‘Nash Bridges’, ‘ER’ Actor Was 61 – Deadline

Character actor Mary Mara, known for her work on ER, Law & Order: SVU, and Nip/Tuck, and dozens of other TV shows and movies, drowned Sunday in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, NY, according to New York State Police. She was 61.

A state police press release says Mara was found in the river Sunday morning by troopers and Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance after a report of a possible drowning. Preliminary investigation shows that she drowned while swimming in the river. Police said there was no evidence of malicious intent and an autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of death. The investigation continues.

A family spokesperson said Mara was staying at the summer home of her sister, Martha Mara, of Syracuse, NY. The property is located on the river outside the village of Cape Vincent, in the Thousand Islands region, where the St. Lawrence separates Canada and the US

Mara, who debuted in the 1989 made-for-television film, The Preppie Murder, worked primarily as a character actor in numerous film and television roles, and on stage off-Broadway and in Los Angeles. She specialized in complex depictions of often distressed characters; perhaps best known for her recurring role of Loretta Sweet, a lovable, morose prostitute and single mother on the NBC series, IS. Her last appearance was in the movie, Draw, released in 2020.

She also played a psychopathic killer in the CBS detective drama criminal minds, as well as the frail adult daughter of an emotionally distant, washed-up comedian in the 1992 film, Mr. Saturday Night. Her comedic work also included Love Potion No. 9, her feature film debut, as a young and overly dressed and dressed whore.

On stage, she appeared in 1989 with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Gregory Hines in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of twelfth nightand co-starred with William Hurt in a 1990 Yale Repertory Theater performance of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov.

She played the series regular role of Inspector Byrn Carson in CBS police drama nash bridges, and starred opposite stars such as Michael J. Fox (The Hard Way), Billy Crystal (sir saturday night), Sandra Bullock (Love Potion No. 9)John Travolta (A civil action) and Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds, True Colors).

Mara is survived by her stepdaughter, Katie Mersola, her sister, Martha Mara, of Syracuse; another sister and brother-in-law, Susan Mara and Scott Dailey, of Kent, Wash., and a cousin, Christopher Dailey, of Sammamish, Wash.