Mary T. Mara, a veteran of TV shows such as “ER,” “Nash Bridges” and “Law & Order,” was found dead in a river, New York State Police said Monday.
Police believe Mara, 61, drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River in the town of Cape Vincent on Sunday morning, state police said in a statement.
State troopers and Cape Vincent Emergency Medical Services workers made the discovery after 8 a.m., they said.
“Mary was one of the best actresses I’ve ever met,” Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman said via email. “She was electric, funny and a real person. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”
Mara made her television debut in 1989 in the TV movie “The Preppie Murder,” the same year she hit the big screen with a small role in Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Blue Steel.”
According to her biography, she has worked as a character actress off Broadway and in Los Angeles.
The 1990s brought him recurring roles on ‘ER’ and ‘Nash Bridges’, as well as guest appearances on ‘Law & Order’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘The West Wing’.
In the 2000s, she scored roles in “The Practice,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Lost” and “Dexter.”
She won the Monaco International Film Festival’s 2003 Angel Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the briefly released film “Em and Me.”
Mara studied acting at San Francisco State University and the Yale School of Drama. In the state of San Francisco, she created the theater company HART (Haight Ashbury Repertory Theatre), based on the book “Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television”.