Mary McCormack is one of today’s boldest and most versatile actresses, continually challenging herself with roles that often defy Hollywood standards and bring to light the complex lives of ordinary women. The LA Times says, “McCormack has a kind of 20th century sass, a lively impertinence you find in classic Hollywood comedians like Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne and Rosalind Russell.” She has shown her immense talent working in film, television and on stage, and has tackled roles ranging from slapstick comedy to intense drama. Tony-nominated for her role in Broadway’s Boeing-Boeing opposite Mark Rylance, she is also widely known for her four seasons as a regular cast member of The West Wing (two SAG Award nominations), as the lead of USA’s critically acclaimed In Plain Sight, and for her role opposite Howard Stern in Private Parts.
Mary’s recent television work includes starring roles in ABC’s series The Kids Are Alright, the AMC series Loaded, the NBC comedy series Welcome to the Family, as well as arcs on such shows as HBO’s The Newsroom, Scandal (ABC), Gus van Sant’s award-winning miniseries When We Rise (ABC), House of Lies (Showtime) and the Will & Grace reboot (NBC). In non-scripted, Mary produces the FOX show 25 Words or Less alongside Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, which was just renewed for a second season.
Mary returned to the Broadway stage in 2008 to star in Boeing-Boeing alongside Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance and Bradley Whitford. Marc Camoletti’s classic sixties comedy won the Tony for Best Revival and earned Mary a 2008 Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. Additional stage credits include a highly successful run opposite Alan Cumming as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall-directed Broadway production of Cabaret for the Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as the acclaimed London stage production of Neil LaBute’s play Bash; the David Warren-directed productions of My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine; and Jon Robin Baitz’s A Fair Country.
Mary’s breakout performance opposite Howard Stern in Private Parts won her universal critical acclaim. Some of McCormack’s additional television and feature credits include: Aaron Sorkin’s NBC smash hit The West Wing; a recurring role on ER; Right at Your Door; the Stephen King thriller, 1408; Christopher Guests’ For Your Consideration; the Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney HBO political series, K-Street; as Justine Appleton in Steve Bochco’s Murder One, as well as the USA Network miniseries Traffic, directed by Stephen Hopkins (24). In addition, McCormack has appeared in varied roles in such films as Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star opposite David Spade, K-Pax opposite Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey; Full Frontal, directed by Steven Soderbergh and opposite David Duchovny and Catherine Keener, High Heels & Low Lifes, with Minnie Driver; Mystery Alaska, written by David E. Kelley and starring Russell Crowe; Other Voices, with Stockard Channing and Campbell Scott; The Broken Hearts Club, opposite John Mahoney and Timothy Olyphant; The Big Tease, opposite Craig Ferguson; Gun Shy with Sandra Bullock and Liam Neeson; the Clint Eastwood film, True Crime; Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact; The Alarmist, opposite Stanley Tucci; Father's Day; the Hulu Blumhouse anthology series, Treehouse; and Miracle on 34th Street. She also appeared in Michael G. Cooney's The Men and the feature film Drone with Sean Bean, as well as Amazon’s An American Girl Story: Maryellen 1955 – Extraordinary Christmas. Next up for Mary is Heels for Starz.
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, McCormack is a graduate of Trinity College and resides with her family in Los Angeles.