- Cofounded the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry in 1976.
- Nominated for a Tony Award in 1990 for his role in The Grapes of Wrath.
- Made big-screen directorial debut with 2008's Diminished Capacity. Also directed two episodes of the cable series Oz.
- Received an honorary doctorate degree from Illinois State University in 2011.
- Is a Chicago Cubs fan.
- 1990, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- Kathryn Erbe — Ex-wife
- Elizabeth Kinney — Mother
- Kenneth Kinney — Father
- Maeve Kinney — Daughter
- Elizabeth Perkins — Ex-wife
- Carson Kinney — Son
- Illinois State University, Normal, IL
- Birth Place: Lincoln, IL
- Profession: Actor, Director
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