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Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles, as well as a long history of stage and film roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Battlestar Galactica President Laura Roslin
(2004-2009)
Donnie Darko Rose Darko
(2001)
Margin Call Mary Rogers
(2011)
Dances with Wolves Stands With A Fist
(1990)

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  The Fall of the House of Usher (TV Mini Series) (post-production)
Madeline Usher
- Episode #1.8 ... Madeline Usher
- Episode #1.7 ... Madeline Usher
- Episode #1.6 ... Madeline Usher
- Episode #1.5 ... Madeline Usher
- Episode #1.4 ... Madeline Usher
 2021 The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
Lady Zerbst (voice)
 2021 Rebel (TV Series)
Helen Peterson / Helen
- Trial Day (2021) ... Helen Peterson
- 36 Hours (2021) ... Helen Peterson
- Heart Burned (2021) ... Helen Peterson
- The Right Thing (2021) ... Helen Peterson
- Superhero (2021) ... Helen Peterson
 2019 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Jane
- Years, Continents, Bloodshed (2019) ... Jane
 2012-2018 Major Crimes (TV Series)
Sharon Raydor
- By Any Means: Part 4 (2018) ... Sharon Raydor
- By Any Means: Part 3 (2018) ... Sharon Raydor
- By Any Means: Part 2 (2017) ... Sharon Raydor
- By Any Means: Part 1 (2017) ... Sharon Raydor
- Conspiracy Theory: Part 4 (2017) ... Sharon Raydor
 2017 Fargo (TV Series)
Ruby Goldfarb
- Somebody to Love (2017) ... Ruby Goldfarb
- Aporia (2017) ... Ruby Goldfarb
- The Law of Inevitability (2017) ... Ruby Goldfarb
- The House of Special Purpose (2017) ... Ruby Goldfarb
 2009-2012 The Closer (TV Series)
Sharon Raydor
- The Last Word (2012) ... Sharon Raydor
- Armed Response (2012) ... Sharon Raydor
- Last Rites (2012) ... Sharon Raydor
- Drug Fiend (2012) ... Sharon Raydor
- Fool's Gold (2012) ... Sharon Raydor
 2011 Scream 4
Kate Roberts
 2011 Margin Call
Mary Rogers
 2009 Mariette in Ecstasy
Prioress
 2009 Hostile Makeover (TV Movie)
Rose Smithsonian
 2009 Killer Hair (TV Movie)
Rose
 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica (TV Series)
President Laura Roslin
- Daybreak: Part 3 (2009) ... President Laura Roslin
- Daybreak: Part 2 (2009) ... President Laura Roslin
- Daybreak: Part 1 (2009) ... President Laura Roslin
- Islanded in a Stream of Stars (2009) ... President Laura Roslin
- Someone to Watch Over Me (2009) ... President Laura Roslin
 2008-2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Virginia Dixon
- Beat Your Heart Out (2009) ... Dr. Virginia Dixon
- All by Myself (2008) ... Dr. Virginia Dixon
- These Ties That Bind (2008) ... Dr. Virginia Dixon
 2008 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
President Laura Roslin - Top Ten Presenter
- Episode #15.85 (2008) ... President Laura Roslin - Top Ten Presenter (uncredited)
 2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor (TV Movie)
President Laura Roslin
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Vivian Schulte
 2004 Crazy Like a Fox
Amy Banks
 2003 Battlestar Galactica (TV Mini Series)
President Laura Roslin
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... President Laura Roslin
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... President Laura Roslin
 2003 Nola
Margaret Langworthy
 2000-2002 That's Life (TV Series)
Jules O'Grady
- Baum's Thesis (2002) ... Jules O'Grady
- Bad Hair Week (2000) ... Jules O'Grady
 2002 The Locket (TV Movie)
Helen Staples
 2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Sister Theodore Claire
- Minute by Minute (2002) ... Sister Theodore Claire
 2001-2002 ER (TV Series)
Eleanor Carter
- A Simple Twist of Fate (2002) ... Eleanor Carter
- Damage Is Done (2002) ... Eleanor Carter
- A River in Egypt (2002) ... Eleanor Carter
- Beyond Repair (2002) ... Eleanor Carter
- Four Corners (2001) ... Eleanor Carter
 2001 Chestnut Hill (TV Movie)
Jane Eastman
 2001 Donnie Darko
Rose Darko
 2000 For All Time (TV Movie)
Laura Brown (as Mary Mcdonnell)
 2000 A Father's Choice (TV Movie)
Susan Shaw
 1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One (TV Series)
Rachel Caulfield
- Po-Piggity and Other Racial Slurs (1999) ... Rachel Caulfield
- Pilot (1999) ... Rachel Caulfield
 1999 Mumford
Althea Brockett
 1999 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Fly Girls (1999) ... Narrator (voice)
 1999 Replacing Dad (TV Movie)
Linda Marsh
 1999 Behind the Mask (TV Movie)
Mary Shushan
 1998 Spanish Fly
Zoe's Mother (voice)
 1998 You Can Thank Me Later
Diane
 1998 Evidence of Blood (TV Movie)
Dora Overton
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Judge
 1997 Two Small Voices (TV Movie)
Sybil Goldrich
 1996 Independence Day
Marilyn Whitmore
 1995-1996 High Society (TV Series)
Dott Emerson
- The Family Jewels (1996) ... Dott Emerson
- I Found My Thrill on Nancy Garver Hill (1996) ... Dott Emerson
- Touching Up Your Roots (1996) ... Dott Emerson
- Alice Doesn't Pump Here Anymore (1996) ... Dott Emerson
- Nip and Tuck (1996) ... Dott Emerson
 1996 Woman Undone (TV Movie)
Teri Hansen
 1994 Blue Chips
Jenny Bell
 1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
Rose Baumler
 1992 Passion Fish
May-Alice Culhane
 1992 Sneakers
Liz
 1991 Grand Canyon
Claire
 1991 O Pioneers! (TV Movie)
Alexandra Bergson
 1990 Dances with Wolves
Stands With A Fist
 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV Series)
Mrs. Kirkpatrick
- The Divided Child (1989) ... Mrs. Kirkpatrick
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Paula Warsaw
 1987 Matewan
Elma Radnor
 1986 Courage (TV Movie)
Gabriella Estrada
 1984-1985 E/R (TV Series)
Dr. Eve Sheridan
- A Change in Policy (1985) ... Dr. Eve Sheridan
- All Tied Up (1985) ... Dr. Eve Sheridan
- Merry Wives of Sheinfeld: Part 2 (1985) ... Dr. Eve Sheridan
- Merry Wives of Sheinfeld: Part 1 (1985) ... Dr. Eve Sheridan
- I Raise You (1985) ... Dr. Eve Sheridan
 1984 Garbo Talks
Lady Capulet
 1982 Money on the Side (TV Movie)
Terri
 1980 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Claudia Colfax
- Episode dated 24 January 1980 (1980) ... Claudia Colfax
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Other Works:

Played Mary Ann White in the stage production of "Execution of Justice", written and directed by Emily Mann, at the Virginia Theatre (now known as the August Wilson Theatre) from March 13, 1986 - March 22, 1986. See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Mary Mcdonnell

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Randle Mell  (filed for divorce)  (2 children)

Children:

Olivia Mell | See more »

Parents:

Mundy, Eileen | McDonnell, John
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Personal Quote:

We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment. See more »

Trivia:

Was a cast member of the medical drama E/R (1984) and also had a recurring role on the 1990s medical drama of nearly the same name, ER (1994). See more »

Trademark:

Deep smooth voice

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