Donal Logue

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Donal Logue
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Logue with his children in Ireland
BornDonal Francis Logue
(1966-02-27) February 27, 1966 (age 47)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor/Film director
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Donal Logue
Donal logue - ireland.png
Logue with his children in Ireland
BornDonal Francis Logue
(1966-02-27) February 27, 1966 (age 47)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor/Film director

Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1966)[1][2] is a Canadian-Irish actor well known for his role as Sean Finnerty in the television sitcom Grounded for Life (2001–2005). His other notable roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve and the detective series Terriers.

Personal life[edit]

Logue was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Irish parents from County Kerry.[3] His father, Michael J. Logue, was once a Carmelite[4] Catholic missionary in Africa, where he met Donal's mother, Elizabeth.[citation needed] They eventually got married and then moved to England. They had four children. Logue has three sisters: Karina, an actress; twin sister Deirdre (who is not in show business); and Eileen, an education consultant. His father is the president of Aisling Industries, which makes microchips for cellphone companies.

Logue lived most of his childhood and teen years in El Centro, California, where he attended Central Union High School, although for his junior year, he attended St Ignatius' College in Enfield, Middlesex, England. While in High School, Donal was the California State Champion in Impromptu Speaking and in 1983 was elected President of the American Legion Boys Nation. His mother was a teacher at Calexico High School in Calexico, California during the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed] After high school, Logue studied History at Harvard University. While there, he was a member of the Signet Society. He travels back and forth to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, where his mother lives, and holds both Irish and Canadian citizenship.[5]

Logue has homes in Los Angeles and Oregon.[6] When not acting, Logue is heavily involved in soccer, and regularly plays for the Los Angeles-based amateur team Hollywood United.

Logue has a Class-A Commercial Drivers License and is licensed to drive tractor-trailers with double or triple trailers, tankers and hazardous materials. He has a trucking company called Aisling Trucking with two partners based out of Central Point, Oregon,[7] which the three founded in 2012.[6]


Aside from a few TV movies, Logue's first film appearance was playing Dr. Gunter Janek in the 1992 film Sneakers. In 1993, he portrayed Capt. Ellis Spears, in Gettysburg. In 1994, he guest starred on an episode of Northern Exposure playing a movie script agent, Judd Bromell, in the episode "Baby Blues". Soon afterwards, he appeared as a rival FBI agent to Fox Mulder in The X-Files episode "Squeeze". Logue's character Jimmy The Cab Driver was a staple of MTV promos in the early '90s. With more than 40 other movies to his credit, some of his more significant appearances include the 1998 film Blade (as the vampire Quinn), and The Patriot with Mel Gibson, in 2000. He appeared in two of Edward Burns films: Purple Violets and The Groomsmen. In Purple Violets he plays a British chef.

Logue's career advanced to the next level when he was cast as the overweight-but-nevertheless-charismatic central character in The Tao of Steve. Logue's portrayal of the lead in that film, for which he won a Special Grand Jury Prize for best actor at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, was noticed by ER producer John Wells, who cast Logue in several episodes as Chuck Martin, a nurse Dr. Susan Lewis marries one weekend in Las Vegas on a whim, and later has a child with. Concurrent with the run on ER, Logue starred in the Carsey-Werner produced, critically acclaimed comedy, Grounded for Life, which still airs in a number of countries worldwide, making him one of the very few actors to have had a run on two different series on different networks simultaneously. Then, in December 2005, Logue had what turned out to be a somewhat dubious association with a pilot development deal for a new situation comedy on ABC television, originally titled I Want to Rob Mick Jagger.[8] The pilot was picked up and debuted in the winter of 2006 under the name The Knights of Prosperity. The show disappeared from the ABC lineup in early March 2007.[9]

Logue also appeared as Mark Ruffalo's character's psychiatrist best friend in Just Like Heaven (2005). Logue had appeared as Phil Stubbs in the original pilot for the NBC show Ed but was offered Grounded for Life, and made the choice to drop out. The first two-and-a-half seasons were telecast on the Fox network, though thereafter the show moved to The WB for the remainder of its run. In 2002 and 2003, Logue appeared on the VH1 "I Love. . ." series installments '80s, '70s, and '80s Strikes Back.

Logue also appeared in NBC's The Dennis, in 2005, about a former child prodigy whose parents kick him out of the house and into the real world, it was not, however, picked up.[10] Logue co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the movie Ghost Rider, the David Fincher film Zodiac, and alongside Mark Wahlberg in the 20th Century Fox Film Max Payne.

Logue starred as Captain Kevin Tidwell in the NBC crime drama Life from 2008–2009. On May 4, 2009, NBC announced Life would not be returning for a third season.

Logue starred in FX series Terriers which was cancelled due to low ratings, even with great reviews from the press such as the Times.

Logue starred as the main character in Theory of a Deadman's music video for the song "Lowlife," off their 2011 release, The Truth Is....

In late 2012, Logue joined the casts of Sons of Anarchy as renegade ex-U.S. Marshal Lee Toric who is out for revenge for the murder of his sister and Vikings as King Horik. In 2013 he joined the cast of BBC America's show Copper as a returning Union General turned Tammany Hall insider, General Brendan Donovan, and he returned to Sons of Anarchy and Vikings to reprise his roles from the previous seasons. He is also in the cast of two movies slated for release in 2013: CBGB with Alan Rickman and 9 Full Moons with Amy Seimetz and Bret Roberts.


1992SneakersDr. Gunter Janek
1993X-Files, TheThe X-FilesAgent Tom ColtonTV series
1993GettysburgCapt. Ellis Spear
1993And the Band Played OnBobbi Campbell
1994Crew, TheThe CrewBill PierceTV series
1994DisclosureChance Geer
1994Little WomenJacob Mayer
1995Medicine BallDanny MacklinTV Series
1995Miami RhapsodyDerek
19953 Ninjas Knuckle UpJimmy
1996WinterludeChris HampsonShort film
1996Size of Watermelons, TheThe Size of WatermelonsGnome
1996Grave, TheThe GraveCletus
1996Eye for an EyeTony
1996DiaboliqueVideo Photographer #1
1996Dear GodWebster
1996Jerry MaguireRick, Junior Agent
1996Public MoralsKen SchulerTV series
1997Men with GunsGoldmanCo-executive producer
1997First Love, Last RitesRed
1998Bright Shining Lie, AA Bright Shining LieTelevision film
1998Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red LineMarlUncredited
1999Runaway BridePriest Brian Norris
1999Big Tease, TheThe Big TeaseEamonn
2000Tao of Steve, TheThe Tao of SteveDex
2000Million Dollar Hotel, TheThe Million Dollar HotelCharley Best
2000Reindeer GamesPug
2000Steal This MovieStew Albert
2000TakedownAlex Lowe
2000Opportunists, TheThe OpportunistsPat Duffy
2000Patriot, TheThe PatriotDan Scott
2001GlamTom Stone
2001Château, TheThe ChâteauSonny
2001–2005Grounded for LifeSean FinnertyTV series
2002Comic Book VillainsRaymond McGillicudyCo-producer
2003ConfidenceOfficer Lloyd Whitworth
2003American SplendorStage Actor Harvey
2003Two DaysRay O'Connor
2003–2005ERChuck Martin11 episodes
2005Tennis, Anyone...?Danny MacklinProducer
2005Just Like HeavenJack Houriskey
2006Jack's LawBuzzUncredited
2006Groomsmen, TheThe GroomsmenJimbo
2006Shark BaitTroyVoice only
Also known as The Reef.
2006Citizen DuaneUncle Bingo
2006Almost HeavenMark Brady
2007Knights of Prosperity, TheThe Knights of ProsperityEugene GurkinTV series
2007Good Life, TheThe Good LifeDaryll
2007Ex, TheThe ExDon Wollebin
2007Ghost RiderMack
2007ZodiacKen Narlow
2007Purple VioletsChazz Coleman
2007MonkGully (uncredited role)TV series
Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Up All Night"
2008–2009LifeCaptain Kevin TidwellTV series
2008No Place Like HomeUncle EddieShort film
2008Max PayneAlex Balder
2009Lodger, TheThe LodgerJoe Bunting
2010Charlie St. CloudTink Weatherbee
2010TerriersHank DolworthTV series
2011Shark Night 3DSheriff Greg Sabin
2011Oliver ShermanFranklin Page
2011HouseCyrusTV series
Episode: "Changes"
2012Reef 2: High Tide, TheThe Reef 2: High TideTroyVoice only
2012–2013Sons of AnarchyLee ToricTV series
2012Silent NightSanta Jim Epstein
2013–presentVikingsKing HorikTV series
2013CopperGeneral Brendan DonovanTV series


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