Mary McDonnell

Lowest Rated: 0% Nola (2003)
Birthday: Apr 28, 1952
Birthplace: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Renowned stage and screen actress Mary McDonnell graced East Coast stages for two decades before getting her major screen breakthrough in Dances with Wolves (1990). Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 1952, McDonnell was raised in Ithaca, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia. After a few seasons in regional repertory, she established herself on Broadway with such successful 1980s plays as The Heidi Chronicles. She made her film debut in 1984's Garbo Talks; three years later, she was showered with critical adulation for her portrayal of mining town landlady Elma Radnor in director John Sayles' Matewan. Further adulation and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination followed for McDonnell's portrayal of Stands with a Fist, a white woman raised by the Lakota Sioux, in Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves (1990). One year later, she starred in the PBS "American Playhouse" dramatization of Willa Cather's O Pioneers!, and also did starring work as the wife of an immigration attorney (Kevin Kline) in Lawrence Kasdan's acclaimed Grand Canyon. Her film career has continued with roles in films big and small, ranging from Sayles' excellent Passion Fish (1992) to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day to Kasdan's Mumford (1999), which cast McDonnell as a dissatisfied housewife with a mail order catalog obsession.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary Rose $0.3M 2017
88% Margin Call Mary Rogers $0.7M 2011
60% Scream 4 Kate Roberts $38.2M 2011
No Score Yet Behind the Mask Actor 2007
18% Crazy Like a Fox Amy Banks 2006
43% Mrs. Harris Vivian Schulte 2005
89% Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries Laura Roslin 2003
0% Nola Margaret 2003
No Score Yet The Locket Helen Staples 2002
87% Donnie Darko Rose 2001
No Score Yet For All Time Laura Brown 2000
No Score Yet Armargosa Actor 2000
No Score Yet Amargosa Narrator 2000
No Score Yet A Father's Choice Susan Shaw 2000
No Score Yet Spanish Fly Zoe's mother 1999
56% Mumford Althea 1999
No Score Yet You Can Thank Me Later Diane 1999
No Score Yet Behind the Mask Mary Shushan 1999
No Score Yet Evidence of Blood Frankie Conroy 1998
No Score Yet Voices & Visions: William Styron Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Two Voices Sybil Goldrich 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Judge 1997
64% Independence Day Marilyn Whitmore 1996
No Score Yet Woman Undone Actor 1995
37% Blue Chips Jenny 1994
No Score Yet The American Clock Rose Baumler 1993
100% Passion Fish May-Alice Culhane 1992
78% Sneakers Liz 1992
76% Grand Canyon Claire 1991
No Score Yet Woman Undone Terri Hansen 1991
82% Dances With Wolves Stands With a Fist 1990
No Score Yet Tiger Warsaw Paula Warsaw 1988
93% Matewan: A Luta Final Elma 1987
No Score Yet Courage Gabriella Estrada 1986
14% Garbo Talks Lady Capulet 1984

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012-2018
Capt. Sharon Raydor
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% The Closer
2005-2012
Capt. Sharon Raydor
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
97% Fargo
2014-2017
Ruby Goldfarb
  • 2017
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Dr. Dixon Virginia Dixon
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
95% Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
President Roslin President Laura Roslin Laura Roslin
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Eleanor Carter
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Alexandra

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