Neal McDonough

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Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough 2009.jpg
McDonough in Los Angeles, April 18, 2009
Born(1966-02-13) February 13, 1966 (age 48)
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesNeil McDonough
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Ruvé Robertson (2003–present; 4 children)
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Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough 2009.jpg
McDonough in Los Angeles, April 18, 2009
Born(1966-02-13) February 13, 1966 (age 48)
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesNeil McDonough
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Ruvé Robertson (2003–present; 4 children)

Neal P. McDonough[1] (born February 13, 1966) is an American film, television, actor and voice actor, best known for portraying Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), Deputy District Attorney David McNorris on Boomtown (2002–2003), and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009).

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3] McDonough was raised Roman Catholic.[4][5] He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, 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. His roommate in college was Brett Pollock, current broadcaster for the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League. McDonough frequently appeared as "Captain Laser", inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. From there, McDonough trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


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. In 1993, Neal McDonough played "Jason" in a NBC 1993 TV Movie starring Tim Daly & William O'Leary entitled "In The Line of Duty: Ambush In Waco". McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives.[6] He also starred in the lead role on 2004 medical drama Medical Investigation for its one full season.

McDonough was set to star in the ABC dramedy Scoundrels,[7] but was fired for refusing to do sex scenes for the show. He credits his family and his Catholic faith for his decision.[8]

McDonough portrays the role of "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 RSV.

In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a Detroit gangster with a troubled past. He was recently cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.

During the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC, McDonough was featured in a high-profile and frequently aired commercial for a new car from Cadillac.[9]

Personal life[edit]

McDonough is married to Ruvé Robertson, with whom he has a son, Morgan "Little Buck"[10] Patrick (born November 2005), and three daughters, Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), and Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011).[11][12]



1994Angels in the OutfieldWhit Bass
1996Star Trek: First ContactLieutenant Hawk
1997Fire Down BelowTruck driver at the truck stop
1999A Perfect Little ManBilly Morrisson
2002Minority ReportOfficer Gordon 'Fletch' Fletcher
2003TimelineFrank Gordon
2003They Call Him SasquatchNed Dwyer
2004Walking TallJay Hamilton
2006The GuardianJack Skinner
2006The Last TimeHurly
2006Flags of Our FathersCapt Severance
2007Forever StrongCoach Richard Penning
2007The HitcherLt Esteridge
2007MachineJack Ford
2007I Know Who Killed MeDaniel Fleming
200888 MinutesJon Forster
2008TraitorMax Archer
2009Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiM. Bison
2010DC Showcase: Green ArrowGreen ArrowVoice
2011Little BirdsHogan
2011Ticking ClockJames Keene
2011Captain America: The First AvengerDum Dum Dugan
2012The Philly KidL.A. Jim
2013Company of HeroesLieutenant Joe Conti
2013The Marine 3: HomefrontJonah Pope
2013RED 2Jack Horton
2013Agent Carter[13]Dum Dum DuganShort
2014Whiskey BayKiersey
2014The Prototype


1991China BeachLurchEpisode: "Hello Goodbye"
1991Quantum LeapChuckyEpisode: "Play Ball"
1995JAGSecond Lieutenant Jay WilliamsEpisode "Desert Son"
1995White DwarfDr. Driscoll Rampart IIITV Movie
1995Iron ManFirebrandVoice
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
1996NYPD BlueJerry SelnessEpisode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"
1996The Incredible HulkDr. Robert Bruce BannerVoice
21 episodes
1998Diagnosis: MurderRoss Canin2 episodes
1999Balloon FarmSheriffTV Movie
1999Just Shoot MeCraigEpisode: "Shaking Private Trainer"
2001Band of BrothersFirst lieutenant, Lynn "Buck" Compton8 episodes
2002The X-FilesAgent Comer2 episodes
2002BoomtownLos Angeles deputy district attorney, David McNorris24 episodes
2004–2005Medical InvestigationDr. Stephen Connor20 episodes
2007TravelerSecretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed6 episodes
2007Tin ManWyatt Cain (Tin Man)3 episodes
2008–2009Desperate HousewivesDave Williams24 episodes
2010TerriersFord/Tom Cutshaw2 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentMonsignor McTealEpisode: "The Consoler"
2012JustifiedRobert Quarles13 episodes
2012CSI: NYSenator Gordon HamiltonEpisode: "Unspoken"
2012PerceptionFredrick James DafoeEpisode: "Cipher"
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTommy BarnesEpisode: "Sheltered"
2013Mob CityWilliam Parker6 episodes

Video games[edit]

2005The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionBruce BannerVoice
2009Rogue WarriorAdmiral Travis PaytonVoice
2011Captain America: Super SoldierDum Dum DuganVoice
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsThe Flash
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardAward categoryTitle of workResult
1999Atlantic City Film FestivalBest Actor (Jury Award)A Perfect Little ManWon
2003Online Film & Television Association Award[14]Best Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoomtownNominated
Television Critics Association AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaNominated
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Television Series – DramaWon
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesJustifiedNominated
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon


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