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Mary McDonnell

Highest Rated:   100% Passion Fish (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Nola (2003)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Margin Call
  • Mary Rogers
2011
59% Scream 4
  • Kate Roberts
2011
No Score Yet Behind the Mask
  • Actor
2007
18% Crazy Like a Fox
  • Amy Banks
2006
33% Mrs. Harris
  • Vivian Schulte
2005
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
  • Laura Roslin
2003
0% Nola
  • Margaret
2003
No Score Yet The Locket
  • Helen Staples
2002
86% 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
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Judge
1997
No Score Yet Two Voices
  • Sybil Goldrich
1997
60% Independence Day
  • Marilyn Whitmore
1996
No Score Yet Woman Undone
  • Actor
1995
37% Blue Chips
  • Jenny
1994
100% Passion Fish
  • May-Alice Culhane
1992
81% Sneakers
  • Liz
1992
81% Grand Canyon
  • Claire
1991
No Score Yet Woman Undone
  • Terri Hansen
1991
No Score Yet O'Pioneers!
  • Actor
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
20% Garbo Talks
  • Lady Capulet
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Dr. Dixon Virginia Dixon
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • President Roslin President Laura Roslin Laura Roslin
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012
  • Capt. Sharon Raydor
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Capt. Sharon Raydor
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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