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Daniel McDonald (July 30, 1960 – February 15, 2007) was an American actor who guest-starred in many TV shows including CSI: Miami, Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote and Sex and the City. He was also involved in Broadway, performing in Mamma Mia!.

Daniel McDonald
Born
Daniel McDonald

(1960-07-30)July 30, 1960
DiedFebruary 15, 2007(2007-02-15) (aged 46)
Spouse(s)Mujah Maraini-Melehi
(1999-2007) (his death)
2 children
Relatives

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Personal lifeEdit

McDonald was born the youngest of seven children in Scranton, Pennsylvania and raised in Romulus, New York. He graduated from Ithaca College.

McDonald's older brother, Christopher McDonald, is also an actor who is seen in many films and television shows.

He met Mujah Maraini-Melehi during the rehearsals for Steel Pier. The couple were married in 1999 and had two children.[1]

CareerEdit

He was a life member of the Actors Studio. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, with Paul Curtis of the American Mime Theatre, and with Sanford Meisner on the island of Bequia in the British West Indies where he met long-time friend and photographer Michael Sanville.

McDonald received a 1997 Tony Award nomination for his lead role in Steel Pier, which co-starred Karen Ziemba and Gregory Harrison.

In 2002, Daniel McDonald replaced Alan Campbell as lead in the national tour of Contact.

The Gift: Life Unwrapped, McDonald's last film, was released posthumously in May 2007.

He recorded an album True Love.[2]

DeathEdit

Daniel McDonald died on February 15, 2007 at his home in New York. He was 46. The cause was brain cancer, said Jason Brantley, a spokesman for Mr. McDonald’s family. His survivors include his wife, Mujah Maraini-Melehi, and two children, Fosco and Ondina.[3] Funeral services were held February 24, 2007 at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.[4]

FilmographyEdit

MoviesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Where the Boys Are '84 Camden Roxbury
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Clay Credited as Dan McDonald
1987 Million Dollar Mystery Crush
1993 Blood In Blood Out Gallery Assistant
What's Love Got to Do with It London Announcer
1994 At Risk Steven
1995 Let It Be Me Fred
1997 The Ice Storm Weatherman
1998 Jaded Bart
2007 The Gift: Life Unwrapped Stephen Archive Footage

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Fall Guy Brian Carlin 1 Episode: Her Bodyguard
Call to Glory Nick Oliver 2 Episodes: JFK: Part 1 & 2
Shadow Chasers Hall 1 Episode: Spirit of St. Louis
1985-88 Cagney & Lacey Frank Myerling 2 Episodes: Lost and Found, Yup
1986 Thompson's Last Run Casino TV Movie
A Year in the Life Eric Castle 2 Episodes: Springtime/Autumn, Christmas '86
1987 The Betty Ford Story Mike Ford TV Movie
Mr. President Fred 1 Episode: Pilot
Home Fires TV Movie
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Mark 1 Episode: Freddy's Tricks and Treats
1989 Murder, She Wrote Bobby Shipton 2 Episodes: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Part 1 & 2
1990 The Baby-Sitters Club Photographer 1 Episode: Stacey's Big Break
1992 Columbo Strassa 1 Episode: No Time to Die
1994 Herman's Head Roy 1 Episode: Sweet Obsessions
1995 As Good as Dead Thomas A. Rutherford TV Movie
New York News 1 Episode: Cost of Living
New York Undercover Milton Allen 1 Episode: Color Lines
1996 All My Children Dr. Brad Phillips 2 Episodes: #1.6768, #1.6969
1998 Law & Order Bernard Dressler 1 Episode: Under the Influence
1999 Sex and the City Roger Cobb 1 Episode: Shortcomings
2000 D.C. Dryder 3 Episodes: Blame, Party, Guns and Roses
Dov'è mio figlio McCarthy TV Movie
Madigan Men Serge 1 Episode: Love's Labor Lost
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Byron Marks 1 Episode: Secrets
2004 CSI: Miami Gary Nielson 1 Episode: The Oath
Tempting Adam Miles TV Movie
Steel Pier director Scott Ellis said in a Feb. 16 [2007] statement, "What made Daniel so special as a performer was what made him so special as a person. He had an incredible openness, honesty, integrity that made him remarkable both onstage and off."[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Simonson, Robert; Gans, Andrew (2007-02-16). "Daniel McDonald, Broadway Musical Actor, Is Dead at 46". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  2. ^ "Broadway World".
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/26/obituaries/24mcdonald.html
  4. ^ http://www.playbill.com/article/daniel-mcdonald-broadway-musical-actor-is-dead-at-46-com-138633

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