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Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough
McDonough in Los Angeles, April 18, 2009
Born Neal P. McDonough
(1966-02-13) February 13, 1966
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other names Neil McDonough
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Ruvé Robertson (m. 2003)
Children 5

Neal P. McDonough[1] (born February 13, 1966) is an American film, television, actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), Deputy District Attorney David McNorris on Boomtown (2002–2003), and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009). He also appeared in films such as Walking Tall, RED 2, Traitor, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. He currently appears as Damien Darhk on Arrow.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video games 4.3
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

McDonough was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Catherine (née Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who emigrated from Ireland, with his mother coming from County Tipperary and his father from County Galway.[2][3] McDonough was raised Roman Catholic.[4] He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University, where he was initiated and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. His roommate in college was Brett Pollock, current broadcaster for the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League. McDonough frequently appeared as "Captain Laser", inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. From there, McDonough trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


In 1991, McDonough won the Best Actor Dramalogue for "Away Alone". McDonough has made many television and film appearances since then, including Band of Brothers, Boomtown, Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report and The Hitcher. In 1993, Neal McDonough played "Jason" in a NBC 1993 TV Movie starring Tim Daly & William O'Leary entitled "In The Line of Duty: Ambush In Waco". McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives.[5] He also starred in the lead role on 2004 medical drama Medical Investigation for its one full season.

McDonough was set to star in the ABC dramedy Scoundrels,[6] but was fired for refusing to act in sex scenes for the show citing his family and Catholic faith as basis for his decision.[7][8]

McDonough portrays the role of "Jesus" in "The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible," a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio New Testament which uses the Catholic edition of the revised standard version of the Bible.[9]

In 2011, McDonough appeared as Marvel comic book character Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. McDonough also voiced the character in the 2011 movie tie-in video game, Captain America: Super Soldier. He reprised his role in the 2013 short film, Agent Carter possibly reprising the role in future projects. He made a cameo appearance in the first episode of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He also appeared in an episode of Agent Carter.

In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a sadistic, carpetbagging mobster from Detroit.[10] He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.[11]

During the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC, McDonough was featured in a high-profile and frequently aired commercial for a new electric car from Cadillac.[12]

Personal life

McDonough married Ruvé Robertson in 2003 and has five children, Morgan "Little Buck"[13] Patrick (born November 2005), Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011),[14][15] and James Hamilton (born March 2014).[16]

In 2012, McDonough voiced his support for Mitt Romney.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Angels in the Outfield Whit Bass
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Lieutenant Hawk
1997 Fire Down Below Truck driver at the truck stop
1999 A Perfect Little Man Billy Morrisson
1999 Ravenous Reich
2002 Minority Report Officer Gordon 'Fletch' Fletcher
2003 Timeline Frank Gordon
2003 They Call Him Sasquatch Ned Dwyer
2004 Walking Tall Jay Hamilton
2006 The Guardian Chief Petty Officer Jack Skinner
2006 The Last Time Hurly
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Capt Dave Severance
2007 Forever Strong Coach Richard Penning
2007 The Hitcher Lt Esteridge
2007 Machine Jack Ford
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Daniel Fleming
2008 88 Minutes Jon Forster
2008 Traitor Max Archer
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li M. Bison
2010 DC Showcase: Green Arrow Green Arrow Voice
Short film
2011 Little Birds Hogan
2011 Ticking Clock James Keene
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Dum Dum Dugan
2012 The Philly Kid L.A. Jim
2013 Company of Heroes Lieutenant Joe Conti
2013 The Marine 3: Homefront Jonah Pope
2013 RED 2 Jack Horton
2013 Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Dum Dum Dugan Short film
2014 Bad Country Kiersey
2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham Deadshot / Floyd Lawton Voice
2014 Falcon Rising Manny Ridley
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Vincent


Year Title Role Notes
1991 China Beach Lurch Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
1991 Quantum Leap Chucky Episode: "Play Ball"
1995 JAG Second Lieutenant Jay Williams Episode "Desert Son"
1995 White Dwarf Dr. Driscoll Rampart III TV movie
1995 Iron Man Firebrand Voice
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
1996 NYPD Blue Jerry Selness Episode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"
1996–1997 The Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner Voice
21 episodes
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Ross Canin 2 episodes
1999 Balloon Farm Sheriff Television film
1999 Just Shoot Me Craig Episode: "Shaking Private Trainer"
2001 Band of Brothers First lieutenant, Lynn "Buck" Compton 8 episodes
2002 The X-Files Agent Comer 2 episodes
2002–2003 Boomtown Los Angeles deputy district attorney, David McNorris 24 episodes
2004–2005 Medical Investigation Dr. Stephen Connor 20 episodes
2007 Traveler Secretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed 6 episodes
2007 Tin Man Wyatt Cain (Tin Man) 3 episodes
2008–2009 Desperate Housewives Dave Williams 24 episodes
2010 Terriers Ford / Tom Cutshaw 2 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Monsignor McTeal Episode: "The Consoler"
2012 Justified Robert Quarles 13 episodes
2012 CSI: NY Senator Gordon Hamilton Episode: "Unspoken"
2012 Perception Fredrick James Dafoe Episode: "Cipher"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tommy Barnes Episode: "Sheltered"
2013 Mob City William Parker 6 episodes
2014–2015 Suits Sean Cahill 7 episodes
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dum Dum Dugan Episode: "Shadows"
2015 Agent Carter Dum Dum Dugan Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"
2015 Public Morals Rusty Patton 9 episodes
2015–present Arrow Damien Darhk
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Damien Darhk

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Bruce Banner Voice
2009 Rogue Warrior Admiral Travis Payton Voice
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Dum Dum Dugan Voice
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us The Flash
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers Astroblast Voice[18]
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Vincent Voice and likeness

Awards and nominations

Year Award Award category Title of work Result
1999 Atlantic City Film Festival Best Actor (Jury Award) A Perfect Little Man Won
2003 Online Film & Television Association Award[19] Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Boomtown Nominated
Television Critics Association Award Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Drama Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Justified Nominated
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won


  1. ^ "OBITUARY Catherine McDonough, owned hotel & store, 66". Boston Herald. July 10, 1993. 
  2. ^ "Neal McDonough Biography (1966–)". 
  3. ^ Drew, April (2006). "McDonough Stars in The Guardian". IrishVoice. IrishAbroad. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Antoinette (April 2, 2010). Housewives' Catholic star Neal McDonough fired, refused sex scenes"'". 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 30, 2008). """New lover moves in on "Housewives. Reuters UK. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2010). Desperate Housewives" Alums Get TV Roles""". Hollywood Reporter. ...will star opposite Virginia Madsen on ABC's dramedy series "Scoundrels." 
  7. ^ Finke, Nikki (March 31, 2010). "No Sex Please, I'm Neal McDonough...".  
  8. ^ Thompson, Paul (April 1, 2010). "Former Desperate Housewives star Neal McDonough 'fired from TV series for refusing to film sex scenes". Daily Mail (London). 
  9. ^ "Cast, home changes for new audio Bible". Christian Retailing. Charisma Media. December 29, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2014. cast includes Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Desperate Housewives) as Jesus... 
  10. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 13, 2012). "Justified's Neal McDonough on Being an Awesome Villain, His Marvel Comics Future, and Going Toe-to-Toe with Boyd Crowder".  
  11. ^ Dionne, Zach (March 8, 2012). "Justified’s Neal McDonough Joins Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir". Vulture. New York Media LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2014. ...TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir is continuing to round out its cast, signing Neal McDonough as a lead 
  12. ^ Cadillac ELR TV spot "Work Hard". February 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ McLellan, Dennis (February 29, 2012). "Lynn D. 'Buck' Compton dies at 90; judge also known for WWII service". L.A. Times. 
  14. ^ "Desperate Housewives' Neal McDonough Welcomes Baby Girl". 
  15. ^ Sarah Michaud; Julie Jordan (August 16, 2011). "Neal McDonough Welcomes Daughter Clover Elizabeth – Moms & Babies".  
  16. ^ "Neal McDonough Welcomes Son James Hamilton – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies".  
  17. ^ "'"Band of Brothers' McDonough: Romney 'pretty amazing.  
  18. ^  
  19. ^ "2002–03: The Season of Angels in America". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 

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