Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955) is an American actor. He played Darryl Dickinson in Thelma & Louise (1991), Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore (1996), Ward Cleaver in the film adaptation of Leave It to Beaver (1997), Kent Mansley in The Iron Giant (1999), Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream (2000), and Mel Allen in the HBO film 61* (2001).
McDonald at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
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.
Of Irish/Scottish descent and a practicing Catholic, he and his siblings were raised in Romulus, New York. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, New York where he played football and soccer. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Society. His younger brother, actor and singer Daniel McDonald, died of brain cancer in February 2007. He is a prominent fan of the Buffalo Bills and a friend of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.
McDonald has numerous film and television roles, often as a supporting actor and often portraying villains. In addition to the above, his credits also include Grease 2, Breakin', Where the Boys Are '84, 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.
In television, along with a starring role on the TV series Family Law, and recurring roles on 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 three 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 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 the less than sympathetic onscreen roles for which he is known. 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 role of Luke.
McDonald played the eponymous lead in Peter Gabriel's music video for the song "The Barry Williams Show". He also replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise, playing Jack Walsh in three films: Another Midnight Run, Midnight Runaround, and Midnight Run for Your Life. He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series The Bronx Is Burning. In October 2013, McDonald started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island. Under the title The Crash, it was released direct-to-video in 2017.
|1982||Grease 2||Goose McKenzie|
|The Black Room||Terry|
|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|
|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|
|Quiz Show||Jack Barry|
|1995||My Teacher's Wife||Roy Mueller|
|Forget Paris||Zeus||Voice role|
|Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Jack Banning|
|Fair Game||Lieutenant Meyerson|
|Celtic Pride||Coach Kimball|
|House Arrest||Donald Krupp|
|The Rich Man's Wife||Tony Potenza|
|Happy Gilmore||Shooter McGavin|
|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!||Mr. Levy|
|Dirty Work||Travis Cole|
|The Faculty||Mr. Connor|
|1999||Five Aces||Ash Gray|
|The Iron Giant||Kent Mansley||Voice role|
|The Skulls||Martin Lombard|
|Isn't She Great||Brad Bradburn|
|Requiem for a Dream||Tappy Tibbons|
|The Perfect Storm||Todd Gross|
|2001||The Theory of the Leisure Class||Buddy Barnett|
|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|
|2006||Funny Money||Vic Johnson|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||Harry Stifler|
|2007||The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning||Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg|
|Kickin' It Old Skool||Marty Schumacher|
|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|
|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|
|Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial||Mirrior Knight||English dubbing for 2012|
|2011||Adventures of Serial Buddies||Father Christopher|
|Lemonade Mouth||Stanley Brenigan|
|Cat Run||Bill Kreb|
|2012||The Collection||Mr. Peters|
|Not Fade Away||Jack Dietz|
|2014||About Last Night||Casey McNeil|
|Don't Worry Baby||Harry Lang|
|2017||The Crash||Del Banco|
|Once Upon a Time in Venice||Mr. Carter|
|TBA||Abruptio||Police Chief Richter||Post-production|
|1982||Cheers||Rick Walker||Episode: "Endless Slumper"|
|1985||Hunter||Sonny Dupree||Episode: "The Garbage Man"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Delivery Man||Episode: "Aqua Vita"|
|1986||Matlock||Eric Lane||Episode: "The Professor"|
|1989||David Channing||Episode: "The Hunting Party"|
|1988||Little Girl Lost||Wolff||TV movie|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lt. Richard Castillo||Episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise"|
|1991–1992||Walter & Emily||Matt Collins||13 episodes|
|1992||Home Improvement||Stu Cutler||Episode: "For Whom The Belch Tolls"|
|1993–1994||Good Advice||Joey DeRuzza||Series regular|
|1994||Another Midnight Run||Jack Walsh||Movie|
|1994||Midnight Runaround||Jack Walsh||Movie|
|1994||Midnight Run for Your Life||Jack Walsh||Movie|
|1995||The Tuskegee Airmen||Major Sherman Joy||Movie|
|1996||Superman: The Animated Series||Jor-El||3 episodes|
|1999–2002||Family Law||Rex Weller||68 episodes|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Superman||2 episodes|
|2002||Total Access 24/7: Spy Kids 2||Himself||1 episode|
|2006–2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Evan Corman/Declan Pace||2 episodes|
|2007||The Sopranos||Eddie Dunne||Episode: "Stage 5"|
|2007||The Bronx Is Burning||Joe DiMaggio||Miniseries|
|2008||Psych||Paul Haversham||Episode: "Ghosts"|
|2009||Law & Order||John Jay McIntyre||Episode: "Illegitimate"|
|2009–2010||Stargate Universe||Sen. Alan Armstrong||3 episodes|
|2010–2012||Boardwalk Empire||Harry M. Daugherty||7 episodes|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Thomas "Tommy" Jefferson||32 episodes|
|2012–2013||Happy Endings||Mr. Kerkovich||2 episodes|
|2013||Body of Proof||Gerry Roberts||Episode: "Disappearing Act"|
|2013–2014||Kirstie||Mr. Sheppard||3 episodes|
|2014||Beware the Batman||Harvey Dent||8 episodes; voice role|
|2014||Regular Show||Carl Putter||Episode: "Daddy Issues"; voice role|
|2015||The League||Judge Raymond Hardy||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Andre"|
|2015–2016||The Good Wife||Judge Don Schakowsky||7 episodes in season 7|
|2016||Ballers||Dallas Cowboys Owner||9 episodes|
|2017||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Harold Coyle||Episode: "The Newsroom"|
|2017||Great News||Len||Episode: "Award Show"|
|2018||Living Biblically||Ron Curry||Episode: "Honor Thy Father"|
|2018||Superior Donuts||Ted||Episode: "The Chicago Way"|
|2018–2019||The Real Bros of Simi Valley||Cal Surf||5 episodes|
|2019||Mr. Iglesias||Coach Dixon||5 episodes|
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