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Scoot McNairy was born on November 11, 1977. He is an American actor and producer. McNairy was born in Dallas, Texas, to Alicia Ann McNairy (née Merchant) and Stewart Hall McNairy. He has an older brother. 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 moved to Austin, Texas in his early 20s. 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, Scoot 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 by Gareth Edwards called Monsters, 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), playing 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 Ellen 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, Scoot McNairy 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 is currently starring in the AMC Network drama Halt and Catch Fire, about the personal computer business in the 1980s. By coincidence, his character’s wife in Halt and Catch Fire is portrayed by actor Kerry Bishé, who also played his spouse in the 2012 film 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.