John Marcus McNairy
November 11, 1977
John Marcus "Scoot" McNairy (born November 11, 1977), is an American actor and producer known for his roles in films including Monsters, Argo, Killing Them Softly, 12 Years a Slave, Frank, Gone Girl, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In television, he starred in the AMC period drama Halt and Catch Fire, True Detective, Narcos: Mexico, and the Netflix western miniseries Godless.
McNairy was born in Dallas, Texas, to Alicia Ann McNairy (née Merchant) and Stewart Hall McNairy. Scoot has a brother named Mason who is one of the founding members of The Thread.  In addition to a house in Dallas, the family had a ranch in rural Paris, Texas, where they spent time on weekends and holidays. Growing up, he did theater in after-school programs. His father began calling him Scooter when he was about two years old. "A lot of people are like, oh, it must be some amazing story. But it's because I used to scoot around on my butt," says McNairy.
McNairy has stated that he is "highly dyslexic" and that he had to "go to dyslexia school for four years." He describes himself as a visual learner and was attracted to films for that reason. McNairy attended Lake Highlands High School.
McNairy moved to Austin, Texas, when he was 18 to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He appeared in Wrong Numbers (2001), written and directed by Alex Holdridge. The film won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. Holdridge was hired to remake Wrong Numbers into a studio picture, which was never made.
Interested in cinematography and photography, McNairy moved to Los Angeles to go to film school. He attended for a year, then dropped out and began working in film production, doing carpentry and building film sets. Then he worked as an extra, until he eventually found steady work in over 200 TV commercials. He eventually was offered roles in feature films, a career he has been pursuing since 2001.
During the early 2000s, McNairy portrayed colorful and individualistic young men with a rebellious edge. He had small parts in films, including Wonderland (2003), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), and Art School Confidential (2006).
In 2010, McNairy worked on The Listening Party as Ferret and Everything Will Happen Before You Die as Matt. 2010 also saw the release of the alien invader film Monsters by Gareth Edwards, which featured largely improvised dialogue and was shot in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Texas.
In 2011, McNairy played Frankie in director Andrew Dominik's film Killing Them Softly (2012) opposite Brad Pitt. The film is based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, re-envisioned to take place during the 2008 election.
The role led to a string of high-profile roles, including Ben Affleck's Argo (2012), Gus Van Sant's Promised Land (2012), and Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely (2013) opposite Rosemarie DeWitt, which also stars Elliot Page, Josh Pais, and Allison Janney. For his role as Joe Stafford in Argo, he studied Persian, which he spoke in his final monologue in the film.
In 2013, he appeared in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which again included Pitt. McNairy filmed his second movie with Michael Fassbender, Leonard Abrahamson's Frank, and co-starred in Jaume Collet-Serra's Non-Stop (2014), opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.
He appears in David Michod's The Rover (2014) opposite Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. McNairy starred as computer engineer and internet pioneer Gordon Clark in the AMC Network drama Halt and Catch Fire, about the personal computer business in the 1980s and 1990s. The series ran for four seasons from 2013-2017 to high critical acclaim. By coincidence, his character's wife in Halt and Catch Fire is portrayed by actor Kerry Bishé, who also played his spouse in Argo.
McNairy played Wallace Keefe in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). In September 2016, McNairy was announced as a cast member in the third season of the FX drama Fargo. In 2017, McNairy played crime boss Novak in the crime drama Sleepless and co-starred in the Netflix western-miniseries Godless as shortsighted sheriff Bill McNue.
In 2009, McNairy appeared in the Bookshort for "Jpod" by Douglas Coupland, incorrectly attributed as "Scoot McNally"
McNairy married actress Whitney Able in 2010. They initially started dating in Los Angeles about six months before co-starring in Monsters. They have two children. On November 19, 2019, Able announced that the couple had divorced.
|2002||Plugged In||Short film|
|2003||Silenced||Friend 1||Short film|
|2004||White Men in Seminole Flats||Dale||Short film|
|2004||Sleepover||DJ at Club|
|2005||Herbie: Fully Loaded||Augie|
|2006||Art School Confidential||Army-Jacket|
|2006||The Shadow Effect||Harold Grey||Short film|
|2006||Mr. Fix It||Dan|
|2007||In Search of a Midnight Kiss||Wilson||Producer|
|2007||Blind Man||Sparky Collins|
|2009||Shipping and Receiving||Steve Porter||Short film|
|2009||Cop Out||Mike Singbush||Short film|
|2009||The Resurrection of Officer Rollins||Shooter||Short film|
|2010||Everything Will Happen Before You Die||Matt|
|2010||Wes and Ella||Wes|
|2011||Amor Fati||Teddy||Short film|
|2011||The Off Hours||Corey|
|2011||A Night in the Woods||Brody Cartwright|
|2011||Angry White Man||Walt|
|2012||Killing Them Softly||Frankie|
|2012||Promised Land||Jeff Dennon|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Brown|
|2014||Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King||Jackson Norriss||Short film|
|2015||Our Brand Is Crisis||Rich|
|2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Wallace Keefe|
|2017||Aftermath||Jacob "Jake" Bonanos|
|2017||War Machine||Sean Cullen|
|2018||The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter||Greg|
|2019||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||Business Bob Gilbert|
|2019||The Parts You Lose||Ronnie|
|2004||Good Girls Don't...||Henry||Episode: "My Best Friend Is a Big Fat Slut"|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Trevor||Episode: "All Alone"|
|2005||Close to Home||T.J.||Episode: "Meth Murders"|
|2006||More, Patience||Jake||Television film|
|2006||Murder 101||Panache||Television film|
|2006||Jake in Progress||Dean Thomas Stilton||Episodes: "Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face" |
"The Hot One"
|2007||How I Met Your Mother||Fast Food Worker||Episode: "Something Blue"|
|2007–2011||Bones||Noel Liftin||Episodes: "The Secret in the Soil" |
"The Man in the Outhouse"
"The Daredevil in the Mold"
|2008||Murder 101: New Age||Panache||Television film|
|2008||The Shield||Doug Obermyer||Episode: "Snitch"|
|2008||My Name Is Earl||Bed Bug||Episode: "Quit Your Snitchin'"|
|2008||Eleventh Hour||Rudy Callistro||Episode: "Surge"|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Vitas Long||Episode: "Lover's Lanes"|
|2011||The Whole Truth||Larry Thompson||Episode: "Lost in Translation"|
|2013–2015||Axe Cop||Scoot / Sun Thief (voice)||3 episodes|
|2014–2017||Halt and Catch Fire||Gordon Clark||Main role; 40 episodes|
|2017||Fargo||Maurice LeFay||2 episodes|
|2017||Godless||Bill McNue||Miniseries; 7 episodes|
|2018–present||Narcos: Mexico||Agent Walt Breslin||20 episodes|
|2019||True Detective||Tom Purcell||Season 3|
|2020||Love Life||Bradley Field||2 episodes|
|2020||The Comey Rule||Rod Rosenstein||miniseries|
|2007||In Search of a Midnight Kiss|
|2012||Please, Alfonso||Short film|
|2014||Frank and Cindy|
McNairy has had one nomination and one win for In Search of a Midnight Kiss.
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2013||Won||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Argo (2012)|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||2013||Won||Ensemble Cast Award||Argo (2012)|
|Hollywood Film Festival||2012||Won||Ensemble of the Year||Argo (2012)|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||2012||Nominated||Best Acting Ensemble||Argo (2012)|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||2012||Nominated||Best Ensemble Performance||Argo (2012)|
|Hamptons International Film Festival||2012||Won||Breakthrough Performer||Killing Them Softly (2012)|
|British Independent Film Awards||2010||Nominated||Best Actor||Monsters (2010)|
|Independent Spirit Awards||2009||Won||John Cassavetes Award
Shared with: Alex Holdridge (writer/director),
Seth Caplan (producer)
|In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)|
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