Mary T. Mara, who appeared on such television shows as “Ray Donovan,” “Dexter,” “Law & Order” and “ER” in an acting career that spanned more than 30 years, has died in what New York authorities said it appeared to be a drowning accident.
New York State Police said Monday that a woman identified as Mara, 61, was found shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent in upstate New York. New York, near the Canadian border.
Police said the official cause of death is still pending, but there were no signs of foul play and it appeared Mara drowned while she was swimming.
In a statement, her rep, Craig Dorfman, described her as “electric, fun and a real person” who was well-liked, as well as a tremendous actress.
Her earliest acting credits date back to the 1989 movie “The Preppie Murder.” The New Yorker has worked regularly ever since, in a mix of repeat characters on some shows and appearances on others.
She acted in movies like “Mr. Saturday Night” with Billy Crystal and “Prom Night”. Her last credit was in 2020, in a movie called “Break Even”.
But her career was developed mainly on television. In the 1990s, she had recurring roles on “ER” and “Nash Bridges,” as well as guest appearances on “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” and “The West Wing.” In the 2000s, she acted in “The Practice”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Lost” and “Dexter”.
She won the 2003 Monaco International Film Festival’s Angel Film Award for Best Second Supporting Actress for her work in the briefly released film “Em and Me”.
Mara studied acting at San Francisco State University and the Yale School of Dramatic Arts. In San Francisco, she created the HART (Haight Ashbury Repertory Theater) theater company, according to CNBC.
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