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"Looks like an albino deer."
"He looks like he even shits blonde."
"He looked like a husky! Sled dog? It was the eyes."
— A list of phrases used on Justified to describe a character played by Neal McDonough.
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Neal P. McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American film, television, actor and voice actor. With the sharp blue eyes of a husky and hair so blonde it would make Hitler have to sit down and fan himself, McDonough is extremely prolific and has played everything from warm father figures to cold-blooded villains. And he always looks like he's having a ball doing it.

Perhaps his best known roles are that of Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Dave Williams on ABC's Desperate Housewives (2008–2009), Robert Quarles on Justified and his roles in films such as Walking Tall (2004) where he played the Big Bad and Captain America: The First Avenger where he played Dum-Dum Dugan. He's currently playing DC Comics villain Damien Darhk in the Arrowverse.


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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: invoked
    • He was considering giving up on acting, but Band of Brothers convinced him to keep doing it.
    • After Buck Compton, Wyatt in Tin Man is his favourite role — jumping at the chance to play a "Gary Cooper, High Noon esque character." He had always wanted to play the Tin Man as well, having played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: He's frequently asked by fans to say "I'm Buck Compton, baby". Buck never says this in the miniseries. It's something Neal can be heard saying on the Ron Livingston Video Diaries as he comes back from the hospital. invoked
  • Contractual Purity: He's rather famous for refusing to do love scenes. Due to his strong Catholic beliefs, he will not kiss any woman who is not his wife. He was even fired from the TV show Scoundrels because of it. On the other hand, he had no problem playing a Depraved Bisexual and being shot in suggestive scenes with men in Justified. invoked
  • Creator Breakdown: While filming the third episode of Band of Brothers he suffered it, realising the full extent of what he was getting into. To this day, he can't watch the episode "The Breaking Point" due to how heavily into character he got. invoked
  • Dawson Casting: At the age of thirty-three, he plays Buck Compton at twenty-three over a two year period. invoked
  • Playing Against Type: Neal usually plays heroic or wholesome characters, but has played a few villains in his time: invoked
  • Those Two Actors: He's starred with some of his Band of Brothers cast members in other stuff — Donnie Wahlberg in Boomtown and Rick Gomez in Justified. invoked
  • Wag the Director: He demanded for a more redemptive ending on Desperate Housewives, which resulted in Dave sparing Mike and Susan's kid at the last minute. invoked
  • What Could Have Been: invoked
    • Lt Hawk in Star Trek: First Contact was written to be gay, making him the first openly gay character in the franchise. All references to him being gay were left out of the script. He was given Word of Gay by way of a tie-in novel.
    • It's rumoured that in Tin Man Wyatt and DG were originally going to become a couple. It's unknown if this was changed due to Neal's stance on love scenes (see above) or simply because of the twenty year age difference between he and Zooey Deschanel.
    • According to Nathan Fillion, Neal was one of the actors being considered for Mal Reynolds in Firefly.
    • Dum-Dum Dugan was meant to appear in the Season 1 finale of Agent Carter to be on standby to shoot down Howard's plane. It was changed to Mr Jarvis when Neal was unavailable.


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