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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio at the Transport Group Gala in 2013.
Born (1958-11-17) November 17, 1958 (age 65)
Lombard, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationsActress, singer
Years active1980–present
SpousePat O'Connor (1990–present)

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (born November 17, 1958) is an American actress and singer. She made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of West Side Story, and went on to appear in the 1983 film Scarface as Al Pacino's character's sister, Gina Montana. For her role as Carmen in the 1986 film The Color of Money, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film roles include The Abyss (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and The Perfect Storm (2000). In 2003, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha.

Early life[]

Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Frank A. Mastrantonio and Mary Dominica (née Pagone) both of Italian descent. Her father operated a bronze foundry.[1][2] She was raised in Oak Park, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois.



Mastrantonio first appeared on screen in Brian De Palma's Scarface (1983) as Gina, sister of Al Pacino's Tony Montana. She achieved prominence for her Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated role in The Color of Money (1986) opposite Paul Newman and Tom Cruise.

Other featured roles of the 1980s include Slam Dance (1987), opposite Tom Hulce and The January Man (1989) with Kevin Kline.[3][4] She also starred in writer/director James Cameron's science fiction The Abyss (1989) with Ed Harris. She played the attorney daughter of Gene Hackman's character in Class Action, co-starred in the 1992 thriller Consenting Adults, and played a fishing boat captain in The Perfect Storm (2000).


Mastrantonio has appeared on Broadway in various musicals, including West Side Story, Copperfield, The Human Comedy, and the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha, in which she played Aldonza/Dulcinea opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell. She has appeared in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night. Her New York City stage performances have garnered her a Tony Award nomination and two Drama Desk Award nominations.[citation needed]

She also starred in Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. In 1984, Mastrantonio was featured in a benefit performance of A Christmas Carol with Helen Hayes, Raul Julia, Harold Scott, F. MacIntyre Dixon, and Len Cariou at the Symphony Space in New York. On stage, Mastrantonio starred most recently in A View from the Bridge as Beatrice, alongside Ken Stott and Allan Corduner at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.[5]


She had a recurring role during Seasons 4–5 (2005–07) of the television drama Without a Trace. Mastrantonio played unit commander Capt. Zoe Callas in the Season 9 (2010) of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Starting with the final episode of Season 1 (2012), Mastrantonio has a recurring role on Grimm, playing Kelly Burkhardt, mother of the show's protagonist.

In 2013, she guest-starred on Blue Bloods in the episode "Inside Jobs". She had a recurring role on the 2013–14 program Hostages, playing First Lady Mary Kincaid.

In 2015 she was cast in a leading role in Limitless on CBS, playing FBI Special Agent in Charge Nasreen "Naz" Pouran, which debuted on September 22, 2015.[6]

Personal life[]

Mastrantonio has been married to director Pat O'Connor, who helmed The January Man, since 1990; the couple have two sons.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 The King of Comedy Extra in crowd scene Uncredited
1983 Scarface Gina Montana
1986 The Color of Money Carmen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Slam Dance Helen Drood
1989 The January Man Bernadette Flynn
1989 The Abyss Lindsey Brigman Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
1990 Fools of Fortune Marianne
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Maid Marian Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1991 Class Action Maggie Ward
1992 White Sands Lane Bodin
1992 Consenting Adults Priscilla Parker
1995 Three Wishes Jeanne Holman
1995 Two Bits Luisa Spirito
1999 Limbo Donna De Angelo Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
1999 My Life So Far Moira "Mumsie" Pettigrew
2000 The Perfect Storm Linda Greenlaw
2003 Standing Room Only Maria Short film, later included in the compilation film Stories of Lost Souls
2004 Tabloid Natasha Fox


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Edda Mussolini-Ciano Miniseries
1991 Uncle Vanya Yelena Television film
1995 Frasier Eileen Voice only
1 episode
1999 Witness Protection Cindy Batton Television film
2004 The Brooke Ellison Story Jean Ellison Television film
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special
2005–06 Without a Trace Anne Cassidy Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 Hallmark Hall of Fame Gayle Russell Anthology series
Film: "The Russell Girl"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Capt. Zoe Callas Main role (season 9), 14 episodes
2012–15 Grimm Kelly Burkhardt Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Sophia Lanza 1 episode
2013 Hostages First Lady Mary Kincaid Recurring role, 6 episodes
2015 Limitless Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran Main role


  1. "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio profile at". Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  2. Glenn Collins (1989-07-17). "An Actress Describes Her Life As a Man and as Other Actresses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  3. Vincent Canby (1989-01-13). "Kevin Kline On the Trail Of a Killer". The New York Times.
  4. Janet Maslin (1989-02-05). "Is January The Cruelest Month?". The New York Times.
  5. "Mastrantonio Joins Cast of London's View From the Bridge Revival". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  6. Andreeva, Nellie (March 17, 2015). "Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Joins CBS Pilot Limitless". Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  7. Samantha Critchell (2000-05-20). "Five questions for Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio". Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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