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Neal McDonough

Highest Rated:   93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Unspoken (2016)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% The Unspoken
  • Actor
2016
64% Greater
  • Executive Producer
  • Marty Burlsworth
$2.0M 2016
5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Vincent Sofel
2015
43% Falcon Rising
  • Manny Ridley
2014
No Score Yet Bad Country
  • Kiersey
2014
No Score Yet Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Deadshot
2014
43% Red 2
  • Jack Horton
$53.3M 2013
No Score Yet The Marine: Homefront
  • Jonas Pope
2013
No Score Yet Company of Heroes
  • Joe
2013
55% Little Birds
  • Hogan
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet The Philly Kid
  • LA Jim
2012
80% Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Timothy '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% The Horsemen
  • Actor
2009
6% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • M. Bison
$8.7M 2009
29% Forever Strong
  • Coach Richard Penning
$0.6M 2008
64% Traitor
  • Max Archer
$23.6M 2008
5% 88 Minutes
  • Jon Forster
$17.0M 2008
7% I Know Who Killed Me
  • Daniel Fleming
$7.3M 2007
35% The Last Time
  • Hurly
2007
21% The Hitcher
  • Lt. Esterbridge
$16.4M 2007
No Score Yet Machine
  • Ford
2006
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • Capt. Severance
$33.6M 2006
37% The Guardian
  • Jack Skinner
$55.0M 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
35% 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
45% 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
35% 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
No Score Yet Babe Ruth
  • Lou Gehrig
1991
83% Darkman
  • Dockworker #2
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
66% DC's Legends of Tomorrow
2016
  • Damien Darhk Damine Darhk
  • 2017
  • 2016
97% Arrow
2012
  • Damien Darhk
  • 2016
  • 2015
88% Suits
2011
  • Sean Cahill
  • 2016
  • 2015
88% Marvel's Agent Carter
2015-2016
  • Dum Dum Dugan
  • 2015
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Robert Quarles
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Tommy Barnes
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
66% Mob City
2013
  • Capt. William Parker
  • 2013
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Grant Hamilton
  • 2012
No Score Yet Perception
2012-2015
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Monsignor Hugh McTeal
  • 2011
94% Terriers
2010
  • Tom Catshaw
  • 2010
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Dave
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2004
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Robert Comer
  • 2002
No Score Yet Band of Brothers
2001
  • Compton Lynn D. `Buck' Compton
  • 2001

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