Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Actor, Singer, Dancer
A gifted actress and singer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was blessed with a striking beauty and undeniable screen presence that brought her recognition alongside some of filmdom's biggest stars. After making her ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1958 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Limitless 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Grimm 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hostages 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("Standing Room Only") (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tabloid 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Linda Greenlaw (Actor)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

Donna De Angelo (Actor)

My Life So Far 1999 (Movie)

Moira (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Wishes 1995 (Movie)

Jeanne (Actor)

Two Bits 1995 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

Priscilla Parker (Actor)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

Lane Bodine (Actor)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Maggie Ward (Actor)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

Maid Marian (Actor)

Fools of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

January Man 1989 (Movie)

Bernadette Flynn (Actor)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Lindsey Brigman (Actor)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Helen Drood (Actor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Brooke Ellison Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Russell Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Vanya (TV Show)

Actor

Witness Protection (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("Standing Room Only") (Screenplay)

Biography

A gifted actress and singer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was blessed with a striking beauty and undeniable screen presence that brought her recognition alongside some of filmdom's biggest stars. After making her impressive, blood-soaked feature film debut in Brian De Palma's controversial gangster epic "Scarface" (1983), she performed on the stages of New York for a time before returning to the screen opposite multi-generational screen idols Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" (1986). However, consequent efforts such as "Slam Dance" (1987) and "The January Man" (1989) failed to capitalize on that early success. Although visionary director James Cameron's ambitious undersea epic "The Abyss" (1989) placed the actress back in the spotlight, the exhausting and dangerous experience on the set of the adventure may have also soured her taste for blockbuster filmmaking. Early 1990s work included starring turns in respectable films like "Class Action" (1991) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), followed by participation in the easily forgotten "White Sands" (1992) and "Consenting Adults" (1992). While her output decreased in the years that followed, the actress resurfaced occasionally in high-profile projects like "The Perfect Storm" (2000). Even though her films were not all met with rave reviews, Mastrantonio's innate talent allowed her to retain a highly respected reputation as one if Hollywood's more dependable actresses.

Relationships

Frank Mastrantonio

Father
Italian immigrant owned a bronze foundry

Mary Mastrantonio

Mother
Died c. 1991 was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis for decades

Pat O'Connor

Husband
Irish married in 1990 directed her in "The January Man" (1988) and "Fools of Fortune" (1990)

Declan O'Connor

Son
Born in January 1997 father, Pat O'Connor

Jack O'Connor

Son
Born in 1993 father, Pat O'Connor

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois 1976 - 1978
Dropped out

Milestones

2005

Played the recurring role of Anne Cassidy in the CBS drama, "Without a Trace"

2002

Played Aldonza/Dulcinea, opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell, in the Broadway revival of "Man of La Mancha"

2000

Portrayed Linda Greenlaw, the only female fishing boat captain, in the feature adaptation of "The Perfect Storm"

1999

Starred opposite Tom Sizemore in the HBO drama, "Witness Protection"

1999

Cast as a singer who falls for a fisherman in John Sayles' "Limbo"

1999

Played a Scottish wife and mother in "My Life So Far"

1996

Contributed narration to the PBS special, "The West"

1995

Returned to the New York stage for the Lincoln Center production of "Northeast Local"

1995

Re-teamed with Al Pacino, this time as his daughter, in the sentimental drama "Two Bits"

1992

Re-teamed with Kline for "Consenting Adults," a thriller involving wife swapping and murder

1991

Played Maid Marian to Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"

1990

Again directed by O'Connor in the period drama, "Fools of Fortune"

1989

Played Ed Harris' estranged wife in James Cameron's underwater epic, "The Abyss"

1989

Co-starred opposite Kline in "The January Man"; directed by future husband Pat O'Connor

1989

Cast as Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Twelfth Night" in Central Park

1987

Starred opposite Mandy Patinkin in the Off-Broadway musical, "The Knife"

1986

Played Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Scorsese's "The Color of Money"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress

1985

Made TV-movie debut in "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC); portrayed Edda Mussolini

1984

Co-starred in the stage musical, "The Human Comedy"

1984

Played Katherine opposite Kevin Kline's "Henry V" in NYC's Central Park

1983

Made film debut, as the sister of Al Pacino's Tony Montana, in Brian De Palma's "Scarface"

1983

Played a small role in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"; part was cut from the released version

1983

Appeared in the workshop version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Sunday in the Park With George"

1982

Served as understudy for the role of Constanze Mozart in "Amadeus"

1981

Co-starred in the short-lived Broadway musical, "Oh Brother"

1980

Moved to New York City

1979

Professional musical debut in a Chicago-area production of "Camelot"

1976

Sang and danced at Opryland theme park in Nashville, TN, during summer breaks in college

Will join the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (USA Network)

Cast as the understudy for the role of Maria in the Broadway revival of "West Side Story"

Bonus Trivia

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Mastrantonio explained that she went into acting because "It felt safe. When I was growing up my mother was very sick. The worst thing that could happen was I might forget a line, and believe me, it's devastating when it happens. The surprises [in acting] are great, but you know at the end no one's going to die, no one's going to disappear. You're there." - quoted in New York Woman, June 1991

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On playing strong women: "I think it has to do with the way I perceive things. I was raised with a lot of confidence, which carries over into the roles I play." - Mastrantonio quoted in Time Out New York, Nov. 1-8, 1995

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