Mary McDonnell Net Worth

Mary McDonnell Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Mary McDonnell net worth is
$10 Million

Mary McDonnell salary is
$125,000 Per Episode

Mary McDonnell Wiki Biography

Mary McDonnell was born on the 28th April 1952, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania USA, and is a film, theatre and television actress, perhaps best known for her nomination for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Dances with Wolves” (1990). Mary is also known for her role of the president Laura Roslin in the television series “Battlestar Galactica” (2004 – 2009). McDonnell has been active in the entertainment industry since 1977.

So just how rich is the actress? It has been calculated by authoritative sources that the outright size of Mary McDonnell’s net worth is as much as $10 million, as of the data given in early 2017. Acting is the main source of McDonnell’s wealth.

Mary McDonnell Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, she was raised in the state of New York, where Mary graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia, in which she majored in acting. Then the young actress joined the Long Wharf Theatre Company, in which she worked for more than twenty years.

Talking about her professional career, Mary McDonnel rose to prominence after landing the role of Stands with a Fist in Kevin Costner’s film “Dances with Wolves” (1990), which earned her three nominations for Best Supporting Actress in Academy, Golden Globe and Chicago Film Critic Association Awards. In 1992, her role of May Alice Culhane landed in the film “Passion Fish” brought her another two nominations, this time for the Best Actress, including Academy and Golden Globe. The actress also played the role of the first lady in the movie “Independence Day” (1996) directed and produced by Roland Emmerich, and has also starred in the films “You Can Thank Me Later” (1998), “Donnie Darko” (2001), “Crazy Like a Fox” (2004) and “Scream 4” (2011). Together with the ensemble cast, McDonnell was nominated for Gotham and Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for starring in drama film “Margin Call” (2011) directed by J. C. Chandor.

Regarding her work on television, McDonnell starred in the soap opera “As the World Turns” (1980), then in the medical drama “ER” (2001 – 2001) in the role of Eleanor Carter, the mother of John Carter; for this role she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Then the actress portrayed President Laura Roslin in the miniseries “Battlestar Galactica” (2003) and later in the television series of the same name from 2004 to 2009, winning a Saturn Award as the Best Actress on Television. Afterwards, she played the role of Captain Sharon Raydor in the television series “The Closer” (2009 – 2012), and when the series finished, she was invited to tske a lead role in crime drama series “Major Crimes” (2012 – present).

To conclude, all the aforementioned roles have added significant sums to the size of Mary McDonnell’s net worth.

Finally, in the personal life of the actress, she is married to the actor Randle Mell, and they have a boy and a girl. The family resides in Pacific Palisades, California.

Full NameMary McDonnell
Net Worth$10 Million
Salary$125,000 Per Episode
Date Of BirthApril 28, 1952
Place Of BirthWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Height1.69 m
ProfessionFilm, stage, television actress
EducationState University of New York at Fredonia
SpouseRandle Mell (m. 1984-)
ChildrenOlivia Mell, Michael Mell
ParentsJohn "Jack" McDonnell, Eileen McDonnell
AwardsObie Award for Performance (1981), Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award (2012), Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2009)
NominationsAcademy Awards for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award, Chicago Film Critic Association Awards, Gotham and Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Movies“Dances with Wolves” (1990), “Independence Day” (1996), “You Can Thank Me Later” (1998), “Donnie Darko” (2001), “Crazy Like a Fox” (2004), “Scream 4” (2011),“Margin Call” (2011)
TV Shows“Battlestar Galactica” (2004 – 2009), “As the World Turns” (1980), “ER” (2001 – 2001), “The Closer” (2009 – 2012), “Major Crimes” (2012 - present)
1Deep smooth voice
1Light up the world. The world needs your light.
2We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment.
3It's really important for actors to feel that they're more than something for hire.
4Actors are part of a certain percentage of people on this planet who have an emotional vocabulary as a primary experience. It's as if their life is experienced emotionally and then that is translated intellectually or conceptually into the performance.
1Close friend of Edward James Olmos.
2Went to the United Nations with Edward James Olmos to raise profile of humanitarian concerns.
3Mary and her family lived for a time just outside Philadelphia in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, where she attended Port Kennedy Kindergarten, 1957-58.
4After graduation, she moved to New York City. While looking for acting work, she supported herself by selling Fuller brushes door to door in Rockefeller Center. In the classic struggling-actress tradition, she also worked as a waitress.
5Was a competitive and synchronized swimmer as a child and still swims to keep in shape.
6The role of Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica (2004) was written with her in mind. She was the first actor offered the role by creator Ronald D. Moore.
7Was offered the part of May-Alice Culhane in Passion Fish (1992) before it was even written.
8Twice played alongside a non-human named Boomer; a dog in Independence Day (1996) and a Cylon in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
9Has been a huge fan of Vanessa Redgrave since the 1970s.
10Has appeared in four films with Alfre Woodard: Grand Canyon (1991), Passion Fish (1992), Blue Chips (1994) and Mumford (1999).
11Plays the First Lady during a devastating attack by aliens in Independence Day (1996), and the President after a devastating attack by robots in Battlestar Galactica (2004).
12Though born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, she was raised in Ithaca, New York.
13Moved to Los Angeles, California, as an adult with her husband and daughter.
14Was a cast member of the medical drama E/R (1984) and also has a recurring role on the 1990s medical drama of nearly the same name, ER (1994).
15Attended Fredonia State University.
16Mother, with Randle Mell, of daughter Olivia Mell and son Michael Mell.
17Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42.
18Has taught acting classes with her husband, Randle Mell, even after being nominated for an Academy Award.


Major Crimes2012-2016TV SeriesSharon Raydor
The Closer2009-2012TV SeriesSharon Raydor
Scream 42011Kate Roberts
Margin Call2011Mary Rogers
Hostile Makeover2009TV MovieRose Smithsonian
Killer Hair2009TV MovieRose
Battlestar Galactica2004-2009TV SeriesPresident Laura Roslin
Grey's Anatomy2008-2009TV SeriesDr. Virginia Dixon
Late Show with David Letterman2008TV SeriesPresident Laura Roslin - Top Ten Presenter
Battlestar Galactica: Razor2007TV MoviePresident Laura Roslin
Mrs. Harris2005TV MovieVivian Schulte
Crazy Like a Fox2004Amy Banks
Battlestar Galactica2003TV Mini-SeriesPresident Laura Roslin
Nola2003Margaret Langworthy
The Locket2002TV MovieHelen Staples
Touched by an Angel2002TV SeriesSister Theodore
ER2001-2002TV SeriesEleanor Carter
That's Life2000-2002TV SeriesJules O'Grady
Chestnut Hill2001TV MovieJane Eastman
Donnie Darko2001Rose Darko
For All Time2000TV MovieLaura Brown (as Mary Mcdonnell)
A Father's Choice2000TV MovieSusan Shaw
Mumford1999Althea Brockett
You Can Thank Me Later1999Diane
American Experience1999TV Series documentaryNarrator
Replacing Dad1999TV MovieLinda Marsh
Behind the Mask1999TV MovieMary Shushan
Ryan Caulfield: Year One1999TV SeriesRachel Caulfield
Spanish Fly1998Zoe's Mother (voice)
Evidence of Blood1998TV MovieDora Overton
12 Angry Men1997TV MovieJudge
Two Voices1997TV MovieSybil Goldrich
Mariette in Ecstasy1996Prioress
Independence Day1996First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
High Society1995-1996TV SeriesDott Emerson
Woman Undone1996TV MovieTeri Hansen
Blue Chips1994Jenny Bell
The American Clock1993TV MovieRose Baumler
Passion Fish1992May-Alice Culhane
Grand Canyon1991Claire
O Pioneers!1991TV MovieAlexandra Bergson
Dances with Wolves1990Stands With A Fist
A Man Called Hawk1989TV SeriesMrs. Kirkpatrick
Tiger Warsaw1988Paula Warsaw
Matewan1987Elma Radnor
Courage1986TV MovieGabriella Estrada
E/R1984-1985TV SeriesDr. Eve Sheridan
Garbo Talks1984Lady Capulet
Money on the Side1982TV MovieTerri
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesClaudia Colfax (1980)


Major Crimes2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
High Society1996TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentary special thanks
Dances with Wolves: The Creation of an Epic2003Video documentary special thanks


Menkes Disease: Finding Help & Hope2015Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Entertainment Tonight2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Major Crimes: Crossing the Tape - Inside the Major Crimes Squad2013Video shortHerself
Major Crimes: Major Crimes - Major Challenge2013Video shortHerself
Major Crimes: Raydor's Rookie - Introducing Kearran Giovanni2013Video shortHerself
The View2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Séries express2009TV SeriesHerself
Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin' Special2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Battlestar Galactica: The Journey2009Video documentary shortHerself
The Music of 'Battlestar Galactica'2009Video documentary shortHerself
BSGcast2008TV Series documentaryHerself (2008)
Mister President2008TV Movie documentaryHerself / President Laura Roslin
The WIN Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryPresident Laura Roslin
The 65th Annual Peabody Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Sci Fi Inside: Sci Fi Friday2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Laura Roslin
05 Spaceys2005TV SpecialHerself
'Donnie Darko': Production Diary2004Video documentaryHerself
Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown2003Video documentary shortHerself / President Laura Roslin
The Making of 'Sneakers'2003Video documentary shortHerself
Dances with Wolves: The Creation of an Epic2003Video documentaryHerself
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Amargosa2000DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Making of 'Independence Day'1996TV Short documentaryHerself
HBO First Look1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Making of 'Dances with Wolves'1990TV Short documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

The Closer2011TV SeriesSharon Raydor
Death and Taxes2011ShortRose Darko
Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion1996TV Movie documentaryHerself / Marilyn Whitmore

Won Awards

2012Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMargin Call (2011)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress in TelevisionBattlestar Galactica (2004)
2006WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesBattlestar Galactica (2004)

Nominated Awards

2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleMargin Call (2011)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2011Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceMargin Call (2011)
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingMargin Call (2011)
2010SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest ActressBattlestar Galactica (2004)
2008Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActressBattlestar Galactica (2004)
2007SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest TV ActressBattlestar Galactica (2004)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1993OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RolePassion Fish (1992)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaPassion Fish (1992)
1991OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleDances with Wolves (1990)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureDances with Wolves (1990)

3rd Place Awards

1991DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressDances with Wolves (1990)

Known for movies

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