Daniel McDonald (actor)

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Daniel McDonald
Born Daniel McDonald
(1960-07-30)July 30, 1960
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died February 15, 2007(2007-02-15) (aged 46)
New York City, New York, United States
Spouse(s) Mujah Maraini-Melehi
(1999-2007) (his death)
2 children

Daniel McDonald (July 30, 1960 – February 15, 2007) was an American actor who guest-starred in many TV shows including CSI: Miami, Law & Order, and Sex in the City. He was also involved in Broadway, performing most recently in Mamma Mia!.

Personal life[edit]

McDonald was born the youngest of seven children and raised in Romulus, New York. He graduated from Ithaca College.

McDonald's older brother, Christopher McDonald, is also an actor who is seen in many films and television shows.

He met Mujah Maraini-Melehi during the rehearsals for Steel Pier. The couple were married in 1999 and had two children, Fosco and Ondina .[1]


He was a life member of the Actors Studio. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, with Paul Curtis of the American Mime Theatre, and with Sanford Meisner on the island of Bequia in the British West Indies where he met long-time friend and photographer Michael Sanville.

McDonald received a 1997 Tony Award nomination for his lead role in Steel Pier, which co-starred Gregory Harrison.

In 2002, Daniel McDonald replaced Alan Campbell as lead in the national tour of Contact.

The Gift: Life Unwrapped, McDonald's last film, was released posthumously in May 2007.

He recorded an album True Love. [2]


McDonald died in New York, aged 46, from brain cancer.

Steel Pier director Scott Ellis said in a Feb. 16 [2007] statement, "What made Daniel so special as a performer was what made him so special as a person. He had an incredible openness, honesty, integrity that made him remarkable both onstage and off."[1]


  1. ^ a b Simonson, Robert; Gans, Andrew (2007-02-16). "Daniel McDonald, Broadway Musical Actor, Is Dead at 46". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Broadway World". 

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