Kurt McKinney

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Kurt McKinney
Years active1985–present
SpouseMaronda McKinney (?-Present)

Kurt Robin McKinney is an American actor and martial artist. McKinney played Jason Stillwell in the 1986 martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender.

Early years[edit]

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, McKinney graduated from Ninth and O Christian School and attended the University of Louisville for one year. After that, he gained acting experience in local commercials and films while supporting himself by selling cars for Neil Huffman Dodge. Encouraged by people's comments, he left Louisville to go to Hollywood.[1] He began martial arts at the age of twelve, he started with Taekwondo, but later he trained Kickboxing.[citation needed]


No Retreat, No Surrender[edit]

McKinney's film debut came playing Jason Stillwell in 1985 martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender,[2] (Kurt McKinney was 22 years old when he did that movie) which also starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails and Tai Chung Kim. The movie grossed $5 million at the US box office (and spawned two sequels). Although this success was moderate compared to similar movies of the time, such as the Rocky series, The Karate Kid series, or even The Last Dragon, it remains a cult classic film to many people around the world. 1987's No Retreat, No Surrender 2 was originally intended to be a direct sequel to this film, but safety concerns over filming in Cambodian jungles persuaded Van Damme to back out of the project, and he convinced McKinney to do the same.[3]

TV series[edit]

Early in his career, McKinney had guest starring roles on series such as Gimme a Break! (1985–86), Highway to Heaven (1987) and ALF (1986). He accepted his first contract role in a TV series. He appeared as the first Ned Ashton on the ABC soap opera General Hospital,[1] from 1988 to 1991. In 1990, he won the Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Male Newcomer: Daytime" for his performance.[citation needed]

Films and Guiding Light[edit]

After departing General Hospital, McKinney starred in the 1993 TV film Sworn to Vengeance and the unrelated 1996 feature Sworn to Justice.[2]

His second contract role in a TV series was also his longest, appearing as Matt Reardon in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1994[1] to 2000 and 2005 to 2009, when the series was canceled.

During his first stint in Guiding Light he filmed a minor role in 1999 film Pop. McKinney left the soap in 2000 and continued to appear in minor roles in relatively obscure independent films, including 2000's Cupid & Kate, 2001's Supertalk, 2002's Bending All the Rules and 2004's Savage Faith.

Shortly before his return to Guiding Light in 2005, reprising the role of Matt Reardon, McKinney commented in an interview that he had been busy doing several independent films in recent years saying "you'll probably never see which is unfortunately where so many of those end up."

Personal life[edit]

McKinney is married to Maronda McKinney,[4] the former Maronda Buchta, whom he met when both were 18.They have a son,[1] Cole Madsen, and a daughter, Madison Taylor.[2]




  • Supertalk (2001)

TV movie[edit]

  • Sworn to Vengeance (1993)
  • Cupid & Cate (2000)

TV series[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dorsey, Tom (July 18, 1997). "Louisville native knows soaps; he's been on 3". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. p. 40. Retrieved January 30, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Kurt Robin McKinney". soapcentral.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2021. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Kid-Free Weekend: Episode 17 - Kurt McKinney Calls KFW!". www.thekidfreeweekend.com. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ Hirsch, Lynda (February 7, 1998). "Pregnancy's Going Around On Soaps". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved July 11, 2014.

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