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Christopher McDonald

Highest Rated:   96% The Iron Giant (1999)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island)
  • Del Banco
2017
57% Don't Worry Baby
  • Harry Lang
2016
5% Exposed
  • Lieutenant Galway
2016
17% Zipper
  • Peter Kirkland
2015
No Score Yet Texas Rising Preview
  • Actor
2015
17% The Squeeze
  • Riverboat
2015
37% 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
70% Not Fade Away
  • Jack Deitz
$0.7M 2012
37% The Collection
  • Mr. Peters
$6.9M 2012
37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best
  • Jack
$7.4k 2012
52% 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
42% The House Bunny
  • Dean Simmons
$48.3M 2008
32% 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
22% Mad Money
  • Bryce Arbogast
$20.6M 2008
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Beta House
  • Mr. Stifler
2007
23% 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
88% 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
74% 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
80% 61*
  • Mel Allen
2001
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Dr. Addams
2001
78% 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
54% 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
23% 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
22% Unforgettable
  • Stewart Gleick
1996
60% Happy Gilmore
  • Shooter
1996
No Score Yet Chalk
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Jaded
  • Jack
1996
13% Fair Game
  • Meyerson
1995
86% 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
17% Terminal Velocity
  • Kerr
1994
96% Quiz Show
  • Jack Barry
1994
50% Monkey Trouble
  • Tom
1994
65% Grumpy Old Men
  • Mike
1993
19% 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
83% 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
32% Grease 2
  • Goose McKenzie
1982
No Score Yet Twirl
  • Buddy Butler
1981
No Score Yet La Carroza
  • Peter
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2017
19% Texas Rising
2015
  • Henry Karnes
  • 2016
  • 2015
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Don Schakowsky
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Gerry Roberts
  • 2013
67% Happy Endings
2011-2013
  • Mr. Kerkovich
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Tommy Jefferson
  • 2012
  • 2011
91% 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
57% Stargate Universe
2009-2011
  • Sen. Alan Armstrong
  • 2009
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Guest
  • 2007
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Eddie Dunne
  • 2007
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
  • Jimmy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Bob Carroll
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Rick
  • 2002
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • Actor
  • 1997
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Tim's Former Roommate
  • 1992
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Castillo
  • 1990
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1982

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