in The Sure Thing (1985).[4][5]

Gaines is a voice actor, and is credited with recording several audiobooks.

He has appeared on the Broadway stage, in both musicals and plays, for which he has won four Tony Awards. His first Broadway play was The Heidi Chronicles in 1989. Other musicals he appeared in have been Company (1995), She Loves Me (1993), Contact (2000) and the Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People in 2012.[6] Other plays have been The Columnist (2012) and the 2010 revival of Driving Miss Daisy.[7] He appeared in the 2008 revival of Gypsy as Herbie, and won the Tony Award.[8]

He has appeared Off-Broadway, starting in 1978 with Spring Awakening and recently The Grand Manner by A. R. Gurney at Lincoln Center in 2010.[9][10]

In regional theatre, Gaines appeared in Our Town at the George Street Playhouse, New Jersey, in April 2014.[11]

Awards and nominations

Gaines was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play in 2007, for Journey's End,[12] making him the first actor to be nominated in each of the four Tony categories for which an actor is eligible.[7]

Only two male and three female performers have been nominated for all four Tony performance awards, the others being Raúl Esparza, Angela Lansbury, Jan Maxwell, and Audra McDonald.[13] Gaines was the first performer to be nominated for each of Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1989 for The Heidi Chronicles, Best Actor in a Musical in 1994 for She Loves Me,[14] Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2000 for Contact,[15] and again in 2008 for Gypsy and Best Actor in a Play in 2007 for Journey's End. Gaines won in three of the categories (and four of the five nominations), missing only for the performance in Journey's End.[7] His four wins are for The Heidi Chronicles, She Loves Me, Contact, and Gypsy.


He is married to Kathleen McNenny. They have one child.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Fame Michael
1981 Porky's Coach Roy Brackett
1985 The Sure Thing Jason
1986 Heartbreak Ridge Lieutenant M.R. Ring
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Sam Logan Short film
1988 Call Me Bill
1995 The Grass Harp Narrator (voice)
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Peter Danforth
1999 The Confession Liam Clarke
2004 Second Best Richard
2007 Lovely by Surprise Customer #1
2007 Funny Games Fred
2010 The Robber Barons of Wall Street Rupert Baron Short film
2014 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan Theatrical release of Australian stage production
2016 No Pay, Nudity Stephan
2018 The Independents Professor Green
2018 Roses Are Blind Uncle Oscar
2019 The Goldfinch Chance Barbour
Year Title Role Notes
1981-84 One Day at a Time Mark Royer 52 episodes
1984 Hotel Jeff Strider Episode: "Wedding"
1985 Evergreen Chris Bradford TV miniseries
1985 MacGruder and Loud Ellis Episode: "Tarnished Blues"
1985 Remington Steele Todd Myerson Episode: "Grappling Steele"
1985 Hotel Steven Parker Episode: "Hearts and Minds"
1986 L.A. Law Jim Perkins 4 episodes
1986 Hotel Rodger Gage Episode: "Undercurrents"
1988 Spenser: For Hire Alfie Gainer Episode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1988 American Playhouse Reverend Dobson Episode: "Pigeon Feathers"
1988 Piece of Cake Chris Hart TV miniseries
1989 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Imposter Episode: "Here's a Rough Way to Learn a Foreign Language"
1990 A Son's Promise Dan Weston TV film
1991 A Woman Named Jackie Yusha Auchincloss TV miniseries
1992 Anything but Love College Professor Episode: "Catherine Honey, I'm Home"
1992 Murder, She Wrote John Halsey Episode: "Programmed for Murder"
1993 Law & Order Lieutenant St. Claire Episode: "Conduct Unbecoming"
1994 Frasier Phil Patterson Episode: "The Candidate"
1995 Law & Order Nathan Barclay Episode: "Wannabe"
1997 Law & Order Oliver Shain Episode: "Matrimony"
1997 Caroline in the City Jerry Episode: "Caroline and the Wayward Husband"
1997 Remember WENN Congressman Bob Farraday Episode: "A Girl Like Maple"
1999 Earthly Possessions Announcer TV film
2001-02 The Education of Max Bickford Paul Finazzio 2 episodes
2001-02 100 Centre Street Casper Quince 2 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Steve Simon / Stan Standowski Episode: "Flawed Heroes"
2004 Law & Order James Rillard Episode: "Coming Down Hard"
2006 Angela's Eyes Colin Anderson 6 episodes
2009 American Experience Voice of Chairman Gray Episode: "The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
2009 The Good Wife Richard Chatham Episode: "Home"
2015 American Odyssey Harrison's Father Episode: "Drop King"
2015 Great Performances Boolie Werthan Episode: "Driving Miss Daisy"

Stage productions

Year Title Role Notes
1989-90 The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone Plymouth Theatre
1992 The Show-Off Aubrey Piper Criterion Center Stage Right
1993-94 She Loves Me Georg Nowack Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1995 Company Robert Criterion Center Stage Right
1999 Cabaret Clifford Bradshaw Studio 54
2000-01 Contact Michael Wiley Vivian Beaumont Theater
2002 Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Vivian Beaumont Theater
2002 Short Talks on the Universe Sam Eugene O'Neill Theatre
2004-05 Twelve Angry Men Juror #8 American Airlines Theatre
2007 Journey's End Lieutenant Osborne Belasco Theatre
2007 Pygmalion Colonel Pickering American Airlines Theatre
2008-09 Gypsy Herbie St. James Theatre
2010-11 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan John Golden Theatre
2012 The Columnist Stewart Alsop Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
2012 An Enemy of the People Dr. Thomas Stockmann Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
1978 Spring Awakening Melchoir Gabor Joseph Papp Public Theater
1979 A Month in the Country Aleksei Belyayev Roundabout Stage 1
1980 Vikings Gunnar Larsen Stage 73
1987 The Maderati Chuck deButts Playwrights Horizons
1988 The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone Playwrights Horizons
1992 The Extra Man Keith New York City Center-Stage 1
1992 The Comedy of Errors Antipholus of Ephesus Delacorte Theater
1996 The Shawl Garner Globalis Playhouse 91 Theater
1997 Major Barbara Cusins Irish Repertory Theatre
1999 Contact Michael Wiley Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
2005 Bach at Leipzig Johann Friedrich Fasch New York Theatre Workshop
2010 The Grand Manner Guthrie McClintic Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater


  1. ^ a b Buckley, Michael. "Gentleman of the Jury", October 8, 2004
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ One Day at a Time, accessed September 16, 2015
  4. ^ [Boyd Gaines at the TCM Movie Database
  5. ^ "Boyd Gaines About This Person, Filmography" The New York Times, accessed September 16, 2015
  6. ^ Grode, Eric. "Boyd Wonder: A Professional Non-Dancing Actor Learns a Few Steps" Playbill, March 29, 2000
  7. ^ a b c "Boyd Gaines Broadway", accessed September 16, 2015
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Curtain Down: LuPone 'Gypsy' Ends Run at Broadway's St. James Jan. 11" Playbill, January 11, 2009
  9. ^ "Boyd Gaines Off-Broadway" Archived 2012-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, accessed September 16, 2015
  10. ^ "Lincoln Center Theater: The Grand Manner"; accessed September 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Boyd Gaines Will Head Cast of George Street's 'Our Town'" Playbill, March 25, 2014
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards to Be Presented June 10" Playbill, June 10, 2007
  13. ^ "Facts" Archived 2015-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, accessed September 16, 2015
  14. ^ "Actor (Musical) Tony Award Winners (see 1994)", accessed September 16, 2015
  15. ^ Lefkowitz, David; McBride, Murdoch; and Simonson, Robert. "'Copenhagen' And 'Contact' Win Top 1999-2000 Tony Awards" Playbill, June 5, 2000


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