Mary McDonnell

Actor
After a highly respected and long-running career on stage, actress Mary McDonnell broke into movie stardom as Stands With A Fist, a white woman raised by Native Americans in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning Western "Dances ... Read more »
Born: 04/27/1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Major Crimes 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margin Call 2011 (Movie)

Mary Rogers (Actor)

Scream 4 2011 (Movie)

Aunte Kale (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hostile Makeover 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Killer Hair 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 2004 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Crazy Like A Fox 2006 (Movie)

Amy Banks (Actor)

Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Nola 2003 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

ER 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

Rose Darko (Actor)

Amargosa 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Ryan Caulfield: Year One 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Mask 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fly Girls 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Althea Brockett (Actor)

You Can Thank Me Later 1998 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

William Styron: The Way of the Writer 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Marilyn Whitmore (Actor)

Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert 1994 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Mary-Alice Culhane (Actor)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

Stands With a Fist (Actor)

Tiger Warsaw 1988 (Movie)

Paula Warsaw (Actor)

Courage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

Elma Radnor (Actor)

e/r 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Lady Capulet (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Father's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica: Razor (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Mask (TV Show)

Actor

Evidence of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

For All Time (TV Show)

Actor

Money on the Side (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

O Pioneers! (TV Show)

Actor

Replacing Dad (TV Show)

Actor

The Locket (TV Show)

Actor

Two Voices (TV Show)

Actor

Woman Undone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After a highly respected and long-running career on stage, actress Mary McDonnell broke into movie stardom as Stands With A Fist, a white woman raised by Native Americans in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning Western "Dances With Wolves" (1990). Prior to her breakout performance, McDonnell made her feature debut in John Sayles' acclaimed "Matewan" (1987), and followed "Dances" with a long and impressive stint in features, where McDonnell often played complex and fiercely independent women. She appeared as an unhappy wife in "Grand Canyon" (1991) and a self-absorbed actress who rediscovers herself after a tragic accident in "Passion Fish" (1992). McDonnell alternated easily between features and television, playing the First Lady in the blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996), the judge in "12 Angry Men" (Showtime, 1997) and the mother of a delusional teenager in the indie favorite, "Donnie Darko" (2001). But it was her performance as the reluctant president of a group of ragtag survivors on the cult hit series "Battlestar Galactica" (The Sci Fi Channel, 2004-09) that elevated her status and career to the next level. Through her widely hailed performance on "Battlestar," McDonnell had finally found the perfect vehicle to showcase her commanding strength and presence.

Relationships

Randle Mell

Husband
Had a small role as a homeless man in "Grand Canyon" (1991)

Olivia Mell

Daughter
Born c. 1987 father, Randle Mell

Michael Mell

Son
Born c. 1993 father, Randle Mell

EDUCATION

State University of New York at Fredonia

Fredonia , New York

Milestones

2012

Reprised role of Capt. Raydor on "The Closer" spin-off "Major Crimes" (TNT)

2011

Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"

2011

Joined the cast of TNT's "The Closer" as LAPD Internal Affairs' Capt. Sharon Raydor

2011

Cast in Wes Craven's horror feature "Scream 4"

2008

Joined the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) for a multi-episode guest arc

2006

Co-starred with Roger Rees in the independent feature "Crazy Like a Fox"

2004

Reprised role of Laura Roslin for the series "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci Fi Channel)

2003

Featured in the romantic comedy "Nola"

2003

Cast as Laura Roslin on the cult hit remake of "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci-Fi Channel)

2002

Cast in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television feature "The Locket"

2001

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role as the mother of Noah Wyle's Dr. John Carter on "ER" (NBC)

1998

Reteamed with Lawrence Kasdan for "Mumford," which also reunited her with Alfre Woodard

1996

Played featured role of the First Lady in "Independence Day"

1996

Returned to Broadway opposite Harry Hamlin in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke"

1995

Returned to series TV in CBS sitcom "High Society"

1992

Reteamed with John Sayles for "Passion Fish;" garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination

1991

Played leading role of Alexandra Bergson in the PBS adaptation of "O, Pioneers!"

1991

Played Kevin Kline's wife in Lawrence Kasdan's emsemble drama "Grand Canyon"

1990

Took over the title role in Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play "The Heidi Chronicles"

1990

Delivered breakthrough performance as 'Stands With A Fist,' a European-American raised by Sioux Indians in Kevin Costner's epic drama "Dances with Wolves"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress

1987

Cast in first major film role in "Matewan," directed by John Sayles

1986

Made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of Emily Mann's "Execution of Justice"

1984

Co-starred with Elliott Gould on CBS sitcom "E/R"

1984

Landed a small role in feature film "Garbo Talks"

1982

Made TV-movie debut in small role in "Money on the Side" (ABC)

1981

First gained attention for her stage work in Emily Mann's "Still Life"

1978

Made stage debut in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Buried Child"

Grew up in Ithaca, NY

Began teaching drama at Vassar College summer theater (later continued at New York Stage and Film Company)

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