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Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his mostly-improvised role of Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream. McDonald is also well known for playing Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.

Personal life

McDonald was born in New York City, the son of Patricia, a nursing professor and real estate agent, and James McDonald, an educator. He was raised in upstate Romulus, New Yorkmarker and is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, New Yorkmarker, where he was an active member of The Kappa Alpha Society. McDonald is married to Lupe Gidley and together they are the parents of four children. He has five surviving siblings following the death of his younger brother, actor Daniel McDonald (1960 - February 15, 2007), who died on Christopher's 52nd birthday. He is a Buffalo Bills fan. He marched with the Geneva Appleknockers Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps in the late 1960s.


McDonald has numerous film and television roles to his name, often as a supporting actor. In addition to the above, his credits also include Grease 2, The Boys Next Door, Thelma and Louise, Grumpy Old Men, Quiz Show, Flubber, The Faculty, The Perfect Storm, House Arrest, Dirty Work, American Pie 5: The Naked Mile, Broken Flowers and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. He was featured as Ward Cleaver in the movie version of Leave It to Beaver and famous baseball broadcaster Mel Allen in 61*. In 1994 he starred in the film Terminal Velocity as an aggressive Russian mafia villain alongside Charlie Sheen.

In the realm of television, along with recurring roles on the television series Family Law, North Shore and Veronica's Closet, McDonald has also made guest appearances on Cheers, Riptide, Knight Rider, The Sopranos, Psych, Home Improvement, Las Vegas, the Law and Order franchise and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Richard Castillo in the season 3 episode Yesterday's Enterprise.

His voice work includes the determined government agent Kent Mansley in the animated film The Iron Giant. He also voiced Superman's father Jor-El in Superman: The Animated Series and subsequently a much older Superman in the Batman Beyond two part episode The Call. He has recalled great affection for these roles, saying that he enjoyed them because he was (and continues to be) such a fan of Superman and because they were in such contrast to his less than sympathetic on screen roles that he is famous for. He subbed for Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning.

He was also in Peter Gabriel's music video for the song The Barry Williams Show with McDonald as the eponymous lead. He also replaced Robert De Niro in the Midnight Run movie franchise; he played "Jack Walsh" in three TV films - Another Midnight Run, Midnight Runaround, and Midnight Run for Your Life.

He portrayed baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the ESPN original series The Bronx Is Burning.


Year Film Role Other notes
1982 Grease 2 Goose McKenzie
1984 Where the Boys Are '84 Tony
Breakin' James
The Black Room Terry
Chattanooga Choo Choo Alex O'Donnell
1985 The Boys Next Door Detective Mark Woods
1987 Outrageous Fortune George
1988 Cool Blue Peter Sin
Paramedics Mad Mike
1989 Chances Are Louie Jeffries
1990 Playroom Chris
1991 Thelma & Louise Darryl
Dutch Reed Standish
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue Senator Dixon
1993 Cover Story Sam Sparks
Benefit of the Doubt Dan
Conflict of Interest Mickey Flannery
Fatal Instinct Frank Kelbo
Grumpy Old Men Mike
1994 Another Midnight Run Jack Walsh TV film
Midnight Runaround Jack Walsh TV film
Roadflower Glen
Monkey Trouble Tom
Midnight Run for Your Life Jack Walsh TV film
Terminal Velocity Kerr
Quiz Show Jack Barry
1995 My Teacher's Wife Roy Mueller
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Jack Banning
The Tuskegee Airmen Major Joy TV film
Fair Game Lieutenant Meyerson
1996 Jaded Jack Carlson
Unforgettable Stewart Gleick
Celtic Pride Coach Kimball
House Arrest Donald Krupp
The Rich Man's Wife Tony Potenza
Happy Gilmore Shooter McGavin
1997 Leave It to Beaver Ward Cleaver
A Smile Like Yours Richard Halstrom
Flubber Wilson Croft
Lawn Dogs Morton Stockard
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Jon Krakauer
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Tony
The Eighteenth Angel Hugh Stanto
SLC Punk! Stevo's Dad
Dirty Work Travis Cole
The Faculty Mr. Frank Connor
1999 Five Aces Ash Gray
The Iron Giant Kent Mansley voice only
Gideon Alan Longhurst
2000 Magicians Jake
Takedown Mitch Gibson
The Skulls Martin Lombard
Isn't She Great Brad Bradburn
Requiem for a Dream Tappy Tibbons
The Perfect Storm Todd Gross
2001 The Theory of the Leisure Class Buddy Barnett
61* Mel Allen TV film
The Man Who Wasn't There Macadam Salesman
2002 Speakeasy Dr. Addams
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams President of the USA
Children on Their Birthdays Speedy Thorne
2003 Grind Mr. Rivers
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular Officer Koon
Rumor Has It... Roger McManus
Broken Flowers Ron Anderson
2006 Funny Money Vic
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile Harry Stifler
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg
The Sopranos Eddie Dunne one episode
Kickin' It Old Skool Marty Schumacher
The Bronx Is Burning Joe DiMaggio TV miniseries
My Sexiest Year Adult Jake
Awake Dr. Larry Lupin
American Pie Presents: Beta House Harry Stifler
2008 Deep in the Valley Diamond Jim
Mad Money Bryce Arbogast
Superhero Movie Lou Landers / Hourglass
Summerhood Assistant Director
Player 5150 Tony
The House Bunny Dean Simmons
An American Carol Lab Supervisor
2009 Fanboys Big Chuck
Spooner Dennis Spooner
Reunion Eamon
Stargate Universe Alan Armstrong two episodes
Splinterheads Sargeant Bruce Mancuso
Middle Men George Harris
Black Widow Steve
Barry Munday Dr. Preston Edwards


  1. Christopher McDonald Biography (1955?-)

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