Rory was a painter before becoming an actor. He was born on 24 April 1969 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was trained into acting by Robert Parsifal in The Actor’s Workshop, Glasgow in 1988. He has worked previously as a bridge painter, landscape gardener and carpenter.
He appeared in a commercial for Scott's Porage Oats, dressed with a vest and kilt. His first major foray into acting was that he played a disabled personal trainer in the 2002 television comedy drama The Book Group. For this performance he won the Scottish BAFTA for the best television performance of 2002.
After that Rory has not seen back and has ventured into the glamour industry in various roles. He has played television roles as Detective Inspector Stuart Brown in State of Play, Peter the Great in Peter in Paradise. He has portrayed a priest in the award-winning British comedy drama series Shameless.
His Hollywood debut was in the 2004 film Alexander. In 2007, he played as Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. In 2008, he portrayed Moby in The Crew and Atilla the Hun in the BBC docudrama Heroes and Villains.
McCann breathes life into the character Sandor "The Hound" Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He portrays a merciless knight on the outside but the hound is actually soft on the inside. The character is well liked by Game of Thrones fans for his crass language and expert portrayal.
He also stars in BBC TV Series written by Jimmy McGovern called Banished. The series is set in Australia in the 18th century. Rory plays a blacksmith named Marston.
Sally-Gay McCann is McCann's younger sister. She works on costumes for film and television and she worked alongside her brother on Alexander and Game of Thrones. McCann is an avid supporter of the Scottish Green Party. He also has appeared in its 2007 Scottish Parliament general election broadcast.
Rory was a frontman of a band called Thundersoup. He is known as a lone wolf for living a solitary, transient lifestyle. He often lives on his boat or in places without modern facilities.
Facts and Trivia
- He was fired from his first movie Willow in 1988 because he laughed during the shooting.
- In 1990, Rory got several fractures in a near-fatal rock climbing accident in Yorkshire.
- He did all the training for his fights by himself for Game of Thrones.
- Rory met The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson)in Iceland and felt that he was a really big man.
- He feels that he is quite old for gymnastic competitions.
- He feels the relationship between the hound and Arya Stark is like that of Scooby Doo and Scrabby Doo.
- He saw the descent which was a violent movie and he couldn’t defacate properly for 3 days.
- He has a band that plays Trekkie while crossing the Atlantic.
- He has also appeared in Breakfast cereal commercial.
- Doesn't own a TV.
- Rehearsed for 3weeks in Ireland in a small tent with sprung floors for a fight against Brienne(Gwendoline Christie) in Game of Thrones.
- He used to rub the soot from a kettle on to his bumfluff to make it look more like he had a beard.
- xXx: Return of Xander Cage(2017): He played the role- Tennyson Torch in this Adventure Thriller , it was directed by D.J. Caruso , cast included Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen .
- Slow West(2015): Rory McCann was John Ross in this Western , it was directed by John Maclean with the cast Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki .
- Season of the Witch(2011): He played the character- Soldier Commander (as Rory MacCann) in this Adventure Fantasy movie directed by Dominic Sena , cast included Claire Foy, Ron Perlman, Nicolas Cage .
- Clash of the Titans(2010): He acted as Belo in the Adventure movie directed by Louis Leterrier , cast includes Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson.
- Solomon Kane(2009): He portrayed the role- McNess in the Fantasy movie directed by M.J. Bassett , it features Rachel Hurd-Wood, Max von Sydow, James Purefoy in the cast.
- The Crew(2008): Rory played Moby in the Crime Drama movie directed by Adrian Vitoria with actors- Cordelia Bugeja, Scot Williams, Kenny Doughty playing main roles.
- Hot Fuzz(2007): Rory played Michael Armstrong in this Comedy movie by Edgar Wright with actors- Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman in the lead cast.
- Sixty Six(2006): He portrayed Policeman in the Biographical movie directed by Paul Weiland featuring Nick Shirm, Thomas Drewson, Charlie Clark in the cast.
- Beowulf & Grendel(2005): He portrayed the role of Breca in the Adventure Drama directed by Sturla Gunnarsson , cast includes Hringur Ingvarsson, Spencer Wilding, Stellan Skarsgård .
- Alexander(2004): Rory appeared as Crateros in the Biographical directed by Oliver Stone , cast includes Rosario Dawson, Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins .
- The Devil's Tattoo(2003): He acted in the role of Eric in the Horror Thriller Drama movie , it was directed by Julian Kean , it has Jason Simmons, Bryan Carney, Juliet Diamond in the main roles.
- Young Adam(2003): Rory McCann portrayed the character of Sam in this Crime Drama movie , it was directed by David Mackenzie with Peter Mullan, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor in the lead.
- Pasty Faces(2000): Rory McCann portrayed the character of Goon in the movie directed by David Wilde with the cast David Wilde, Alan McCafferty, Chloë Annett .
- Ratcatcher(1999): He acted in the role of Gordon (uncredited) in this Drama movie directed by Lynne Ramsay , cast included Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan .
- Peter in Paradise(2003): He acted as Peter the Great in the Drama directed by Mary McMurray with Sally Hurst, Rory McCann, Crispin Bonham-Carter in the lead cast.
- Coming Soon(1999): Rory McCann portrayed the character of Fergus in this directed by Annie Griffin with stars- Joanna Scanlan, Ben Miller, Vicki Pepperdine in the main roles.
- Banished(2015): He played the role- Marston in the Historical Drama TV Series starring MyAnna Buring, Orla Brady, Ewen Bremner in the lead.
- Thronecast(2014): He portrayed the role- Himself in this Series created by Sky Vision with the cast Geoff Lloyd, Jamie East, Sue Perkins .
- Game of Thrones(2011): He played Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in this Drama Series starring Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke in the main roles.
- Shameless(2006): He portrayed Father Critchon in the Comedy Series , it was produced by Paul Abbott, Company Pictures with David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry in the lead cast.
- Rockface(2003): He portrayed the role of Adam in the Drama Series starring Brendan Coyle, Clive Russell, Cal MacAninch in the lead.
- The Book Group(2002): Rory played Kenny McLeod in this Comedy Drama TV Series starring Bonnie Engstrom, Anne Dudek, Michelle Gomez in the main roles.
- London's Burning(2002): Rory McCann portrayed the character of Keith in the Drama Series with the cast Ben Onwukwe, Richard Walsh, Glen Murphy .
- Monarch of the Glen(2000): He portrayed the character- Roger in the Romantic Comedy Series starring Susan Hampshire, Hamish Clark, Alexander Morton in the lead.
- Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)(2000): He played the character of Bouncer in the Crime Fantasy Comedy Series produced by Working Title Television, Ghost Productions starring Emilia Fox, Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves in the lead.
- The Jury(2011): He played the role of Derek Hatch in this Drama directed by created by Granada Television, ITV Studios with the cast Paul Bhattacharjee, Gerard Butler, Nina Sosanya .
- State of Play(2003): He acted as Stuart Brown in the Mystery Crime Drama directed by created by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Endor Productions , it stars Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy, John Simm in the cast.
- Days of Darkness(2005): Rory played 'Big John' Penney in this Drama directed by Jenny Ash created by Unique Factuals, Jimmy Dowdall , cast includes Lesley Sharp, Anna-Louise Plowman, Rory McCann .
- Game of Thrones: Season 2 - In Production: Croatia(2012): He acted as Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in the Documentary directed by created by featuring Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, David Benioff in the cast.
- Game of Thrones: Destinations of Season 2(2012): Rory played Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in the directed by created by with Alfie Allen, Nonso Anozie, Gethin Anthony in the lead.
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Invitation to the Set(2012): He acted as Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in this Documentary directed by created by with actors- Jacob Anderson, Nonso Anozie, Alfie Allen in the lead cast.
- Making of Game of Thrones(2011): He played the role- Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane in this Documentary directed by created by with Alfie Allen, Roger Allam, Amrita Acharia in the lead cast.
- The Jury: The Legal Team(2011): He acted as Himself / Derek Hatch (uncredited) in the Documentary directed by created by starring Julie Walters, Roger Allam, John Lynch in the lead.
- The Jury: Emma Watts QC(2011): He acted as Himself / Derek Hatch (uncredited) in the directed by created by with the cast Julie Walters, John Lynch, Jodhi May .
- The Jury: The Jurors(2011): Rory appeared as Himself / Derek Hatch (uncredited) in this directed by created by with actors- Steven Mackintosh, Jodhi May, Sarah Alexander in the lead cast.
Rory McCann: Photos, Pictures
Rory McCann with co stars