Boyd Gaines

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.

Boyd Gaines
Gaines in 2013
Boyd Payne Gaines

(1953-05-11) May 11, 1953
EducationAllan Hancock College
Juilliard School
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Kathleen McNenny

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
1981Porky'sCoach Roy Brackett
1985The Sure ThingJason
1986Heartbreak RidgeLieutenant M.R. Ring
1987Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance HallSam LoganShort film
1988Call MeBill
1995The Grass HarpNarrator (voice)
1996I'm Not RappaportPeter Danforth
1999The ConfessionLiam Clarke
2004Second BestRichard
2007Lovely by SurpriseCustomer #1
2007Funny GamesFred
2010The Robber Barons of Wall StreetRupert BaronShort film
2014Driving Miss DaisyBoolie WerthanTheatrical release of Australian stage production
2016No Pay, NudityStephan
2018The IndependentsProfessor Green
2018Roses Are BlindUncle Oscar
2019The GoldfinchChance Barbour
Year Title Role Notes
1981–84One Day at a TimeMark Royer52 episodes
1984HotelJeff StriderEpisode: "Wedding"
1985EvergreenChris BradfordTV miniseries
1985MacGruder and LoudEllisEpisode: "Tarnished Blues"
1985Remington SteeleTodd MyersonEpisode: "Grappling Steele"
1985HotelSteven ParkerEpisode: "Hearts and Minds"
1986L.A. LawJim Perkins4 episodes
1986HotelRodger GageEpisode: "Undercurrents"
1988Spenser: For HireAlfie GainerEpisode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1988American PlayhouseReverend DobsonEpisode: "Pigeon Feathers"
1988Piece of CakeChris HartTV miniseries
1989The Days and Nights of Molly DoddImposterEpisode: "Here's a Rough Way to Learn a Foreign Language"
1990A Son's PromiseDan WestonTV film
1991A Woman Named JackieYusha AuchinclossTV miniseries
1992Anything but LoveCollege ProfessorEpisode: "Catherine Honey, I'm Home"
1992Murder, She WroteJohn HalseyEpisode: "Programmed for Murder"
1993Law & OrderLieutenant St. ClaireEpisode: "Conduct Unbecoming"
1994FrasierPhil PattersonEpisode: "The Candidate"
1995Law & OrderNathan BarclayEpisode: "Wannabe"
1997Law & OrderOliver ShainEpisode: "Matrimony"
1997Caroline in the CityJerryEpisode: "Caroline and the Wayward Husband"
1997Remember WENNCongressman Bob FarradayEpisode: "A Girl Like Maple"
1999Earthly PossessionsAnnouncerTV film
2001–02The Education of Max BickfordPaul Finazzio2 episodes
2001–02100 Centre StreetCasper Quince2 episodes
2003Queens SupremeSteve Simon / Stan StandowskiEpisode: "Flawed Heroes"
2004Law & OrderJames RillardEpisode: "Coming Down Hard"
2006Angela's EyesColin Anderson6 episodes
2009American ExperienceVoice of Chairman GrayEpisode: "The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
2009The Good WifeRichard ChathamEpisode: "Home"
2015American OdysseyHarrison's FatherEpisode: "Drop King"
2015Great PerformancesBoolie WerthanEpisode: "Driving Miss Daisy"

Stage productions

Year Title Role Notes
1989–90The Heidi ChroniclesPeter PatronePlymouth Theatre
1992The Show-OffAubrey PiperCriterion Center Stage Right
1993–94She Loves MeGeorg NowackBrooks Atkinson Theatre
1995CompanyRobertCriterion Center Stage Right
1999CabaretClifford BradshawStudio 54
2000–01ContactMichael WileyVivian Beaumont Theater
2002Anything GoesLord Evelyn OakleighVivian Beaumont Theater
2002Short Talks on the UniverseSamEugene O'Neill Theatre
2004–05Twelve Angry MenJuror #8American Airlines Theatre
2007Journey's EndLieutenant OsborneBelasco Theatre
2007PygmalionColonel PickeringAmerican Airlines Theatre
2008–09GypsyHerbieSt. James Theatre
2010–11Driving Miss DaisyBoolie WerthanJohn Golden Theatre
2012The ColumnistStewart AlsopSamuel J. Friedman Theatre
2012An Enemy of the PeopleDr. Thomas StockmannSamuel J. Friedman Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
1978Spring AwakeningMelchoir GaborJoseph Papp Public Theater
1979A Month in the CountryAleksei BelyayevRoundabout Stage 1
1980VikingsGunnar LarsenStage 73
1987The MaderatiChuck deButtsPlaywrights Horizons
1988The Heidi ChroniclesPeter PatronePlaywrights Horizons
1992The Extra ManKeithNew York City Center-Stage 1
1992The Comedy of ErrorsAntipholus of EphesusDelacorte Theater
1996The ShawlGarner GlobalisPlayhouse 91 Theater
1997Major BarbaraCusinsIrish Repertory Theatre
1999ContactMichael WileyMitzi E. Newhouse Theater
2005Bach at LeipzigJohann Friedrich FaschNew York Theatre Workshop
2010The Grand MannerGuthrie McClinticMitzi E. Newhouse Theater


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  2. "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
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  6. Grode, Eric. "Boyd Wonder: A Professional Non-Dancing Actor Learns a Few Steps" Playbill, March 29, 2000
  7. "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
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  10. "Lincoln Center Theater: The Grand Manner"; accessed September 16, 2015.
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  12. Gans, Andrew. "61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards to Be Presented June 10" Playbill, June 10, 2007
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  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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