Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

Highest Rated: 93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% Robin Cook's 'Invasion' (1997)

Birthday: Feb 13, 1966

Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA

A square-jawed blonde with steely blue eyes, actor Neal McDonough had essayed every role from psychopath to dunce before roles in HBO's Band of Brothers and Minority Report (2002) found him gaining a reputation as the man to cast if a script called for a dependable, all-American tough guy. Though his screen presence has been growing steadily in the first years of the new millennium, it wasn't long ago that McDonough was considering abandoning his career as an actor. A native of Dorchester, MA, easygoing McDonough attended Barnstable High School before graduating from Syracuse University and later training as an actor at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and Sciences. Taking to the stage following his graduation, it wasn't long before McDonough was appearing in such productions as Waiting for Lefty and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in 1991 he took home a Best Actor Dramalogue Award for his role in Away Alone. McDonough began his move into film with a minor role in 1990's Darkman, and the same year appearances in such popular television series as China Beach and Quantum Leap ensured that his face would remain a familiar one to audiences. Following a turn as Lou Gehrig in the 1991 made-for-television feature Babe Ruth, McDonough's television career began to take off, and through the mid-'90s he found frequent work on the small screen with the exception of such features as Angels in the Outfield (1994). A childhood dream came true for the lifelong Star Trek fan when he was cast in the Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and that same year McDonough voiced Dr. Bruce Banner in the animated television series The Incredible Hulk. His career shifting increasingly toward feature work in the late '90s, McDonough took on memorable roles in such features as Circles (1998) and the quirky pseudo-horror film Ravenous (1999). Though the frustration of never receiving a truly gratifying role caused him to reconsider his chosen career, McDonough's big break was just around the corner. Cast as 1st Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton in director Steven Spielberg's acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, McDonough's role as the troubled soldier who suffers a nervous breakdown in the chaos of war finally gave the actor a chance to flex his chops and caught the attention of series producer Spielberg, who immediately approached him for a role in Minority Report. Cast as the best friend of Tom Cruise's character, McDonough was now a recognizable Hollywood figure and was quickly developing a solid screen persona. Subsequently returning to the small screen for the television series Boomtown, McDonough was cast in the role formerly occupied by Jimmy Smits, who dropped out at the last minute. As McDonough began preparation for roles in Timeline (2003) and Walking Tall (2004), it seems as if the dependable actor might finally be edging toward leading-man status. Though that may not have been the case when McDonough accompanied his onscreen brothers into the woods to expose the skeletons in the family closet in the 2005 drama American Gothic, a more amiable turn as a dedicated friend attempting to help his best pal find a man to father her child in the comedy drama Silent Men went a long way in making the actor a bit more likeable to viewers. The following year McDonough could be seen treading water opposite Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher in the Coast Guard drama The Guardian. He continued to work steadily in a variety of films including Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers, The Hitcher, I Know Who Killed Me, 88 Minutes, and Traitor. In 2008 he joined the cast of the successful ABC drama Desperate Housewives in that program's fifth season.


Highest Rated Movies



64% Sonic the Hedgehog Actor 2020
No Score Yet The Warrant Executive Producer Actor 2020
No Score Yet The Warrant Actor 2020
27% Proud Mary Walter 2018
19% Game Over, Man! Conrad Drothers 2018
91% 1922 Harlan Cotterie 2017
9% The Unspoken Actor 2016
67% Greater Executive Producer Marty Burlsworth $2M 2016
5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Vincent Sofel 2015
43% Falcon Rising Manny Ridley 2014
No Score Yet Bad Country Kiersey 2014
75% Batman: Assault on Arkham Deadshot 2014
44% Red 2 Jack Horton $53.3M 2013
No Score Yet The Marine: Homefront Jonas Pope 2013
No Score Yet Company of Heroes Joe 2013
59% Little Birds Hogan $17.1K 2012
No Score Yet The Philly Kid LA Jim 2012
80% Captain America: The First Avenger Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan 'Dum Dum' Dugan $176.7M 2011
No Score Yet Ticking Clock Keen 2011
No Score Yet DC Showcase: Green Arrow Oliver Queen/Green Arrow 2010
33% Horsemen Actor 2009
5% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li M. Bison $8.7M 2009
29% Forever Strong Coach Richard Penning $0.6M 2008
65% Traitor Max Archer $23.6M 2008
5% 88 Minutes Jon Forster $17M 2008
9% I Know Who Killed Me Daniel Fleming $7.3M 2007
35% The Last Time Hurly 2007
19% The Hitcher Lt. Esterbridge $16.4M 2007
No Score Yet Machine Ford 2006
73% Flags of Our Fathers Capt. Severance $33.7M 2006
37% The Guardian Jack Skinner $55M 2006
No Score Yet The Killing Club Peter 2006
No Score Yet Brothers Three: An American Gothic Rick 2006
No Score Yet The 1st Team: History of the 1st Cavalry Division 1921-2006 Actor 2005
37% The Chumscrubber Actor 2005
26% Walking Tall Jay Hamilton Jr. $45.9M 2004
11% Timeline Frank Gordon $19.4M 2003
No Score Yet They Call Him Sasquatch Actor 2003
90% Minority Report Fletcher $132.1M 2002
No Score Yet Crossing Paths Actor 2001
No Score Yet Balloon Farm Sheriff 1999
47% Ravenous Reich 1999
No Score Yet Grace & Glorie David Greenwood 1998
0% Robin Cook's 'Invasion' Randy North 1997
No Score Yet Murder Live! Hank 1997
93% Star Trek: First Contact Lt. Hawk 1996
No Score Yet Blue River Actor 1995
13% Three Wishes Policeman 1995
No Score Yet One Man's Justice Agent Ward 1995
No Score Yet White Dwarf Dr. Driscoll Rampart 1995
33% Angels in the Outfield Whitt Bass 1994
No Score Yet In The Line Of Duty: Ambush In Waco Jason 1993
No Score Yet The Burden of Proof John Granum 1992
84% Darkman Dockworker #2 1990


67% Project Blue Book
Gen. James Harding 2020
87% DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Damien Damien Darhk Damine Darhk 2020
69% Yellowstone
Guest 2019
90% Suits
Sean Cahill Guest 2019
85% Arrow
Damien Darhk 2016
86% Marvel's Agent Carter
Dum Dum Dugan 2015
97% Justified
Robert Quarles 2015
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2013
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Tommy Barnes 2013
66% Mob City
Capt. William Parker 2013
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Grant Hamilton 2012
No Score Yet Perception
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Monsignor Hugh McTeal 2011
92% Terriers
Tom Catshaw 2010
44% Traveler
Mystery Man/Jack Freed Mystery Man Mystery man 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2009
72% Desperate Housewives
Dave 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
Guest 2008
No Score Yet Tin Man
Cain 2007
No Score Yet Third Watch
Dr. Stephen Connor 2005
17% Medical Investigation
Dr. Stephen Connor 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2003
96% Boomtown
Deputy DA David McNorris 2003
No Score Yet Static Shock
Voice 2003
75% The X-Files
Robert Comer 2002
94% Band of Brothers
Compton Lynn D. `Buck' Compton 2001
20% UC: Undercover
Ed Lawson 2001
No Score Yet Profiler
Christopher Langston 1999
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
Craig 1999
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Ross Canin 1998
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
84% NYPD Blue
Jerry Selness 1996
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Chucky 1991


Marty Burlsworth says: That's my brother!

Marty Burlsworth says: Come on Brandon, take him down!

Fletcher says: Get your sick-sticks ready.

Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan says: You know what you're doin'?

Captain America/Steve Rogers says: Of course I do. I've knocked out Adolf Hitler over 230 times.

Bison says: One thing I learned in the slums, when the people are hungry, they'll do anything

Bison says: One thing I learned in the slums, when the people are hungry, they'll do anything.

'Dum Dum' Dugan says: Are you sure you know what you're doing?

Captain America/Steve Rogers says: Yeah. I punched out Adolf Hitler 200 times.

Captain America/Steve Rogers says: Yeah. I punched out Adolf Hitler 200 times.