Christopher McDonald

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Christopher McDonald
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McDonald at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1955-02-15) February 15, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1974-present
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Christopher McDonald
Christopher McDonald 2011 Shankbone.JPG
McDonald at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1955-02-15) February 15, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1974-present

Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream, Mel Allen in the HBO film 61* and Morton Stockard in Lawn Dogs.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2][3][4] He is of Irish ancestry.[5][6] He was raised in Romulus, New York, and is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New York.


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.[7][8]

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.

He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series The Bronx Is Burning.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1980The HearsePete
1982Grease 2Goose McKenzie
CheersRick WalkerSeason 1 Episode 10 "Endless Slumper"
1984Where the Boys Are '84Tony
The Black RoomTerry
Chattanooga Choo ChooAlex O'Donnell
1985The Boys Next DoorDetective Mark Woods
1987Outrageous FortuneGeorge
1988Cool BluePeter Sin
ParamedicsMad Mike
1989Chances AreLouie Jeffries
Star Trek: The Next GenerationLt. CastilloEpisode "Yesterday's Enterprise"
1991Thelma & LouiseDarryl
DutchReed Standish
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of BlueSenator Dixon
1993Cover StorySam Sparks
Benefit of the DoubtDan
Conflict of InterestMickey Flannery
Fatal InstinctFrank Kelbo
BumsSgt. Andrew Holloman
Grumpy Old MenMike
Good AdviceJoey DeRuzza
1994Another Midnight RunJack WalshTV film
Midnight RunaroundJack WalshTV film
Monkey TroubleTom
Midnight Run for Your LifeJack WalshTV film
Terminal VelocityKerr
Quiz ShowJack Barry
1995My Teacher's WifeRoy Mueller
Best of the Best 3: No Turning BackJack Banning
The Tuskegee AirmenMajor JoyTV film
Fair GameLieutenant Meyerson
1996JadedJack Carlson
UnforgettableStewart Gleick
Celtic PrideCoach Kimball
House ArrestDonald Krupp
The Rich Man's WifeTony Potenza
Happy GilmoreShooter McGavin
Superman: The Animated SeriesJor-ElThree Episodes
1997Leave It to BeaverWard Cleaver
A Smile Like YoursRichard Halstrom
FlubberWilson Croft
Lawn DogsMorton Stockard
Into Thin Air: Death on EverestJon Krakauer
1998Divorce: A Contemporary WesternTony
The Eighteenth AngelHugh Stanto
SLC Punk!Stevo's Dad
Dirty WorkTravis Cole
The FacultyMr. Connor
1999Five AcesAsh Gray
The Iron GiantKent MansleyVoice only
GideonAlan Longhurst
TakedownMitch Gibson
The SkullsMartin Lombard
Isn't She GreatBrad Bradburn
Requiem for a DreamTappy Tibbons
The Perfect StormTodd Gross
Batman BeyondSupermanTwo Episodes
2001The Theory of the Leisure ClassBuddy Barnett
61*Mel AllenTV film
The Man Who Wasn't ThereMacadam Salesman
2002SpeakeasyDr. Addams
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost DreamsPresident of the United States
Children on Their BirthdaysSpeedy Thorne
2003GrindMr. Rivers
2005The L.A. Riot SpectacularOfficer Koon
Rumor Has It...Roger McManus
Broken FlowersRon Anderson
2006Funny MoneyVic
American Pie Presents: The Naked MileHarry Stifler
2007The Dukes of Hazzard: The BeginningJefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg
The SopranosEddie DunneOne Episode
Kickin' It Old SkoolMarty Schumacher
The Bronx Is BurningJoe DiMaggioTV miniseries
My Sexiest YearAdult Jake
AwakeDr. Larry Lupin
American Pie Presents: Beta HouseHarry Stifler
2008Mad MoneyBryce Arbogast
Superhero MovieLou Landers / Hourglass
SummerhoodAssistant Director
Player 5150Tony
The House BunnyDean Simmons
An American CarolLab Supervisor
Law & OrderJohn Jay McIntyre
FanboysBig Chuck
SpoonerDennis Spooner
Deep in the ValleyDiamond Jim
Stargate UniverseSen. Alan ArmstrongThree Episodes
SplinterheadsSargeant Bruce Mancuso
Middle MenGeorge Harris
2010Black WidowSteve
Barry MundayDr. Preston Edwards
Ben 10: Ultimate AlienCaptain Nemesis
The Best and the BrightestThe Player
2010–2012Boardwalk EmpireHarry M. DaughertySeven Episodes
2011Adventures of Serial BuddiesFather Christopher
2011–2012Harry's LawThomas "Tommy" JeffersonRecurring Season 1
Main Season 2
2011Lemonade MouthStanley Brenigan
Law & Order: Criminal IntentEvan CormanOne Episode
2012The CollectionMr. Peters
2012Not Fade AwayJack Dietz
2012–2013Happy EndingsMr. KerkovichTwo Episodes
2013Body of ProofGerry Roberts
2013Kirstie (TV series)Mr. Sheppard
2014About Last NightCasey McNeil
2014Believe Me
2014Beware the BatmanHarvey DentEight Episodes
2014Regular ShowCarl PutterSeason 6 Episode 8
2015Daughter of GodFilming


  1. ^ "The New York Times". 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Christopher McDonald Biography (1955?-)". Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. ^ Arar, Yardena (June 11, 1991). "Christopher McDonald plays a good movie heel". The Ledger. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ALL IN THE FAMILY". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Christopher McDonald Flexes His Comedic Muscles Playing a Supervillain in Superhero Movie". 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  6. ^ Harris, Will (2011-11-08). "Christopher McDonald | Film | Random Roles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  7. ^ "The Word of Promise: Cast". 
  8. ^ 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. 

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