Mary McDonnell (Actress) Biography, Age, Family, Husband, Dances With Wolves And Net Worth

Mary McDonnell

Mary Mcdonnell Biography (Actress)

Mary McDonnell is an American television, film and stage actress. She is best known for her performances as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, First Lady Marilyn Whitmore in Independence Day, and Rose in Donnie Darko.

Mary received Academy Award nominations for her roles as May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish and Stands With A Fist in Dances with Wolves.

Furthermore, she was featured as Captain Sharon Raydor during seasons 5–7 of the TNT series The Closer and starred as Commander Sharon Raydor in the spin-off series Major Crimes on the same network.

Mary Mcdonnell Age

Mcdonnell was born in Aprill 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, pennsylvania. She is 71 years old as of 2023.

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Mary Mcdonnell Family

Mary was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and raised in Ithaca, New York. She is the daughter of Eileen and John “Jack” McDonnell (1923–1973), a computer consultant.

In addition, she has five siblings  Jane (1950–2005), Sally, Judith, Jackie, and John.  Mary is of Irish descent.

Mary Mcdonnell Education

After Mary graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she attended drama school. Moreover, she joined the prestigious Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, with which she worked for over 20 years.

Mary Mcdonnell Husband

She is married to actor Randle Mell. The couple separated in December 2021. Together they have two children, Michael Mell and Olivia Mell. She resides in Pacific Palisades, California.

Mary Mcdonnell Dances With Wolves

Mary spent more than 21 years in theater and television work. In 1990 she made her film breakthrough as Stands With A Fist, the daughter of American settlers raised by Sioux Indians, in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves.

She was portraying the adopted daughter of Graham Greene’s character Kicking Bird. Mary, then 37, was only ten months younger than Greene and less than two years younger than Tantoo Cardinal, who played Black Shawl, her adoptive mother.

Lastly she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Mary Mcdonnell Major Crimes

Mary’s character is the lead in the spin-off, Major Crimes, which debuted August 13, 2012, after The Closer wrapped up its final season in the summer of 2012.

MaMovies And TV Shows

  • 2011 – Scream 4 asKate Roberts
  • 2011 – Margin Call as Mary Rogers
  • 2004 – Crazy Like A Fox as Amy Banks
  • 2003 – Nola as Margaret Langworthy
  • 2001 – Donnie Darko as Rose Darko
  • 1999 – Mumford as Althea Brockett
  • 1998 – You Can Thank Me Later as Diane
  • 1997 – Woman Undone as Terri Hansen
  • 1996 – Independence Day as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
  • 1996 – Mariette In Ecstasy as Prioress
  • 1994 – Blue Chips as Jenny Bell
  • 1992 – Passion Fish as May-Alice Culhane
  • 1992 – Sneakers as Liz
  • 1991 – Grand Canyon asClaire
  • 1990 – Dances With Wolves as Stands With A Fist
  • 1988 – Tiger Warsaw as Paula Warsaw
  • 1987 – Matewan as Elma Radnor
  • 1984 – Garbo Talks asLady Capulet

 Tv Shows

  • 2017 – Fargo as Ruby Goldfarb
  • 2012–2018 – Major Crimes as Captain Sharon Raydor
  • 2009–2012 – The Closer as Captain Sharon Raydor
  • 2009 – Killer Hair as Rose
  • 2009 – Hostile Makeover as Rose Smithsonian
  • 2008–2009 – Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Virginia Dixon
  • 2005 – Mrs. Harris as Vivian Schulte
  • 2004–2009 – Battlestar Galactica as President Laura Roslin
  • 2003 – Battlestar Galactica as President Laura Roslin
  • 2002 – Touched by an Angel as Sister Theodore
  • 2002 – The Locket as Helen Staples
  • 2001–2002 – ER as Eleanor Carter
  • 2000 – A Father’s Choice as Susan Shaw
  • 2000 – For All Time as Laura Brown
  • 1999 – Replacing Dad as Linda Marsh
  • 1999 – Ryan Caulfield: Year One as Rachel Caulfield
  • 1998 – Evidence of Blood as Dora Overton
  • 1997 – 12 Angry Men as Judge Cynthia Nance
  • 1995–1996 – High Society as Dorothy “Dott” Emerson
  • 1984–1985 – E/R as Dr. Eve Sheridan
  • 1980 – As the World Turns as Claudia Colfax

Mary Mcdonnell Nominations

  • 1991 – Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Dances with Wolves
  • 1991- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards – Best Supporting Actress
  • 1991 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
  • 1993 – Academy Awards – Best Actress
  • 1993 – Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
  • 2002 – Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • 2009 – Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television – Battlestar Galactica
  • 2011 – Gotham Awards – Best Ensemble Cast
  • 2011- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – Best Cast
  • 2011 – Primetime Emmy Awards – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – The Closer

Independence Day

Mary is best known for her performances as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, First Lady Marilyn Whitmore in Independence Day.

Battlestar Galactica

Mary starred as Laura Roslin in the miniseries Battlestar Galactica in 2003. The miniseries led to the subsequent weekly series, with Mary reprising her Laura Roslin role.

The series ended in March 2009. She rose to fame for her performance in the show. Part of which was shown when she was invited to the United Nations for a retrospective and discussion with Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama).

Mary Mcdonnell Net Worth

Mary has an estimated net worth of $14 million dollars as of 2023.

Plastic Surgery

There have been a number of rumors about plastic surgery done to Mary and the speculations seems to be one of the most wanted issues in the internet.

Due to the rumors, there have been a great number of photos in the internet which are labelled as Mary McDonnell cosmetic surgery.

However, Mary has never commented on those rumors so it is not clear if she has done any plastic surgery

Grey’s Anatomy

Mcdonnelle in 2008 and 2009 she played Dr. Virginia Dixon, a surgeon with Asperger syndrome for three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy .