Mary McCormack


Mary Catherine McCormack

February 8, 1969 (age 44)

Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active

Mary Catherine McCormack (born February 8, 1969) is an American actress. Known for her work in television, she has had leading roles as Justine Appleton in the series Murder One (1995–97), as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing (2004–06) and as Mary Shannon in In Plain Sight (2008–12).Her film roles include Private Parts (1997); Deep Impact (1998); True Crime (1999); High Heels and Low Lifes (2001); K-PAX (2001); Right at Your Door (2006), and 1408 (2007).

Personal LifeEdit

McCormack was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. She is the daughter of clinical therapist Norah and car dealership and ice cream parlor owner William McCormack. Her parents divorced in 1990. She has a sister Bridget, a former professor of law at the University of Michigan Law Schoo and justice of the Michigan Supreme Court,and a brother William, an actor who has appeared in a recurring role as FBI agent Robert O'Connor on In Plain Sight.In 1983, McCormack graduated from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey. In 1991, she received her BA in comparative arts, specifically painting and creative writing, from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.In July 2003, McCormack married Brothers & Sisters producer Michael Morris. They have three daughters, Margaret (born 2004), Rose (born 2007), and Lillian (born 2011). McCormack is the godmother of In Plain Sight co-star Fred Weller's daughter.

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Miracle on 34th Street Myrna Foy
1995 Backfire! Sarah Jackson
1997 Colin Fitz Lives! Moira
1997 Private Parts Alison Stern
1997 Fathers' Day Virginia Farrell (uncredited)
1997 The Alarmist Sally
1998 Deep Impact Andrea Baker
1998 Harvest Agent Becka Anslinger
1999 Getting to Know You Leila Lee
1999 True Crime Michelle Ziegler
1999 Mystery, Alaska Donna Biebe
1999 The Big Tease Monique
2000 Other Voices Anna
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Anne
2000 Gun Shy Gloria Minetti Nesstra
2000 East of A Daphne
2001 BigLove Phoebe Short film
2001 High Heels and Low Lifes Frances
2001 World Traveler Margaret
2001 K-PAX Rachel Powell
2002 Full Frontal Linda
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Grace Finney
2005 Madison Bonnie McCormick
2006 Right at Your Door Lexi
2006 For Your Consideration Pilgrim Woman
2007 1408 Lily
2009 Streetcar Casting Director Short film
2012 Should've Been Romeo Ellen
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Law & Order Rickie Episode: "Doubles"
1995 The Wright Verdicts Beth Eckhart Episode: "Family Matters"
1995–1997 Murder One Justine Appleton 41 episodes
1997 Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Justine Appleton TV miniseries
2001 More, Patience Patience More TV movie
2002 Julie Lydecker Julie Lydecker TV movie
2003 K Street Maggie Morris 10 episodes
2003 ER Debbie Episode: "The Lost"
Episode: "Makemba"
2004 Traffic Carole McKay TV miniseries
2004–2006 The West Wing Kate Harper 48 episodes
2006 ER Debbie 4 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Mary Shannon Episode: "Contract"
2008–2012 In Plain Sight Mary Shannon 61 episodes, lead role
2012 The Unprofessional Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne TV movie, pre-production
2013 Welcome to the Family Caroline Yoder 5 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cabaret Sally Bowles Replacement
2008 Boeing-Boeing Gretchen
Year Title Notes
2010 In Plain Sight Episode: "Father Goes West"