He appeared in seven movies with Clint Eastwood, which include The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet and Every Which Way but Loose, as well as having roles in many popular films of the time like Junior Bonner, The Parallax View, The Shootist, First Blood, Against All Odds and The Green Mile.
He was one of those actors whose parts were often smaller than the supporting ones and yet he always managed to deliver a strong, memorable performance. He had a presence that demanded notice and even though most people never knew his name, they paid attention when he was on the screen.
Bill McKinney worked through his long film career virtually unnoticed by the general public. He was a wonderful actor who had the ability to not only carry a scene, but to also make the leading actor go unnoticed while he did it.