Chris McDonald to Present 2017 NFTV Canopy Award

Actor Christopher McDonald will present the inaugural Canopy Award for the 2017 TV Festival. Chris Noth will accept the award on Friday, September 8 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY.


Renowned character actor Christopher McDonald recently wrapped Emanuele Della Valle’s debut feature film, Wetlands, opposite Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. 

McDonald first caught Hollywood's attention when he played T-Bird, Goose McKenzie in "Grease 2."  Beloved for his comedic roles such as Shooter McGavin in "Happy Gilmore," McDonald has received critical acclaim for his memorable performances in classic films"Thelma and Louise," "Quiz Show," “Requiem for a Dream,” and “The Iron Giant,” among others. 

He has enjoyed an illustrious career in television, most recently seen in HBO’s Ballers and ‘Judge Schakowsky’ on CBS’s critically acclaimed series, The Good Wife. Other notable TV credits include HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" as Harry Daugherty, David E. Kelley’s “Harry’s Law”, starring Kathy Bates, ”Texas Rising,” “Happy Endings,” "Family Law," Veronica’s Closet," "North Shore,” "Cracking Up," "The Sopranos," “Fat Actress,” "The Bronx is Burning," "61," "SGU Stargate Universe," "Numb3rs," “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” "Law & Order," and “Into Thin Air,” among others. His voice work includes a recurring role in Disney Channel's "Kim Possible" and Cartoon Network’s “Beware the Batman.”  

His 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 Perfect Storm," "Spy Kids:2," "Grind," "Takedown," "Rumor Has It," "Kickin’ It Old Skool," "Mad Money," "Superhero Movie," "Fanboys," "House Bunny," among others. 

His love of theater led him to return to New York in 2006 to star on Broadway as Billy Flynn in "Chicago." He also took the stage in productions of "Nightclub Cantata," "Hay Fever," "Bouncers," and The Los Angeles Theatre Center's productions of "Hamlet," "Othello" and "The Taming of the Shrew." He is also the recipient of a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor ("Final Touches"). In 2013, he starred in Nora Ephron’s hit production of The Lucky Guy on Broadway opposite Tom Hanks. 

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 his senior year. A classically-trained stage actor, he studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York.  

In his free time, McDonald races cars, having won in the Long Beach Grand Prix, as well as on tracks in Germany. Also an avid pilot, he also enjoys skiing and fishing. McDonald currently resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife Lupe, son and three daughters.