Welcome 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, a media archive dedicated to all fans fanarts on Mary, 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!!!
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
Other cast: 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
Premiere date: June 13, 2005
Episodes: 5x03, 5x05, 5x15, 6x02, 6x09, 6x11, 6x13, 6x14 & most of season 7
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Running time: 46 min
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.
→ 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.
♦ 5×03 – Red Tape
When I have an unarmed civilian sprayed by bullets from a member of the LAPD, I expect cooperation. It encourages me. And if I could offer YOU some advice, uh, while I am investigating this shooting, be careful where you place your sympathies.
♦ 5×07 – Strike Three
Seventy million dollars. That was the settlement in the Rampart case. One hundred – that’s how many convictions were overturned due to renegade policing and lack of oversight in one division alone, not to mention the loss of trust the LAPD needs to remain effective.
♦ 6×09 – Last Woman Standing
Yes. Please make the oh-so-terrible sacrifice of accepting a promotion that offers you more money, prestige, and power than any other job in the city. And, if it will help you with the suffering, you’ll not only be a positive role model for little girls all over this country, but I personally will feel very… I will feel very proud to have a Chief that I can truly admire.
♦ 7×02 – Repeat Offender
Look, whether or not you like it – whether or not I like it, frankly – I have to finish this audit, which means I need to speak to your people.
♦ 7×04 – Under Control
After they see this interview, they’ll understand you were stuck with a confession of a brutal murder of an elderly man and his grandchild that you couldn’t use at trial, and lacking legal recourse, you dropped Turell Baylor off at his home where you knew he was likely to be executed. This interview is not your friend – it is your motive!
♦ 7×09 – Star Turn
[to Pope about Goldman’s settlement offer] There’s something here we’re missing. I don’t trust Goldman. And when it comes to this agreement, I don’t trust you, either.
♦ 7×10 – Fresh Pursuit
[In Media Room, speaking to Pope and Fritz] You think she’s conscious of what she’s saying? Somebody may wanna play back this part of the interview for her when she gets home tonight.
♦ 7×11 – Necessary Evil
I walk into a room, it goes silent. I can’t say hello to anyone outside the Professional Standards Bureau without provoking a defensive response. Between that and a few things in my personal life, I feel that it’s time for me…
♦ 7×17 – Fool’s Gold
It’s hard being close to people you work with. It’s always hard. You’ve got to be patient with people who drive you crazy. I find that good relationships sometimes depend on what you’re willing to overlook.
♦ 7×19 – Last Rites
[Chief Pope has filled out a complaint against Brenda]
At one time he may have been your friend and something more than that, but he is also your boss and he’s demanding that you recognize his authority.
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]