The actor followed a relatively non-traditional path to Hollywood. A West Virginia native whose parents were a small-town Baptist preacher and an elementary school teacher, Stewart graduated college with a degree in business marketing, but after appearing in a number of local theater productions, he decided to put his business career on hold to pursue his artistic passion.
Stewart moved to Manhattan and was soon discovered by television producer John Wells, who gave the aspiring actor his first big break by casting him as a rookie police officer navigating the mean streets of New York in the final season of NBC's "Third Watch."
Next, Stewart quickly landed a starring role opposite Courteney Cox in the FX Networks series "Dirt." His emotionally nuanced performance as an actor on the precipice of fame was singled out by TV critics.
Stewart made his mainstream feature film debut opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His other credits include recurring roles on NBC's long-running series "Criminal Minds" and last season's "No Ordinary Family," for ABC.
A happily married father of two, Stewart is also a competitive snowboarder, boxer and avid outdoorsman.
She has a background in classical music and musical theater, with a Bachelors of Music from Belmont University where she studied theater, music, dance and film. After graduating from college, Emma enjoyed a six-month stint singing standards on a Celebrity Cruise liner. She then joined Tokyo Disney, where she sang in a jazz/ Broadway review called "Big Band Beat" at Tokyo Disney Sea. One year later, Emma finally settled in Los Angeles to formally study acting with Lesly Kahn, dabble in modeling, and to write music and perform with her band THE MOTS NOUVEAUX.
Previously, Emma was cast in the Oscar-nominated drama, Social Network, directed by David Fincher, as well as the feature film In Time, directed by Andrew Niccol. Her other credits include guest stars on "CSI: NY" and "Undercovers".
Most recently, McDonald was a series regular on David E. Kelley’s NBC series "Harry’s Law," starring alongside Kathy Bates. In addition, he has been recurring on HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire" and his character returns in the new season.
Other television credits include "Family Law," Veronica’s Closet," "North Shore" and "Cracking Up," all in leading roles. McDonald has guest starred on "The Sopranos," "The Bronx is Burning," "61," "SGU Stargate Universe," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order," "My Boys" and "Psych." His voice work includes a recurring role on Disney Channel’s "Kim Possible."
Born in New York City, McDonald is one of seven children. He grew up in Romulus, New York, where his father was the high-school principal and musical director. Originally a pre-med major at Hobart College, McDonald decided to pursue an acting career in the midst of his senior year. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York.
McDonald first caught Hollywood’s attention when he played Goose McKenzie in Grease 2. Beloved for his comedic roles as Mr. Stifler in American Pie and Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, he also made his mark in memorable performances in such films as Thelma and Louise and Quiz Show, among others.
Additional film credits include The Boys Next Door, Outrageous Fortune, Chances Are, Dutch, Wild Orchids 2, Grumpy Old Men, Fatal Instinct, Terminal Velocity, Cover Story, Rich Man’s Wife, Leave It to Beaver, Flubber, The Iron Giant, The Perfect Storm, Spy Kids 2, Grind, Takedown, Rumor Has It, Kickin It Old Skool, Mad Money, Superhero Movie, Fanboys and The House Bunny, among others.
Also a respected stage actor, McDonald has won such honors as the Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Final Touches." In 2006, he starred on Broadway as Billy Flynn in "Chicago." He also took the stage in productions of "Nightclub Cantina," "Hay Fever," "Bounders" and The Los Angeles Theatre Center’s productions of "Hamlet," "Othello" and "The Taming of the Shrew."
In his free time, McDonald is an avid pilot and also enjoys skiing, fishing and auto racing. He has competed in the Long Beach Grand Prix and on several tracks in Germany.
McDonald currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Lupe, his son and three daughters.