Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Mastrantonio in 2013
Born (1958-11-17) November 17, 1958 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Years active1980–present
(m. 1990)

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958) is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of West Side Story, and went on to appear in the 1983 film Scarface as Al Pacino's character's sister, Gina Montana, which proved to be her breakout role. For her role as Carmen in the 1986 film The Color of Money, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film roles include The Abyss (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and The Perfect Storm (2000). In 2003, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha.

Early life[edit]

Mastrantonio was born in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, Illinois, to Frank A. Mastrantonio and Mary Dominica (née Pagone), both of Italian descent.[1] Her father operated a bronze foundry.[2][3] She was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, and studied drama at the University of Illinois. She worked summers at the Opryland USA theme park to earn money for college.[citation needed]



Mastrantonio first appeared on screen in Brian De Palma's Scarface (1983) as Gina, sister of Al Pacino's Tony Montana. She achieved prominence for her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated role in The Color of Money (1986) opposite Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

Her other featured roles include Slam Dance (1987), with Tom Hulce, and The January Man (1989) with Kevin Kline.[4][5] She also starred in writer/director James Cameron's science fiction The Abyss (1989) with Ed Harris. She played Maid Marian in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) with Kevin Costner. She played the attorney daughter of Gene Hackman's character in Class Action, co-starred in the 1992 thriller Consenting Adults, and played a fishing boat captain in The Perfect Storm (2000).


Mastrantonio has appeared on Broadway in various musicals, including West Side Story, Copperfield, The Human Comedy, and the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha, where she played Aldonza/Dulcinea opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell. She has appeared in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night. Her New York City stage performances brought her a Tony Award nomination and two Drama Desk Award nominations.[citation needed]

She also starred in Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. In 1984, she was featured in a benefit performance of A Christmas Carol with Helen Hayes, Raul Julia, Harold Scott, F. MacIntyre Dixon, and Len Cariou at the Symphony Space in New York. In 2008, she starred in A View from the Bridge as Beatrice, with Ken Stott and Allan Corduner at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.[6] On stage, she most recently starred in Ghosts as Helena Alving at the Seattle Repertory Theater.[7]


In 1991, Mastrantonio appeared as Yelena in a production of Uncle Vanya in the British anthology series Performance.

She had a recurring role during Seasons 4–5 (2005–2007) of the drama Without a Trace.

She played unit commander Capt. Zoe Callas in Season 9 (2010) of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Starting with the final episode of Season 1 (2012), she had a recurring role on Grimm, playing Kelly Burkhardt, mother of the show's protagonist.

In 2013, she guest-starred on Blue Bloods in the episode "Inside Jobs". She had a recurring role on the 2013–2014 program Hostages, playing First Lady Mary Kincaid.

In 2015 she was cast in a leading role in Limitless on CBS, playing FBI Special Agent in Charge Nasreen "Naz" Pouran, which debuted on September 22, 2015.[8]

In 2017 she guest-starred as Marion James, deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in three episodes of Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix.

From 2018 to 2020, she starred as Madeline Burke on NBC's action drama Blindspot.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1990, Mastrantonio has been married to director Pat O'Connor, who directed The January Man; they have two sons.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 The King of Comedy Extra in crowd scene Uncredited
1983 Scarface Gina Montana
1986 The Color of Money Carmen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Slam Dance Helen Drood
1989 The January Man Bernadette Flynn
The Abyss Lindsey Brigman Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1990 Fools of Fortune Marianne
1991 Class Action Maggie Ward
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Maid Marian Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992 White Sands Lane Bodin
Consenting Adults Priscilla Parker
1995 Three Wishes Jeanne Holman
Two Bits Luisa Spirito
1999 Limbo Donna De Angelo Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
My Life So Far Moira "Mumsie" Pettigrew
2000 The Perfect Storm Linda Greenlaw
2003 Standing Room Only Maria Short film, later included in the compilation film Stories of Lost Souls
2015 Amok Dorothy


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Edda Mussolini-Ciano Miniseries
1991 Uncle Vanya Yelena Television film
1995 Frasier Eileen Voice
1999 Witness Protection Cindy Batton Television film
2004 The Brooke Ellison Story Jean Ellison Television film, Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special
2005–2006 Without a Trace Anne Cassidy Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 Hallmark Hall of Fame Gayle Russell Anthology series, Film: "The Russell Girl"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Capt. Zoe Callas Main role (season 9), 14 episodes
2012–2017 Grimm Kelly Burkhardt Recurring role, 7 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Sophia Lanza 1 episode
Hostages First Lady Mary Kincaid Recurring role, 6 episodes
2015–2016 Limitless Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran Main role
2017–2019 The Punisher Marion James Recurring role
2018–2020 Blindspot Madeline Burke Recurring role (season 4), 14 episodes
Main role (season 5), 8 episodes


Year Title Role Theatre
1980–1983 Amadeus Katherina Cavalieri / Citizen of Vienna / Constanze Weber Broadhurst Theatre
1981 Copperfield Dora Spenlow ANTA Playhouse
1983 Sunday in the Park with George Celeste No. 2 / Linda Cash Playwrights Horizons
1983–1984 The Human Comedy Bess Macauley Anspacher Theatre
Royale Theatre
1984 Henry V Katherine Delacorte Theatre
1985 A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past Symphony Space
Measure for Measure Isabella Delacorte Theatre
The Marriage of Figaro Suzanne Circle in the Square
1987 The Knife Jenny The Public Theater
1989 Twelfth Night Viola Delacorte Theatre
1996 Northeast Local Gi Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
2002 Man of La Mancha Aldonza Martin Beck Theater
2004 Grand Hotel Elizaveta Grushinskaya Donmar Warehouse
2009 A View from the Bridge Beatrice Duke of York's Theatre
2013 The Winslow Boy Grace Winslow American Airlines Theatre


  1. ^ "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The world is hers". We the Italians. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio profile at". Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Glenn Collins (July 17, 1989). "An Actress Describes Her Life As a Man and as Other Actresses". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Vincent Canby (January 13, 1989). "Kevin Kline On the Trail Of a Killer". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Janet Maslin (February 5, 1989). "Is January The Cruelest Month?". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Mark Shenton (October 24, 2008). "Mastrantonio Joins Cast of London's View From the Bridge Revival". Playbill. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  7. ^ "Seattle Rep's 'Ghosts' pulls into question our own morality". The Seattle Times. April 12, 2022. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 17, 2015). "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Joins CBS Pilot Limitless". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Samantha Critchell (May 20, 2000). "Five questions for Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio". Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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