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Mary McCormack



Seemingly coming out of nowhere to essay the difficult role of famed shock-jock Howard Stern's wife in 1997's autobiographical Private Parts, actress Mary McCormack has since gone on to offer memorable performances in such fare as Mystery, Alaska (1999) and K-PAX (2001). A native of Plainfield, NJ, McCormack's interest in performing was piqued at an early age when the aspiring, 12-year-old actress gender-bent her way through a production of Menotti's Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Since none of the local boys possessed the necessary vocal abilities, McCormack donned a hat and hit the notes needed to carry the play. Subsequently performing in regional theater before continuing her education at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, it was there that McCormack would major in English and painting while continuing to hone her stage skills. After earning her Comparative Arts degree from Trinity, McCormack decided to further her acting career by studying at the William Esper Studio. Performances at such New York theaters as The Atlantic Theater Company were quick to follow, as was her film debut in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Simultaneously appearing on the small screen in the popular crime series Murder One (1995), it wasn't long before Private Parts would offer a stratospheric boost to her onscreen career. A cinematic love letter to Stern's real-life wife, Private Parts offered the burgeoning actress a complex emotional role that proved without a doubt what she was fully capable of. Follow-up roles in such high-profile fare as Deep Impact (1998) and Mystery, Alaska (1999) didn't quite offer McCormack the chance to shine that Private Parts did, though it was obvious to all who viewed her subsequent roles that her star was on the rise. The millennial turnover found McCormack successfully alternating between drama (Madison) and comedy (High Heels and Low Lifes) before once again heading the Hollywood route with a supporting performance in K-PAX. An unconventional role in director Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal was quick to follow, and McCormack was soon beginning preparation for the television miniseries based on Soderbergh's Traffic (which was in turn inspired by 1989 U.K. series Traffik).



She was the female lead in the creepy apocalyptic thriller Right at Your Door, and landed a small part in Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration. In 2008 she landed the lead role on the cable series In Plain Sight and enjoyed the most consistent success of her career.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island)
  • Sarah Schwab
2017
17% A Country Called Home
  • Amanda
2016
No Score Yet An American Girl Story - Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas
  • Kay Larkin
2016
No Score Yet Scooby-doo! Wrestlemania Mystery
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Escape From Polygamy
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Ryder And Julina
  • Actor
2013
67% Right at Your Door
  • Lexi
2007
79% 1408
  • Lilly Enslin
2007
51% For Your Consideration
  • Pilgrim Woman
2006
No Score Yet Colin Fitz Lives!
  • Moira
2006
29% Madison
  • Bonnie McCormick
2005
60% Wimbledon
  • Peter and Lizzie's Daughter
2004
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
  • Grace Finney
2003
No Score Yet K Street
  • Actor
2003
38% Full Frontal
  • Linda
2002
34% World Traveler
  • Margaret
2002
41% K-PAX
  • Rachel
2001
20% High Heels and Lowlifes
  • Frances
2001
63% The Broken Hearts Club
  • Anne
2000
90% Getting to Know You
  • Leila Lee
2000
No Score Yet Harvest
  • Becka Anslinger
2000
24% Gun Shy
  • Gloria Nesstra
2000
56% The Big Tease
  • Monique
2000
No Score Yet Other Voices
  • Anna
2000
No Score Yet East of A
  • Daphney
2000
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Donna Biebe
1999
55% True Crime
  • Michelle Ziegler
1999
No Score Yet Harvest (Cash Crop)
  • Becka Anslinger
1999
28% 200 Cigarettes
  • Actor
1999
48% Deep Impact
  • Andrea Baker
1998
25% Fathers' Day
  • Lady with Broken Car (uncredited)
1997
80% Private Parts
  • Alison Stern
1997
56% Life During Wartime
  • Sally
1997
61% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Myrna Foy
1994
No Score Yet Backfire!
  • Sarah
1994
No Score Yet Back Fire!
  • Actor
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
42% Welcome to the Family
2013
  • Caroline Yoder
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Mary Shannon
63% The Newsroom
2012-2014
  • Molly
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Mary Shannon
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Rickie
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Kate Harper
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Debbie
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
94% Scandal
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet House of Lies
2012-2016
  • Denna Altshuler

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