McDonald at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
February 15, 1955 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955) is an American character actor who is known for his roles as Thelma's husband, Darryl Dickinson in Thelma & Louise, Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, Ward Cleaver in the film adaptation of Leave It to Beaver, Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream, Mel Allen in the HBO film 61* and Morton Stockard in Lawn Dogs.
McDonald was born in New York City, the son of Patricia, a nursing professor and real estate agent, and James R. McDonald, an educator and high school principal. He is of Irish ancestry. He was raised in Romulus, New York, and is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York. He played football and soccer for Hobart.
McDonald has numerous film and television roles, often as a supporting actor and often portraying antagonistic characters. In addition to the above, his credits also include Breakin', Grease 2, The Boys Next Door, Thelma & Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Celtic Pride, Quiz Show, Flubber, The Faculty, The Perfect Storm, House Arrest, Dirty Work, American Pie 5: The Naked Mile, Broken Flowers and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. He was featured as Ward Cleaver in the movie version of Leave It to Beaver and famous baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in 61*. In 1994, he starred in the film Terminal Velocity as an aggressive Russian mafia villain alongside Charlie Sheen. He appeared on The Dating Game in 1978 as one of the three bachelors, but was one of the two who was not chosen for the date.[episode needed] He Starred in 2006 film Funny Money.
In the realm of television, along with recurring roles on the television series Family Law, North Shore, Veronica's Closet, Good Advice, and Harry's Law, McDonald has also made guest appearances on Cheers, Riptide, Knight Rider, The Sopranos, Psych, both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone, Home Improvement, Las Vegas, the Law & Order franchise, Stargate Universe and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Richard Castillo in the season 3 episode "Yesterday's Enterprise".
McDonald's voice work includes the determined government agent Kent Mansley in the animated film The Iron Giant. He also voiced Jor-El (Superman's father) in Superman: The Animated Series and subsequently an older version of Superman in Batman Beyond. He has recalled great affection for these roles, saying that he enjoyed them because he was (and continues to be) such a fan of Superman and because they were in such contrast to his less than sympathetic on screen roles that he is famous for. He subbed for Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. In 2009, McDonald also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, McDonald played the characters of Luke the Evangelist. The project also featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett, Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Marisa Tomei and John Schneider.
He was also in Peter Gabriel's music video for the song "The Barry Williams Show" with McDonald as the eponymous lead. He also replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise; he played "Jack Walsh" in three TV films - Another Midnight Run, Midnight Runaround, and Midnight Run for Your Life.
|1982||Grease 2||Goose McKenzie|
|Cheers||Rick Walker||Season 1 Episode 10 "Endless Slumper"|
|1984||Where the Boys Are '84||Tony|
|The Black Room||Terry|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo||Alex O'Donnell|
|1985||The Boys Next Door||Detective Mark Woods|
|1988||Cool Blue||Peter Sin|
|1989||Chances Are||Louie Jeffries|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lt. Castillo||Episode "Yesterday's Enterprise"|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Darryl Dickinson|
|Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue||Senator Dixon|
|1993||Cover Story||Sam Sparks|
|Benefit of the Doubt||Dan|
|Conflict of Interest||Mickey Flannery|
|Fatal Instinct||Frank Kelbo|
|Bums||Sgt. Andrew Holloman|
|Grumpy Old Men||Mike|
|Good Advice||Joey DeRuzza|
|1994||Another Midnight Run||Jack Walsh||TV film|
|Midnight Runaround||Jack Walsh||TV film|
|Midnight Run for Your Life||Jack Walsh||TV film|
|Quiz Show||Jack Barry|
|1995||My Teacher's Wife||Roy Mueller|
|Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Jack Banning|
|The Tuskegee Airmen||Major Joy||TV film|
|Fair Game||Lieutenant Meyerson|
|Celtic Pride||Coach Kimball|
|House Arrest||Donald Krupp|
|The Rich Man's Wife||Tony Potenza|
|Happy Gilmore||Shooter McGavin|
|Superman: The Animated Series||Jor-El||Three Episodes|
|1997||Leave It to Beaver||Ward Cleaver|
|A Smile Like Yours||Richard Halstrom|
|Lawn Dogs||Morton Stockard|
|Into Thin Air: Death on Everest||Jon Krakauer|
|1998||Divorce: A Contemporary Western||Tony|
|The Eighteenth Angel||Hugh Stanto|
|SLC Punk!||Stevo's Dad|
|Dirty Work||Travis Cole|
|The Faculty||Mr. Connor|
|1999||Five Aces||Ash Gray|
|The Iron Giant||Kent Mansley||Voice only|
|The Skulls||Martin Lombard|
|Isn't She Great||Brad Bradburn|
|Requiem for a Dream||Tappy Tibbons|
|The Perfect Storm||Todd Gross|
|Batman Beyond||Superman||Two Episodes|
|2001||The Theory of the Leisure Class||Buddy Barnett|
|61*||Mel Allen||TV film|
|The Man Who Wasn't There||Macadam Salesman|
|Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||President of the United States|
|Children on Their Birthdays||Speedy Thorne|
|Without a Trace||Bob Carroll|
|2005||The L.A. Riot Spectacular||Officer Koon|
|Rumor Has It...||Roger McManus|
|Broken Flowers||Ron Anderson|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||Harry Stifler|
|2007||The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning||Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg|
|The Sopranos||Eddie Dunne||One Episode|
|Kickin' It Old Skool||Marty Schumacher|
|The Bronx Is Burning||Joe DiMaggio||TV miniseries|
|My Sexiest Year||Adult Jake|
|Awake||Dr. Larry Lupin|
|American Pie Presents: Beta House||Harry Stifler|
|2008||Mad Money||Bryce Arbogast|
|Superhero Movie||Lou Landers / Hourglass|
|The House Bunny||Dean Simmons|
|An American Carol||Lab Supervisor|
|Law & Order||John Jay McIntyre|
|Deep in the Valley||Diamond Jim|
|Stargate Universe||Sen. Alan Armstrong||Three Episodes|
|Splinterheads||Sargeant Bruce Mancuso|
|Middle Men||George Harris|
|Barry Munday||Dr. Preston Edwards|
|Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Captain Nemesis|
|The Best and the Brightest||The Player|
|2010–2012||Boardwalk Empire||Harry M. Daugherty||Seven Episodes|
|2011||Adventures of Serial Buddies||Father Christopher|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Thomas "Tommy" Jefferson||Recurring Season 1
Main Season 2
|2011||Lemonade Mouth||Stanley Brenigan|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Evan Corman||One Episode|
|2012||The Collection||Mr. Peters|
|2012||Not Fade Away||Jack Dietz|
|2012–2013||Happy Endings||Mr. Kerkovich||Two Episodes|
|2013||Body of Proof||Gerry Roberts|
|2013||Kirstie (TV series)||Mr. Sheppard|
|2014||About Last Night||Casey McNeil|
|2014||Beware the Batman||Harvey Dent||Eight Episodes|
|2014||Regular Show||Carl Putter||Season 6 Episode 8|
|2015||The Good Wife||Judge Don Schakowsky||Recurring Season 7|
|2016||Jekyll Island||Del Banco||Post-Production|
- "The New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- "Christopher McDonald Biography (1955?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- Arar, Yardena (June 11, 1991). "Christopher McDonald plays a good movie heel". The Ledger. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- "ALL IN THE FAMILY". Fltimes.com. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "Christopher McDonald Flexes His Comedic Muscles Playing a Supervillain in Superhero Movie". PR.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- Harris, Will (2011-11-08). "Christopher McDonald | Film | Random Roles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- "The Word of Promise: Cast".
- Groves, Martha (2009-11-16). "BELIEFS : Stars lined up for elaborate audio Bible : Michael York, Jason Alexander and many others gave voice to a 79-CD reading of Old and New Testaments". Los Angeles Times.
- Justin Kroll. "‘The Butler’ Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
- Kroll, Justin. "'The Butler' Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christopher McDonald.|
- Christopher McDonald at the Internet Movie Database
- Christopher McDonald at the Internet Broadway Database