He lists his personal heroes as being, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and firemen.
In high school he was voted class president.
Before he was bald, he had blonde hair. He also has blue eyes.
Terry has been a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company since its founding in 1974.
Terry drove a school bus while pursuing his acting career.
Terry made his stage debut in the play Indian Wants the Bronx.
Terry made his feature film debut in Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Terry was once married to actress Elizabeth Perkins.
Terry directed the Broadway revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 2001.
Terry won a Tony Award in 2002 for Best Revival for his production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Terry was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in 2003 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. He was nominated for his performance in The Laramie Project.
Terry wrote and directed the film Kubuku Rides (This Is It).
Terry is friends with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Terry divorced from his second wife Kathryn Erbe in 2005.
Terry can play a harmonica.
Terry has directed the following plays:
-A Streetcar Named Desire
-A Clockwork Orange
-Of Mice and Men
-...And a Nightingale Sang
-The Agony and the Agony
-Eyes for Consuela
Terry has appeared in the following plays:
-On the Waterfront
-Death of a Salesman
-The Grapes of Wrath
-The Glass Menagerie
-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Kinney has two children with wife Kathryn Erbe, Maeve (born in 1996) and Carson (born in 2003).
Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for playing Reverend Jim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath.
Terry Kinney co-founded the Chicago Steppenwolf theatre with friend and actor Gary Sinise.
Tim McManus: This isn't Burger King. You can't have it your way.
Sgt. Harvey Brown: My house is in disarray. I want you to help me clean it up.
Sam Bosco: I'm gonna say it then. The doctors better be right. I love you, Teresa.
Dennis Shepard: I would like nothing better than to see you die, Mr. McKinney. However, this is the time to begin the healing process, to show mercy to someone who refused to show any mercy. Mr. McKinney, I am going to grant you life, as hard as it is to do so, because of Matthew. Everytime you celebrate Christmas, a birthday, the 4th of July, remember that Matt isn't. Everytime that you wake up in your prison cell, remember you had the opportunity and the ability to stop your actions that night. You robbed me of something very precious and I will never forgive you for that. Mr. McKinney, I give you life in the memory of someone who no longer lives. May you have a long life. And may you thank Matthew everyday for it.
Terry Kinney: I just turned down a huge miniseries, which was this disaster movie that I started reading, and I got to the point where there's a hurricane over Lake Michigan, and I just closed it. I said to myself, "I think I've read enough." But when I called to tell them no, they said, "But, you know, it's this huge amount of money." And I thought, "Wow. I mean, I'm a whore like everybody else; maybe I could live with this. Where is it filming again?" They said, "Winnipeg." And I said, "See, we're going backwards now. If it were Toronto I might just whore myself." And they said, "Oh no, Winnipeg's a booming metropolis now." And I was like, "Oh come on, even you don't believe that. Have you ever been there?"
[On the writers of The LAByrinth Theatre]:
Terry Kinney: It's a great thing when writers have the sensitivity to write well for a specific group of actors, which comes out of working together over an extended period of time. I think that's something we could do much more often, frankly.