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That shit is disturbing.
You know, Bill McKinney is forever going to be known as the "squeal like a pig" guy, and I guess that's not a bad way to be remembered. What am I saying, that's a freaking horrible way to be remembered. Do you think people didn't come up to him all the time and say, "C'mon, say it! Say it! Say 'squeal like a pig!' C'mon, I'll be Ned Beatty," and then strip down to their undies and start humming "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"? The man studied acting with Dustin Hoffman, and this is his legacy.
|Squeal like a w-w-w-what? O-o-oh, dear.|
For example, Bill McKinney was one of Clint Eastwood's go-to co-stars for years. He played Captain Terrell, leader of the Red Legs, in The Outlaw Josey Wales. Oh, my God! That was him? I love that movie.
|"Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes."|
Check this out: Bill McKinney's TV debut was on an episode of "The Monkees"! He did a ton of TV guest spots - dude was in everything from "Baretta" to "BJ and the Bear" to "Falcon Crest." My favorite of his TV credits was playing Luke Basket, the suspicious brother-in-law in the "Swan Song" episode of "Columbo," aka the one with Johnny Cash killing his wife in a plane crash. Great episode - Mr. McKinney's character offers Columbo a bowl of chili "made of squirrel meat...it's good, ain't it?" Then he punches Johnny Cash. Now that's badass.
Bill McKinney himself was OK with his Mountain Man legacy. His personal website is called squeallikeapig.com. Really. But the guy did a lot more with his life. So, you know, respect. Rest in peace, Mr. McKinney. St. Peter is waiting with a banjo and a six-string to play you in.