|Born||February 15, 1955|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hobart College|
Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955)   is an American film, television, theatre and voice actor.
McDonald is best known for playing the villainous professional golfer Shooter McGavin in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore .  Other notable starring roles for McDonald in film include "T-Birds" member Goose McKenzie in Grease 2 (1982), Darryl Dickinson opposite his former fiance Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), Ward Cleaver in the film adaptation Leave It to Beaver (1997), and Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream (2000). Along with numerous independent and small-budget film roles, he played supporting characters in box-office hits Grumpy Old Men (1993), Flubber (1997), Rumor Has It (2005), The House Bunny (2008) and About Last Night (2014).
Voice acting roles for McDonald include Jor-El on Superman: The Animated Series (1996), Kent Mansley in The Iron Giant (1999), Superman on Batman Beyond (2000) and Harvey Dent on Beware the Batman (2014). On television, McDonald was a series regular on network TV shows Walter & Emily (1991-1992, NBC), Good Advice (1993-1994, CBS), Family Law (1999-2002, NBC), Cracking Up (2004, FOX) and Harry's Law , (2011-2012, NBC).
McDonald has portrayed several notable real-life people, including game show host Jack Barry in Quiz Show (1994), mountaineer Jon Krakauer in Into Thin Air: Death on Everest on ABC (1997), sportscaster Mel Allen in the HBO film 61* (2001), Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio in ESPN's The Bronx Is Burning (2007), U.S. Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty on HBO's Boardwalk Empire (2010-2012), Texas revolution soldier Henry Karnes in History Channel's Texas Rising (2015), and Clinton lawyer Robert S. Bennett on FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story (2021).
In 2022, McDonald was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as casino CEO Marty Ghilain on the HBO Max show Hacks. 
McDonald was born in New York City, to Patricia, a nursing professor and real estate agent, and James R. McDonald, an educator and high school principal.   
Of Irish descent and a practicing Catholic,    he and his siblings were raised in Romulus, New York. He graduated from Romulus Central School in 1973  and later earned a degree from Hobart College in Geneva, New York where he played football and soccer. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Society. His younger brother, actor and singer Daniel McDonald, died of brain cancer in February 2007.  He is a prominent fan of the Buffalo Bills and a friend of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. 
McDonald was engaged to future Thelma and Louise co-star Geena Davis for a period in the mid-80s until 1985, when she left him for Jeff Goldblum.  McDonald met actress Lupe Gidley in 1989 when they performed together in a theatre production in New Mexico.  They married in 1992 and have three daughters and one son. 
McDonald has numerous film and television roles, often as a supporting actor and often portraying villains. In addition to the above, his credits also include Grease 2 , Breakin' , Where the Boys Are '84 , The Boys Next Door , Thelma & Louise , Grumpy Old Men , Celtic Pride , Quiz Show , Flubber , The Faculty , The Perfect Storm , House Arrest , Dirty Work , American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile , Broken Flowers , and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams . He was featured as Ward Cleaver in the movie version of Leave It to Beaver and famous baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in 61* . In 1994, he starred in the film Terminal Velocity as an aggressive Russian mafia villain.
In television, along with a starring role on the TV series Family Law , and recurring roles on North Shore , Veronica's Closet , Good Advice , and Harry's Law , McDonald has also made guest appearances on Matlock, Cheers , Riptide , Knight Rider , The Sopranos , Psych , both the 1985 and the 2002 versions of The Twilight Zone , Home Improvement , Las Vegas , the Law & Order franchise, Stargate Universe , and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Richard Castillo in the season three episode "Yesterday's Enterprise".
McDonald's voice work includes the determined government agent Kent Mansley in the animated film The Iron Giant . He also voiced Jor-El in Superman: The Animated Series and subsequently an older version of Superman in Batman Beyond . He has recalled great affection for these roles, saying that he enjoyed them because he was (and continues to be) such a fan of Superman and because they were in such contrast to the less than sympathetic onscreen roles for which he is known. He subbed for Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning . In 2009, McDonald also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, McDonald played the role of Luke.  
McDonald played the eponymous lead in Peter Gabriel's music video for the song "The Barry Williams Show". He also replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise, playing Jack Walsh in three films: Another Midnight Run , Midnight Runaround , and Midnight Run for Your Life . He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series The Bronx Is Burning . In October 2013, McDonald started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island.  Under the title The Crash , it was released direct-to-video in 2017. 
McDonald appeared as Murphy in the Broadway show The Front Page at the Broadhurst Theater, which opened in late 2016. 
In 2021, McDonald joined the cast of Hacks on HBO Max as Marty, a Las Vegas casino owner.  In May 2021, McDonald was cast in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The show is set to premiere in 2023.  
|1982||Grease 2||Bradley "Goose" McKenzie|
|The Black Room||Terry|
|1984||Where the Boys Are '84||Tony|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo||Alex O'Donnell|
|1985||The Boys Next Door||Detective Mark Woods|
|1988||Paramedics||Mike "Mad Mike"|
|1989||Cool Blue||Peter Sin|
|Chances Are||Louie Jeffries|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Darryl Dickinson|
|Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue||Senator Dixon|
|1993||Cover Story||Sam Sparks|
|Benefit of the Doubt||Dan|
|Conflict of Interest||Mickey Flannery|
|Fatal Instinct||Frank Kelbo|
|Bums||Sergeant Andrew Holloman|
|Grumpy Old Men||Mike|
|Quiz Show||Jack Barry|
|1995||My Teacher's Wife||Roy Mueller|
|Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Sheriff Jack Banning|
|Fair Game||Lieutenant Meyerson|
|The Tuskegee Airmen||Major Sherman Joy|
|1996||Happy Gilmore||Shooter McGavin|
|Celtic Pride||Coach Kimball|
|House Arrest||Donald Krupp|
|The Rich Man's Wife||Tony Potenza|
|1997||Leave It to Beaver||Ward Cleaver|
|A Smile Like Yours||Richard Halstrom|
|The Eighteenth Angel||Hugh Stanto|
|Lawn Dogs||Morton Stockard|
|1998||Dirty Work||Travis Cole|
|SLC Punk!||Mr. Levy|
|The Faculty||Mr. Connor|
|Divorce: A Contemporary Western||Tony|
|1999||Five Aces||Ash Gray|
|The Iron Giant||Kent Mansley||Voice|
|The Skulls||Martin Lombard|
|Isn't She Great||Brad Bradburn|
|Requiem for a Dream||"Tappy" Tibbons|
|The Perfect Storm||Todd Gross|
|2001||The Theory of the Leisure Class||Buddy Barnett|
|The Man Who Wasn't There||Macadam Salesman|
|Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||President of The United States|
|Children on Their Birthdays||"Speedy" Thorne|
|2005||The L.A. Riot Spectacular||Officer Koon|
|Rumor Has It...||Roger McManus|
|Broken Flowers||Ron Anderson|
|2006||Funny Money||Vic Johnson|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||Harry Stifler||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Kickin' It Old Skool||Marty Schumacher|
|My Sexiest Year||Adult Jake Stein|
|Awake||Dr. Larry Lupin|
|American Pie Presents: Beta House||Harry Stifler||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Mad Money||Bryce Arbogast|
|Superhero Movie||Lou Landers, Hourglass|
|The House Bunny||Dean Simmons|
|An American Carol||Lab Supervisor|
|2009||Fanboys||Chuck "Big Chuck"|
|Deep in the Valley||Jim "Diamond Jim"|
|Splinterheads||Sergeant Bruce Mancuso|
|Middle Men||George Harris|
|Barry Munday||Dr. Preston Edwards|
|The Best and the Brightest||The Player|
|Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial||Mirrior Knight||Voice (2012 English dub)|
|2011||Adventures of Serial Buddies||Father Christopher|
|Cat Run||Bill Kreb|
|2012||The Collection||Mr. Peters|
|Not Fade Away||Jack Dietz|
|2014||About Last Night||Casey McNeil|
|2015||Don't Worry Baby||Harry Lang|
|2017||The Crash||Del Banco|
|Once Upon a Time in Venice||Mr. Carter|
|Wetlands||Detective Paddy "Red" Sheehan|
|2018||Deep Murder||Richard Dangler|
|2020||The Stand at Paxton County||Sheriff Roger Bostwick|
|We Can Be Heroes||Neil Anami|
|2021||Land of Dreams||Blair|
|Walking with Herb||Wiley Saunders|
|2023||Abruptio||Police Chief Richter|||
|1978||Getting Married||Usher||Television film|
|1981||Insight||Jeff Curry||Episode: "A Step Too Slow"|
|1982||Cheers||Rick Walker||Episode: "Endless Slumper"|
|1983||Lottery!||Peter||Episode: "Being a Winner"|
|1984||Call to Glory||Tim O'Reilly||2 episodes|
|1984–1986||Riptide||Dennis, Johnny||2 episodes|
|1985||Hunter||Sonny Dupree||Episode: "The Garbage Man"|
|1985||Knight Rider||Joe Flynn||Episode: "Ten Wheel Trouble"|
|1985||It's a Living||Alexi||Episode: "From Russia with Love"|
|1986||1st & Ten||Detective||Episode: "California Freeze Out"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Delivery Man||Episode: "Aqua Vita"|
|1986–1989||Matlock||Eric Lane, David Channing||3 episodes|
|1987||The Wizard||Paige||Episode: "The Heart of a Dancer"|
|1987||Our House||Mr. Tollfeson||Episode: "The Best Intentions"|
|1987||Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion||Jeb||Television film|
|1988||The Highwayman||Joshua Towler||Episode: "Billionaire Body Club"|
|1988||Little Girl Lost||Wolff||Television film|
|1989||An Eight Is Enough Wedding||Jeb||Television film|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lieutenant Richard Castillo||Episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise"|
|1990–1991||Empty Nest||Nick Todd||3 episodes|
|1991–1992||Walter & Emily||Matt Collins||13 episodes|
|1992||Home Improvement||Stu Cutler||Episode: "For Whom The Belch Tolls"|
|1993–1994||Good Advice||Joey DeRuzza||Series regular|
|1994||Another Midnight Run||Jack Walsh||Television film|
|1994||Midnight Runaround||Jack Walsh||Television film|
|1994||Midnight Run for Your Life||Jack Walsh||Television film|
|1995||The Tuskegee Airmen||Major Sherman Joy||Television film|
|1996||Superman: The Animated Series||Jor-El||Voice, 3 episodes|
|1997–1999||Veronica's Closet||Bryce Anderson||9 episodes|
|1997||Into Thin Air: Death on Everest||Jon Krakauer||Television film|
|1999–2002||Family Law||Rex Weller||68 episodes|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Superman||Voice, episode: "The Call"|
|2001||61*||Mel Allen||Television film|
|2002||Total Access 24/7: Spy Kids 2||Himself||1 episode|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Rick||Episode: "Mr. Motivation"|
|2003||Without a Trace||Bob Carroll||Episodes: "The Bus"|
|2004||Justice League Unlimited||Jor-El||Voice, episode: "For the Man Who Has Everything"|
|2004||North Shore||Walter Booth||6 episodes|
|2004–2006||Cracking Up||Ted Shackleton||8 episodes|
|2004–2007||Kim Possible||Hego||Voice, 3 episodes|
|2005||Fat Actress||Jimmy||Episode: "Crack for Good"|
|2006||Twins||Terry||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|2006||Las Vegas||Kidnapper Chips||2 episodes|
|2006–2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Evan Corman, Declan Pace||2 episodes|
|2007||The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning||Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg||Television film|
|2007||Medium||Gregory King||Episode: "1-900-Lucky"|
|2007||The Sopranos||Eddie Dunne||Episode: "Stage 5"|
|2007||The Bronx Is Burning||Joe DiMaggio||Miniseries|
|2008||Psych||Paul Haversham||Episode: "Ghosts"|
|2008||My Boys||George Newman||2 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order||John Jay McIntyre||Episode: "Illegitimate"|
|2009||Numbers||Frank Thompson||Episode: "Ultimatum"|
|2009–2010||Stargate Universe||Senator Alan Armstrong||3 episodes|
|2010–2012||Boardwalk Empire||Harry M. Daugherty||7 episodes|
|2010–2012||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Captain Nemesis||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2011||Lemonade Mouth||Principal Stanley Brenigan||Television film|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Tommy Jefferson||32 episodes|
|2012–2013||Happy Endings||Mr. Kerkovich||2 episodes|
|2012||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Undertaker||Voice, episode: "The Po Who Cried Ghost"|
|2013||Body of Proof||Gerry Roberts||Episode: "Disappearing Act"|
|2013–2014||Kirstie||Mr. Sheppard||3 episodes|
|2014||Beware the Batman||Harvey Dent||Voice, 8 episodes|
|2014||Ben 10: Omniverse||Captain Nemesis||Voice, episode: "The Vengers"|
|2014||Regular Show||Carl Putter||Voice, episode: "Daddy Issues"|
|2015||Texas Rising||Henry Karnes||5 episodes|
|2015||The League||Judge Raymond Hardy||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Andre"|
|2015–2016||The Good Wife||Judge Don Schakowsky||7 episodes|
|2016–2019||Ballers||Dallas Cowboys Owner||13 episodes|
|2017||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Harold Coyle||Episode: "The Newsroom"|
|2017||Great News||Len||Episode: "Award Show"|
|2018||Superior Donuts||Ted||Episode: "The Chicago Way"|
|2018||Living Biblically||Ron Curry||Episode: "Honor Thy Father"|
|2018||Sideswiped||Mark||Episode: "Baby Steps"|
|2018||Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy||Jim Bassman||Episode: "The Bassman Cometh"|
|2018–2020||The Real Bros of Simi Valley||Cal Surf||9 episodes|
|2019||Mr. Iglesias||Coach Dixon||9 episodes|
|2019||Costume Quest||Bob Dickerson||Voice, 9 episodes|
|2021||Search Party||Bill||2 episodes|
|2021||Impeachment: American Crime Story||Robert S. Bennett||2 episodes|
|2022||The Watcher||Detective Rourke Chamberland||7 episodes|
|2023 ||Secret Invasion||TBA||Miniseries; post-production|
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