Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Apr. 28th, 1952
Born in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 6

Mary McDonnell's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Battlestar Galactica (2003) TV Show
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Major Crimes TV Show
Major Crimes
The Closer TV Show
The Closer
E/R TV Show
High Society TV Show
High Society
Ryan Caulfield: Year One TV Show
Ryan Caulfield: Year One

Main Movie Roles

2011 - Scream 4
2011 - Margin Call
2001 - Donnie Darko
1999 - Mumford
1996 - Independence Day
1994 - Blue Chips
1992 - Sneakers
1992 - Passion Fish
1991 - Grand Canyon
1990 - Dances with Wolves
1987 - Matewan

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Eleanor Carter
Ruby Goldfarb
Dr. Virginia Dixon
Jules O'Grady
Mrs. Kirkpatrick
Sister Theodore Claire
[Complete List]


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, Rose in Donnie Darko, and Captain Sharon Raydor in the TNT crime drama The Closer and spinoff series Major Crimes.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Ithaca, New York. 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 1993).

  • Was a cast member of the medical situation comedy _"E/R" (1984)_ (qv) and also has a recurring role on the hit 90s medical drama of nearly the same name, _"ER" (1994)_ (qv).
  • Plays the First Lady during a devastating attack by aliens in _Independence Day (1996)_ (qv), and the President during a devastating attack by robots in _"Battlestar Galactica" (2004)_ (qv).
  • Attended Fredonia State University.
  • Two children: 'Olivia Mell' (qv) and Michael Mell.
  • She has appeared in four films with 'Alfre Woodard' (qv): _Grand Canyon (1991)_ (qv), _Passion Fish (1992)_ (qv), _Blue Chips (1994)_ (qv), and _Mumford (1999)_ (qv).
  • Has been a huge fan of 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv) since the seventies.
  • Has taught acting classes with her husband, even after being nominated for an Academy Award...
  • Though born in Pennsylvania, she was raised in Ithaca, New York.

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