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MacInnes was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on October 27, 1947. He studied acting during his college years, then did post graduate work in Great Britain at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, during the late 1960s and first 1970s. His first film appearance was an uncredited role in Rollerball (1975), where he played one of the guards escorting star Jonathan E. (James Caan). Coincidentially, the captain of the guards was played by Burnell Tucker, who later appeared in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
In 1977, MacInnes appeared in another TV series, returning to the sci-fi genre. He played Jelto in one episode of Space: 1999, "Devil's Planet," working with star Martin Landau.
In 1977 MacInnes appeared Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, as the Y-wing pilot Gold Leader. Although the character is only identified by his call sign and the nickname "Dutch" in the film, he was later given a full name, Jon Vander. The following year, he appeared in the film Force 10 from Navarone, starring Harrison Ford.
MacInnes' later work includes the cult comedy film Strange Brew, in which he played former hockey player and mental patient Jean LaRose, and minor appearances in films including Eyes Wide Shut, The Krays, The Jacket, and The Black Dahlia.
Archive footage of MacInnes was used in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, again showing him as Gold Leader. MacInnes also recorded additional lines for the film, including the line "Keep it tight and watch out for for those towers."