• Courtney Gains was born in Los Angeles, California in 1965
• He is an actor best known for his portrayal of Dixon in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future”
• His career began in 1984 with a role in the movie “Children of the Corn”
• He has appeared in over 130 movies and TV series
• As of September 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $3 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of Birth August 22, 1965
Fact Had to attend bootcamp before filming Memphis Belle (1990)

Who is Courtney Gains (Back to the Future)?

Courtney Gains was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 22 August 1965 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Dixon in the evergreen science fiction adventure comedy movie “Back to the Future” in 1985, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, and which starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. The story follows a 17-year old boy Marty McFly who gets sent into the past a

fter using his friend’s Doc Brown’s time machine DeLorean – the film won 20 awards including an Oscar, and was nominated for 25 other awards.

Courtney has won 13 awards for his performances in movies, and has been nominated for one other.

Early life and education

Courtney was raised in Los Angeles an only child by his father who was a construction worker, and his mother who was a housewife – he spent part of his childhood watching movies and TV series with his mother.

Courtney became interested in acting while attending elementary school, as he was a member of the school’s drama club, and was steadily getting better and better roles in school plays. He continued acting upon enrolling at a high school, at which he was also physically active as he played football, and after he matriculated in 1983, Courtney focused on his acting career and didn’t enroll at college.

Roles in movies

Courtney has been credited with roughly 130 movie and TV series appearances, and we are about to cover some of his most notable performances in this article.

He made his debut film appearance in 1984, when he portrayed Malachai in the critically acclaimed supernatural folk horror movie “Children of the Corn”, closely based on the eponymous short story written by Stephen King. The same year saw Courtney star alongside Grant Cramer and Gary Wood in the sex comedy movie “Hardbodies”, which follows three older men who are trying to pick up ladies at the beach with the help of a younger man.

In 1985, Courtney appeared in two award-winning movies: the western comedy “Lust in the Dust” and the teen romantic comedy “Secret Admirer”.

He made a cameo appearance in the drama movie “Ratboy” in 1986, and was then cast to play the supporting character Goose Trammel in the drama “Winners Take All”, as well as Kenneth Wurman in the teen romantic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love”. The year 1988 saw him portray Whitey in the police procedural action crime movie “Colors”, while some of his following roles were in the 1989 black comedy “The ‘Burbs” which starred Tom Hanks, the British-American war movie “Memphis Belle” in 1990, and the action movie “Behind Enemy Lines” in 1997.

In 1998, Courtney played the supporting character Ernie in the independent mystery-thriller movie “Shadow of Doubt” and the same year saw him star alongside Charlie Sheen in the action crime thriller “No Code of Conduct”.

He played Sheriff Wade in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Sweet Home Alabama” in 2002 and the following year he was cast as Lorenzo the Black Hand in the romantic crime mystery comedy “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze”. 2006 saw him appear in the psychological thriller “The Phobic”, and four years later Courtney made a cameo appearance in the horror movie “The Quiet Ones”. Some of his notable performances in the following years were in the horror “Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead” in 2011, the 2013 comedy “The House Across the Street”, and the war drama “Field of Lost Shoes” 2014.

Three of Courtney’s most recent roles in movies have been in the ghost film “Camp Cold Brook” and the comedy horror “Hell’s Kitty” both in 2018, and another horror, “Candy Corn” in 2019.

Roles in TV series

Courtney made his debut TV series appearance in 1984, when he guest starred as Joe Newbolt in the episode “Welcome Home, Jellybean” of the “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, and from there he appeared in single episodes of many series, such as “Misfits of Science” in 1985, “21 Jump Street” in 1987, and “Superboy” in 1988.

His first notable performance in a series was in 1993, when he guest starred as Coley Hiffern in two episodes of the mystery drama “In the Heat of the Night”, starring Carroll O’Connor and Alan Autry, and which follows the police force working in Sparta, Mississippi. Courtney continued to appear in single episodes of many series, such as the episode “Runaway Daughters” of the drama “Rebel Highway” in 1994, the episode “Survivors” of the action crime series “JAG” in 1996, and the episode “Payback” of the action crime series “Nash Bridges” in 1997.

He went on to guest star in over 20 other TV series, before portraying Parro in three episodes of the fantasy series “We Are Angels” which is set in a world where angels and demons live amongst humans.

Three of Courtney’s most recent roles in TV series have been in the episode “The Gang Hits the Slops” of the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, a single episode of the comedy series “Wild Cardz” and the episode “Keeper” of the crime mystery series “Criminal Minds” both in 2016.

Current works

Courtney is currently shooting for a number of movies. He has been cast to appear in the horror movie “Death Camp” and the comedy “The Next Cassavetes” set to be released by the end of 2020, and the short movie “Room 13” the release date of which is yet to be announced.

Courtney is also shooting for the comedy film “Never Too Late”, the adventure comedy “My Red Neck Neighbor” and the thriller “Haunted: 333”, while it has recently been announced that he will appear in both the comedy “Turning Tables” and the biographical comedy “Hollywoodland of Hope & Lies”, which will soon start filming.

Wife and children

Courtney has been keeping details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention, but there are rumors circulating the internet that he is a married man and is leading a happy life with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California, however, no proof has been provided to show that Courtney is a married man and that he has children.

There are many people who believe that Courtney is gay, and that this is why he hasn’t talked about any women he might have dated – two of his fans have even claimed on Reddit.com that they have seen Courtney being rather too close to a male friend at a club in Los Angeles, but the posts have since been removed.

As he hasn’t commented on his love life nor his sexuality, Courtney is officiallly single as of September 2020, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Courtney has always been a simple man who enjoys spending time with his fans, signing autographs and answering their questions.

He is an avid traveler who has been all around the world for both work and pleasure, and he mostly enjoys spending time at attractive natural destinations rather than in overcrowded touristic cities.

He is a lover of animals who has had many pet dogs, and has volunteered at and donated money to several animal shelters.

Courtney is a fan of rock music and has been to numerous festivals, while two of his favorite rock bands are AC/DC and Aerosmith.

He enjoys watching movies late at night, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Bill Murray, Tom Hanks and Andie MacDowell, and some of his favorite movies are “The Groundhog Day”, “The Terminal” and “Cast Away”.

Net worth

Courtney’s age is 55. He has short ginger hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 159lbs (72kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

General Info

Full Name Courtney Gains
Date Of Birth August 22, 1965
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Film producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Acting Coach
Nationality American


Movies Children of the Corn, Can’t Buy Me Love, The ‘Burbs, Sweet Home Alabama, Back to the Future, Memphis Belle, Faster, The Funhouse Massacre, Hardbodies, National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, Secret Admirer, Lust in the Dust, Field of Lost Shoes, No Code of Conduct, Winners Take All, King Cobra, Mimesis…
TV Shows Texas Rising

Social profile links

IMDB http://imdb.com/name/nm0301381


# Fact
1 Good friends with Children of the Corn (1984) co star, John Franklin.
2 Writes songs and plays Guitar
3 Had to attend bootcamp before filming Memphis Belle (1990)




Title Year Status Character
The Red Man’s View 2018 pre-production Jenkins
It Happened One Valentine’s 2017 completed Freddy Craig
Death Camp 2017 post-production Detective Beckett
Eden Falls 2017 pre-production Dr.Mason
Hell’s Kitty 2016 post-production Mordicia
Trafficked 2016/I completed Frank Anderson
Corbin Nash post-production Detective Holloway
Deadly Crush post-production Lawrence
Haunted: 333 post-production Deputy Jed
HOLLYWOODLAND of HOPE & LIES announced The Manager
Scramble post-production Canada Rick
The Next Cassavetes filming Producer
Urban Myths post-production Stanley
Criminal Minds 2016 TV Series Todd Burton
Wild Cardz 2016 TV Series Courtney
The Bronx Bull 2016 Chain Gang Guard
Prettyface 2016 Short Shorty
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2016 TV Series Roach
The Funhouse Massacre 2015 Dennis
Texas Rising 2015 TV Mini-Series Cole Hornfischer
Hell’s Kitty 2015 TV Series Mordicia
Halcyon 2015/I Robert
Ride the Lightning 2014 TV Series Red Russo
Perception 2014 TV Series Officer James McKenzie
We Are Angels 2014 TV Series Parro
The Middle 2014 TV Series Phil
My Trip Back to the Dark Side 2014 Bobby G.
Bones 2014 TV Series Super
Field of Lost Shoes 2014 Capt. Chinook
Switched at Birth 2014 TV Series Donny
Franklin & Bash 2013 TV Series Lyle
The House Across the Street 2013 Ned
Ambush at Dark Canyon 2012 Sheriff Hurley
Lose Yourself 2012 Video Bobby G
2 Flats 2011 Short Tow Truck Driver
My Trip to the Dark Side 2011 Video Bobby G.
Mimesis 2011 Gordon
Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury 2011 Gil Highdecker
L.A. Noire 2011 Video Game Eli Rooney (voice)
Discipline 2011 Jack Baldwin
Southland 2011 TV Series
Watch Out for Slick 2010 Benji
Faster 2010 Telemarketer
Raven 2010 Danny
The Quiet Ones 2010 Michael’s Father
Cinema Salvation 2010 Courtney
The Ascent 2010 Andrew
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009 TV Series Stan Gerber
Shadowheart 2009 Video Finch
Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness 2009 Benny Bliss
He’s Such a Girl 2009 Barrista
Sibling Rivalry 2009 The Stranger
My Name Is Earl 2008 TV Series Lloyd
Alien Encounter 2008 Donovan
Monk 2008 TV Series Six Fingered Man / Frank Nunn
Halloween 2007 Jack Kendall (uncredited)
The Phobic 2006 Dr. Cecil Westlake
NCIS 2006 TV Series Gary Silverstein
Desolation Canyon 2006 TV Movie Jack McAllister
Freezerburn 2005 Scooter the Grip
Studio House 2005 TV Movie Scotty
Headshot 2004 Short The Writer
No Ordinary Hero 2004 Short W. Fritz Bean
The Guardian 2003-2004 TV Series Roy Cantwell
Dorm Daze 2003 Lorenzo the Black Hand
Alias 2003 TV Series Holden Gemler
Fastlane 2002 TV Series Det. Guthrie
Sweet Home Alabama 2002 Sheriff Wade
Charmed 2000 TV Series D. J., Bane’s Right Hand
Her Married Lover 1999 Hood
King Cobra 1999 Video Dr. Joseph McConnell
Dreamers 1999/I Mike
No Code of Conduct 1998 Cameron
The Landlady 1998 Tyson Johns
Arli$$ 1998 TV Series Dealer
The Killing Grounds 1998 Video Vincent Reynosa
Shadow of Doubt 1998 Ernie
Brooklyn South 1998 TV Series Joe Beldon
Dilemma 1997 Tex
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Dwayne
Nash Bridges 1997 TV Series
Behind Enemy Lines 1997 Church
Pacific Blue 1996 TV Series Jim-Joe
Silk Stalkings 1996 TV Series Norman Harrison
JAG 1996 TV Series Pete
Legend 1995 TV Series
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger 1994 Video Game Lt. Ted ‘Radio’ Rollins
ER 1994 TV Series Ronnie – Chloe’s Boyfriend
Rebel Highway 1994 TV Series Deputy 1
In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance 1994 TV Movie Barlow
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series Frat Boy
Bakersfield P.D. 1993 TV Series Doug
In the Heat of the Night 1993 TV Series Coley Hiffern
Seinfeld 1993 TV Series Clerk
FBI: The Untold Stories 1993 TV Series Kirby Anthony
Memphis Belle 1990 Sgt. Eugene McVey
CBS Summer Playhouse 1989 TV Series Silas
The ‘Burbs 1989 Hans Klopek
Superboy 1988 TV Series Jeff Hilford
Vietnam War Story 1988 TV Series Albertson
Colors 1988 Whitey
Can’t Buy Me Love 1987 Kenneth Wurman
21 Jump Street 1987 TV Series Birch
Starman 1987 TV Series Bo
Winners Take All 1987 Goose Trammel
American Harvest 1987 TV Movie Chips
Ratboy 1986 Kid in Car
The Children of Times Square 1986 TV Movie Punk who robs Brian
Misfits of Science 1985 TV Series Mechanic
The Orkly Kid 1985 Short
Back to the Future 1985 Dixon
Secret Admirer 1985 Doug
Lust in the Dust 1985 Red Dick Barker
Hardbodies 1984 Rag
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 TV Series Joe Newbolt
Children of the Corn 1984 Malachai


Title Year Status Character
Nine Eleven 2017 co-producer completed
Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness 2009 producer
Sibling Rivalry 2009 executive producer
The Phobic 2006 co-producer
Dorm Daze 2003 co-executive producer


Title Year Status Character
Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness 2009 writer


Title Year Status Character
Colors 1988 performer: “LOVE GUARANTEE”


Title Year Status Character
Big Dreams Little Tokyo 2006 special thanks
84C MoPic 1989 thanks


Title Year Status Character
Breaking Dating 2015 TV Series Himself
There Goes the Neighborhood: The Making of ‘The ‘Burbs’ 2014 Video documentary Himself
Martin Mayo Big Time Hollywood Director 2014 Documentary Courtney Gains
Tattoos: A Scarred History 2009 Documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Himself / Kenneth Wurman
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 TV Mini-Series Himself
The John Kerwin Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of Bret Michaels 2002 Himself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia