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Joel McKinnon Miller
Born (1960-02-21) February 21, 1960 (age 62)
Years active1991–present
Tammy McKinnon
(m. 1984)
RelativesJohn A. Miller (brother)

Joel McKinnon Miller (born February 21, 1960) is an American actor who is best known for portraying Don Embry on Big Love and Detective Norm Scully on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Life and career

Joel McKinnon Miller was born in Rockford, Minnesota, on February 21, 1960. He took opera singing lessons as a child, and later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he studied theatre and opera. He dropped out in 1983 to attend The Acting Company[1] but returned to his alma mater to finish his degree in theatre with an acting emphasis in 2007.[2]

Prior to Big Love, McKinnon Miller's main television role was that of Lyle Nubbin in three episodes of Las Vegas. Since 1991 he has also appeared as a guest star on several American television series, including Cold Case, Murphy Brown, The Commish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Pacific Blue, Dharma & Greg, The X Files, ER, Malcolm in the Middle, Roswell, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, American Horror Story, The Closer, and Everybody Loves Raymond (in which he portrayed George, the custodian, in the episode The Faux Pas).[3][4]

McKinnon Miller's biggest film role is in the 2003 award-winning television film Secret Santa. He also played supporting characters in the films The Truman Show, Galaxy Quest, Rush Hour 2 and Men in Black II, and supplied the voice of Bromley in the animated feature The Swan Princess. He was a main cast member throughout the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as Detective Norm Scully.[4]

On December 30, 2018, McKinnon Miller sang the national anthem at the U.S. Bank Stadium. He identified himself as a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan.[5]

He married Tammy McKinnon in 1984 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1991. He and his wife have 2 children, Owen and Caitlyn. His daughter Caitlyn is an environmental planner and got married in October 2019.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2021 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Norm Scully, Earl Scully Main Cast
2017 Longmire Ed Nardo Episode: "The Eagle and the Osprey"
2016 Soy Nero Sergeant Frank White
2014 Good luck Charlie Kevin Episode: "Duncan Dream House"
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Det. Connors 3 Episodes
2012 Glee Richard Lavender Episode: "Dance With Somebody"
2012 Melissa & Joey Leo Larbeck 2 Episodes
2011 Community Store announcer Voice only cameo; Episode: "Celebrity Pharmacology"
2011 Super 8 Sal Kaznyk
2011 Bones U.S. Border Agent Episode: "The Feet on the Beach"
2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Officer Dutton 1 Episode
2006–2011 Big Love Don Embry 46 Episodes
2007 Delta Farce Air Force Transport Pilot Movie
2005–2006 Las Vegas Lyle Nubbin 3 Episodes
2005 Boston Legal Robert Berrin/Zozo the Clown Episode: "Truly, Madly, Deeply"
2005 Everybody Loves Raymond George 1 Episode
2005 George Lopez Ed Driscoll Episode: "George Negoti-ate It"
2005 Guess Who Security Guard Movie
2004 Cold Case Brad Atwater 1 Episode
2003 Tremors Red Landers 8 Episodes
2002 Friday After Next Officer Hole Movie
2002 Men in Black II MIB Agent Film
2001 Rush Hour 2 Tex Movie
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Wiggins Episode: "Shaq"
2001 The Jennie Project Frank TV Movie
2001 Nikki Mr. Higgins 1 Episode
2000 The Family Man Tommy
2000 Spin City George 1 Episode
2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Bill TV Movie
2000 ER Mr. Emerson 1 Episode
2000 Malcolm in the Middle Officer Karl 1 Episode
1999 Galaxy Quest Warrior Alien
1999 JAG Gary Sharps 1 Episode
1999 The Thirteenth Year Hal TV Movie
1999 The X-Files Deputy Greer Episode: "Agua Mala"
1998 Rugrats Dummi Bear Voice Only, 1 Episode
1998 Maggie Mr. Dawson 1 Episode
1998 The Rat Pack G-Man #1 TV Movie
1998 The Truman Show Garage Attendant
1998 Blackout Effect Brian Mack TV Movie
1997 Dharma & Greg Hooper 1 Episode
1997 The Maker Customs Officer
1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Bearclaw
1997 Crisis Center Bob 1 Episode
1997 Prison of Secrets Dennis TV Movie
1996 Star Trek: Klingon Pakled Trader Video Game
1996 Boston Common Manager Episode: "Everybody's Stalking"
1996 Pacific Blue Rat Man 1 Episode
1996 Sister, Sister Bert Walker 1 Episode
1996 The Home Court Cousin Roy 1 Episode
1995 Courthouse Officer Lucas 1 Episode
1995 Picket Fences Painter 1 Episode
1995 The Commish Michael Muldoon 2 Episodes
1995 The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Mackie TV Movie
1994 The Swan Princess Bromley Voice Only
1994 Hardball Fan #1 1 Episode
1994 Wagons East Zack Ferguson
1993 Dream Lover Minister
1993 Dream On Dick Hermann 1 Episode
1993 Mother of the Bride Photographer TV Movie
1992 Forever Young Man At Picnic Debut Film
1992 The Powers That Be Telephone Repair Guy 1 Episode
1991 Murphy Brown Joe Smith 1 Episode


  1. ^ Justin, Neal (February 7, 2019). "Minnesota's Joel McKinnon Miller infiltrates cast of NBC's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "No Place Like Home". UMD News. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Joel McKinnon Miller". Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ a b Joel McKinnon Miller at IMDb
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor will sing national anthem at Vikings game". Kare 11 News. December 28, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Who Is Joel McKinnon Miller's Wife Tamara McKinnon? Do The Pair Have Kids? | eCelebritySpy". Who Is Joel McKinnon Miller's Wife Tamara McKinnon? Do The Pair Have Kids? | eCelebritySpy. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  7. ^ "Joel McKinnon Miller". Retrieved 2021-08-10.