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Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

The basics
Occupations Actor Screenwriter Film actor Television actor Actor
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth February 13, 1966 (Dorchester)
Height: 1.8288 m
Education Syracuse University
Authority IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

Neal P. McDonough (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), Sean Cahill on Suits, and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009). He also appeared in films such as Walking Tall, Red 2, The Marine 3: Homefront, Traitor, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. He currently appears as Damien Darhk on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow as well as voicing a variety of comic superheroes and villains in a number of animated films and video games.

Early life

McDonough was born in Dorchester, 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. McDonough was raised Roman Catholic. 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. 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, but was fired for refusing to act in sex scenes, citing his family and Catholic faith as basis for his decision.

McDonough portrays 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.

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. He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.

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.

In 2015, McDonough was cast as DC Comics villain Damien Darhk on the fourth season of Arrow.

Personal life

McDonough married Ruvé Robertson in 2003 and has five children, Morgan "Little Buck" Patrick (born November 2005), Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011), and James Hamilton (born March 31, 2014).



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
Ravenous Reich
2002 Minority Report Officer Gordon 'Fletch' Fletcher
2003 Timeline Frank Gordon
They Call Him Sasquatch Ned Dwyer
2004 Walking Tall Jay Hamilton
2006 The Guardian Chief Petty Officer Jack Skinner
The Last Time Hurly
Flags of Our Fathers Capt Dave Severance
2007 Forever Strong Coach Richard Penning
The Hitcher Lt Esteridge
Machine Jack Ford
I Know Who Killed Me Daniel Fleming
2008 88 Minutes Jon Forster
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
Ticking Clock James Keene
Captain America: The First Avenger Dum Dum Dugan
2012 The Philly Kid L.A. Jim
2013 Company of Heroes Lieutenant Joe Conti
The Marine 3: Homefront Jonah Pope
Red 2 Jack Horton
Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Dum Dum Dugan Short film
2014 Bad Country Kiersey
Batman: Assault on Arkham Deadshot / Floyd Lawton Voice
Falcon Rising Manny Ridley
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Vincent Sofel
2016 Greater Marty Burlsworth


Year Title Role Notes
1991 China Beach Lurch Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
Quantum Leap Chucky Episode: "Play Ball"
1995 JAG Second Lieutenant Jay Williams Episode "Desert Son"
White Dwarf Dr. Driscoll Rampart III TV movie
Iron Man Firebrand Voice
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
1996 NYPD Blue Jerry Selness Episode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"
1996–97 The Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner Voice
21 episodes
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Ross Canin 2 episodes
1999 Martial Law Kyle Strode 4 episodes
Balloon Farm Sheriff Television film
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
2002–03 Boomtown Los Angeles deputy district attorney, David McNorris 24 episodes
2004–05 Medical Investigation Dr. Stephen Connor 20 episodes
2007 Traveler Secretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed 6 episodes
Tin Man Wyatt Cain (Tin Man) 3 episodes
2008–09 Desperate Housewives Dave Williams 24 episodes (Season 5)
2010 Terriers Ford / Tom Cutshaw 2 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Monsignor McTeal Episode: "The Consoler"
2012 Justified Robert Quarles 13 episodes
CSI: NY Senator Gordon Hamilton Episode: "Unspoken"
Perception Fredrick James Dafoe Episode: "Cipher"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tommy Barnes Episode: "Sheltered"
Mob City William Parker 6 episodes
2014– Suits Sean Cahill 14 episodes
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dum Dum Dugan Episode: "Shadows"
2015 Agent Carter Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"
Public Morals Rusty Patton 9 episodes
2015–16 Arrow Damien Darhk Season 4; 19 episodes
2015 The Flash Episode: "Legends of Today"
2016–17 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, guest. Season 2, recurring; 4 episodes

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
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Jack Vincent Voice and likeness


Year Title Role Notes
2015 If Angels In The Outfield Happened For Real (30 For 30 Parody) Whit Bass CollegeHumor sketch

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 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

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