Christopher McDonald is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and versatile actors. Starring as "Harry Daugherty" on Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, Christopher is a classically-trained stage actor who can currently be seen on Broadway alongside Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's final play Lucky Guy at the Broadhurst Theatre through July 3 (235 West 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Jack Nicholson's performance in Five Easy Pieces that I saw in college inspired me to become an actor.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Kristen Wiig.
3. What made you want audition for Lucky Guy on Broadway? What do you identify most with about your character "Eddie Hayes"? Nora Ephron's words...Opposite Tom Hanks...George C. Wolfe directing. What I identify most with playing "Eddie Hayes" is his tremendous drive...
4. What have you enjoyed most so far about being in the show? I've enjoyed the great cast and meeting all the great actors who come backstage to tell us how much they enjoyed the show. The most honest ones say they are "jealous"...
6. What do you get from your theatrical endeavors that you don't get from your film/TV work? The audience! It is a living, breathing organism that changes with every performance.
7. What has been the best part about being on HBO's Boardwalk Empire? The "bragging rights"... Boardwalk Empire is one of the best shows on Television!
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned that I am happiest when I am in a Hit! But, seriously, I've learned that I really enjoy mixing up the mediums in acting...The Stage Film and Television...and soon the Internet!
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Find out what you do best...and do it like Hercules" Stella Adler (my acting teacher)
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flying! Man I'd be flying RIGHT NOW!!!
Christopher is also beloved for his memorable performances in Thelma and Louise, Requiem for a Dream, Quiz Show, The Perfect Storm, Happy Gilmore, and voice talent in The Iron Giant. His notable dramatic television guest-starring roles include The Sopranos, The Bronx is Burning, 61, and Harry’s Law.
Christopher first caught Hollywood’s attention when he played Goose McKenzie in Grease 2, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Even though more movie offers followed, Christopher opted instead to work on his acting craft, immersing himself in acting studies at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Christopher performed in over thirty-five productions at the Los Angeles Theater Center, including Hamlet, Othello, Death of a Salesman, and Taming of a Shrew, which led him to begin an enviable career that has never slowed down. Film highlights include The Boys Next Door (1985), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Chances Are (1989), Dutch (1991), Wild Orchids 2 (1992), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Fatal Instinct (1993), Terminal Velocity (1994), Cover Story (1994), Rich Man’s Wife (1995), Leave it to Beaver (1997), Flubber (1997) Spy Kids:2 (2002), Grind (2003), Takedown (2004), Rumor Has It (2005), American Pie (2006), Kickin’ It Old Skool (2007), My Sexiest Year (2007), Mad Money (2008), Superhero Movie (2008), Fanboys (2008), The House Bunny (2008) and The Best and The Brightest (2010).
Christopher’s long held respect for the stage led him to return to New York to star as "Billy Flynn," the nefarious self serving lawyer in Kander and Ebb’s Chicago. The show toured major markets nationwide with Christopher’s leading performance embraced by critics and audiences alike. Other theater credits include Nightclub Cantina, Hay Fever, and Bouncers. He is also the recipient of a Drama-logue Award for Best Actor (Final Touches).
Christopher’s TV credits also include regular appearances on the series Cracking Up, (Fox), Kim Possible (Disney), North Shore (Fox), Family Law (CBS) and Veronica’s Closet (NBC).
Born and raised in New York City, Christopher is one of seven children. Originally, a pre-med major at Hobart College, Christopher decided to pursue an acting career in his senior year. In addition to his theater studies in London, Christopher also attended the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York. He and his wife, Lupe, are the proud parents of 3 daughters and a son, who reside in Los Angeles.