Mary McDonnell

Biography: After making her name on the New York stage, McDonnell began booking TV and film roles in the early 1980s. Able to exude intelligence and compassion, the actress was well used in a series of roles, notably as a white woman raised by American Indians in 1990's Dances With Wolves and as a paraplegic soap star in 1992's Passion Fish, earning Oscar nods for both performances. In her forties, she looked to the small screen for more fruitful parts, and turned in a slew of solid performances in myriad TV movies. A recurring role on ER as a do-gooder in denial (an Emmy-nominated role) sparked her interest in series television, and in 2003 she landed the plum part of a reluctant president on the lauded revamp of Battlestar Galactica. In 2009, she began appearing on The Closer as a headstrong police captain who goes toe-to-toe with Kyra Sedgwick's character. Off camera, McDonnell is married to fellow actor Randle Mell, and the pair have two children.

Mary McDonnell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 62
Highest Metascore: 88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Lowest Metascore: 26 Nola
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
13 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
76 Margin Call Oct 21, 2011 Mary Rogers 7.2
52 Scream 4 Apr 15, 2011 Kate Kessler / Kate Kessler tbd
49 Crazy Like a Fox May 5, 2006 Amy Banks tbd
88 Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut Jul 23, 2004 Rose Darko / Rose Darko 4.1
26 Nola Jul 23, 2004 Margaret Langworthy 6.0
71 Donnie Darko Oct 26, 2001 Rose Darko 7.9
62 Mumford Sep 24, 1999 Althea Brockett / Althea Brockett 8.1
59 Independence Day Jul 3, 1996 First Lady Marilyn Whitmore / First Lady Marilyn Whitmore / First Lady Marilyn Whitmore / First Lady Marilyn Whitmore tbd
54 Blue Chips Feb 18, 1994 Jenny Bell 6.6
65 Sneakers Sep 11, 1992 Liz 7.2
64 Grand Canyon Dec 25, 1991 Claire 8.4
72 Dances with Wolves Nov 9, 1990 Stands With A Fist / Stands With A Fist tbd
73 Matewan Aug 28, 1987 Elma Radnor tbd