McDonough in 2017
Neal P. McDonough
February 13, 1966
|Other names||Neil McDonough|
Ruvé Robertson (m. 2003)
Neal P. McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), Deputy District Attorney David McNorris on Boomtown (2002–2003), Sean Cahill on Suits, Robert Quarles on Justified, William Parker in Mob City, and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009). He also appeared in films such as Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report, Walking Tall, The Guardian, Flags of Our Fathers, Red 2, The Marine 3: Homefront, Traitor, The Hitcher, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Proud Mary, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. He appeared as Damien Darhk on Arrow, and in Legends of Tomorrow, as well as voicing a variety of comic superheroes and villains in a number of animated films and video games.
Early life and education
McDonough was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of Catherine (née Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who emigrated from Ireland, with his mother coming from County Tipperary and his father from County Galway. McDonough grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts and was raised Roman Catholic. His childhood nickname was "Headster", which McDonough says originated in his brothers' teasing him about the size of his head. He graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University, where he was initiated and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He had obtained several college scholarships to play baseball, but he decided to go to Syracuse as he thought it had the best theater department.
In 1991, McDonough won the Best Actor Dramalogue for "Away Alone". McDonough has made many television and film appearances since then, including Band of Brothers, Boomtown, Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report and The Hitcher. McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives. He also starred in the lead role on 2004 medical drama Medical Investigation for its one full season.
McDonough portrays Jesus in "The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio New Testament Bible," a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio New Testament which uses the Catholic edition of the revised standard version of the Bible.
In 2011, McDonough appeared as Marvel comic book character Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. McDonough also voiced the character in the 2011 movie tie-in video game, Captain America: Super Soldier. He reprised his role three times since then: in the 2013 short film, Agent Carter; in the first episode of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014); and in an episode of the Agent Carter television series (2015).
In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a sadistic carpetbagging mobster from Detroit. He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.
McDonough is a devout Catholic. In 2003 McDonough married Ruvé Robertson, a South African model whom McDonough met in the United Kingdom while filming Band of Brothers. The couple have five children, Morgan "Little Buck" Patrick (born November 2005), Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011), and James Hamilton (born March 31, 2014). He has stated that he refuses to do sex or even kissing scenes because of his faith and respect for his wife. He also claimed that he was fired from the TV series Scoundrels for his refusal in doing sex scenes.
|1991||China Beach||Lurch||Episode: "Hello Goodbye"|
|Quantum Leap||Chucky||Episode: "Play Ball"|
|Babe Ruth||Lou Gehrig||TV movie|
|1995||JAG||Second Lieutenant Jay Williams||Episode "Desert Son"|
|White Dwarf||Dr. Driscoll Rampart III||TV movie|
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
|1996||NYPD Blue||Jerry Selness||Episode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"|
|1996–97||The Incredible Hulk||Bruce Banner||Voice|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Ross Canin||2 episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||Kyle Strode||4 episodes|
|Balloon Farm||Sheriff||Television film|
|Just Shoot Me!||Craig||Episode: "Shaking Private Trainer"|
|Profiler||Christoper Langston||Episode: "To Serve and Protect"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||First Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton||8 episodes|
|2002||The X-Files||Agent Comer||2 episodes|
|2002–03||Boomtown||Los Angeles deputy district attorney David McNorris||24 episodes|
|2004–05||Medical Investigation||Dr. Stephen Connor||20 episodes|
|2007||Traveler||Secretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed||6 episodes|
|Tin Man||Wyatt Cain (Tin Man)||3 episodes|
|2008–09||Desperate Housewives||Dave Williams||24 episodes (Season 5)|
|2010||Terriers||Ford / Tom Cutshaw||2 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Monsignor McTeal||Episode: "The Consoler"|
|2012||Justified||Robert Quarles||13 episodes|
|CSI: NY||Senator Gordon Hamilton||Episode: "Unspoken"|
|Perception||Fredrick James Dafoe||Episode: "Cipher"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tommy Barnes||Episode: "Sheltered"|
|Mob City||William Parker||6 episodes|
|2014–16||Suits||Sean Cahill||15 episodes|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Dum Dum Dugan||Episode: "Shadows"|
|2015||Agent Carter||Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"|
|Public Morals||Rusty Patton||9 episodes|
|2015–16||Arrow||Damien Darhk||recurring season 4; guest season 5 (credited as special appearance by)|
|2015||The Flash||guest season 2 (credited as special appearance by)|
|2016–present||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||recurring seasons 2-present, guest season 1 (credited as special appearance by)|
|2017||Rogue||Casey Oaks||5 episodes|
|Survivor's Remorse||Brian||Episode: "Repercussions"|
|2019||Project Blue Book||General James Harding|
|Yellowstone||Malcolm Beck||recurring season 2|
|2005||The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction||Bruce Banner||Voice|
|2009||Rogue Warrior||Admiral Travis Payton|
|2011||Captain America: Super Soldier||Dum Dum Dugan|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us||The Flash|
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Jack Vincent||Voice and likeness|
|2015||If Angels In The Outfield Happened For Real (30 For 30 Parody)||Whit Bass||CollegeHumor sketch|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Award category||Title of work||Result|
|1999||Atlantic City Film Festival||Best Actor (Jury Award)||A Perfect Little Man||Won|
|2003||Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Boomtown||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Drama||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Justified|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
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- "Neal McDonough Biography (1966–)". filmreference.com.
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- Andreeva, Nellie (June 30, 2008). "New lover moves in on "Housewives"". Reuters UK.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2010). ""Desperate Housewives" Alums Get TV Roles". Hollywood Reporter.
...will star opposite Virginia Madsen on ABC's dramedy series "Scoundrels."
- Finke, Nikki (March 31, 2010). "No Sex Please, I'm Neal McDonough..." Deadline Hollywood.
The reason? He's a family man and a Catholic, and he's always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes. And ABC knew that.
- Thompson, Paul (April 1, 2010). "Former Desperate Housewives star Neal McDonough fired from TV series for refusing to film sex scenes". Daily Mail. London, UK.
- "Cast, home changes for new audio Bible". Christian Retailing. Charisma Media. December 29, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
cast includes Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Desperate Housewives) as Jesus...
- Breihan, Tom (March 13, 2012). "Justified's Neal McDonough on Being an Awesome Villain, His Marvel Comics Future, and Going Toe-to-Toe with Boyd Crowder". GQ Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- Dionne, Zach (March 8, 2012). "Justified's Neal McDonough Joins Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
...TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir is continuing to round out its cast, signing Neal McDonough as a lead
- Cadillac ELR TV spot "Work Hard". IiSpot.tv. February 8, 2014.
- Arrow Season 4 Adds Neal McDonough As Series Regular Villain. Cinema Blend. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- Lee, Luaine (8 September 2004). "Actor McDonough once gave up dream". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- McLellan, Dennis (February 29, 2012). "Lynn D. 'Buck' Compton dies at 90; judge also known for WWII service". L.A. Times.
- "Desperate Housewives' Neal McDonough Welcomes Baby Girl". TVGuide.com.
- Sarah Michaud; Julie Jordan (August 16, 2011). "Neal McDonough Welcomes Daughter Clover Elizabeth – Moms & Babies". People.
- "Neal McDonough Welcomes Son James Hamilton". People. April 4, 2014.
- Neal McDonough recalls being reportedly fired from ABC's 'Scoundrels' for refusing sex scenes, Fox News, 8 January 2019
- Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 14, 2018). "Neal McDonough Joins Yellowstone". TVLine. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
- "2002–03: The Season of Angels in America". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
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