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Mary McDonnell is a Actor American born on 28 april 1952 at Wilkes-Barre (USA)

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell
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Birth name Mary Eileen McDonnell
Nationality USA
Birth 28 april 1952 (72 years) at Wilkes-Barre (USA)

Mary Eileen McDonnell (born April 28, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She received Academy Award nominations for her roles as Stands With A Fist in Dances with Wolves and May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish. McDonnell is well known for her performances as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, the First Lady in Independence Day, and Rose in Donnie Darko. She currently stars as Captain Sharon Raydor on the TNT series Major Crimes.


McDonnell was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Ithaca, New York. She is the daughter of Eileen (née Mundy; 1921–1990) and John "Jack" McDonnell (1923–1973), a computer consultant. Her siblings are Jane (1950–2005), Sally, Judith, Jackie, and John. She is of Irish descent. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she attended drama school and joined the East Coast's prestigious Long Wharf Theatre Company, with which she worked for over 20 years. McDonnell is married to Randle Mell (born 1951), who is also an actor. McDonnell and Mell currently reside in Pacific Palisades, California. They have two children: Olivia (born 1987) and Michael (born 1994).

Best films

Independence Day (1996)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Grand Canyon (1991)

Usually with

John Sayles
John Sayles
(2 films)
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2 films)
Maggie Renzi
Maggie Renzi
(2 films)
Dean Devlin
Dean Devlin
(1 films)
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Filmography of Mary McDonnell (29 films)

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Scream 4
Scream 4 (2011)
, 1h51
Directed by Wes Craven
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Action, Adventure, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, Comedy horror films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Carlos Alazraqui
Roles Kate Roberts
Rating62% 3.102693.102693.102693.102693.10269
On the 15th anniversary of the Woodsboro Massacre, high school students Jenny Randall and Marnie Cooper are attacked and brutally murdered in their home by a new Ghostface.
Margin Call, 1h49
Directed by J. C. Chandor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker
Roles Mary Rogers
Rating70% 3.5484853.5484853.5484853.5484853.548485
Junior risk analyst Seth Bregman (Penn Badgley), his more senior colleague Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto), and trading desk head Will Emerson (Paul Bettany) watch as human resources staff of their (never-named) firm, along with building security, conduct an unannounced mass layoff right on their trading floor, at the start of an otherwise normal business day. One of the fired employees is Peter and Seth's boss, Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci), head of risk management on the floor. Dale attempts to tell his now former employer that the firm should look into what he has been working on, but the contracted human resources staff have no interest other than him quickly leaving the building. While Dale is being escorted out, he gives Peter a USB memory stick with a project he had been working on, telling him to "be careful" just as he boards the elevator.
Killer Hair, 1h27
Directed by Jerry Ciccoritti
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Maggie Lawson, Mary McDonnell, Lynda Boyd, Mark Humphrey, James McDaniel, Mark Consuelos
Roles Rose Smithsonian
Rating56% 2.812282.812282.812282.812282.81228
The story begins with the discovery of an emerging fashion stylist's dead body. Angie Woods, a stylist recognized for succeeding with difficult rejuvenation jobs, is found dead with a razor in her hand. Investigators suggest that Woods committed suicide because of the unattractive hairstyle she was wearing. Smithsonian (Maggie Lawson), a fashion columnist and amateur private investigator, is an acquaintance of Woods and suspects something more sinister; she believes that a notable client of Woods, a congressional staffer with a salacious web site, is somehow implicated. Detective Vic Donovan (Victor Webster) is assigned to the case. This causes complications due to his prior romantic affair with Smithsonian.
Battlestar Galactica: Razor, 1h41
Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Space opera
Actors Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Stephanie Jacobsen, Michelle Forbes, Graham Beckel, Jamie Bamber
Roles President Laura Roslin
Rating75% 3.795793.795793.795793.795793.79579
Le film se concentre sur l'histoire du Battlestar Pegasus, il se passe juste après la promotion de Lee Adama en tant que commandant du Battlestar Pegasus (Une main de fer - saison 2, épisode 17), de fréquents flashbacks montrent les événements vus du Pegasus entre l'attaque des Cylons et le présent, deux flashbacks montrent des événements de la première guerre contre les Cylons (un sur l'amiral Helena Cain, fuyant l'attaque des Cylons sur Tauron alors que sa petite sœur était tuée par les machines, un autre sur la découverte d'un centre de recherche Cylon visant à fabriquer un hybride cylon/humain).
Mrs. Harris, 1h35
Directed by Phyllis Nagy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman, Michael Gross, Frances Fisher, Frank Whaley
Roles Vivian Schulte
Rating59% 2.95122.95122.95122.95122.9512
On a stormy night in March 1980, a distraught Jean Harris arrives at the baronial Purchase, New York home of Herman Tarnower following a five-hour drive from McLean, Virginia. Her goal is to commit suicide beside the pond on his estate after confronting her former lover, who spurned her in favor of his considerably younger secretary-receptionist Lynne Tryforos. When she removes a gun from her handbag, Tarnower attempts to take it away from her, and in the struggle he accidentally is shot and collapses. Because the phone isn't working, Jean drives off to seek help from a neighbor, only to return to the house when she sees a police car heading in that direction.
Nola (2003)
, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Emmy Rossum, James Badge Dale, Mary McDonnell, Steven Bauer, Thom Christopher, Sam Coppola
Roles Margaret Langworthy
Rating54% 2.717782.717782.717782.717782.71778
After fleeing from her abusive stepfather, Nola (Emmy Rossum) travels to New York City searching for her biological father. She spends her first night sleeping in Central Park, but her luck changes when she is hired by the owner of a small diner. She ends up staying with the frycook/law school student Ben (James Badge Dale) until the real owner of the diner, Ben's landlady Margaret (Mary McDonnell), hires Nola as her assistant for her escort service.
The Locket
The Locket (2002)
, 1h40
Directed by Karen Arthur
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Marguerite Moreau, Chad Willett, Lori Heuring, Lourdes Benedicto, Terry O'Quinn
Roles Helen Staples
Rating69% 3.4863.4863.4863.4863.486
Esther (Redgrave) is a disillusioned and bitter nursing home resident who shares much with her attendant, Michael (Willett), in terms of personal sacrifices that they have both made. Esther also hides a dark secret. Michael has spent the last several years of his life looking after his cancer-stricken late mother and now faces rejection from his fiancee's father. Michael makes it his mission to improve the last years of Esther's life.
Donnie Darko, 1h53
Directed by Richard Kelly
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about animals, Films about education, Films about children, Films about sexuality, Time travel films, La sexualité des mineurs, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films about school violence
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne
Roles Rose Darko
Rating79% 3.998443.998443.998443.998443.99844
On October 2, 1988, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled teenager living in Middlesex, Virginia, is awakened and led outside by a figure in a monstrous rabbit costume, who introduces himself as "Frank" and tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. At dawn, Donnie returns home to find a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom. His older sister, Elizabeth (Maggie Gyllenhaal), informs him the FAA investigators do not know where it came from.
For All Time, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic
Actors Mark Harmon, Mary McDonnell, Catherine Hicks, Brittany Tiplady, Bill Cobbs, Ed Evanko
Roles Laura Brown
Rating68% 3.4415853.4415853.4415853.4415853.441585
Charles Lattimer, dessinateur publicitaire d'une quarantaine d'années marié à une femme carriériste très prise, est fatigué de la grande ville, des déplacements quotidiens en train, et des pratiques purement commerciales qu'exigent son poste. Alors qu'il marche dans la rue, il aperçoit une boutique d'antiquaire qui a ouvert ses portes le matin même. Dans la vitrine, une montre gousset gravée au motif d'un train à vapeur, attire son regard. Le vendeur, à l'attitude mystérieuse, la lui vend pour huit cents dollars.
Mumford (1999)
, 1h47
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, L'usurpation d'identité, Films about psychiatry, Escroquerie
Actors Loren Dean, Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Roles Althea Brockett
Rating67% 3.3981453.3981453.3981453.3981453.398145
As a relative newcomer to an Oregon town that bears his name, Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean) seems charming and skillful to his neighbors and patients. His unique, frank approach to psychotherapy soon attracts patients away from the two therapists (David Paymer and Jane Adams) already working in the area.
Cookie's Fortune, 1h58
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller
Themes Films about families
Actors Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles Dutton, Patricia Neal
Roles Patrick Freeman
Rating67% 3.397343.397343.397343.397343.39734
When a small Mississippi town's wealthy dowager Jewel-Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Neal) tires of her widowed life, she decides to take one of her late-husband Buck's pistols from the gun cabinet and kill herself.
Replacing Dad, 1h30
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Mary McDonnell, William Russ, Jack Coleman, Erik von Detten, Camilla Belle, Tippi Hedren
Roles Linda Marsh
Rating55% 2.7641052.7641052.7641052.7641052.764105
Linda Marsh (Mary McDonnell) is a housewife who seems to have a perfect life: along with her husband, high school principal George (William Russ) and three loving children Drew (Erik von Detten), Mandy (Camilla Belle) and Willie (Hayden Tank), she is living in a suburban house in a small and peaceful town. One day, she decides to surprise her husband at his office to celebrate their 16th anniversary, and finds him kissing with one of the teachers, Ann Marie Scott (Michele Abrams). Immediately, her life falls apart, and she lands in a roller coaster of emotions.