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.

Early life

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.

In 2015, McDonough was cast as DC Comics villain Damien Darhk on the fourth season of Arrow.

Personal life

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).



1994Angels in the OutfieldWhit Bass
1996Star Trek: First ContactLieutenant Hawk
1997Fire Down BelowTruck driver at the truck stop
1999A Perfect Little ManBilly Morrisson
2002Minority ReportOfficer Gordon 'Fletch' Fletcher
2003TimelineFrank Gordon
2003They Call Him SasquatchNed Dwyer
2004Walking TallJay Hamilton
2006The GuardianChief Petty Officer Jack Skinner
2006The Last TimeHurly
2006Flags of Our FathersCapt Dave Severance
2007Forever StrongCoach Richard Penning
2007The HitcherLt Esteridge
2007MachineJack Ford
2007I Know Who Killed MeDaniel Fleming
200888 MinutesJon Forster
2008TraitorMax Archer
2009Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiM. Bison
2010DC Showcase: Green ArrowGreen ArrowVoice
Short film
2011Little BirdsHogan
2011Ticking ClockJames Keene
2011Captain America: The First AvengerDum Dum Dugan
2012The Philly KidL.A. Jim
2013Company of HeroesLieutenant Joe Conti
2013The Marine 3: HomefrontJonah Pope
2013RED 2Jack Horton
2013Marvel One-Shot: Agent CarterDum Dum DuganShort film
2014Bad CountryKiersey
2014Batman: Assault on ArkhamDeadshot / Floyd LawtonVoice
2014Falcon RisingManny Ridley
2015Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Vincent Sofel
2016GreaterMarty Burlsworth


1991China BeachLurchEpisode: "Hello Goodbye"
1991Quantum LeapChuckyEpisode: "Play Ball"
1995JAGSecond Lieutenant Jay WilliamsEpisode "Desert Son"
1995White DwarfDr. Driscoll Rampart IIITV movie
1995Iron ManFirebrandVoice
Episode: "Fire and Rain"
1996NYPD BlueJerry SelnessEpisode: "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother"
1996–97The Incredible HulkBruce BannerVoice
21 episodes
1998Diagnosis: MurderRoss Canin2 episodes
1999Martial LawKyle Strode4 episodes
1999Balloon FarmSheriffTelevision film
1999Just Shoot Me!CraigEpisode: "Shaking Private Trainer"
2001Band of BrothersFirst lieutenant, Lynn "Buck" Compton8 episodes
2002The X-FilesAgent Comer2 episodes
2002–03BoomtownLos Angeles deputy district attorney, David McNorris24 episodes
2004–05Medical InvestigationDr. Stephen Connor20 episodes
2007TravelerSecretary of Homeland Security, Jack Freed6 episodes
2007Tin ManWyatt Cain (Tin Man)3 episodes
2008–09Desperate HousewivesDave Williams24 episodes (Season 5)
2010TerriersFord / Tom Cutshaw2 episodes
2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentMonsignor McTealEpisode: "The Consoler"
2012JustifiedRobert Quarles13 episodes
2012CSI: NYSenator Gordon HamiltonEpisode: "Unspoken"
2012PerceptionFredrick James DafoeEpisode: "Cipher"
2013CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTommy BarnesEpisode: "Sheltered"
2013Mob CityWilliam Parker6 episodes
2014–SuitsSean Cahill14 episodes
2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Dum Dum DuganEpisode: "Shadows"
2015Agent CarterDum Dum DuganEpisode: "The Iron Ceiling"
2015Public MoralsRusty Patton9 episodes
2015–16ArrowDamien DarhkSeason 4
2015The FlashDamien DarhkEpisode: "Legends of Today"
2016DC's Legends of TomorrowDamien DarhkEpisode: "Pilot, Part 2"

Video games

2005The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate DestructionBruce BannerVoice
2009Rogue WarriorAdmiral Travis PaytonVoice
2011Captain America: Super SoldierDum Dum DuganVoice
2013Injustice: Gods Among UsThe Flash
Nightwing (Damian Wayne)
2015Skylanders: SuperChargersAstroblastVoice
2015Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIJack VincentVoice and likeness


2015If Angels In The Outfield Happened For Real (30 For 30 Parody)Whit BassCollegeHumor sketch

Awards and nominations

YearAwardAward categoryTitle of workResult
1999Atlantic City Film FestivalBest Actor (Jury Award)A Perfect Little ManWon
2003Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoomtownNominated
Television Critics Association AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaNominated
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Television Series – DramaWon
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesJustifiedNominated
Satellite AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon