Everett McGill

Everett McGill Biography

Everett McGill

Everett McGill, born on October 21, 1945, in Miami, Florida, is a versatile actor known mostly for his portrayals of intimidating military figures and malevolent antagonists. With a career spanning several decades, McGill has made a name for himself in Hollywood with his powerful acting abilities.

Starting his journey in the entertainment industry in the 1970s, he rose to fame with his performances in popular TV shows, including The Guiding Light. It was his role as the fierce caveman leader, Naoh, in the film Quest for Fire in 1981, that marked his breakthrough in the film industry.

From there, Everett McGill went on to star in an array of notable films, including Silver Bullet, Field of Honor, Heartbreak Ridge, and Licence to Kill. In 1988, he played the lead role in Iguana, directed by Monte Hellman, solidifying his status as a leading man.


McGill has a long-standing relationship with renowned director David Lynch. The two first worked together on the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune in 1984, where Everett McGill played the role of Stilgar. They later collaborated on the film The Straight Story, and this collaboration resulted in some of McGill’s most memorable roles, including his portrayal of Ed Hurley in Twin Peaks.

After retiring from acting in 1999, McGill was lured back to the screen by Lynch, who convinced him to return to the role of Big Ed Hurley for the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.