Daniel McDonald (actor)
July 30, 1960
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||February 15, 2007
New York City, New York, United States
(1999-2007) (his death)
Daniel McDonald (July 30, 1960 – February 15, 2007) was an American actor who guest-starred in many TV shows including CSI: Miami, Law & Order, "Murder, She Wrote" and Sex in the City. He was also involved in Broadway, performing in Mamma Mia!.
McDonald's older brother, Christopher McDonald, is also an actor who is seen in many films and television shows.
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.
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. 
Daniel McDonald, died on February 15, 2007 at his home in New York. He was 46. The cause was brain cancer, said Jason Brantley, a spokesman for Mr. McDonald’s family. His survivors include his wife, Mujah Maraini-Melehi, and two children, Fosco and Ondina. Funeral services was held February 24, 2007 at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
In 2015, information came to light McDonald, had a five-year relationship that ended in 1994 with actress Jennifer Aniston before he married. Jennifer Aniston’s reflection of McDonald angered his widow.
Aniston, called McDonald "my first love" in an interview with the New York Times. “He would have been the one,” Aniston continued. “But I was 25 and stupid. He must have sent me Justin [Theroux] to make up for it all.”
Mujah Maraini-Melehi, answered with a statement on Facebook speaking of the media and the “Friends” alum. “Please respect our love and especially our Loss,” Maraini-Melehi, who remarried, posted to Facebook. “The children lost their father. I lost my partner.”
“Daniel and Jennifer had a relationship over 20 years ago, when they were both still very young. She made a life choice, but so did he."
“I am sorry that Jennifer did not realize the treasure that was Daniel when she had the chance, long before he and I met and long before he died,” Maraini-Melehi added.
“It pains me to read the headlines that allude to her losing him tragically when she was not present during his long and difficult illness. That said perhaps Daniel’s gift was to teach her how to love and appreciate Justin Theroux.”
|1984||Where the Boys Are '84||Camden Roxbury|
|1985||The Falcon and the Snowman||Clay||Credited as Dan McDonald|
|1987||Million Dollar Mystery||Crush|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Gallery Assistant|
|What's Love Got to Do with It||London Announcer|
|1995||Let It Be Me||Fred|
|1997||The Ice Storm||Weatherman|
|2007||The Gift: Life Unwrapped||Stephen||Archive Footage|
|1985||The Fall Guy||Brian Carlin||1 Episode: Her Bodyguard|
|Call to Glory||Nick Oliver||2 Episodes: JFK: Part 1 & 2|
|Shadow Chasers||Hall||1 Episode: Spirit of St. Louis|
|1985-88||Cagney & Lacey||Frank Myerling||2 Episodes: Lost and Found, Yup|
|1986||Thompson's Last Run||Casino||TV Movie|
|A Year in the Life||Eric Castle||2 Episodes: Springtime/Autumn, Christmas '86|
|1987||The Betty Ford Story||Mike Ford||TV Movie|
|Mr. President||Fred||1 Episode: Pilot|
|Home Fires||TV Movie|
|1988||Freddy's Nightmares||Mark||1 Episode: Freddy's Tricks and Treats|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Bobby Shipton||2 Episodes: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1 & 2|
|1990||The Baby-Sitters Club||Photographer||1 Episode: Stacey's Big Break|
|1992||Columbo||Strassa||1 Episode: No Time to Die|
|1994||Herman's Head||Roy||1 Episode: Sweet Obsessions|
|1995||As Good as Dead||Thomas A. Rutherford||TV Movie|
|New York News||1 Episode: Cost of Living|
|New York Undercover||Milton Allen||1 Episode: Color Lines|
|1996||All My Children||Dr. Brad Phillips||2 Episodes: #1.6768, #1.6969|
|1998||Law & Order||Bernard Dressler||1 Episode: Under the Influence|
|1999||Sex and the City||Roger Cobb||1 Episode: Shortcomings|
|2000||D.C.||Dryder||3 Episodes: Blame, Party, Guns and Roses|
|Dov'è mio figlio||McCarthy||TV Movie|
|Madigan Men||Serge||1 Episode: Love's Labor Lost|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Byron Marks||1 Episode: Secrets|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Gary Nielson||1 Episode: The Oath|
|Tempting Adam||Miles||TV Movie|
- Simonson, Robert; Gans, Andrew (2007-02-16). "Daniel McDonald, Broadway Musical Actor, Is Dead at 46". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
- "Broadway World".