Neal McDonough
550px-Neal McDonough 2009
Character Dave Williams
Season(s) 5
Date of Birth February 13, 1966
Origin Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
IMDb profile

Neal McDonough portrays the role of Dave Williams on Desperate Housewives.


McDonough was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of Catherine and Frank McDonough, motel owners who emigrated from Ireland, with his mother coming from County Tipperary and his father from County Galway. He grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts, graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. His roommate in college was Brett Pollock, current broadcaster for the Huntsville Star. Stars of the Southern League. McDonough frequently appeared as "Captain Laser" inspiring young students to bring their studies to completion. From there McDonough trained for a short time at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

In 1991, he won the Best Actor Dramalogue for "Away Alone". McDonough has made many television and film appearances since then, including Band of Brothers, Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report and The Hitcher. McDonough played Dave Williams on the fifth season of Desperate Housewives.

McDonough is married to Ruvé Robertson, with whom he has a son, Morgan, and a daughter, Catherine.



  • Angels in the Outfield (1994) - Whit Bass
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - Lieutenant Hawk
  • Murder Live! (1997) - Hank Wilson
  • Ravenous (1999) - Reich
  • Band of Brothers (2001) - Buck Compton
  • Minority Report (2002) - Officer Gordon 'Fletch' Fletcher
  • Timeline (2003) - Frank Gordon
  • They Call Him Sasquatch (2003) - Ned Dwyer
  • Walking Tall (2004) - Jay Hamilton
  • Silent Men (2005) - Liam
  • The Guardian (2006) - Jack Skinner
  • The Last Time (2006) - Hurly
  • Flags of Our Fathers (2006) - Captain Severance
  • The Hitcher (2007) - Lieutenant Esteridge
  • Brothers Three: An American Gothic (2007) - Rick
  • Machine (2007) - Jack Ford
  • I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Daniel Fleming
  • 88 Minutes (2008) - Jon Forster
  • Traitor (2008) - Max Archer
  • Forever Strong (2008) - Coach Richard Penning
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) - M. Bison

Television appearances

  • Quantum Leap (1991)- Chucky
  • JAG (1995) - 2nd Lieutenant Jay Anderson
  • White Dwarf (1995) - Dr. Driscoll Rampart III
  • The Incredible Hulk (1996) - Dr. Robert Bruce Banner (voice)
  • Band of Brothers (2001) - 1st Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton
  • The X-Files (2002) - Agent Comer
  • Boomtown (2002) - David McNorris, Deputy D.A.
  • Medical Investigation (2004) - Dr. Stephen Connor
  • Traveler (2007) - Secretary of Homeland Security Jack Freed
  • Tin Man (2007) - Wyatt Cain (Tin Man)
  • Desperate Housewives - Dave Williams (2008-present)

Other appearances

  • The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005) - Bruce Banner (voice)

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