Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

Lowest Rated: 0% Nola (2003)

Birthday: Apr 28, 1952

Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

After a highly respected and long-running career on stage, actress Mary McDonnell broke into movie stardom as Stands With A Fist, a white woman raised by Native Americans in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning Western "Dances With Wolves" (1990). Prior to her breakout performance, McDonnell made her feature debut in John Sayles' acclaimed "Matewan" (1987), and followed "Dances" with a long and impressive stint in features, where McDonnell often played complex and fiercely independent women. She appeared as an unhappy wife in "Grand Canyon" (1991) and a self-absorbed actress who rediscovers herself after a tragic accident in "Passion Fish" (1992). McDonnell alternated easily between features and television, playing the First Lady in the blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996), the judge in "12 Angry Men" (Showtime, 1997) and the mother of a delusional teenager in the indie favorite, "Donnie Darko" (2001). But it was her performance as the reluctant president of a group of ragtag survivors on the cult hit series "Battlestar Galactica" (The Sci Fi Channel, 2004-09) that elevated her status and career to the next level. Through her widely hailed performance on "Battlestar," McDonnell had finally found the perfect vehicle to showcase her commanding strength and presence.


Highest Rated Movies



87% 74% Margin Call Mary Rogers (Character) $5.4M 2011
60% 55% Scream 4 Aunt Kate (Character) $38.2M 2011
No Score Yet 20% Killer Hair Rose (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 43% Hostile Makeover Rose Smithsonian (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 83% Battlestar Galactica: Razor President Laura Roslin (Character) - 2007
43% 40% Mrs. Harris Vivian Schute (Character) - 2005
18% 61% Crazy Like a Fox Amy Banks (Character) $4.7K 2004
0% 44% Nola Margaret (Character) $8.1K 2003
No Score Yet 60% The Locket Helen Staples (Character) - 2002
86% 80% Donnie Darko Rose Darko (Character) $205.8K 2001
No Score Yet 83% For All Time Laura Brown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 60% A Father's Choice Susan Shaw (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amargosa Narrator - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Mask Mary Shushan (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Replacing Dad Linda Marsh (Character) - 1999
57% 66% Mumford Althea Brockett (Character) $4.6M 1999
No Score Yet 50% Evidence of Blood Dora Overton (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 25% You Can Thank Me Later Diane (Character) - 1998
92% 87% 12 Angry Men Judge (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Voices Sybil Goldrich (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 0% Woman Undone Teri Hansen (Character) - 1996
67% 75% Independence Day First Lady Marilyn Whitmore (Character) $306.2M 1996
37% 51% Blue Chips Jenny Bell (Character) $21.8M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Clock Rose Baumler (Character) - 1993
79% 80% Sneakers Liz (Character) $50.6M 1992
100% 82% Passion Fish May-Alice Culhane (Character) $2.4M 1992
77% 70% Grand Canyon Claire (Character) $32.3M 1991
83% 87% Dances With Wolves Stands With a Fist (Character) $184M 1990
No Score Yet 28% Tiger Warsaw Paula Warsaw (Character) - 1988
94% 93% Matewan Elma Radnor (Character) $23.9K 1987
13% 47% Garbo Talks Lady Capulet (Character) - 1984


No Score Yet 84% Major Crimes Capt. Sharon Raydor (Character) 2012-2018
92% 84% Fargo Ruby Goldfarb (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2013
82% 82% The Closer Sharon Raydor (Character),
Captain Sharon Raydor (Guest Star)
96% 92% Battlestar Galactica President Laura Roslin (Character) 2005-2009
83% 80% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio Spotlight Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica Laura Roslin (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 80% ER Eleanor Carter (Guest Star) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
40% No Score Yet High Society Unknown (Character) 1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet E/R Dr. Eve Sheridan (Character) 1984-1985


Stands With a Fist says: My place is with you. I go where you go.

Donnie Darko says: [to his mother] How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?

Rose Darko says: It feels wonderful!

Stands With a Fist says: You...hear...good.

Donnie Darko says: Howâ??s it feel to have a wacko for a son?

Donnie Darko says: How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?

Rose Darko says: It feels wonderful.

Rose Darko says: Do you even know who Graham Greene is?

Kitty Farmer says: I think we have all seen Bonanza.