Christopher McDonald

Highest Rated: 96% The Iron Giant (1999)
Birthday: Feb 15, 1955
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Hollywood character actor Christopher McDonald at first specialized in playing uptight and slightly vexing young urban professionals. When the material demanded it, McDonald occasionally heightened these qualities to the obnoxious level for persuasive villainous portrayals, appearing as philandering husbands, condescending jocks, and manipulative powermongers to tremendous effect.The Manhattan native grew up in Romulus, NY. A Renaissance man and overachiever in high school, McDonald studied dentistry at Hobart College in the upstate New York town of Geneva but soon discovered an enduring passion for drama, studying after his 1977 graduation at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. When plum adolescent roles in the musical clunkers Grease 2 (1982) and Breakin' (1984) did little to further McDonald's career, he moved to Manhattan and sought tutelage from the legendary acting coach Stella Adler -- with such aggressive determination that he actually convinced the 83-year-old Adler to offer her services in exchange for domestic chores.The actor landed one of his most visible parts circa 1986, in the Bette Midler-Shelley Long female buddy comedy Outrageous Fortune (1987). He also essayed a memorable nice-guy turn opposite Cybill Shepherd and Ryan O'Neal in the first act of the wonderful reincarnation comedy Chances Are (1989). But McDonald's watershed moment came with his portrayal of Geena Davis' browbeating husband, Darryl Dickinson, in Ridley Scott's blockbuster feminist road movie Thelma & Louise (1991). Thanks to the success of that picture, McDonald's screen time escalated, and he began tackling an average of four to six roles per year. He ushered in an outstanding portrayal of Jack Barry, the natty host of Twenty-One, in the Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show (1994); played an abusive golf pro in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996); and was suitably annoying as an ignorant dad in John Duigan's suburban drama Lawn Dogs (1997). That same year, McDonald also portrayed Ward Cleaver in the big-screen version of Leave It to Beaver.McDonald resumé during the first several years of the millennium includes such Hollywood blockbusters as 61* (2001) and Spy Kids 2 (2002) and such arthouse hits as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Broken Flowers (2005). In 2007, McDonald played Boss Hogg in the big-budget sequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning and Marty Schumacher in the Jamie Kennedy vehicle Kickin' It Old Skool. Four years later he essayed a recurring role on the hit HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Deep Murder Richard 2019
No Score Yet Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise Actor 2019
11% Backtrace Franks 2018
No Score Yet Retracer Actor 2018
36% Wetlands Det. Paddy Sheehan 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) Del Banco 2017
No Score Yet The Tank Actor 2017
57% Don't Worry Baby Harry Lang 2016
8% Exposed Lieutenant Galway 2016
20% Zipper Peter Kirkland 2015
No Score Yet Texas Rising Preview Actor 2015
17% The Squeeze Riverboat 2015
40% Believe Me Ken 2014
69% About Last Night Casey McNeil $39.5M 2014
No Score Yet Serial Buddies Father Christopher 2013
No Score Yet Fatherhood 101 Actor 2013
No Score Yet Adventures Of Serial Buddies Actor 2013
71% Not Fade Away Jack Deitz $0.7M 2012
37% The Collection Mr. Peters $6.9M 2012
35% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Jack $7.4K 2012
50% Grassroots Jim Tripp $7K 2012
No Score Yet Refuge Jack Phillips 2012
No Score Yet Balls to the Wall Actor $3.6K 2011
26% The Best and the Brightest The Player 2011
14% Cat Run Bill Krebb 2011
No Score Yet Spooner Dennis Spooner 2011
No Score Yet Lemonade Mouth Principal Brenigan 2011
27% Splinterheads Sergeant Bruce Mancuso 2009
No Score Yet Deep in the Valley Diamond Jim 2009
19% Reunion Eamon 2009
43% The House Bunny Dean Simmons $48.3M 2008
31% Fanboys Big Chuck $0.8M 2008
No Score Yet Player 5150 Tony 2008
17% Superhero Movie Lou Landers / Hourglass $25.9M 2008
50% Summerhood Assistant Director 2008
21% Mad Money Bryce Arbogast $20.6M 2008
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Beta House Mr. Stifler 2007
24% Awake Dr. Larry Lupin $14.3M 2007
2% Kickin' It Old Skool Marty Schumacher $4.5M 2007
20% The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Boss Hogg 2007
No Score Yet My Sexiest Year Actor 2007
0% American Pie 5: The Naked Mile Mr. Stiffler 2006
43% Funny Money Vic 2006
20% Rumor Has It Roger McManus $43M 2005
87% Broken Flowers Ron $13.6M 2005
29% The L.A. Riot Spectacular Officer Koon 2005
8% Grind Mr. Rivers $5.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Theory of the Leisure Class Actor 2003
No Score Yet Word of Honor Chet Brown 2003
No Score Yet Children on Their Birthdays Speedy Thorne 2002
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams President of the USA 2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Macadam Salesman $7.5M 2001
82% 61* Mel Allen 2001
No Score Yet Speakeasy Dr. Addams 2001
79% Requiem for a Dream Tappy tibbons $2.6M 2000
47% The Perfect Storm Todd Gross 2000
9% The Skulls Martin Lombard 2000
25% Isn't She Great Brad Bradburn 2000
No Score Yet Track Down Mitch Gibson 2000
No Score Yet Takedown Actor 2000
No Score Yet Gideon Alan Longhurst 1999
No Score Yet Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: The Iron Giant Actor 1999
96% The Iron Giant Kent Mansley 1999
No Score Yet Five Aces Ash Gray 1999
53% The Faculty Casey's Dad 1998
No Score Yet The Eighteenth Angel Hugh Stanton 1998
17% Dirty Work Travis 1998
63% SLC Punk Father 1998
72% Lawn Dogs Morton Stockard 1998
24% Flubber Wilson Croft 1997
No Score Yet Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Jon Krakauer 1997
21% Leave It to Beaver Ward Cleaver 1997
6% A Smile like Yours Richard Halstrom 1997
14% The Rich Man's Wife Tony Potenza 1996
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Actor 1996
10% House Arrest Donald Krupp 1996
9% Celtic Pride Coach Kimball 1996
21% Unforgettable Stewart Gleick 1996
61% Happy Gilmore Shooter 1996
No Score Yet Chalk Actor 1996
No Score Yet Jaded Jack 1996
12% Fair Game Meyerson 1995
88% The Tuskegee Airmen Maj. Joy 1995
No Score Yet Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Sheriff Jack Banning 1995
No Score Yet The Road Killers Glen 1995
No Score Yet My Teacher's Wife (Learning Curves) Roy Mueller 1995
20% Terminal Velocity Kerr 1994
96% Quiz Show Jack Barry 1994
50% Monkey Trouble Tom 1994
63% Grumpy Old Men Mike 1993
18% Fatal Instinct Kelbo 1993
No Score Yet Banner Times Actor 1993
0% Benefit of the Doubt Dan 1993
No Score Yet Cover Story Sam Sparks 1993
No Score Yet Conflict Of Interest Mickey Flannery 1992
No Score Yet Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue Senator Dixon 1992
14% Dutch Reed 1991
No Score Yet Red Wind Victor Lange 1991
84% Thelma & Louise Darryl Dickinson 1991
No Score Yet Fatal Exposure Parker 1991
No Score Yet Playroom Chris 1990
64% Chances Are Louie Jeffries 1989
No Score Yet Paramedics Mad Mike 1988
No Score Yet Cool Blue Peter Sin 1988
No Score Yet Little Girl Lost Actor 1988
No Score Yet Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Actor 1987
50% Outrageous Fortune George 1987
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Detective Mark Woods 1986
No Score Yet Triplecross Steve Tyler 1985
43% Breakin' James 1984
No Score Yet Where the Boys Are '84 Tony 1984
No Score Yet The Black Room Terry 1984
No Score Yet Chattanooga Choo Choo Paul 1984
38% Grease 2 Goose McKenzie 1982
No Score Yet Twirl Buddy Butler 1981
No Score Yet La Carroza Peter 1980

TV

CREDIT
18% Living Biblically
2018
Ron
  • 2018
84% Great News
2017-2018
Len Archer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2017
19% Texas Rising
2015
Henry Karnes
  • 2016
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Don Schakowsky
  • 2016
  • 2015
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Gerry Roberts
  • 2013
78% Happy Endings
2011-2013
Mr. Kerkovich
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
Tommy Jefferson
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Harry Daugherty
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Evan Korman
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
John 'Jay' McIntyre
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Frank Thompson
  • 2009
70% Stargate Universe
2009-2011
Sen. Alan Armstrong
  • 2009
No Score Yet My Boys
2006-2010
George
  • 2008
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Eddie Dunne
  • 2007
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Mr. Chips
  • 2006
No Score Yet Twins
2005-2006
Terry
  • 2006
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
Jimmy
  • 2005
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet North Shore
2004-2005
Walter Booth
  • 2004
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Bob Carroll
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
Rick
  • 2002
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
Bryce
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • 1997
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
Tim's Former Roommate
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Nick
  • 1991
  • 1990
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Castillo
  • 1990
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Rick Walker Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet Good Advice
1993-1994
Joey De Ruzza
No Score Yet Walter and Emily
1992
Matt

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