elcome to Mary McDonnell Vault, your online resource dedicated to actress Mary McDonnell. You better know Mary for her role as Captain Sharon Raydor for the TNT crime series The Closer & Major Crimes. But she also did others like Battlestar Galactica, Independence Day, Donnie Darko, Dances with Wolves, Sneakers and many others. Site is comprehensive of a big photogallery with events, photoshoots, magazines, stills, an extensive press library to collect all the articles and interviews on her and a video gallery section for recorded interviews, sneak peeks and trailers of her projects. We claim no rights to know her personally and it's absolutely respectful of her privacy and paparazzi-free!!!

The Closer

Character: Captain Sharon Raydor

Created by: James Duff

Directed by: Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace & others

Written by: James Duff, Steven Kane & others

Produced by: James Duff, Gil Garcetti, Andrew J. Sacks, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin & others

Cast Members: Kyra Sedgwick, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Jon Tenney, Phillip P. Keene, Jonathan Del Arco, Robert Gossett, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Gina Ravera

Released date: June 13, 2005

Episode(s) Number: 5x03, 5x05, 5x15, 6x02, 6x09, 6x11, 6x13, 6x14 & most of season 7

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery


→ Initially as a guest star, McDonnell was upped to series regular as season 7 started. She is, in fact, present in almost every episode of the series final season.

Episodes Guide

In Mary’s words…

[talking about working with Kyra Sedgwick]
“We had wonderful chemistry and trust. It’s great when you’re working with a woman and you’re both not afraid to oppose each other or find the common ground.”
– [from “Mary McDonnell reflects on her time on The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick.” by Jennifer Still]

“Here’s the thing about Raydor that’s emerging and is so amazing: When she talks about her commit to the LAPD, she means it,” professes the actress. “She is perceived from the inside as the enemy, because she’s Internal Affairs and they’re always the people we don’t like. But she also has a strong, protective passion for the LAPD, and the more she gets to know Brenda, she [realizes] she does not want to see anything bad happen to her. She’s the best detective we’ve got!” [from “The Closer’s Dark Twist: Mary McDonnell Dishes On What’s Next And Brenda/Raydor Bonding” by Matt Webb Mitovich]

“I’m a fan of the show,” McDonnell says. And as such, she geeked out on this particular sequence, which takes Deputy Chief Johnson out of her Southern Belle suits and into dress blues: “The wonderful thing for me was to be involved in the scene where we see Brenda in uniform for the first time.” [from “‘The Closer’ First Look: Mary McDonnell with Kyra Sedgwick” by Jennifer Armstrong]

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