Birth Date: June 25, 1959 / Age: 55
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Biography: Mark Douglas Brown McKinney is a Canadian comedian and actor. He is best known for his work as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall from 1989 to 1994, and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1997.
He started doing comedy with the Loose Moose Theatre Company. There, Mark met Bruce McCulloch. Together they formed a comedy team called, “The Audience.” Eventually, Mark and Bruce moved to Toronto, and met Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald. Dave and Kevin were in the process of forming a comedy troupe. Along with Scott Thompson, who wound up joining after coming to a stage show, and producer Lorne Michaels, the Kids in the Hall (KITH) was formed in 1989.
Notable "Kids" characters played by McKinney include the Chicken Lady, Nina from Joymakers, Gerald the businessman, and the Headcrusher, an embittered Eastern European who crushes the heads of passersby between his thumb and forefinger.
McKinney is considered by some to be the Kids' most versatile member, adopting countless different voices, accents, and personalities to match each bizarre skit.
Following the end of KITH, Mark joined the cast of another sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live.
He has appeared in several films, including the SNL spinoffs Superstar, The Ladies Man and A Night at the Roxbury. McKinney also starred opposite Isabella Rossellini in Guy Maddin's acclaimed tragicomedy The Saddest Music in the World.
McKinney cowrote and starred in the Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy, in which, among other roles, he spoofed SNL and KITH executive producer Lorne Michaels.
His latest appearance on television was playing Bill, an American who came to Dog River by accident, in the hit Canadian comedy Corner Gas.
Mark has one child, Christopher Thomas Russell (b: March 4, 1996), and is married to Marina Gharabegian. He has two siblings, an older sister, Jayne, and a younger brother, Nick, who is a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Vacant Lot.