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Mary Catherine McCormack (born February 8, 1969) is an American actress. Her television roles include Deputy National Security Advisor Kate Harper in The West Wing and Mary Shannon in In Plain Sight.

Personal life

McCormack was born in Plainfieldmarker, New Jerseymarker. 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 professor of law at the University of Michigan Law Schoolmarker, and a brother William, an actor.

McCormack graduated from The Wardlaw-Hartridge Schoolmarker in Edisonmarker, New Jerseymarker, in 1987 and went on to attend, but never graduate from, Trinity Collegemarker in Hartfordmarker, Connecticutmarker, majoring in English and painting.

McCormack married Brothers & Sisters producer Michael Morris in July 2003. They have two daughters Margaret (b. September 3, 2004) and Rose (b. May 15, 2007).


McCormack began her acting career at age 12 performing in Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. She continued her stage work in many more musicals, and finished an acting program at the William Esper Studio. She has worked in many New York theater productions, including The Atlantic Theater Companymarker, Alice's 4th Floor and Naked Angels, where she appeared in Jon Robin Baitz's A Fair Country.

McCormack portrayed Justine Appleton on Murder One (1995–1997) and also starred in the HBO series K Street, which aired for only ten episodes. In 2004, McCormack joined the cast of The West Wing as Deputy National Security Advisor and ex-CIA officer Kate Harper. Her character soon became a recurring role and remained throughout the last three seasons of the series, until its finale.

McCormack now stars in a new television series for the USA Network, In Plain Sight. She plays Mary Shannon, a Deputy United States Marshal attached to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, office of the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC), more commonly known as the Federal Witness Protection Program. The show has been renewed for a third season of 16 episodes.

McCormack was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Gretchen in the 2008 Broadwaymarker revival of Boeing Boeing.



  1. Mary McCormack Biography (1969-)
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