Before becoming an actor, McCann was a painter and a bridge painter (on the Forth Road Bridge), landscape gardener and carpenter. Rory McCann was first trained as an actor by writer-artist Robert Parsifal Finch in The Actor's Workshop, Glasgow in 1998 when he was twenty nine.
McCann is the former frontman of a defunct band called Thundersoup.
Rory is best known for starring in these works:
- Game of Thrones - Sandor Clegane, the Hound
- Jumanji: The Next Level - Jurgen the Brutal
- Hot Fuzz - Michael "Lurch" Armstrong
- Rory McCann lives a solitary, transient lifestyle. He often lives on his boat or in places without modern conveniences. In 2006, he went to Iceland with Gerard Butler to attend the premiere of Beowulf & Grendel. He ended up living in Iceland for a year, part of the time in a tent after losing his apartment, and working as a carpenter.
- Rory plays the piano, guitar, banjo and mandolin.