Scottish actor Rory McCann had been acting for a while before he gained widespread recognition, thanks to his role as Sandor Clegane aka “The Hound” on HBO’s smash hit series, Game of Thrones. Let’s take you through his career journey so far as we also delve into some key areas of his personal life.
Rory McCann Bio
Rory McCann was born on the 24th of April, 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland. He maintains a very close relationship with his mother and sister named Sally-Gay McCann. McCann has described his mother as his one true believer and number one fan.
Explaining to the media once about his mom’s support, McCann said she keeps encouraging him through the ups and downs of being an actor, especially during long periods when he has been out of work. The actor has brought his mother along to a couple of movie premieres and on one of those occasions, she got to meet with Angelina Jolie.
McCann’s sister is his other big cheerleader. Sally-Gay also works in the film industry as a costume designer. McCann is older than her with three years, thus she was born in 1972. The siblings worked together on the set of the 2004 epic historical drama film, Alexander, which was McCann’s Hollywood debut.
Though Rory McCann has now gained international prominence as an actor, it wasn’t his first choice of career. He initially trained as a painter at the Scottish School of Forestry located near Inverness. McCann also worked as a landscape gardener, carpenter, and as a bridge painter on the Forth Road Bridge, a suspension bridge in east central Scotland.
Rory McCann got his first acting experience in 1988 as an extra on the film, Willow. Fast forward ten years later and McCann was undergoing his first acting training at The Actor’s Workshop, Glasgow. His trainer was writer/artist Robert Parsifal Finch.
During his early career, McCann acted in commercials and took small parts in films and TV shows. His first major role came in The Book Group, a TV comedy where he played the role of an injured personal trainer. The role earned him a Scottish BAFTA for Best TV Performance of the year 2002.
Rory McCann played a recurring role in Rockface and the main role in the TV serial, The Jury. Following his Hollywood debut, McCann went on to appear in films like Sixty Six, Hot Fuzz, Solomon Kane, Clash of the Titans, Season of the Witch, and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. His biggest break however would turn out to be the role of The Hound in Game of Thrones.
Rory McCann’s highest paying role is no doubt that of The Hound on Game of Thrones. That, as well as his other regular gigs, have contributed to giving him a net worth of $6 million.
His Partner, Is He Married?
Rory McCann seems to be a lot like his Game of Thrones character, The Hound. McCann is known to live a solitary lifestyle, one that takes him away from the conveniences of the modern era. Sometimes, in a bid to cool off, McCann would spend some weeks living in his boat.
As expected of a private person, McCann isn’t one to spill details about his relationships. However, in the past, he revealed to the media the kind of women he would be into.
In a 2009 interview with Scotsman, McCann revealed that he was single at the time, the reason being that he is always busy traveling and working. He described his ideal woman to be a quiet one, cuddly, chatty but not outspoken. In the same interview, McCann said that he would never date an actress as the majority of the ones he met were too loud for his liking.
McCann also pointed out that having a longterm relationship would put a strain on his career as it is very difficult to balance acting and family life. While he dreads the idea of having as much as a fling with an actress, McCann said he’d keep his options open, because, you never know.
Rory McCann’s Height and Weight
McCann’s tall, huge, and intimidating stature is part of what qualified him for the role of The Hound, but how tall and huge is the Scottish actor? Rory McCann stands at a height of 6 feet 6 inches which is close to 2 m. He weighs an estimated 95 kg.