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Character actor, Bill McKinney, was born on Sep 12, 1931 in Chattanooga, TN. McKinney died at the age of 80 on Dec 1, 2011 in Van Nuys, CA .

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Although McKinney and Ned Beatty knew how they had to handle the violation scene, and it was all staged and there were no bad blood between the two professional actors, McKinney did train in martial arts, so he could appear more menacing. He trained on Judo for the violation scene, according to an interview for the Bristol Daily in 2005, and believes this helped him to appear more convincing when tormenting Ned Beatty on screen.

Originally, Stanley Kubrick wanted McKinney for the role of the Drill Instructor in Full Metal Jacket (1987). McKinney was about to fly to London to meet with him, but Kubrick canceled at the last moment. He later explained to friend John Boorman that the prospect of meeting the Mountain Man from Deliverance (1972) was simply too terrifying.

He appeared in eight movies with Clint Eastwood from 1974 to 1989, when Eastwood stopped using his "stock company".

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