Neal McDonough is a television and film actor, as well as a voice actor, who has starred in many projects throughout his 30 or so years in the entertainment industry. He is an American with Irish ancestry.
Early life and family
Neal was born on February 13 1966, in the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. His parents are Catherine and Frank McDonough, who owned a motel before emigrating from Ireland. Not much more is known about Neal’s childhood or family, although we do know that he is one of six children, with four brothers and a sister.
Neal attended Barnstable High School, after which he attended Syracuse University, where he was initiated as one of the members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1988, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Neal had earned more than one scholarship, all thanks to his talent as a baseball player. In the end, he chose to go to Syracuse instead because they have an admired theater department.
Neal’s career began in the 1990s when he had small roles in films such as ‘Star Trek: First Contact’, ‘Angels in the Outfield’ and ‘Fire Down Below’.
He landed the role of Billy Morrison in ‘A Perfect Little Man’ and won the Best Actor Award at the Atlantic City Film Festival in 1999, which definitely put Neal ‘on the map’ in the acting world. After this, he landed bigger roles in bigger productions such as ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Hitcher’, ‘RED 2’, ‘The Marine 3’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.
In 1991, Neal’s role in ‘Away Alone’ earned him a Best Actor Dramalogue award. In addition to his acting roles, Neal has also done voice acting, most notably for shows and movies such as ‘Batman: Assault of Arkham’ and ‘DC Showcase: Green Arrow’. He also voiced Bruce Banner in the animated show ‘The Incredible Hulk’ between 1996 and 1997. On the small screen, Neal landed roles in shows such as ‘Boomtown’, ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘Medical Investigation’. In 2003, he won the Satellite Award’s Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Stephen Connor.
Neal has also been in other popular shows showcasing his acting skills starring in ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Justified’, ‘To take‘, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Yellowstone’. The blonde actor was also supposed to be part of ABC’s “Scoundrels,” but was (according to him) booted after refusing to perform sex scenes — Neal cited his Catholic faith as the reason for his refusal. Later, his religion came into play again when he portrayed Jesus in a 22-hour audio narration of the Bible entitled “The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio New Testament Bible,” based on the Catholic version of the Bible.
Neal also voiced his ‘Captain America’ role, Dum Dum Dugan, in a related video game tie-in, ‘Captain America: Super Soldier’, which role was also continued by Neal when he appeared in ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and ‘ Agent Carter. He returned for another season (the third) of ‘Justified’ in 2012, and in 2014 at the Winter Olympics ceremony on NBC, Neal starred in a Cadillac commercial.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Although Neal is a relatively big star, he doesn’t reveal much about his private life.
That said, we don’t really know what he likes and dislikes or how he spends his free time. However, an interesting fact about Neal is that he was called Mr. BHS during his high school days. This is a male parody of Junior Miss Pageant’s idea.
In seventh grade he got the part of the cowardly lion in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, although he really wanted to play the tin man. In 2007, he got his wish and played the title role in the Sci-Fi Network mini-series ‘Tin Man’. The actor has appeared in advertisements for Gap clothing and is a fan of American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon.
Neal’s brother Gerard entered “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” and walked away with $32,000 after getting a $64,000 question incorrect.
Neal married Ruvé Robertson, a model from South Africa, in 2003 – the two met in the UK while working on ‘Band of Brothers’. They have five children together: Morgan ‘Little Buck’, Patrick, Catherine Maggie, London Jane, Clover Elizabeth and James Hamilton.
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Eye color: deep blue
- Height: 6ft 0ins (1.83m)
- Weight: unknown
- Shoe size: unknown
- Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Neal’s net worth is estimated at nearly $7 million, built up during his long and varied career in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s.