Christopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald

  • Highest Rated: 96% The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% American Pie 5: The Naked Mile (2006)
  • Birthday: Feb 15, 1955
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Hollywood character actor Christopher McDonald at first specialized in playing uptight and slightly vexing young urban professionals. When the material demanded it, McDonald occasionally heightened these qualities to the obnoxious level for persuasive villainous portrayals, appearing as philandering husbands, condescending jocks, and manipulative powermongers to tremendous effect.The Manhattan native grew up in Romulus, NY. A Renaissance man and overachiever in high school, McDonald studied dentistry at Hobart College in the upstate New York town of Geneva but soon discovered an enduring passion for drama, studying after his 1977 graduation at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. When plum adolescent roles in the musical clunkers Grease 2 (1982) and Breakin' (1984) did little to further McDonald's career, he moved to Manhattan and sought tutelage from the legendary acting coach Stella Adler -- with such aggressive determination that he actually convinced the 83-year-old Adler to offer her services in exchange for domestic chores.The actor landed one of his most visible parts circa 1986, in the Bette Midler-Shelley Long female buddy comedy Outrageous Fortune (1987). He also essayed a memorable nice-guy turn opposite Cybill Shepherd and Ryan O'Neal in the first act of the wonderful reincarnation comedy Chances Are (1989). But McDonald's watershed moment came with his portrayal of Geena Davis' browbeating husband, Darryl Dickinson, in Ridley Scott's blockbuster feminist road movie Thelma & Louise (1991). Thanks to the success of that picture, McDonald's screen time escalated, and he began tackling an average of four to six roles per year. He ushered in an outstanding portrayal of Jack Barry, the natty host of Twenty-One, in the Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show (1994); played an abusive golf pro in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996); and was suitably annoying as an ignorant dad in John Duigan's suburban drama Lawn Dogs (1997). That same year, McDonald also portrayed Ward Cleaver in the big-screen version of Leave It to Beaver.McDonald resumé during the first several years of the millennium includes such Hollywood blockbusters as 61* (2001) and Spy Kids 2 (2002) and such arthouse hits as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Broken Flowers (2005). In 2007, McDonald played Boss Hogg in the big-budget sequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning and Marty Schumacher in the Jamie Kennedy vehicle Kickin' It Old Skool. Four years later he essayed a recurring role on the hit HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Deep Murder Richard 2019
11% Backtrace Franks 2018
No Score Yet Retracer Actor 2018
36% Wetlands Det. Paddy Sheehan 2017
17% The Crash (Jekyll Island) Del Banco 2017
No Score Yet The Tank Actor 2017
57% Don't Worry Baby Harry Lang 2016
8% Exposed Lieutenant Galway 2016
20% Zipper Peter Kirkland 2015
No Score Yet Texas Rising Preview Actor 2015
15% The Squeeze Riverboat 2015
40% Believe Me Ken 2014
69% About Last Night Casey McNeil $39.5M 2014
No Score Yet Serial Buddies Father Christopher 2013
No Score Yet Fatherhood 101 Actor 2013
No Score Yet Adventures Of Serial Buddies Actor 2013
71% Not Fade Away Jack Deitz $0.7M 2012
38% The Collection Mr. Peters $6.9M 2012
33% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Jack $7.4K 2012
50% Grassroots Jim Tripp $7K 2012
No Score Yet Refuge Jack Phillips 2012
No Score Yet Balls to the Wall Actor $3.6K 2011
26% The Best and the Brightest The Player 2011
20% Cat Run Bill Krebb 2011
No Score Yet Spooner Dennis Spooner 2011
No Score Yet Lemonade Mouth Principal Brenigan 2011
27% Splinterheads Sergeant Bruce Mancuso 2009
No Score Yet Deep in the Valley Diamond Jim 2009
19% Reunion Eamon 2009
43% The House Bunny Dean Simmons $48.3M 2008
32% Fanboys Big Chuck $0.8M 2008
No Score Yet Player 5150 Tony 2008
17% Superhero Movie Lou Landers / Hourglass $25.9M 2008
50% Summerhood Assistant Director 2008
22% Mad Money Bryce Arbogast $20.6M 2008
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Beta House Mr. Stifler 2007
24% Awake Dr. Larry Lupin $14.3M 2007
2% Kickin' It Old Skool Marty Schumacher $4.5M 2007
20% The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Boss Hogg 2007
No Score Yet My Sexiest Year Actor 2007
0% American Pie 5: The Naked Mile Mr. Stiffler 2006
43% Funny Money Vic 2006
20% Rumor Has It Roger McManus $43M 2005
87% Broken Flowers Ron $13.6M 2005
38% The L.A. Riot Spectacular Officer Koon 2005
8% Grind Mr. Rivers $5.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Theory of the Leisure Class Actor 2003
No Score Yet Word of Honor Chet Brown 2003
No Score Yet Children on Their Birthdays Speedy Thorne 2002
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams President of the USA 2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Macadam Salesman $7.5M 2001
82% 61* Mel Allen 2001
No Score Yet Speakeasy Dr. Addams 2001
79% Requiem for a Dream Tappy tibbons $2.6M 2000
47% The Perfect Storm Todd Gross 2000
9% The Skulls Martin Lombard 2000
25% Isn't She Great Brad Bradburn 2000
No Score Yet Track Down Mitch Gibson 2000
No Score Yet Takedown Actor 2000
No Score Yet Gideon Alan Longhurst 1999
No Score Yet Nisonger Sensory Friendly Screening: The Iron Giant Actor 1999
96% The Iron Giant Kent Mansley 1999
No Score Yet Five Aces Ash Gray 1999
53% The Faculty Casey's Dad 1998
No Score Yet The Eighteenth Angel Hugh Stanton 1998
17% Dirty Work Travis 1998
63% SLC Punk Father 1998
72% Lawn Dogs Morton Stockard 1998
24% Flubber Wilson Croft 1997
No Score Yet Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Jon Krakauer 1997
21% Leave It to Beaver Ward Cleaver 1997
6% A Smile like Yours Richard Halstrom 1997
14% The Rich Man's Wife Tony Potenza 1996
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Actor 1996
10% House Arrest Donald Krupp 1996
9% Celtic Pride Coach Kimball 1996
21% Unforgettable Stewart Gleick 1996
61% Happy Gilmore Shooter 1996
60% Chalk Actor 1996
No Score Yet Jaded Jack 1996
12% Fair Game Meyerson 1995
88% The Tuskegee Airmen Maj. Joy 1995
No Score Yet Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Sheriff Jack Banning 1995
No Score Yet The Road Killers Glen 1995
No Score Yet My Teacher's Wife (Learning Curves) Roy Mueller 1995
20% Terminal Velocity Kerr 1994
96% Quiz Show Jack Barry 1994
50% Monkey Trouble Tom 1994
63% Grumpy Old Men Mike 1993
18% Fatal Instinct Kelbo 1993
No Score Yet Banner Times Actor 1993
0% Benefit of the Doubt Dan 1993
No Score Yet Cover Story Sam Sparks 1993
No Score Yet Conflict Of Interest Mickey Flannery 1992
No Score Yet Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue Senator Dixon 1992
14% Dutch Reed 1991
No Score Yet Red Wind Victor Lange 1991
84% Thelma & Louise Darryl Dickinson 1991
No Score Yet Fatal Exposure Parker 1991
No Score Yet Playroom Chris 1990
67% Chances Are Louie Jeffries 1989
No Score Yet Paramedics Mad Mike 1988
No Score Yet Cool Blue Peter Sin 1988
No Score Yet Little Girl Lost Actor 1988
No Score Yet Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Actor 1987
52% Outrageous Fortune George 1987
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Detective Mark Woods 1986
No Score Yet Triplecross Steve Tyler 1985
43% Breakin' James 1984
No Score Yet Where the Boys Are '84 Tony 1984
No Score Yet The Black Room Terry 1984
No Score Yet Chattanooga Choo Choo Paul 1984
38% Grease 2 Goose McKenzie 1982
No Score Yet Twirl Buddy Butler 1981
No Score Yet La Carroza Peter 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

18% Living Biblically
2018
Ron
  • 2018
No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
Rex Weller
  • 2018
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
84% Great News
2017-2018
Len Archer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2017
19% Texas Rising
2015
Henry Karnes
  • 2016
  • 2015
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Don Schakowsky
  • 2016
  • 2015
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Gerry Roberts
  • 2013
78% Happy Endings
2011-2013
Mr. Kerkovich
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
Tommy Jefferson
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Harry Daugherty
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Evan Korman
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
John 'Jay' McIntyre
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Frank Thompson
  • 2009
70% Stargate Universe
2009-2011
Sen. Alan Armstrong
  • 2009
No Score Yet My Boys
2006-2010
George
  • 2008
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Eddie Dunne
  • 2007
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Mr. Chips
  • 2006
27% Twins
2005-2006
Terry
  • 2006
No Score Yet Fat Actress
2005
Jimmy
  • 2005
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet North Shore
2004-2005
Walter Booth
  • 2004
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Bob Carroll
  • 2003
  • 2002
44% The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
Rick
  • 2002
No Score Yet Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
Bryce
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
57% Gun
1997
  • 1997
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
Tim's Former Roommate
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Nick
  • 1991
  • 1990
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Castillo
  • 1990
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Eric Lane David Channing
  • 1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Rick Walker
  • 1982
No Score Yet Good Advice
1993-1994
Joey De Ruzza
No Score Yet Walter and Emily
1992
Matt

QUOTES FROM Christopher McDonald CHARACTERS

Kent Mansley
You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? The Martians.....Canadians? I don't care! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst, and blow it to kingdom come!
Marve Loach
What department is that again?
Kent Mansley
Frankly, I'm not at liberty to divulge the particulars of the agency I work for, and all that that implies.
Marve Loach
You mean, national security?
Kent Mansley
Let me put it this way. Every so often things happen that can't be rationalized in a conventional way. People wanna know their government has a response. I am that response.
Mr. Mueller
Fear motivates.
Major Joy
This ain't your country. Your country's full of apes and gorillas, malaria, missionaries.
Lucello
He's agreed to take us to the girl.
Elena's Father
And the police?
Lucello
They had their chance. What this man deserves is beyond the law.
Mr. Rivers
"Dudes...get the moron out of the pool"
Mr. Rivers
Dudes... get the moron out of the pool.
Matt Jensen
"Greeting's from the interior"
Matt Jensen
Greeting's from the interior.
Tappy tibbons
We got a winner! I said, weeeeee got a WINNER!! WE GOT A WINNER!!!
Tappy tibbons
We got a winner! I said, weeeeee got a WINNER! WE GOT A WINNER!
Kent Mansley
You want evidence? I'll show you evidence!
Shannon Rogard
...thats nice Kent [hangs up phone].
Kent Mansley
...and when I do, I'm gonna want a MEMO distributed; and I'm gonna want that memo CARBON-COPIED!!
Kent Mansley
Here you go kid [places hat on Hogarth]....pretend your a gangster!!
Kent Mansley
Kent Mansley....I work for the government.
Lou Landers (aka Hourglass)
Titanium Blades, They can cut through diamonds!
Rick Riker (aka Dragonfly)
...I'm not wearing any diamonds!
Shooter McGavin
You were great out there today. But not that great. A lot of that was luck.
Chubbs
You were great out there today. But not that great. A lot of that was luck.
Happy Gilmore
Some might call it luck. I like to call it.. [thinking] well, luck, I guess. So what?
Kent Mansley
Hogarth? That's an embarrassing name. They might as well have called him Zeppo or something
Happy Gilmore
Shooter McGavin: You're in big trouble though, pal. I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast! Happy Gilmore: [laughing] You eat pieces of shit for breakfast? Shooter McGavin: [long pause] No!
Shooter McGavin
Just stay out of my way... or you'll pay! LISTEN to what I say!
Happy Gilmore
Shooter McGavin: Just stay out of my way... or you'll pay! LISTEN to what I say! Happy Gilmore: Hey, why don't I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What'd ya say?
Happy Gilmore
Hey, why don't I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What'd ya say?
Happy Gilmore
Shooter McGavin: You're in big trouble though, pal. I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast! Happy Gilmore: [laughing] You eat pieces of shit for breakfast? Shooter McGavin: [long pause] No!
Shooter McGavin
You're in big trouble though, pal. I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!
Happy Gilmore
[laughing] You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
Shooter McGavin
[to the spectators] Damn you people. This is golf. Not a rock concert.
The Player
Improv it for me, all like Ginsberg style.
Mr. Frank Connor
(finds Casey's porno magazines) - Sorry, pal. No more flogging the bishop.
Mr. Frank Connor
(finds Casey's porno magazines) Sorry, pal. No more flogging the bishop.
Kent Mansley
The biggest thing in this town is probably the homecoming queen.