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Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney was the tallest and very possibly the most urbane of the Kids in the Hall, the popular TV improv show. But his range clearly extends beyond comedy. "I always tended to favor the more actorly sketches [in Kids in the Hall], where you would have to act seriously and quite realistically," says the mustachioed actor. As Chester, he found himself in the skin of a man who had resisted sadness all his life, only to face it all tumbling down upon him at the climax of the picture. It was a dramatic challenge the actor clearly relished.

The Saddest Music in the World is not McKinney's first foray into serious acting. He has been seen in pictures as diverse as the Steve Martin remake of Neil Simon's The Out-Of-Towners, Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, Allan Moyle's The New Waterford Girl, and as the notoriously eccentric aesthete John Ruskin in The Passion of John Ruskin.

McKinney is well-known for his many outlandish Kids in the Hall characters, including Mississippi Gary, the crusty old Cabbie, Mr. Pumpoxide, the Chicken Lady and the famed Headcrusher. He also appeared on Saturday Night Live for several seasons.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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