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Also Known As: Mary Catherine Mccormack Died:
Born: February 8, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Plainfield, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, singer, intern at talent agency, cocktail waitress

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An accomplished performer who had her start in regional theater, actress Mary McCormack rose to prominence with an endearing, but also funny turn as the wife of Howard Stern in his autobiographical "Private Parts" (1997). Prior to this breakthrough role, McCormack cut her teeth in several forgettable films before landing her first regular television gig by playing a devoted associate attorney on the short-lived courtroom drama "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-97). Once people took notice of the spirited actress, McCormack began landing higher profile projects like "Deep Impact" (1998) and "True Crime" (1998), though often they were smaller supporting roles that underutilized her talents. To gain further attention, she looked to independent films, namely "Mystery, Alaska" (1999) and "Full Frontal" (2002), which allowed her to deliver nuanced performances in larger roles. But it was on television where McCormack truly made her mark, first with a memorable stint in the waning years of "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), followed by "In Plain Sight" (USA, 2008- ), which marked her first time as a series star and promised greater things to come.

An accomplished performer who had her start in regional theater, actress Mary McCormack rose to prominence with an endearing, but also funny turn as the wife of Howard Stern in his autobiographical "Private Parts" (1997). Prior to this breakthrough role, McCormack cut her teeth in several forgettable films before landing her first regular television gig by playing a devoted associate attorney on the short-lived courtroom drama "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-97). Once people took notice of the spirited actress, McCormack began landing higher profile projects like "Deep Impact" (1998) and "True Crime" (1998), though often they were smaller supporting roles that underutilized her talents. To gain further attention, she looked to independent films, namely "Mystery, Alaska" (1999) and "Full Frontal" (2002), which allowed her to deliver nuanced performances in larger roles. But it was on television where McCormack truly made her mark, first with a memorable stint in the waning years of "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), followed by "In Plain Sight" (USA, 2008- ), which marked her first time as a series star and promised greater things to come.

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 1408 (2007)
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 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) Grace Finney
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 Full Frontal (2002) Linda
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 K-Pax (2001) Rachel Powell
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 World Traveler (2001) Margaret
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 High Heels and Low Lifes (2001) Frances
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1981:
Made stage debut at age 12 in a production of the Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
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Appeared in regional theater in New Jersey
1991:
After graduating from college, moved to New York City to pursue a stage career
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Played roles off-Broadway, appearing in productions at The Atlantic Theatre Company and Naked Angels
1994:
Made TV debut with a guest appearance on "Law & Order" (NBC)
1994:
Landed feature film debut with a minor role in "Miracle on 34th Street"
1995:
Cast on ABC's "Murder One" as junior attorney Justine Appleton
1997:
Appeared along with her brother Will in the independent feature "Colin Fitz"; premiered at Sundance Film Festival
1997:
Cast in first major film role as Mrs. Howard Stern in "Private Parts"
1998:
Had a featured role as Stanley Tucci's devious associate in "The Alarmist"
1998:
Appeared in the sci-fi adventure "Deep Impact"
1999:
Played an infertile woman married to a religious fanatic in Lisanne Skyler's debut feature "Getting to Know You"
1999:
Assumed role of Sally Bowles in the NYC stage revival of "Cabaret"
1999:
Played a DEA agent in "Harvest"
1999:
Appeared in Clint Eastwood's thriller "True Crime"
1999:
Played Russell Crowe's wife in the hockey themed feature "Mystery, Alaska"
2000:
Starred with Frances Fisher and Craig Ferguson in the comedy feature "The Big Tease"
2000:
Played leading roles in the London staging of Neil LaBute's three one-act plays under the collective title "bash, latter day plays"
2001:
Teamed with Minnie Driver in "High Heels and Lowlifes"
2002:
Offered an effective turn as the no-nonsense wife of a carpenter in "World Traveler"
2002:
Cast in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble feature "Full Frontal"
2002:
Co-starred with James Caveziel in the sports drama "Madison" (filmed in 1999)
2003:
Starred in the political HBO series "K Street," directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by George Clooney
2004:
Cast as Carol McKay in the TV miniseries "Traffic," based on the British series
2004:
Joined the cast of NBC's "The West Wing" as the President's Deputy National Security Advisor
2004:
Landed a featured role in "Traffic: The Miniseries" (USA), a three-part feature based on the British miniseries and 2000 motion picture
2007:
Cast in "1408," based on the Stephen King short story
2007:
Played a US Marshal attached to the federal witness protection program in the USA series "In Plain Sight"
2008:
Cast in the Broadway production of Marc Camoletti's 1960s comedy "Boeing-Boeing"; earned a Tony award nomination for Featured Actress in a Play
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Education

William Esper Studios: New York , New York -
Wardlaw-Hartridge School: Edison , New Jersey - 1987
Trinity College: Hartford , Connecticut - 1991

Notes

"I spent two days studying the script, with 20 pages of legal arguments to remember. And when I came in, Steven [Bochco] started teasing me. I started teasing him back, and finally I said, 'Shut up, you big old fathead; I have to go act.' . . . Later he told me it was the only reason I got the job." --McCormack on her casting session, quoted in TV GUIDE, September 30, 1995.

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companion:
Barnaby Harris. Stage manager. Together since c. 1994.
husband:
Michael Morris. Director. Married July 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William McCormack. Businessman. Owned car dealership and ice cream parlor; born c. 1940; divorced from McCormack's mother in 1990.
mother:
Norah McCormack. Clinical therapist. Born c. 1942; divorced from McCormack's father in 1990.
sister:
Bridget McCormack. Lawyer, law professor. Born c. 1967; taught at Yale Law School.
brother:
Will McCormack. Actor. Born c. 1974; co-starred with sister in the 1996 independent comedy "Colin Fitz" and later appeared in "American Outlaws".
daughter:
Margaret Morris. Born September 3, 2004.
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