Who is Scoot McNairy?

Scoot is an award-winning American actor, probably best known to the world as Andrew Kaulder in the film “Monsters” (2010), and as Joe Stafford in the film “Argo” (2012), in addition to numerous other popular roles that he’s secured so far in his career.

Scoot McNairy Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Born John Marcus McNairy on 11 November 1977, in Dallas, Texas, USA, he’s the son of Steward Hall McNairy and his wife, Alicia Ann (nee Merchant). He grew up in Dallas, though he often spent time on a family-owned ranch in rural Paris, Texas. Growing up, he became interested in theater and joined after-school programs.

He matriculated from Lake Highlands High School, but McNairy has said that he’s highly dyslexic, and had to attend dyslexia school for four years.

After high school, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he enrolled at the University of Texas, but it’s unknown what he studied, and if he graduated. However, he moved to Los Angeles to study cinematography at a film school, but this didn’t last long as he dropped out and began working in film production, building film sets including doing carpentry.

He entered the film industry slowly, working as an extra until he found steady commercial work, and from 2001 onwards, he began making regular film appearances.

Career Beginnings

Scoot made his acting debut in 2001 in the role of Russell in Alex Holdridge’s film “Wrong Numbers”, co-starring Matt Bearden and Matt Pulliam. Two years later, he appeared in another Holdridge film, “Sexless” as Ryan, and later that year featured in the mystery crime-drama film “Wonderland”, written and directed by James Cox, and starring Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow and Kate Bosworth.

In 2006 he appeared in several projects, including the biopic about Robert F. Kennedy, entitled “Bobby”, which covered the story behind the assassination.

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It was written and directed by Emilio Estevez, while the leading roles were delegated to Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone.

The following year, Scoot worked again with Alex Holdridge on the film “In Search of a Midnight Kiss”, while in 2009, he co-starred in the comedy-drama film “Mr. Sandman”, written and directed by Patrick Epino, starring Quaid Al-Nomani and Rudy Ramos.

Rise to Prominence

Scoot’s career was on the rise, and in 2010 he starred in the sci-fi romantic drama film “Monsters”, written and directed by Gareth Edwards, and co-starring Whitney Able and Mario Zuniga Benavides.

The film was shot in several countries – Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as Texas, and featured improvised dialogue, becoming became a huge hit, and Scoot was nominated for British Independent Film Award in the category for Best Actor.

Scoot next starred in the drama film “Wes and Ella”, and went on to star in the comedy film “Angry White Man” (2011), co-starring Matt Berry and Mary Birdsong.

He enjoyed great success in the early 2010s, starring in the thriller crime-drama film “Killing Them Softly” in 2012, alongside Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins, then in the same year appearing in the Academy Award-winning thriller drama “Argo”, starring Ben Affleck, alongside Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

The following year, Scoot appeared in the Oscar-winning biopic about Solomon Northup, entitled “12 Years a Slave”, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams and Michael Fassbender. Then in 2014, he co-starred in the action mystery thriller film “Non-Stop”, next to Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, and the same year, co-starred with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the award-winning action crime-drama film “The Rover”.

Two years later, Scoot appeared in the sci-fi action-adventure film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Amy Adams.

Next, he was Novak in the action crime-thriller film “Sleepless”, with Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Dermot Mulroney in the lead roles, and then co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maggie Grace in the thriller-drama “Aftermath”.

From 2018 to 2021, Scoot narrated and played Walt Breslin in the TV crime-drama series “Narcos: Mexico”. He was pretty busy in 2018, also appearing in the comedy-drama film “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter”, starring Josh Brolin, Danny McBride and Montana Jordan, then playing Ethan in the award-winning action crime-drama film “Destroyer”, which starred Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell and Tatiana Maslany.

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In 2019 he was Tom Purcell in the TV series “True Detective”, and had a minor role in Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award-winning comedy-drama film “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. To speak further of his accomplishments in 2019 alone, he starred with Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the thriller crime-drama film “The Parts You Lose”.

The following year, he featured in the BAFTA-nominated sci-fi horror-drama film “A Quiet Place Part II”, with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Cillian Murphy.

Most recently, he co-starred as Paul in another BAFTA-nominated venture, Mike Mills’ drama film “C’mon C’mon”, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffman and Woody Norman as the main stars.

Scoot is working on several upcoming projects; he’s set to star as Cody in the TV series “Pantheon” which is currently filming and doesn’t have a set release date. Moreover, he will feature in the films “Luckiest Girl Alive”, “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile”, and “McCarty”, which are yet to be finished.

Net Worth

As of mid- 2022, Scoot McNairy’s net worth has been estimated to be over $2 million, earned through his successful career as an actor, during which he has appeared in more than 85 film and TV titles.

Personal Life, Dating, Married, Wife, Children, Single

When it comes to his personal life, Scoot was married to actress Whitney Able from 2010 to 2019. The two started dating in early 2010, six months before they began working on the film “Monsters”. They didn’t have children.

Since then, he’s been single, though he was seen with actress Sosie Bacon at a red carpet event in 2022, but he hasn’t talked about their romance, if any.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The prominent actor has black hair and brown eyes. He stands at the height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m) while he weighs approximately 170lbs (77kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has an athletic figure.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

When he was about two years old, his father started calling him Scooter because he used to ‘scoot around on his butt’. Many have thought there is a special story behind his nickname, but it doesn’t seem to be the case.

He doesn’t have any formal acting training.

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