April 28, 1952
69 years old
5 ft 7 in | 169 cm tall
36-27-37 in | 91.5-68.5-94 cm
64 kg | 141 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Mary Eileen McDonnell was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States, on April 28, 1952, is an American actress.
Young Mary McDonnell first started performing at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
She made her big screen debut in comedy drama film Garbo Talks (1984) in role as Lady Capulet.
She got her television debut in CBS soap opera As the World Turns (1980) in role as Claudia Colfax.
Her breakthrough performance came as Stands with a Fist in epic Western movie Dances with Wolves (1990).
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Stands with a Fist in epic Western film Dances with Wolves (1990).
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as May-Alice Culhane in drama movie Passion Fish (1992).
She was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast for her performance as Mary Rogers in financial thriller film Margin Call (2011).
Donnie Darko (2001) science fiction psychological thriller opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Independence Day (1996) science fiction action with Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum
Grand Canyon (1991) drama opposite Danny Glover, Kevin Kline and Steve Martin
Sneakers (1992) comedy caper with Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and Ben Kingsley
Mumford (1999) comedy drama opposite Loren Dean, Hope Davis and Alfre Woodard
Passion Fish (1992) drama with Alfre Woodard, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Angela Bassett
Blue Chips (1994) sport drama opposite Ed O'Neill, Alfre Woodard and Bob Cousy
Tiger Warsaw (1988) drama with Patrick Swayze and Piper Laurie
Scream 4 (2011) meta slasher opposite David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox
Mariette in Ecstasy (2019) drama in role as Prioress, opposite Geraldine O'Rawe, Eva Marie Saint and Alex Appel
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Eleanor Carter in NBC medical drama television series ER (2001–2002).
She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television for her performance as President Laura Roslin in military science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) also she played same character in a three-hour miniseries Battlestar Galactica (2003).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT police procedural series The Closer (2009-2012).
E/R (1984-1985) CBS sitcom in role as Dr. Eve Sheridan
High Society (1995-1996) CBS sitcom in role as Dorothy "Dott" Emerson
Ryan Caulfield: Year One (1999) crime drama series in role as Rachel Caulfield
Grey's Anatomy (2008-2009) ABC medical drama series in role as Dr. Virginia Dixon
Major Crimes (2012-2018) TNT police procedural series in role as Captain / Commander Sharon Raydor
Fargo (2017) FX anthology dark comedy crime drama in role as Ruby Goldfarb
Rebel (2021) ABC drama series in role as Helen Peterson
Graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Has Irish ancestry.
Huge fan of Vanessa Redgrave.
She married actor Randle Mell in 1984, they have two children, Michael and Olivia.