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Mary Mara (born September 21, 1960) is an American TV and film actress from Syracuse, New York known for her recurring role as Inspector Bryn Carson on Nash Bridges and primetime dramas ER and Law & Order. She also appeared in Mr. Saturday Night.

Mary Mara
Born (1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 59)
EducationSan Francisco State University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1989–present



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Blue Steel Wife Film Debut
The Preppie Murder Susan Bird
1991 The Hard Way Detective China
True Colors Sophia Palmeri
Out of the Rain Trisha
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Susan
Love Potion No. 9 Marisa
1995 Just Looking Alicia
Indictment: The McMartin Trial Detective Jane Hoag
1996 Bound Sue the Bartender
What Kind of Mother Are You? Marcy Hackman
1998 A Civil Action Kathy Boyer
1999 Switched at Birth Judy
2001 Stranger Inside Tanya
Lloyd JoAnn
K-PAX Abby
2002 Dish: Gossip in Hollywood Narrator
Saint Sinner Munkar
2005 Undoing Kasawa
2006 Gridiron Gang Kenny's mom
2008 Prom Night Mrs. Waters


Year Title Role Notes
1993, 1999 Law & Order Mrs. Sharkey / Sally Knight 2 episodes
1994, 1998 NYPD Blue Linda Walker / Theresa Carlin 2 episodes
1995-96 ER Loretta Sweet 9 episodes
1996-97 Nash Bridges Inspector Brynn Carson Main Character, Season 1-2
1997 Dellaventura Anne Morgan "Clean Slate"
Spicy City Alice / Geisha Voice
1998 The Visitor Magnolia Vale "The Chain"
1999 Ally McBeal Julie Stall "Angels and Blimps"
Farscape Lyneea "I, E.T."
Profiler Mrs. Atkins "Infidelity"
G vs E Leona "Evilator"
2000 Rude Awakening Dr. Zimmerman "Telltale Heart"
2001 The Practice Dr. Jane Lefkowitz 2 episodes
Gideon's Crossing Dr. Jane Lefkowitz 2 episodes
Becker Beth "Really Good Advice"
Judging Amy Deborah Mahaffey "Hold on Tight"
The West Wing Sherri Wexler "On the Day Before"
Third Watch Mrs. Jensen 2 episodes
2002 Boston Public Pauline Campbell "Chapter Thirty-Two"
Philly Melissa Cannon "Meat Me in Philly"
Crossing Jordan Denise Tremaine "Lost and Found"
2003-04 The Handler Camille 3 episodes
2004 The Guardian Alison Scanlon "The Watchers"
Star Trek: Enterprise Sphere Builder Presage 3 episodes
North Shore Debbie Bevans "Meteor Shower"
Without a Trace Mrs. Corcoran "In the Dark"
7th Heaven Nurse "Gratitude"
Joan of Arcadia Sarah Polonsky "The Book of Questions"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carlene Ballentine "Pure"
Monk Treesa Crane "Mr. Monk and the Kid"
Nip/Tuck Natalie Holden "Sal Perri"
2006 Bones Helen Bronson "The Woman in the Tunnel"
2009 Dexter Valerie Hodges 3 episodes
Lost Jill 2 episodes
Lie to Me Krentz "Control Factor"
Saving Grace Zoe "She's a Lump"
2013 Ray Donovan Mrs. Sullivan 4 episodes
Shameless Nance 2 episodes
2014 Criminal Minds Judith Anderson "Mr. and Mrs. Anderson"
General Hospital Selma [1]


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  1. ^ "See Ya, Mickey!". ABC Soaps In Depth. Bauer Media Group. 18 (33): 12. August 18, 2014. |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "General Hospital Spoilers: Actress Mary Mara Arrives As Mickey Diamond's Sister Selma – Gives Alice His Heart and Saves Her?". MLRP Media Group. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.