Christopher McDonald ’77, L.H.D. ’13 appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” to promote his work in an upcoming television event, “Texas Rising,” that premiered on Memorial Day.
“Texas Rising” is a five-part, 10-hour miniseries on the History Channel about the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the birth of the Texas Rangers. McDonald stars alongside many distinguished actors including Kris Kristofferson and Bill Paxton and plays Henry Karnes, co-leader of the Texas Rangering Company, whom History Channel describes as “a grizzled, barrel-chested veteran.”
“Texas Rising” is the first show to be presented on television in cinemascope and in the interview McDonald praises executive producer Leslie Greif for his hard work and creativity on the production. “This show is an actor’s dream,” McDonald said.
In the interview Eisen acknowledges McDonald’s time as a Hobart Statesman on the football team, and notes his recent interview with NFL draft pick Ali Marpet ’15, who was also interviewed on “The Rich Eisen Show” last month.
“I tell you, the guy really showed his power – he really stood up and stood out,” McDonald said of Marpet.
McDonald played football for two years while studying English at HWS. His involvement in Koshare and with the Theatre Department productions led him to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York after graduating cum laude.
A seasoned actor, McDonald held notable roles in the movie “Thelma and Louise,” and television series “Harry’s Law” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Additional credits include “Lucky Guy” opposite Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks on Broadway and his iconic role as Shooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore.”
“Texas Rising” premiered on Monday, May 25 at 9 p.m. E.S.T. on the History Channel.