Mary McCormack

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Mary McCormack
Mary McCormack.jpg
McCormack in 2012
BornMary Catherine McCormack
(1969-02-08) February 8, 1969 (age 45)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Michael Morris (m. 2003)
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This article is about the actress. For the opera singer, see Mary McCormic.
Mary McCormack
Mary McCormack.jpg
McCormack in 2012
BornMary Catherine McCormack
(1969-02-08) February 8, 1969 (age 45)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Michael Morris (m. 2003)

Mary Catherine McCormack (born February 8, 1969)[1] is an American actress. She has had leading roles as Justine Appleton in the series Murder One (1995–97), as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing (2004–06) and as Mary Shannon in In Plain Sight (2008–12).

Her film roles include Private Parts (1997); Deep Impact (1998); True Crime (1999); High Heels and Low Lifes (2001); K-PAX (2001); Right at Your Door (2006), and 1408 (2007).

Early life[edit]

McCormack was born in Plainfield, New Jersey.[1] She is the daughter of clinical therapist Norah and car dealership and ice cream parlor owner William McCormack.[2] Her parents divorced in 1990.[3] She has a sister Bridget, a former professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School[4] and justice of the Michigan Supreme Court,[5] and a brother William, an actor[6] who has appeared in a recurring role as FBI agent Robert O'Connor on In Plain Sight.

In 1983, McCormack graduated from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey. In 1991, she received her BA in comparative arts, specifically painting and creative writing, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.[7]


McCormack began her acting career at age 12, performing in Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.[citation needed] She continued her stage work in musicals and finished an acting program at the William Esper Studio.[3] She has worked in New York theater productions, including The Atlantic Theater Company, Alice's 4th Floor, and Naked Angels, where she appeared in Jon Robin Baitz's A Fair Country.[citation needed]

McCormack portrayed Justine Appleton on Murder One (1995–1997)[3] and also starred in the HBO series K Street, which aired for only ten episodes.[citation needed] She starred in Howard Stern's movie Private Parts in 1997.[3] In 2004, McCormack joined the cast of The West Wing as Deputy National Security Advisor and ex-CIA officer Kate Harper. Her character soon became a recurring role and remained throughout the last three seasons until the series finale.[8]

McCormack starred in USA Network series In Plain Sight. She portrayed Mary Shannon, a deputy United States marshal attached to the Albuquerque, New Mexico office of the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC), more commonly known as the Federal Witness Protection Program. On July 28, 2010, the show was renewed for its fourth and fifth seasons, to run in 2011 and 2012.[9] The show was cancelled in 2011, making the fifth season its last.[10] After its end, McCormack was cast as the lead in Kari Lizer's untitled comedy pilot on ABC.[11]

McCormack was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Gretchen in the 2008 Broadway revival of Boeing Boeing.[12]

In 2012, McCormack reunited with the cast of West Wing to film a video that served both as a reminder that U.S. voters should vote for non-partisan candidates when they cast their ballots and as a video promoting McCormack's sister's ultimately successful judicial candidacy for the Michigan State Supreme Court.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2003, McCormack married director and producer Michael Morris.[14] They have three daughters, Margaret (born c. 2004), Rose (born c. 2007), and Lillian (born 2011).[15]

McCormack is the godmother of In Plain Sight co-star Fred Weller's daughter.[16]

In late 2013, it was reported that McCormack had split from hubby Morris, when he had a liaison with Smash actress (of which he was Director) Katharine McPhee [17] However, it was reported that McCormack and Morris had reconciled in mid-2014.[18]


1994Miracle on 34th StreetMyrna Foy
1995Backfire![citation needed]Sarah Jackson
1997Colin Fitz Lives!Moira
1997Private PartsAlison Stern
1997Fathers' DayVirginia Farrell (uncredited)
1997Alarmist, TheThe AlarmistSally
1998Deep ImpactAndrea Baker
1998Harvest[citation needed]Agent Becka Anslinger
1999Getting to Know You[citation needed]Leila Lee
1999True CrimeMichelle Ziegler
1999Mystery, AlaskaDonna Biebe
1999Big Tease, TheThe Big TeaseMonique
2000Other Voices[citation needed]Anna
2000Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, TheThe Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic ComedyAnne
2000Gun ShyGloria Minetti Nesstra
2000East of A[citation needed]Daphne
2001BigLovePhoebeShort film
2001High Heels and Low LifesFrances
2001World TravelerMargaret
2001K-PAXRachel Powell
2002Full FrontalLinda
2003Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarGrace Finney
2005MadisonBonnie McCormick
2006Right at Your DoorLexi
2006For Your ConsiderationPilgrim Woman
2009Streetcar[citation needed]Casting DirectorShort film
2012Should've Been Romeo[citation needed]Ellen
2013Escape from Polygamy[citation needed]
1994Law & OrderRickieEpisode: "Doubles"
1995Wright Verdicts, TheThe Wright Verdicts[citation needed]Beth EckhartEpisode: "Family Matters"
1995–1997Murder OneJustine Appleton41 episodes
1997Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer[citation needed]Justine AppletonTV miniseries
2001More, Patience[citation needed]Patience MoreTV movie
2002Julie Lydecker[citation needed]Julie LydeckerTV movie
2003K StreetMaggie Morris10 episodes
2003ERDebbieEpisode: "The Lost"
Episode: "Makemba"
2004TrafficCarole McKayTV miniseries
2004–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingKate Harper48 episodes
2006ERDebbie4 episodes
2008Law & Order: Criminal IntentMary ShannonEpisode: "Contract"
2008–2012In Plain SightMary Shannon61 episodes, lead role
2013Welcome to the FamilyCaroline Yoder5 episodes
1999CabaretSally BowlesReplacement
2010In Plain SightEpisode: "Father Goes West"


  1. ^ a b "Mary McCormack". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Mary McCormack Biography (1969-) Film
  3. ^ a b c d Michael A. Lipton (April 7, 1997). "Buddy Mary". Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bridget M. McCormack, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Clinical Professor of Law" Bio at Michigan Law
  5. ^ Mike Householder (November 9, 2012). "GOP Holds on to Michigan Supreme Court Majority". Insurance Journal. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Frazier Moore (June 1, 2008). "'In Plain Sight': Mary McCormack relishes chance to play a character with flaws". The Herald. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trinity College Alumni Pages Class of 1991". Trinity College. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ James Hibberd (February 19, 2012). "'West Wing' actress to star in ABC comedy pilot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Seidman, Robert (July 28, 2010). "'In Plain Sight' Renewed by USA for Two More Seasons". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ James Hibberd (August 11, 2011). "USA cancels In Plain Sight". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Vlada Gelman (February 19, 2012). "Mary McCormack Cast in ABC Comedy Pilot". Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ Nominations Tony Awards
  13. ^ Dawson Bell (September 20, 2012). "West Wing casts reunites for Bridget Mary McCormack". Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Jordan, Julie (April 22, 2011). "Mary McCormack Expecting Third Child". People. 
  15. ^ Jordan, Julie (September 11, 2011). "Mary McCormack Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ Brian Gallagher (June 1, 2008). "Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller Dish on In Plain Sight". Movieweb. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mary McCormack has girls’ night out". New York Post. January 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mary McCormack to Katharine McPhee -- Suck It! I'm Keeping My Husband". TMZ. July 3, 2014. 

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