April 28, 1952 (71)
Mary McDonnell is an American actress who gained widespread attention for her role as Stands With A Fist in the film “Dances with Wolves.” She has continued to captivate audiences with her stellar performances in both film and television, most notably in series like “Battlestar Galactica” and “Major Crimes.”
Over the years, Mary has amassed an impressive portfolio of work. Films like “Grand Canyon” and “Passion Fish” highlighted her range and depth as an actress. On television, she demonstrated her prowess through compelling roles in shows like “The Closer” and its spin-off “Major Crimes,” where she reprised her role as Captain Sharon Raydor.
In 2023, McDonnell starred in the American gothic horror drama television miniseries “The Fall of the House of Usher” as Madeline Usher. The series was created by Mike Flanagan. Loosely based on the short story of the same name and other works by Edgar Allan Poe, it premiered on Netflix on October 12, 2023. his costars included Sauriyan Sapkota, Samantha Sloyan, Ruth Codd, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Willa Fitzgerald, Mark Hamill, Bruce Greenwood, and Carla Gugino.
When it comes to collaborations, Mary McDonnell’s list is long and illustrious. She has shared the screen with Kevin Costner in “Dances with Wolves,” Alfre Woodard in “Grand Canyon,” and Angela Bassett in “Passion Fish.” In the realm of television, her collaborators have included Kyra Sedgwick, G.W. Bailey, and Tony Denison in “The Closer,” as well as Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff in “Battlestar Galactica.”
Recognition for her work has not been sparse. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her roles in “Dances with Wolves” and “Passion Fish.” She has also garnered nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and won the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television for her role in “Battlestar Galactica.”