Ray Donovan and ER actress Mary Mara dead at age 61 after 'drowning in river'

Ray Donovan and ER actress Mary Mara dead at age 61 after ‘drowning in St. Lawrence river while swimming for exercise’ during visit to her sister’s summer home in northern New York

  • Actress Mary Mara has died at age 61 after reportedly drowning in a river 
  • New York State Police say the Ray Donovan actress died during a swim in the St. Lawrence River 
  •  Mara has had extensive career in Hollywood with 81 credits to her name on IMDb 
  • She has had roles on Mr. Saturday Night, ER, and Ray Donovan  

Actress Mary Mara has died after reportedly drowning in the St. Lawrence River. She was 61.

New York State Police said the ER and Ray Donavan actress died while swimming for exercise, according to TMZ. 

Her body was discovered in the town of Cape Vincent, New York, on Sunday morning, after police received a call for a possible drowning at around 8:10am.

A representative for Mara said she had been visiting her sister’s summer home when she drowned. 

Actress Mary Mara has died at age 61 after drowning in the St. Lawrence River

Actress Mary Mara has died at age 61 after drowning in the St. Lawrence River

Mara (second from right) appears alongside William H. Macy (far right), and Tony Shalhoub (far left) in the 1998 film A Civil Action

Mara (second from right) appears alongside William H. Macy (far right), and Tony Shalhoub (far left) in the 1998 film A Civil Action

‘When Troopers, along with Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance arrived on the scene, they discovered a female deceased in the St. Lawrence River,’ a statement from police read. 

‘The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Mary T. Mara from Cape Vincent, NY.’

‘The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming. The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play,’ it continued. 

An autopsy will be performed at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an official cause of death.

‘Mary’s body was found this morning in her beloved St Lawrence River. She drowned while swimming,’ a rep for Mara told Fox News Digital.  

‘Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met. She had a terrific sense of humor and a unique outlook on life. 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.’

Mara has had extensive career in both Hollywood and television, and worked alongside some of the biggest names in the business.

Mara pictured at the premiere of Stranger Inside in Hollywood

 Mara pictured at the premiere of Stranger Inside in Hollywood 

Mara pictured in an episode of Ray Donovan

Mara pictured in an episode of Ray Donovan 

She played Loretta Sweet on nine episodes of ER, from 1995 to 1996.

Mara also played Susan in the 1992 Billy Crystal film Mr. Saturday Night.

Over the years, she had roles in The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Star Trek: Enterprise, Nip/Tuck, and The Practice.

In 2013, she played Mrs. Sullivan on Ray Donovan, and Nance on Shameless.

Her last role was in the 2020 film Break Even.

Mara is a native of Syracuse,. She attended San Francisco State University and the Yale school of drama.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Katie Mersola, her sisters Martha Mara and Susan Mara, her brother-in-law Scott Dailey, and her nephew, Christopher Dailey. 

Mara pictured in 2018 at the opening of Sweat in Los Angeles

Mara pictured in 2018 at the opening of Sweat in Los Angeles 

source: dailymail.co.uk