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Boyd Gaines
Gaines in 2013
Boyd Payne Gaines

(1953-05-11) May 11, 1953 (age 70)
EducationAllan Hancock College
Juilliard School (BFA)
Years active1978–present
SpouseKathleen 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. Gaines is best known for playing Mark Royer on One Day at a Time (1981–1984).

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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, Frasier, L.A. Law, Law & Order, and Piece of Cake, 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. He has appeared in the musicals She Loves Me (1993), Company (1995), and Contact (2000).[6] Other plays have included the 2010 revival of Driving Miss Daisy, The Columnist (2012), and the Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People in 2012.[7] He appeared in the 2008 revival of Gypsy as Herbie, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.[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.

Personal life

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


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Fame Michael Feature film
1981 Porky's Coach Roy Brackett Feature film
1981–84 One Day at a Time Mark Royer Main cast (52 episodes)
1984 Hotel Jeff Strider Episode: "Wedding"
1985 Evergreen Chris Bradford TV miniseries
1985 The Sure Thing Jason Feature film
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 Heartbreak Ridge Lieutenant M.R. Ring Feature film
1986 L.A. Law Jim Perkins Recurring role (4 episodes)
1986 Hotel Rodger Gage Episode: "Undercurrents"
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Sam Logan Short film
1988 Spenser: For Hire Alfie Gainer Episode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1988 American Playhouse Reverend Dobson Episode: "Pigeon Feathers"
1988 Piece of Cake Pilot Officer Chris Hart TV miniseries
1988 Call Me Bill Feature film
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 movie
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 The Grass Harp Narrator (voice) Feature film
1995 Law & Order Nathan Barclay Episode: "Wannabe"
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Peter Danforth Feature film
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 The Confession Liam Clarke Feature film
1999 Earthly Possessions Announcer TV movie
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 Second Best Richard Feature film
2004 Law & Order James Rillard Episode: "Coming Down Hard"
2006 Angela's Eyes Colin Anderson Main cast (6 episodes)
2007 Lovely by Surprise Customer #1 Feature film
2007 Funny Games Fred Feature film
2009 American Experience Voice of Chairman Gray Episode: "The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
2009 The Good Wife Richard Chatham Episode: "Home"
2010 The Robber Barons of Wall Street Rupert Baron Short film
2014 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan Theatrical release of Australian stage production
2015 American Odyssey Harrison's Father Episode: "Drop King"
2015 Great Performances Boolie Werthan Episode: "Driving Miss Daisy"
2016 No Pay, Nudity Stephan Feature film
2018 The Independents Professor Green Feature film
2018 Roses Are Blind Uncle Oscar Short film
2019 The Goldfinch Chance Barbour Feature film
2021 The Bite Boyd Leithauser 2 episodes

Stage productions

Broadway and Off-Broadway
Year Title Role Theatre venue
July 7, 1978 – Jul 30, 1978 Spring Awakening Melchior Gabor Off-Broadway: Joseph Papp Public Theater
Dec 11, 1979 – Apr 5, 1980 A Month in the Country Aleksei Belyayev Off-Broadway: Roundabout Stage 1
Oct 21, 1980 – Nov 30, 1980 Vikings Gunnar Larsen Off-Broadway: Stage 73
Feb 19, 1987 – Mar 1, 1987 The Maderati Chuck deButts Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons
Nov 18, 1988 – Feb 19, 1989 The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons
Mar 1, 1989 – Sep 3, 1989 The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone Broadway: Plymouth Theatre
Apr 28, 1992 – Jun 21, 1992 The Extra Man Keith Off-Broadway: New York City Center-Stage 1
Aug 6, 1992 – Aug 30, 1992 The Comedy of Errors Antipholus of Ephesus Off-Broadway: Delacorte Theater
Oct 14, 1992 – Dec 13, 1992 The Show-Off Aubrey Piper Broadway: Criterion Center Stage Right
Oct 7, 1993 – Jun 19, 1994 She Loves Me Georg Nowack Broadway: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Oct 5, 1995 – Dec 3, 1995 Company Robert Broadway: Criterion Center Stage Right
Jun 11, 1996 – Jul 7, 1996 The Shawl Garner Globalis Off-Broadway: Playhouse 91 Theater
Nov 15, 1997 – Jan 4, 1998 Major Barbara Cusins Off-Broadway: Irish Repertory Theatre
Mar 2, 1999 – Jul 27, 1999 Cabaret Clifford Bradshaw Broadway: Studio 54
Oct 7, 1999 – Jan 2, 2000 Contact Michael Wiley Off-Broadway: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Mar 2, 2000 – Sep 2, 2001 Contact Michael Wiley Broadway: Vivian Beaumont Theater
Oct 1, 2004 – May 15, 2005 Twelve Angry Men Juror #8 Broadway: American Airlines Theatre
Nov 14, 2005 – Dec 18, 2005 Bach at Leipzig Johann Friedrich Fasch Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop
Feb 8, 2007 – Jun 10, 2007 Journey's End Lieutenant Osborne Broadway: Belasco Theatre
Sep 21, 2007 – Dec 16, 2007 Pygmalion Colonel Pickering Broadway: American Airlines Theatre
Mar 3, 2008 – Jan 11, 2009 Gypsy Herbie Broadway: St. James Theatre
Jun 1, 2010 – Aug 1, 2010 The Grand Manner Guthrie McClintic Off-Broadway: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Oct 7, 2010 – Apr 9, 2011 Driving Miss Daisy Boolie Werthan Broadway: John Golden Theatre
Apr 4, 2012 – Jul 8, 2012 The Columnist Stewart Alsop Broadway: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Sep 4, 2012 – Nov 18, 2012 An Enemy of the People Dr. Thomas Stockmann Broadway: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre


  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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