Neal P. McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American film, television, actor and voice actor, known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), Deputy District Attorney David McNorris on Boomtown (2002–2003), Sean Cahill on Suits, and Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009). He also appeared in films such as Walking Tall, RED 2, The Marine 3: Homefront, Traitor, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. He currently appears as Damien Darhk on Arrow and also voiced a variety of comic superheroes and villains in a number of animated films and video games.
McDonough was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Catherine (née Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who emigrated from Ireland, with his mother coming from County Tipperary and his father from County Galway. McDonough was raised Roman Catholic. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University, where he was initiated and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. His roommate in college was Brett Pollock, current broadcaster for the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League. McDonough frequently appeared as "Captain Laser", inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. From there, McDonough trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
In 1991, McDonough won the Best Actor Dramalogue for "Away Alone". McDonough has made many television and film appearances since then, including Band of Brothers, Boomtown, Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report and The Hitcher. In 1993, Neal McDonough played "Jason" in a NBC 1993 TV Movie starring Tim Daly & William O'Leary entitled "In The Line of Duty: Ambush In Waco". McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives. He also starred in the lead role on 2004 medical drama Medical Investigation for its one full season.
McDonough was set to star in the ABC dramedy Scoundrels, but was fired for refusing to act in sex scenes for the show citing his family and Catholic faith as basis for his decision.
McDonough portrays the role of "Jesus" in "The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible," a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio New Testament which uses the Catholic edition of the revised standard version of the Bible.
In 2011, McDonough appeared as Marvel comic book character Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. McDonough also voiced the character in the 2011 movie tie-in video game, Captain America: Super Soldier. He reprised his role in the 2013 short film, Agent Carter possibly reprising the role in future projects. He made a cameo appearance in the first episode of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He also appeared in an episode of Agent Carter.
In 2012, McDonough had a recurring role in the third season of FX's Justified as Robert Quarles, a sadistic, carpetbagging mobster from Detroit. He was later cast as Police Chief Parker in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot Mob City.
During the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC, McDonough was featured in a high-profile and frequently aired commercial for a new electric car from Cadillac.
McDonough married Ruvé Robertson in 2003 and has five children, Morgan "Little Buck" Patrick (born November 2005), Catherine Maggie (born May 14, 2007), London Jane (born January 11, 2010), Clover Elizabeth (born August 15, 2011), and James Hamilton (born March 2014).
|1991||China Beach||Lurch||Episode: "Hello Goodbye"|
|1991||Quantum Leap||Chucky||Episode: "Play Ball"|
|1995||JAG||Second Lieutenant Jay Williams||Episode "Desert Son"|
|1995||White Dwarf||Dr. Driscoll Rampart III||TV movie|
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
|1996||NYPD Blue||Jerry Selness||Episode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"|
|1996–97||The Incredible Hulk||Bruce Banner||Voice|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Ross Canin||2 episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||Kyle Strode||4 episodes|
|1999||Balloon Farm||Sheriff||Television film|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Craig||Episode: "Shaking Private Trainer"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||First lieutenant, Lynn "Buck" Compton||8 episodes|
|2002||The X-Files||Agent Comer||2 episodes|
|2002–03||Boomtown||Los Angeles deputy district attorney, David McNorris||24 episodes|
|2004–05||Medical Investigation||Dr. Stephen Connor||20 episodes|
|2007||Traveler||Secretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed||6 episodes|
|2007||Tin Man||Wyatt Cain (Tin Man)||3 episodes|
|2008–09||Desperate Housewives||Dave Williams||24 episodes (Season 5)|
|2010||Terriers||Ford / Tom Cutshaw||2 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Monsignor McTeal||Episode: "The Consoler"|
|2012||Justified||Robert Quarles||13 episodes|
|2012||CSI: NY||Senator Gordon Hamilton||Episode: "Unspoken"|
|2012||Perception||Fredrick James Dafoe||Episode: "Cipher"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Tommy Barnes||Episode: "Sheltered"|
|2013||Mob City||William Parker||6 episodes|
|2014–||Suits||Sean Cahill||14 episodes|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Dum Dum Dugan||Episode: "Shadows"|
|2015||Agent Carter||Dum Dum Dugan||Episode: "The Iron Ceiling"|
|2015||Public Morals||Rusty Patton||9 episodes|
|2015–16||Arrow||Damien Darhk||Season 4|
|2015||The Flash||Damien Darhk||Episode: "Legends of Today"|
|2016||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||Damien Darhk||Episode: "Pilot, Part 2"|
|2005||The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction||Bruce Banner||Voice|
|2009||Rogue Warrior||Admiral Travis Payton||Voice|
|2011||Captain America: Super Soldier||Dum Dum Dugan||Voice|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us||The Flash|
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Jack Vincent||Voice and likeness|
|2015||If Angels In The Outfield Happened For Real (30 For 30 Parody)||Whit Bass||CollegeHumor sketch|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Award category||Title of work||Result|
|1999||Atlantic City Film Festival||Best Actor (Jury Award)||A Perfect Little Man||Won|
|2003||Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Boomtown||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Drama||Won|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Desperate Housewives||Nominated|
|2012||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Justified||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Won|