Rory McCann

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Rory McCann
Rory McCann SDCC 2014.jpg
Born(1969-04-24) 24 April 1969 (age 45)
Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1999–present
Height198.12 cm (6 ft 6 in)[1]
RelativesSally-Gay McCann (sister)
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Rory McCann
Rory McCann SDCC 2014.jpg
Born(1969-04-24) 24 April 1969 (age 45)
Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1999–present
Height198.12 cm (6 ft 6 in)[1]
RelativesSally-Gay McCann (sister)

Rory McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

McCann was born in Glasgow, Scotland.[2] He has a sister, Sally-Gay McCann, who is 3 years younger than him.[3]

He has said that he was bullied for being small and skinny at school.[4]

Prior to being an actor, McCann was a forester who studied at the Scottish School of Forestry near Inverness. He also worked as a bridge painter (on the Forth Road Bridge), landscape gardener, and carpenter.[5]


McCann was fired from his first movie set because he laughed during the takes and didn't understand the process nor take it seriously: At age 17, "broke and hitchhiking through Llanberis Pass, Wales, in 1987, he came across the Willow movie set and an extra casting call for two tall men to play drunks. At 6 feet, 6 inches, McCann got a spot."[6]

McCann's first break came in an advert for Scott's Porage Oats, dressed in a vest and kilt.[6]

As his first major acting role, McCann played a disabled personal trainer in the 2002 television comedy drama The Book Group, winning the Scottish BAFTA for the best television performance of 2002.[4]

Since then, he has taken television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise, and a priest in the award-winning British comedy drama series Shameless.

He made his Hollywood debut in the 2004 film Alexander, which required the actors to go through a boot-camp in the African desert, and included shooting in Thailand, Morocco as well as a London studio.[7] In 2007, he appeared as Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he played Moby in The Crew and Atilla the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains.

He portrayed Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones.[8][9][10]

Upcoming projects include a BBC TV Series by writer Jimmy McGovern called Banished, set in Australia in the 18th century.[11] McCann will play a blacksmith named Marston.

Personal life[edit]

McCann's younger sister, Sally-Gay McCann, works on costumes for film and television; he worked alongside her on Alexander and Game of Thrones.[3] McCann is a supporter of the Scottish Green Party, and appeared in its 2007 Scottish Parliament general election broadcast.[12]

In 1990, McCann had an almost near-fatal accident rock climbing in Yorkshire.[13] Dropping "more than 70 feet, breaking both ankles, an arm, a wrist and fracturing his skull. With the help of a friend who saw the fall, he lived to tell the tale."[6]

McCann is the former frontman of a defunct band called Thundersoup.[7] He plays the piano, guitar, banjo and mandolin.[14]

McCann is known for living a solitary, transient lifestyle: "He says one acting job can sustain him for a year or more as he moves between his sailboat and trailer, hiking, climbing and camping wherever the mood takes him."[6] He often lives on his boat or in places without modern conveniences.[15][16]



1999Coming SoonFergusTelevision film
2000Pasty FacesGoon
2003The Devil's TattooEric
2003Young AdamSam
2003Peter in ParadisePeter the GreatTelevision film
2005Beowulf & GrendelBreca
2006Sixty SixPoliceman
2007Hot FuzzMichael "Lurch" Armstrong
2008The CrewMoby
2009Solomon KaneMcNess
2010Clash of the TitansBelo
2011Season of the WitchSoldier CommanderCredited as Rory MacCann


2000Randall & HopkirkBouncerEpisode: "Mental Apparition Disorder"
2000Monarch of the GlenRogerEpisode #1.6
2002London's BurningKeithEpisode #14.7
2002–2003The Book GroupKenny McLeod12 episodes
2003State of PlayStuart BrownEpisode #1.1
2003RockfaceAdam6 episodes
2006ShamelessFather Critchon2 episodes
2008Heroes and VillainsAttila the HunEpisode: "Attila the Hun"
2011The JuryDerek Hatch5 episodes
2011–2014Game of ThronesSandor "The Hound" Clegane27 episodes


  1. ^ Collins, Sean (7 April 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Q&A: Rory McCann on 'The Hound' and Season Four". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Scott (15 September 2006). "Exclusive Interview: Rory McCann (‘Shameless’, Beowulf & Grendel’, “Alexander’)". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Rory McCann – What I know about women". The Scotsman. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b MacLaren, Lorna (29 January 2003). "Why he's always up for it: From dubious tree surgeon and Forth bridge painter to giant of porridge commercials, Book Group star Rory McCann tells Lorna MacLaren of his next move". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ McIver, Brian (31 March 2014). "Games of Thrones star Rory McCann on his meteoric rise from carpenter to fantasy TV star". Daily Record (Glasgow: Trinity Mirror). ISSN 0956-8069. OCLC 500344244. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Boyer, Jen (25 April 2013). "‘Game of Thrones': Meet the Hound, Scottish actor Rory McCann". LA Times. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b English, Paul (1 January 2005). "Hulk Rory Leaves No Stone Unturned; Scott's Porage Oats Star Rory McCann Spills the Beans on how he won a part in Oliver Stone's movie Alexander by Telling the Great Man to take a Hike.". Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail Ltd. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Game of Thrones: Cast". HBO. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Towers, Andrea (4 April 2014). "'Game of Thrones': Rory McCann teases road trip of 'death and destruction' in season 4". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rory McCann Joue Les Petits Rigolos à L'avant-Première de "Game of Thrones" à New York, le Mardi 18 ...". Pure/Trend. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Davey, Cathie (18 March 2014). "Cast announced for Jimmy McGovern’s epic new series, Banished, for BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Scottish Green Party (11 April 2007). "First Vote Green on the 3rd of May 2007". YouTube. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Fulton, Rick (28 March 2002). "I fell into acting says Oats hunk; Scots actor and climber Rory McCann on the mountain plunge that changed his life.". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Flett, Michael (19 March 2012). "Rory McCann - Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Game of Thrones". Geek Chocolate. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Virtue, Graeme (19 March 2013). "Game Of Thrones' Hound on bumfluff, hugs and the magic of Wilko Johnson". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Lash, Jolie (23 February 2013). "Access Countdown To 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2: Q&A Rory McCann Talks Sandor Clegane (The Hound)". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 

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