The son of a diplomat, he moved around a lot while growing up; lived in (among other places) Trinidad and Tobago, Paris and Washington.
Formed a comedy team (The Audience) with future Kids in the Hall cohort Bruce McCulloch in Calgary in the '80s.
His popular character, Mr. Tiscic the headcrusher, who playfully used his fingers to "crush heads" of passersby from a distance, was based on an angry Yugoslavian man who once lived next door to McKinney.
Joined Saturday Night Live in 1995, the only Kids in the Hall cast member to do so when all five players from the show were offered SNL spots by the producer of both shows, Lorne Michaels.
Received the prestigious Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy in 2009.
1995, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1994, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1999, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
Chloe McKinney — Mother
Christopher Thomas Russell McKinney — Son
Russell McKinney — Father
Jayne — Sister
Emma Jane McKinney — Daughter
Marina Gharabegian — Wife
Nick McKinney — Brother
Attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada