Christopher McDonald ’77 has a recurring role in NBC’s new legal drama “Harry’s Law.” McDonald plays lawyer “Tommy Jefferson.” The show’s pilot aired Jan. 17. McDonald will appear in the next 10 episodes.
Described by the New York Times as one of the hardest working and most prolific actors in Hollywood, McDonald brings “legendary” characters to life with consistent acclaim. From “Thelma and Louise” to “Quiz Show” to “Happy Gilmore,” McDonald has worked opposite actors such as Adam Sandler, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton, and for directors like Ridley Scott, the Coen Brothers, Robert Redford, and Carl Reiner.
At Hobart, McDonald played football, was goalie on Hobart’s varsity soccer team, was Song Master of the Kappa Alpha Society, and received his degree in English, cum laude. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the London Academy of Music and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York City.
On television, McDonald has had starring roles on “Family Law,” “Veronica’s Closet” and “Cracking Up,” as well as many single appearance roles. He also recently appeared in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and in “Stargate Universe.” He has more than 80 films to his credit and reprised his role as Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago” in 2008. He was winner of the 1982 Drama-Logue Best Actor Award.
An article about his role in “Harry’s Law” appeared in Entertainment Weekly:
Exclusive: Ex-‘Family’ guy joins ‘Harry’s Law’
Christopher McDonald (Family Law, Happy Gilmore) has landed the recurring role of Thomas “Tommy” Jefferson, a fast-talking, attention-seeking lawyer whose office is perma-lit for press conferences.
Debuting in the show’s second episode, Tommy goes head-to-head with Corddry’s Adam in an unlikely case about the legality of China’s one-child-only policy. And just like that, a rivalry is born.
Harry’s Law, which is slated to premiere at midseason, stars Oscar winner Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn, a former patent attorney who forms an unconventional law firm in a run-down shoe store. The cast also boasts American Dreams‘ Brittany Snow.
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