‘Ray Donovan’ Actress Mary Mara Dead By Drowning

Wikimedia Commons, By Ahmet Yalçınkaya

Mary Mara, who was known for supporting roles in “Nash Bridges,” “ER,” and “Bones,” died on Sunday at 61-years-old.

According to New York State Police, Mara drowned while taking a swim Cape Vincent’s St. Lawrence River on Sunday morning, while she was visiting her sister’s vacation home. 

The police, who stated that the investigation was still ongoing, said that Mara was involved in an “apparent swimming accident,” when State Troopers discovered her remains in the river.  

“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming,” a press release explained. “The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy to determine an official cause of death.”

The Syracuse, New York native, broke into Hollywood in 1990, with a role in Jamie Lee Curtis starrer “Blue Steel.” She played supporting roles in Michael J. Fox action comedy, “The Hard Way,” and John Cusack drama “True Colors” in the early 90’s. 

Mara delighted audiences and stole men’s hearts as a hooker with a hard cough in Sandra Bullock’s 1992 breakout comedy, “Love Potion No. 9.” She moved into primetime with a nine episode stint on NBC’s “ER” in 1996, and spent most of her career in special guest roles on network hits “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Law & Order,” “The Practice,” and many more.

She spent the latter years of her career on Showtime smash hits “Dexter,” “Shameless,” and “Ray Donovan.” Her final role was in the 2020 action flick “Break Even,” beside Steve Guttenberg. 

“Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met. She had a terrific sense of humor and a unique outlook on life,” her manager Craig Dorfman announced after Mara’s death. “I still remember the first time that I saw her onstage in Mad Forest in 92. She was utterly captivating, well loved, and will be missed.”

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