Piney Winston

Piney Winston SOA PhotoPiermont “Piney” Winston is a fictional character on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by William Lucking.  

William Lucking (born June 17, 1941) is an American film, television, and stage actor.  Lucking's imposing figure and rough-hewn features lent themselves well to roles as tough bikers (Hell's Belles, Wild Rovers, Sons of Anarchy), craggy cowboys (The Magnificent Seven Ride!, The Return of a Man Called Horse), and determined military and police officers (Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, K-PAX). His film work also includes appearances in The Mountain Men, 10, Stripes, Ladykillers, The River Wild, The Limey, Erin Brockovich, Red Dragon, The Rundown, and Contraband.

On television he has had starring or featured roles in Outlaws as Harland Pike and The A-Team as Colonel Lynch. He has been a mainstay on episodic TV for three decades, appearing in such classics as Mission: Impossible, The Partridge Family, Simon & Simon, Bonanza, Kung Fu, Gunsmoke, The Rockford Files, The Waltons, The Incredible Hulk, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., Hunter, The Greatest American Hero and Murder, She Wrote. He has also appeared in such shows as NYPD Blue, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, The X Files, ER, The Pretender, Profiler, The West Wing, Tales of the Gold Monkey and In the Heat of the Night.

Piney Winston was a member of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and was one of the Club's founders, along with John Teller.  Winston was in his late 60s and served as a Ranger during the Vietnam War. When he returned to his hometown of Charming, California, in 1967, he felt ostracized by the same society he had just risked his life for. He eventually co-founded the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club with fellow war veteran John Teller as a form of social rebellion and freedom. He was JT's vice president until he was diagnosed with emphysema in 1991. He then suffered from severe emphysema and had to carry an oxygen tank with him at all times, which prevent his going out on runs, but he still attended “Church”. Despite his age he proved to be just as tough as his younger club brothers. Piney is the father of Harry “Opie” Winston, Jax Teller's best friend and another member of the Sons of Anarchy. Piney was the only contemporary SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) member to wear the original Sons of Anarchy denim kutte.

 


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