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Christopher McDonald was born and raised in New York City, New York, to Patricia, a real estate agent, and James R. McDonald, an educator. His breakout role was in Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise (1991), followed shortly by playing Jack Barry in Robert Redford's Quiz show (1994). Other notable performances include Into Thin Air (1997) as John ... See full bio »

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Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream Tappy Tibbons
Thelma & Louise
Quiz Show
Quiz Show Jack Barry
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Harry's Law Tommy Jefferson


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 2019 Abruptio (filming)
Police Chief Richter
 2018 Deep Murder (post-production)
 2017 Wetlands
Det. Paddy Sheehan
 2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice
Mr. Carter
 2017 The Tank
 2017 The Crash
Del Banco
 2016/III Exposed
Lieutenant Galway
 2015 The Squeeze
 2015 Don't Worry Baby
Harry Lang
 2015 Zipper
Peter Kirkland
 2015 Soul Ties
 2014 Believe Me
 2014 Being American
 2014/II Pretty Perfect
 2014 About Last Night
Casey McNeil
 2012 Not Fade Away
Jack Dietz
 2012/II The Collection
Mr. Peters
 2012 Grassroots
Jim Tripp
 2011 Adventures of Serial Buddies
Father Christopher
 2011 Balls to the Wall
Mr. Matthews
 2011 Cat Run
Bill Krebb
 2010 The Best and the Brightest
The Player
 2010 Barry Munday
Dr. Preston Edwards
 2010 Black Widow
 2010/IV Refuge
Jack Phillips
 2009 Splinterheads
Sargeant Bruce Mancuso
 2009 Deep in the Valley
Diamond Jim
 2009/II Reunion
 2009 Fanboys
Big Chuck (as Chris McDonald)
 2009 Spooner
Dennis Spooner
 2008 An American Carol
Lab Supervisor
 2008 The House Bunny
Dean Simmons
 2008 Player 5150
Tony Moffit
 2008 Superhero Movie
Lou Landers
 2008 Summerhood
The 'Ass' Director
 2008 Mad Money
Bryce Arbogast (as Chris McDonald)
 2007 Awake
Dr. Larry Lupin
 2007 My Sexiest Year
Adult Jake
 2007 Kickin' It Old Skool
Marty Schumacher
 2006 Funny Money
 2005 Rumor Has It...
Roger McManus
 2005 Broken Flowers
 2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular
Officer Koon
 2003 Grind
Mr. Rivers
 2002 Speakeasy
Dr. Addams
 2002 Children on Their Birthdays
Speedy Thorne
 2002 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
President of the USA
 2001 The Man Who Wasn't There
Macadam Salesman
 2001 The Theory of the Leisure Class
Buddy Barnett (as Chris McDonald)
 2000 The Perfect Storm
Todd Gross
 2000 Requiem for a Dream
Tappy Tibbons
 2000 Nurse Betty
Duane Cooley (scenes deleted)
 2000 The Skulls
Martin Lombard
 2000 Takedown
Mitch Gibson (as Chris McDonald)
 2000 Isn't She Great
Brad Bradburn (as Christopher MacDonald)
 2000 Magicians
 1999 The Iron Giant
Kent Mansley (voice)
 1999 Five Aces
Ash Gray
 1999 My Teacher's Wife
Roy Mueller
 1998 The Faculty
Mr. Frank Connor (as Chris McDonald)
 1998 Gideon
Alan Longhurst
 1998 SLC Punk!
 1998 Jaded
Jack Carlson
 1998 Dirty Work
Travis Cole
 1997 The Eighteenth Angel
Hugh Stanton
 1997 Flubber
Wilson Croft
 1997 Lawn Dogs
Morton Stockard
 1997 A Smile Like Yours
Richard Halstrom
 1997 Leave It to Beaver
Ward Cleaver
 1996 House Arrest
Donald Krupp
 1996 The Rich Man's Wife
Tony Potenza
 1996 Celtic Pride
Coach Kimball
 1996 Unforgettable
Stewart Gleick
 1996 Happy Gilmore
Shooter McGavin
 1995 Fair Game
Lieutenant Meyerson
 1995 Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back
Sheriff Jack Banning
 1994 Quiz Show
Jack Barry
 1994 Terminal Velocity
 1994 The Road Killers
 1994 Monkey Trouble
 1993 Bums
Sgt. Andrew Holloman
 1993 Cover Story
Sam Sparks
 1993 Grumpy Old Men
 1993 Fatal Instinct
Frank Kelbo
 1993 Conflict of Interest
Mickey Flannery
 1991 Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue
Senator Dixon
 1991 Dutch
Reed Standish
 1991 Thelma & Louise
 1989 Playroom
 1989 Chances Are
Louie Jeffries
 1988 Paramedics
Mad Mike
 1987 Outrageous Fortune
George (as Chris McDonald)
 1985 The Boys Next Door
Detective Mark Woods
 1984 Chattanooga Choo Choo
 1984 Breakin'
 1984 Where the Boys Are
 1982 The Black Room
 1982 Grease 2
 1980 The Hearse
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Alternate Names:

Christopher MacDonald | Chris MacDonald | Chris McDonald


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[2011, on Family Law (1999)] Boy, that was a blast. I went in to meet Paul Haggis, and I wasn't cast 'cause what happens in television--and this is why I became a film actor out of necessity--is that if you don't look a certain way, you don't get the part. I could act it, but, nope, you gotta have that twinkle and the pearly white Chiclet teeth and all that stuff. I'm, like, "That's not me, I'm ... See more »


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