Lincoln Potter: Ray McKinnon

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Lincoln Potter portrayed by Ray McKinnon

Bio of Linclon Potter portrayed by Ray McKinnon

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In the Beginning

Raymond Wilkes “Ray” McKinnon was born on November 15, 1957 and grew up in Adel, Georgia, the son of Raymond McKinnon, a car dealer, and his wife Dorothy McKinnon. He is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer.  In 1981, McKinnon graduated with a degree in theatre from Valdosta State University. In 1998 McKinnon married Lisa Blount, an actress and producer. She passed away on October 25, 2010.

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Career

As an actor, he is best known for his role as Reverend Smith in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He is also known for his role as Lincoln Potter in the fourth season of the FX show Sons of Anarchy and now in Mayans MC.

He founded Ginny Mule Pictures, a production company, with his wife Lisa Blount, who is an actress and producer, and their partner Walton Goggins. The trio won the Academy Award in 2001 in the category Live Action Short Film for their short film The Accountant, which they produced.

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McKinnon wrote, produced, directed and played ‘Snake’ in the 2004 film Chrystal, starring Lisa Blount and Billy Bob Thornton. In fact, the supporting cast included Walton Goggins, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Galecki.

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McKinnon wrote and directed the television series Rectify, the first original series from SundanceTV. Rectify features a man released from Georgia state prison after 19 years on death row, and it explores the effects on him, his family and his small town. Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden. The first season was broadcast from April to May 2013, and the fourth and final season ended in December 2016. The series won a Peabody Award in 2013.

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Filmography

Year      Film                                         Role

1990’s

  • 1989    Driving Miss Daisy                            Trooper #1
  • 1990    Tune in Tomorrow                             Cub Reporter
  • 1991    Paris Trout                                       Carl Bonner
  •            Livin’ Large                                      Harmon
  •            Bugsy                                              David Hinton
  • 1992    The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag        Detective Frank
  • 1993    Sommersby                                     Lawyer Webb
  •            Needful Things                                 Deputy Norris Ridgewick
  •            A Perfect World                                Bradley
  • 1995    Apollo 13                                        Jerry Bostick
  •            The Net                                          Dale
  •            The Grass Harp                               Charlie Cool Jr.
  • 1998    Goodbye Lover                                Rollins

2000’s

  • 2000    O Brother, Where Art Thou?             Vernon T. Waldrip
  • 2001    The Accountant                               The Accountant
  • 2002    The Badge                                      Deputy C.B.
  • 2003    The Missing                                     Russell J. Wittick
  • 2004    Chrystal                                          Snake
  • 2006    Come Early Morning                         Toby
  • Things That Hang from Trees                        Tom Wheeler Sr.
  • 2007    Randy and The Mob                          Randy and Cecil Pearson
  • 2008    The Last Lullaby                               Ominous Figure
  • 2009    That Evening Sun                             Lonzo Choat
  •            The Blind Side                                  Coach Burt Cotton
  • 2011    The Last Ride                                  Stan
  •            Take Shelter                                   Kyle
  •            Hick                                               Lloyd
  •            Dolphin Tale                                   Mr. Doyle
  •            Footloose                                       Wes Warnicker
  • 2012    Mud                                              Senior

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Television

Year            Film                                Role

1990’s

  • 1989–1991      In the Heat of the Night          Timer / Jethro Puller
  • 1990                Murder in Mississippi              Lyle’s father
  •                        When Will I Be Loved?            Man with Basketball
  • 1991                Night of the Hunter                Ben Harper
  •                        I’ll Fly Away                           Donny Hubbard
  • 1991–1992       Designing Women                   Dwayne Dobber
  • 1993                Arly Hanks                             Hobert Middleton
  • 1994                Picket Fences                         Jeffrey Murray
  •                        Roswell                                 Deputy Joe Pritchard
  •                        Matlock                                 Wade Parsons
  • 1995                The Client                             Lenny Barlow
  • 1996                Forgotten Sins                       Steve Sweetler
  •                        The Pretender                        Lawson
  • 1997                Brooklyn South                      Gilbert Van Eggidy
  • 1999                NYPD Blue                             Ted

2000’s

  • 2001                The Practice                           Frank Vaughan
  • 2002                The X-Files                             Mad Wayne
  • 2004                Deadwood                              Rev. H.W. Smith
  • 2010                Justified                                 Mr. Duke
  • 2011                Sons of Anarchy                     Lincoln Potter
  • 2017                Fear the Walking Dead            Proctor John
  • 2018                Law and Order: SVU               William Labott
  •                        Mayans M.C.                          Lincoln Potter

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Lincoln Potter

Only moments after cartel leader Miguel Galindo finds himself locked up at the US/Mexican boarder, a new opponent, Lincoln Potter, shows up outside Romero Brothers — one who previously made life difficult for SAMCRO on Sons of Anarchy.

Lincoln Potter, the Assistant U.S. Attorney played by Ray McKinnon, was last seen during season four of SOA. McKinnon, whose other credits include Reverend Smith on HBO’s Deadwood and creating Sundance’s Rectify, returned to FX in the role of Assistant U.S. Attorney Potter in the closing moments of Mayans MC‘s sixth episode, Gato/Mis. Potter, sitting outside the gates of Romero Brothers, exchanged eerie “pleasantries” with Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes.

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“Lovely night for a walk,” Potter says to EZ with a nod, as EZ walks by, barely looking at the odd man. (With that said, given EZ’s razor-sharp attention to detail and deep memory recall, I can only imagine that EZ will easily remember seeing at some point down the line.)

As EZ walks away, Potter picks up and cradles a cat, the two of them staring at the scrapyard. Meanwhile, Potter monologues as he holds and strokes the animal. “Tell me, my wise feline friend,” Potter whispers in the cat’s ear. “You’ve roamed behind those rusty gates. What unspeakable truths lie twisted amongst the scrap, hm?”

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Next we see the Mayans logo, and the episode ends on an incredibly confusing note for viewers who never watched Sons of Anarchy, and on an equally exciting note for the hardcore SOA fans. For the confused viewers, sit back and read all about Lincoln Potter…

Background

Lincoln Potter debuted in the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy, ruthlessly targeting Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and the other members of the club. His eccentric tone and tactics make him memorable. Potter was a formidable new opponent, just when SOA needed one.  More specifically, his arrival came one season after the death of longtime series villain June Stahl who was assassinated at the end of season three.

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In fact, Potter played dirty in order to take on SAMCRO over the course of season 4. For one example, he blackmailed one of the club’s members, Juice Ortiz (Theo Rossi), by threatening to reveal his African-American heritage to the rest of the Sons. As a result, the move had devastating consequences for Juice and the club. His actions lead to one of the show’s most tragic character arcs.

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Sketchy SOA Interactions

Perhaps the most telling character note about Potter comes in the form of his final interaction with Sheriff Eli Roosevelt portrayed by Rockmond Dunbar. Here is a brief version of that exchange:

Potter: “The bad guys won today.”

Roosevelt: “You’re a really odd dude, man. You know that’s hard to get past, right?”

Potter: “I do. But it serves a purpose. I don’t really like people all that much.”

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At the same time, besides his interest in SAMCRO Potter was also attempting to take down other criminal organizations with a RICO plan. In fact, among them were the Galindo Cartel. The same Cartel at we see the Mayans MC working with. Just as Potter was about to pull the trigger on his RICO case, two members of the Galindo Cartel revealed themselves as CIA agents, forcing Potter to shut down the operation. With the operation stopped, Potter left the Sons of Anarchy scene, never to be seen again after the season four finale — until now.

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The Why

Why is Potter suddenly in Santo Padre? The Galindo connection helps explain things somewhat, as it was there way back in SOA season 4. And, of course, the Mayans work directly with the cartel that Potter previously tried to take down. Whatever his motive is now, we can expect that it will complicate the already complicated dynamic within the club. As we know, certain members are already working against their own “brothers” to take down Galindo by way of their secret alliance with Adelita and her rebel group.

With Potter’s arrival, the possibility that we could see a few other cameos from SOA. Most noteworthy, Galindo operatives Romero “Romeo” Parada played by Danny Trejo and Luis Torres played by Benito Martinez. In fact, they were the two he last interacted with. Perhaps Potter has a score to settle? Of course, we will certainly have to wait to see!

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