Mary Mara, a character actor best known for her roles in ER, Ray Donavan and Law & authority, died in an apparent drowning on Sunday. She was 61.
New York State Police reported the death after responding to a call about a possible drowning in the small town of Cape Vincent Sunday morning.
Emergency services found Mara dead in the water in the St. Lawrence River.
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A preliminary investigation indicates that Mara drowned while swimming and police have so far found no signs of malicious intent, a press release said.
The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine an official cause of death. The investigation is underway.
Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman also confirmed the actor’s death, writing that “Mary was one of the best actresses I’ve ever met.”
“I remember seeing her on stage in 1992 in Crazy Forest from Broadway. She was electric, funny and a real individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”
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A spokesperson for Mara’s family told Deadline that the actor was staying at her sister’s summer home in Cape Vincent when she died. The property is located in the Thousand Islands region where the St. Lawrence River separates Canada and the US
Cape Vincent is about an hour’s drive from Kingston, Ont.
Mara has starred in TV and film roles, and her credits include multi-episode roles on beloved series such as RightStar Trek: Enterprise and Nash Bridges. Her film credits include: mr. Saturday Night and Love potion #9.
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Mara’s last role was the movie of 2020 Drawafter which she quit acting and moved back to her hometown of Syracuse, according to Variety.
The actor leaves behind her stepdaughter Katie Mersola, her sisters Martha and Susan Mara and cousin Christopher Dailey.
At the time of writing, no funeral plans have been announced.
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