Christopher McDonald

Actor
A handsome supporting actor with striking eyes, Christopher McDonald began his career in teenage screen roles, beginning with "Grease 2" (1982), and later played seemingly ordinary but sometimes sly character types. His ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1955 in Manhasset, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (150)

Texas Rising 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

About Last Night 2014 (Movie)

Casey McNeil (Actor)

American Pie Presents The Naked Mile 2014 (Movie)

Mr Stifler (Actor)

Believe Me 2014 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

Black Widow 2014 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Deep in the Valley 2014 (Movie)

D.J. (Actor)

Funny Money 2014 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Kirstie 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Player 5150 2014 (Movie)

Tony Moffit (Actor)

Refuge 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roadkill 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speakeasy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summerhood 2014 (Movie)

Assistant Director (Actor)

The Tank 2014 (Movie)

Lawson (Actor)

Zipper 2014 (Movie)

Peter Kirkland (Actor)

Adventures of Serial Buddies 2013 (Movie)

Father Christopher (Actor)

Body of Proof 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Endings 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grassroots 2012 (Movie)

Jim Tripp (Actor)

Harry's Law 1999 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

Jack Dietz (Actor)

Superman 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best 2012 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Collection 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Peters (Actor)

Veronica's Closet 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Balls to the Wall 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cat Run 2011 (Movie)

Bill Krebb (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spooner 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Best and the Brightest 2011 (Movie)

The Player (Actor)

SGU: Stargate Universe 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fanboys 2009 (Movie)

Big Chuck (Actor)

Law & Order 2009 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2009 (Tv Show)

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Reunion 2009 (Movie)

Eamon (Actor)

Splinterheads 2009 (Movie)

Sargeant Bruce Mancuso (Actor)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Lab Supervisor (Actor)

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

Bryce Arbogast (Actor)

My Boys 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superhero Movie 2008 (Movie)

Lou Landers/Hourglass (Actor)

The House Bunny 2008 (Movie)

Dean Simmons (Actor)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Larry Lupin (Actor)

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 (Movie)

Marty Schumacher (Actor)

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bronx Is Burning 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Pie Presents Beta House 2006 (Movie)

Mr Stifler (Actor)

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

Officer Coon (Actor)

Las Vegas 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Sexiest Year 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twins 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Fat Actress 2005 (Tv Show)

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Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Roger McManus (Actor)

Cracking Up 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

North Shore 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Takedown 2004 (Movie)

Mitch Gibson (Actor)

Word of Honor (TNT) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Grind 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Children on Their Birthdays 2002 (Movie)

Speedy Thorne (Actor)

Family Law 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

President of the USA (Actor)

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Coming Up Roses 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Prism Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

Macadam Salesman (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Brad Bradburn (Actor)

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Requiem for A Dream 2000 (Movie)

Tappy Tibbons (Actor)

The 49th Annual Miss USA Pageant 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Todd Gross (Actor)

The Skulls 2000 (Movie)

Martin Lombard (Actor)

Slc Punk! 1999 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

of Kent Mansley (Voice)

The Making of: The Iron Giant 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Work 1998 (Movie)

Travis Cole (Actor)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

Morton (Actor)

My Teacher's Wife 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

Casey's Dad (Actor)

The Theory of the Leisure Class 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Richard Halstrom (Actor)

Divorce, a Contemporary Western 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

Wilson Craft (Actor)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jaded 1997 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Leave It to Beaver 1997 (Movie)

Ward Cleaver (Actor)

The Eighteenth Angel 1997 (Movie)

Hugh Stanton (Actor)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

Coach Kimball (Actor)

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Shooter (Actor)

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Donald Krupp (Actor)

The Making of Adam Sandler's Video 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich Man's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Tony Potenza (Actor)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

Stewart Gleick (Actor)

Fair Game 1995 (Movie)

Meyerson (Actor)

Roadflower 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another Midnight Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Cover Story 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Midnight Run-Around 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Monkey Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Jack Barry (Actor)

Terminal Velocity 1994 (Movie)

Kerr (Actor)

Benefit of the Doubt 1993 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Conflict of Interest 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

Frank Kelbo (Actor)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Walter and Emily 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

Senator Dixon (Actor)

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

Reed (Actor)

Hunter 1984 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Darryl (Actor)

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

Louie Jeffries (Actor)

Playroom 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Girl Lost 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Paramedics 1988 (Movie)

Mad Mike (Actor)

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Breakin' 1984 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1984 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Boys Next Door 1984 (Movie)

Woods (Actor)

Where the Boys Are '84 1984 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Cheers 1982 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Goose (Actor)

The Black Room 1982 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Fog 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

An Eight Is Enough Wedding (TV Show)

Actor

Another Midnight Run (Movie)

Jack Walsh (Actor)

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Exposure (TV Show)

Actor

Five Aces (TV Show)

Actor

Lemonade Mouth (TV Show)

Actor

Little Girl Lost (Movie)

(Actor)

Midnight Run For Your Life (TV Show)

Actor

Red Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Telling Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

Actor

Triplecross (TV Show)

Actor

Twirl (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 2002, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

Tavis Smiley 1989 - 1993, 1996 - 2005, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

The Outside World 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

The Outside World 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A handsome supporting actor with striking eyes, Christopher McDonald began his career in teenage screen roles, beginning with "Grease 2" (1982), and later played seemingly ordinary but sometimes sly character types. His turn as the moronic husband of Geena Davis' character in the hit road movie "Thelma & Louise" (1991) earned him the enmity of female fans and led to a deluge of inbred, stupid hayseed role offers, all of which he turned down. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, McDonald was a pre-med major before the acting bug bit during his senior year at Hobart College. His first professional engagement was in the touring company of Elizabeth Swados' musical "Nightclub Cantata". When the show reached L.A., other opportunities came his way, leading to his screen debut as one of the T-Birds in "Grease 2".

Relationships

Geena Davis Actor

Companion
Dated for three years before Davis wed Jeff Goldblum Acted together in "Thelma & Louise" (1991) No longer together

Lupe Gidley

Wife
Born c. 1965 Married 1992

Daniel McDonald Actor

Brother
Born July 30, 1960 Acted together in "Where the Boys Are '84" Died on brother's birthday Feb. 15, 2007

James McDonald

Father

Ava McDonald

Daughter
Born Sept. 4, 2001; mother, Lupe Gidley

Hannah McDonald

Daughter
Born Oct. 20, 1993; mother, Lupe Gidley

Rosie McDonald

Daughter
Born 1996; mother, Lupe Gidley

Jackson McDonald

Son
Born Dec. 22, 1990; mother, Lupe Gidley

EDUCATION

Stella Adler Acting Conservatory

New York , New York

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Hobart College

Geneva , New York
on a scholastic and athletic scholarship; in senior year switched from pre-med studies to theater arts; graduated cum laude

studied with Jose Quintero

Milestones

2012

Cast in 1960s-set drama "Not Fade Away," written and directed by David Chase

2012

Cast in horror thriller "The Collection"

2010

Cast opposite Luke Wilson in crime film "Middle Men"

2010

Landed recurring guest role on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"

2008

Acted opposite Anna Faris in comedy hit "The House Bunny"

2008

Appeared in spoof comedy "Superhero Movie"

2008

Cast opposite Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes in crime comedy "Mad Money"

2007

Co-starred in "Funny Money," a film adaptation of 1994 play written by Ray Cooney

2006

Made Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in "Chicago"

2004

Cast as the Matriarch of a disfunctional family on short-lived "Cracking Up" (Fox)

2004

Played a Donald Trump-like billionaire on "North Shore" (Fox)

2002

Played the President in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams"

2001

Portrayed baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in HBO movie "61*"

2000

Cast as an informercial host in Darren Aronofsky's addiction drama "Requiem for a Dream"

1999

Co-starred on CBS drama series "Family Law"

1997

Portrayed Ward Cleaver in the big screen version of "Leave It to Beaver"

1997

Played another father in the independent dark fantasy "Lawn Dogs"

1997

Assumed recurring role as the philandering husband of Kirstie Alley's Veronica on NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet"

1994

Delivered memorable performance as game show host Jack Barry in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

1993

Made TV miniseries debut in "Telling Secrets" (ABC)

1991

Turned in memorable performance as crude husband of Geena Davis in Ridley Scott's "Thelma & Louise"

1991

Played regular role of Matt Collins on NBC sitcom "Walter and Emily"

1989

Assumed higher profile in features as Cybill Shepherd's husband, plucked from earth before his time in romantic comedy "Chances Are"

1987

Acted in small part in "Outrageous Fortune"

1982

Landed major role as Goose McKenzie in musical comedy "Grease 2"

1981

Los Angeles stage debut, "Final Touches"

1981

Made TV acting debut on a pilot titled "Fog"

1981

TV movie debut, "Twirl" (NBC)

1980

First professional appearance, in Elizabeth Swados musical "Nightclub Cantata" (date approximate)

Grew up in Freeport and Romulus, NY

Bonus Trivia

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"I was driving in my car recently. I came to an intersection and two girls pulled up nearby, looked over and said, 'Look, there's that guy from 'Thelma & Louise' – let's shoot him!" – McDonald quoted in NBC press kit for "Walter and Emily," 1991

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"I'm a character lead now. I don't play the Kevin Costner role, but I'll play his best friend, the guy who has to get killed off. Or, to get a juicier role, I'll play the bad guy. Those are more delicious parts, in a way, anyway." – McDonald in Daily News, Oct. 4, 1994

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"At the time we made it nobody knew it would come to be regarded as one of 'Next Gen's' best episodes ever. We did know we had good things going for us, like the Yar story line, Denise coming back, the whole time warp thing and the Enterprise-C. But we had no idea just how popular 'Yesterday's Enterprise' would be." – McDonald quoted in The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 8, 1997

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