Neal McDonough

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Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough by Gage Skidmore.jpg
McDonough in 2017
Born (1966-02-13) February 13, 1966 (age 54)
Other namesNeil McDonough
EducationSyracuse University (BFA)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1990–present
Ruvé Robertson
(m. 2003)

Neal McDonough[1] (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and producer, 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, Robert Quarles on Justified, William Parker in Mob City, and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009). He also appeared in films such as Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report, Walking Tall, The Guardian, Flags of Our Fathers, Red 2, The Marine 3: Homefront, Traitor, The Hitcher, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Proud Mary, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. He appeared as Damien Darhk on Arrow, and in Legends of Tomorrow. He also plays as Malcolm Beck on Yellowstone. He is also known for voicing a variety of comic book characters, most notably Bruce Banner in the animated TV series The Incredible Hulk (1996-1997).

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2][3] McDonough grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts and was raised Catholic.[4] His childhood nickname was "Headster", which McDonough says originated in his brothers' teasing him about the size of his head.[5] He 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. He had obtained several college scholarships to play baseball, but he decided to go to Syracuse as he thought it had the best theater department.[6]


McDonough in 2015

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. McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives.[7] He also starred in the lead role on 2004 medical drama Medical Investigation for its one full season.

In 1996, McDonough voiced Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. McDonough reprised his role in the 2005 video game, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.

McDonough was set to star in the ABC dramedy Scoundrels,[8] but was fired for refusing to act in sex scenes, citing his family and Catholic faith as basis for his decision.[9]

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.[10]

In 2011, McDonough appeared as 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 three times since then: in the 2013 short film, Agent Carter; in the first episode of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014); and in an episode of the Agent Carter television series (2015).

In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a sadistic carpetbagging mobster from Detroit.[11] He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.[12]

During the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony on NBC, McDonough was featured in a high-profile and frequently aired Poolside commercial for the Cadillac ELR hybrid electric car.[13]

In 2015, McDonough was cast as DC Comics villain Damien Darhk on the fourth season of Arrow.[14]

Personal life[edit]

McDonough is a devout Catholic.[15] In 2003 McDonough married Ruvé Robertson, a South African model whom McDonough met in the United Kingdom while filming Band of Brothers.[16] The couple have five children, Morgan "Little Buck"[17] Patrick (born November 28, 2005), Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011),[18][19] and James Hamilton (born March 31, 2014).[20] He has stated that he refuses to do sex or even kissing scenes because of his faith and respect for his wife. He also claimed that he was fired from the TV series Scoundrels for his refusal in doing sex scenes.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Angels in the Outfield Whit Bass
1995 Three Wishes Policeman
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 Captain Dave Severance
Machine Jack Ford
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 Floyd Lawton / Deadshot Voice
Falcon Rising Manny Ridley
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Vincent Sofel
2016 Greater Marty Burlsworth
2017 1922 Harlan Cotterie
2018 Proud Mary Walter
Game Over, Man! Conrad Drothers
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Major Bennington


Year Title Role Notes
1991 China Beach Lurch Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
Quantum Leap Chucky Episode: "Play Ball"
Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig TV movie
1995 Blue River Edward Sellars TV movie
JAG Second Lieutenant Jay Williams Episode "Desert Son"
White Dwarf Dr. Driscoll Rampart III TV movie
Iron Man Firebrand Episode: "Fire and Rain" (voice)
1996 Murphy Brown Clive Walker Episode: "If You're Going to Talk the Talk"
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"
Profiler Christoper Langston Episode: "To Serve and Protect"
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
2014–19 Suits Sean Cahill 17 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
The Flash Damien Darhk Season 2 (guest; credited as Special Appearance by)
2015–16 Arrow Season 4 (recurring); season 5 (guest; credited as Special Appearance by)
2016–18, 2020 Legends of Tomorrow Seasons 1,5 (guest; credited as Special Appearance by); Seasons 2-3 (recurring)
2017 Rogue Casey Oaks 5 episodes
Survivor's Remorse Brian Episode: "Repercussions"
2018–19 Van Helsing Hansen/Willem Season 3 - "special guest star" in "Birth Ritual"; Season 4
2019 Project Blue Book General James Harding
Yellowstone Malcolm Beck Season 2 (recurring)[21]
2020 Altered Carbon Konrad Harlan Season 2 (recurring)[22]
The 100 Anders Season 7 (recurring)
2021 What If...? Dum Dum Dugan Guest voice role
In voice recording process

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Bruce Banner
2009 Rogue Warrior Admiral Travis Payton
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Dum Dum Dugan
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us The Flash
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers Astroblast [23]
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Jack Vincent Also 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[edit]

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[24] Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Boomtown Nominated
Television Critics Association Award Individual Achievement in Drama
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
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. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012.
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  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 21, 2010). ""Desperate Housewives" Alums Get TV Roles". Hollywood Reporter. ...will star opposite Virginia Madsen on ABC's dramedy series "Scoundrels."
  9. ^ Finke, Nikki (March 31, 2010). "No Sex Please, I'm Neal McDonough..." Deadline Hollywood. The reason? He's a family man and a Catholic, and he's always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes. And ABC knew that.
  10. ^ "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...
  11. ^ 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". GQ Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ Cadillac ELR TV spot "Work Hard". February 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Arrow Season 4 Adds Neal McDonough As Series Regular Villain. Cinema Blend. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
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  16. ^ Lee, Luaine (8 September 2004). "Actor McDonough once gave up dream". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  17. ^ McLellan, Dennis (February 29, 2012). "Lynn D. 'Buck' Compton dies at 90; judge also known for WWII service". L.A. Times.
  18. ^ "Desperate Housewives' Neal McDonough Welcomes Baby Girl".
  19. ^ Sarah Michaud; Julie Jordan (August 16, 2011). "Neal McDonough Welcomes Daughter Clover Elizabeth – Moms & Babies". People. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  20. ^ "Neal McDonough Welcomes Son James Hamilton". People. April 4, 2014.
  21. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 14, 2018). "Neal McDonough Joins Yellowstone". TVLine. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  22. ^ World, Republic. "Altered Carbon season 2 cast: Here's who'll reprise their roles & who's joining the series". Republic World. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  23. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
  24. ^ "2002–03: The Season of Angels in America". Online Film & Television Association. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.

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