Logue with his children in Ireland
|Born||Donal Francis Logue
February 27, 1966
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1966) is a Canadian-American actor well known for his role as Sean Finnerty in the television sitcom Grounded for Life (2001–2005). His other notable roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve and the detective series Terriers.
Logue was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Irish parents from County Kerry. His father, Michael J. Logue, was once a Carmelite Catholic missionary in Africa, where he met Donal's mother, Elizabeth. They eventually got married and then moved to England. They had four children. Logue has three sisters: Karina, an actress; twin sister Deirdre (who is not in show business); and Eileen, an education consultant. His father is the president of Aisling Industries, which makes microchips for cellphone companies.
Logue lived most of his childhood and teen years in El Centro, California, where he attended Central Union High School, although for his junior year, he attended St Ignatius' College in Enfield, Middlesex, England. While in High School, Donal was the California State Champion in Impromptu Speaking and in 1983 was elected President of the American Legion Boys Nation. His mother was a teacher at Calexico High School in Calexico, California during the 1980s and 1990s. After high school, Logue studied History at Harvard University. While there, he was a member of the Signet Society. He travels back and forth to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, where his mother lives, and holds both Irish and Canadian citizenship.
Logue has a Class-A Commercial Drivers License and is licensed to drive tractor-trailers with double or triple trailers, tankers and hazardous materials. He has a trucking company called Aisling Trucking with two partners based out of Central Point, Oregon, which the three founded in 2012.
Aside from a few TV movies, Logue's first film appearance was playing Dr. Gunter Janek in the 1992 film Sneakers. In 1993, he portrayed Capt. Ellis Spears, in Gettysburg. In 1994, he guest starred on an episode of Northern Exposure playing a movie script agent, Judd Bromell, in the episode "Baby Blues". Soon afterwards, he appeared as a rival FBI agent to Fox Mulder in The X-Files episode "Squeeze". Logue's character Jimmy The Cab Driver was a staple of MTV promos in the early '90s. With more than 40 other movies to his credit, some of his more significant appearances include the 1998 film Blade (as the vampire Quinn), and The Patriot with Mel Gibson, in 2000. He appeared in two of Edward Burns films: Purple Violets and The Groomsmen. In Purple Violets he plays a British chef.
Logue's career advanced to the next level when he was cast as the overweight-but-nevertheless-charismatic central character in The Tao of Steve. Logue's portrayal of the lead in that film, for which he won a Special Grand Jury Prize for best actor at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, was noticed by ER producer John Wells, who cast Logue in several episodes as Chuck Martin, a nurse Dr. Susan Lewis marries one weekend in Las Vegas on a whim, and later has a child with. Concurrent with the run on ER, Logue starred in the Carsey-Werner produced, critically acclaimed comedy, Grounded for Life, which still airs in a number of countries worldwide, making him one of the very few actors to have had a run on two different series on different networks simultaneously. Then, in December 2005, Logue had what turned out to be a somewhat dubious association with a pilot development deal for a new situation comedy on ABC television, originally titled I Want to Rob Mick Jagger. The pilot was picked up and debuted in the winter of 2006 under the name The Knights of Prosperity. The show disappeared from the ABC lineup in early March 2007.
Logue also appeared as Mark Ruffalo's character's psychiatrist best friend in Just Like Heaven (2005). Logue had appeared as Phil Stubbs in the original pilot for the NBC show Ed but was offered Grounded for Life, and made the choice to drop out. The first two-and-a-half seasons were telecast on the Fox network, though thereafter the show moved to The WB for the remainder of its run. In 2002 and 2003, Logue appeared on the VH1 "I Love. . ." series installments '80s, '70s, and '80s Strikes Back.
Logue also appeared in NBC's The Dennis, in 2005, about a former child prodigy whose parents kick him out of the house and into the real world, it was not, however, picked up. Logue co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the movie Ghost Rider, the David Fincher film Zodiac, and alongside Mark Wahlberg in the 20th Century Fox Film Max Payne.
Logue starred as Captain Kevin Tidwell in the NBC crime drama Life from 2008–2009. On May 4, 2009, NBC announced Life would not be returning for a third season.
In late 2012, Logue joined the casts of Sons of Anarchy as renegade ex-U.S. Marshal Lee Toric who is out for revenge for the murder of his sister and Vikings as King Horik. In 2013 he joined the cast of BBC America's show Copper as a returning Union General turned Tammany Hall insider, General Brendan Donovan, and he returned to Sons of Anarchy and Vikings to reprise his roles from the previous seasons. He is also in the cast of two movies slated for release in 2013: CBGB with Alan Rickman and 9 Full Moons with Amy Seimetz and Bret Roberts.
|1992||Sneakers||Dr. Gunter Janek|
|1993||X-Files, TheThe X-Files||Agent Tom Colton||TV series|
|1993||Gettysburg||Capt. Ellis Spear|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Bobbi Campbell|
|1994||Crew, TheThe Crew||Bill Pierce||TV series|
|1994||Little Women||Jacob Mayer|
|1995||Medicine Ball||Danny Macklin||TV Series|
|1995||3 Ninjas Knuckle Up||Jimmy|
|1996||Winterlude||Chris Hampson||Short film|
|1996||Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of Watermelons||Gnome|
|1996||Grave, TheThe Grave||Cletus|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Tony|
|1996||Diabolique||Video Photographer #1|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Rick, Junior Agent|
|1996||Public Morals||Ken Schuler||TV series|
|1997||Men with Guns||Goldman||Co-executive producer|
|1997||First Love, Last Rites||Red|
|1998||Bright Shining Lie, AA Bright Shining Lie||Television film|
|1998||Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line||Marl||Uncredited|
|1999||Runaway Bride||Priest Brian Norris|
|1999||Big Tease, TheThe Big Tease||Eamonn|
|2000||Tao of Steve, TheThe Tao of Steve||Dex|
|2000||Million Dollar Hotel, TheThe Million Dollar Hotel||Charley Best|
|2000||Steal This Movie||Stew Albert|
|2000||Opportunists, TheThe Opportunists||Pat Duffy|
|2000||Patriot, TheThe Patriot||Dan Scott|
|2001||Château, TheThe Château||Sonny|
|2001–2005||Grounded for Life||Sean Finnerty||TV series|
|2002||Comic Book Villains||Raymond McGillicudy||Co-producer
|2003||Confidence||Officer Lloyd Whitworth|
|2003||American Splendor||Stage Actor Harvey|
|2003||Two Days||Ray O'Connor|
|2003–2005||ER||Chuck Martin||11 episodes|
|2005||Tennis, Anyone...?||Danny Macklin||Producer
|2005||Just Like Heaven||Jack Houriskey|
|2006||Groomsmen, TheThe Groomsmen||Jimbo|
|2006||Shark Bait||Troy||Voice only
Also known as The Reef.
|2006||Citizen Duane||Uncle Bingo|
|2006||Almost Heaven||Mark Brady|
|2007||Knights of Prosperity, TheThe Knights of Prosperity||Eugene Gurkin||TV series|
|2007||Good Life, TheThe Good Life||Daryll|
|2007||Ex, TheThe Ex||Don Wollebin|
|2007||Purple Violets||Chazz Coleman|
|2008–2009||Life||Captain Kevin Tidwell||TV series|
|2008||No Place Like Home||Uncle Eddie||Short film|
|2008||Max Payne||Alex Balder|
|2009||Lodger, TheThe Lodger||Joe Bunting|
|2010||Charlie St. Cloud||Tink Weatherbee|
|2010||Terriers||Hank Dolworth||TV series|
|2011||Shark Night 3D||Sheriff Greg Sabin|
|2011||Oliver Sherman||Franklin Page|
|2012||Reef 2: High Tide, TheThe Reef 2: High Tide||Troy||Voice only
|2012–2013||Sons of Anarchy||Lee Toric||TV series|
|2012||Silent Night||Santa Jim Epstein|
|2013–present||Vikings||King Horik||TV series|
|2013||Copper||General Brendan Donovan||TV series|
- Donal Logue Biography – Yahoo! Movies
- Donal Logue – Northern Stars
- Donal Logue Biography (1965?-)
- Donal Logue – Northern Stars
- Owen, Rob (June 22, 2013). "For busy Logue, real life will have to wait". The Oregonian. p. C1. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- How and why we started our trucking company (YouTube video by Donal Logue). June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
- Breaking News – Development Update: December 2–7 | TheFutonCritic.com
- .php TV Series Finale » Blog Archive » The Knights of Prosperity: ABC Pulls the Sitcom
- Breaking News – Development Update: April 4 | TheFutonCritic.com
- Donal Logue at the Internet Movie Database
- T.V. Guide interview
- Film Threat interview
- Filmmaker magazine interview