Neal McDonough

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Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough 2009.jpg
McDonough in Los Angeles, April 18, 2009
BornNeal P. McDonough
(1966-02-13) February 13, 1966 (age 48)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesNeil McDonough
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Ruvé Robertson (2003–present; 5 children)
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Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough 2009.jpg
McDonough in Los Angeles, April 18, 2009
BornNeal P. McDonough
(1966-02-13) February 13, 1966 (age 48)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesNeil McDonough
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Ruvé Robertson (2003–present; 5 children)

Neal P. McDonough[1] (born February 13, 1966) is an American film, television, actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of 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). He also appeared in films such as Walking Tall (2004 film), RED 2, The Marine 3: Homefront, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Early life[edit]

McDonough was born in Boston, 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] 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.[5] 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,[6] but was fired for refusing to act in sex scenes for the show citing his family and Catholic faith as basis for his decision.[7][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 revised standard version of the bible.[9]

In 2011, he appeared as Marvel comic book character Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger and the 2013 short film, Agent Carter possibly reprising the role in future projects.[10]

In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a sadistic, carpetbagging mobster from Detroit.[11] He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.[12]

During the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC, McDonough was featured in a high-profile and frequently aired commercial for a new electric car from Cadillac.[13]

Personal life[edit]

McDonough is married to Ruvé Robertson, with whom he has two sons, Morgan "Little Buck"[14] Patrick (born November 2005), James Hamilton (born March 2014),[15] and three daughters, Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), and Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011).[16][17]




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 Dave 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
2013Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter[18]Dum Dum DuganShort
2014Bad CountryKiersey
2014Batman: Assault on ArkhamDeadshot/Floyd LawtonVoice
2014Falcon RisingManny Ridley
2015Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Filming


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
2014SuitsSean CahillRecurring role, season 4
2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Dum Dum DuganEpisode: "Shadows"

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[19]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


  1. ^ "OBITUARY Catherine McDonough, owned hotel & store, 66". Boston Herald. July 10, 1993. 
  2. ^ "Neal McDonough Biography (1966–)". 
  3. ^ Drew, April (2006). "McDonough Stars in The Guardian". IrishVoice. IrishAbroad. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Antoinette (2 April 2010). "'Housewives' Catholic star Neal McDonough fired, refused sex scenes". 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 June 2008). "New lover moves in on "Housewives"". Reuters UK. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (21 February 2010). ""Desperate Housewives" Alums Get TV Roles". Hollywood Reporter. ...will star opposite Virginia Madsen on ABC's dramedy series "Scoundrels." 
  7. ^ Finke, Nikki (31 March 2010). "No Sex Please, I'm Neal McDonough...". The reason? He’s a family man and a Catholic, and he’s always made it clear that he won’t do sex scenes. And ABC knew that. 
  8. ^ Thompson, Paul (April 1, 2010). "Former Desperate Housewives star Neal McDonough 'fired from TV series for refusing to film sex scenes". Daily Mail (London). 
  9. ^ "Cast, home changes for new audio Bible". Christian Retailing. Charisma Media. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2014. cast includes Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Desperate Housewives) as Jesus... 
  10. ^ Wilding, Josh (25 November 2013). "Neal McDonough On Returning As 'Dum Dum Dugan' In A Future Marvel Movie Or TV Series". Retrieved 6 March 2014. Dum Dum's one of my favorite characters I've ever played. 
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (13 March 2012). "Justified's Neal McDonough on Being an Awesome Villain, His Marvel Comics Future, and Going Toe-to-Toe with Boyd Crowder". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Dionne, Zach (8 March 2012). "Justified’s Neal McDonough Joins Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 6 March 2014. ...TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir is continuing to round out its cast, signing Neal McDonough as a lead 
  13. ^ Cadillac ELR TV spot "Work Hard". 8 February 2014. 
  14. ^ McLellan, Dennis (February 29, 2012). "Lynn D. 'Buck' Compton dies at 90; judge also known for WWII service". L.A. Times. 
  15. ^ fifth child for Neal McDonough
  16. ^ "Desperate Housewives' Neal McDonough Welcomes Baby Girl". 
  17. ^ Sarah Michaud; Julie Jordan (16 August 2011). "Neal McDonough Welcomes Daughter Clover Elizabeth – Moms & Babies". People Magazine. 
  18. ^ Marvel's Agent Carter reaction: Comic-Con 2013
  19. ^ "2002-03: The Season of Angels in America". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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