Mary McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre,
McDonnell was reknowned for her stage work on the East Coast,
working with the Long Wharf Theatre Company.
Mary McDonnell had 20 years of working on the theatre stage
that she had her break through role in Costner's DANCES WITH
WOLVES, for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting
Actress. Just two years later, in 1992, Mary McDonnell's starring
role in PASSION FISH earned her a nomination for the Best
Even after being nominated for an Academy Award, Mary McDonnell
has taught acting classes with her husband.
Mary was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of
1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
In 1984, Mary McDonnell was a cast member of the medical
drama ER and also has a recurring role on the hit 90s show
of nearly the same name, ER (1994).
In INDEPENDENCE DAY, Mary McDonnell plays the First Lady
during a devastating attack by aliens, the same circumstances
in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.
Mary has held her own, playing Captain Sharon Raydor, on the TV series, THE CLOSER; 2009-2011.
Mary McDonnell's other notable credits include...
SCREAM 4 (2011)
MARGIN CALL (2011)
CRAZY LIKE A FOX (2004)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2004)
DONNIE DARKO (2001)
YOU CAN THANK ME LATER (1999)
MARIETTE IN ECSTASY (1996)
BLUE CHIPS (1994)
PASSION FISH (1992)
GARBO TALKS (1984)
Mary McDonnell in INDEPENDENCE
Mary McDonnell in MUMFORD (1999)
Mary McDonnell in GRAND CANYON (1991)