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Mary McDonnell stars in "Major Crimes" on TNT as Captain Sharon Raydor, reprising her recurring role from the hit drama "The Closer."

McDonnell is perhaps best known for her role as President Laura Roslin on Sci Fi Channel's wildly acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica." Thrust into the role of president after a deadly Cylon attack kills most of the civilian government, President Laura Roslin is dying of breast cancer. She secretly takes an ancient medication, whose hallucinogenic properties lead her
Mary McDonnell in "Major Crimes"
Mary McDonnell Major Crimes
to believe she is a tool of destiny.

Two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated actress Mary McDonnell has transformed both period and present day screen roles into dynamic character portrayals. Among McDonnell's film credits are "Margin Call," Wes Craven's "Scream 4," Richard Kelley's "Donnie Darko," Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon" and "Mumford," John Sayles' "Matewan" and "Passion Fish" with Alfre Woodard, Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves," "Sneakers" with Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier, "Blue Chips," and "Independence Day" (her first journey into Science Fiction).

For television, McDonnell portrayed "Mrs. Harris" for HBO, opposite Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. Prior to that, she appeared in "The Locket for Hallmark" with Vanessa Redgrave. McDonnell received a 2002 Emmy Nomination for her work as Eleanor Carter on "ER." Other television credits include "High Society" with Jean Smart, "Replacing Dad," "For All Time," "Behind the Mask" — all for CBS, Arthur Miller's "American Clock" for TNT and "O Pioneers!" for PBS with her husband, actor Randle Mell.

Equally at home in film, television, and theater, McDonnell starred on Broadway in the title role of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer-Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles," Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke" (Miss Alma), and "Execution of Justice" (Maryanne White). Off-Broadway, she performed in many New York and World premieres of some of the finest American Playwrights, among them, Sam Shepard's Pulitzer prize "Buried Child," and John Patrick Shanley's "Savage In Limbo." McDonnell received an Obie award for her performance in Emily Mann's "Still Life." Some of McDonnell's other credits both off Broadway and regionally are "Three Ways Home," "A Weekend Near Madison," "The Vagina Monologues," "Twelfth Night," "A Midsummer Nights Dream," "Three Sisters," and "A Doll's House."

McDonnell last appeared on the stage in Los Angeles as "Troy" in the play "James and The Handless Maiden," directed by Mell. She is also in the process of adapting the renowned Irish columnist and novelist Nuala O' Faolain's "Are You Somebody?" into a one-woman show.




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MARY MCDONNELL: FACTS

How tall is Mary McDonnell? How old is Mary McDonnell? Find out here.

Age: 61 years old
Birthday: April 28, 1952
Height: 5' 6"
Full Name / Real Name: Mary Eileen McDonnell
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Husband: Randle Mell





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