ER and Criminal Minds actress Mary Mara dies at 61 after drowning

Mary Mara has made a name for herself in television with roles in some of network television’s longest-running iconic series, including a memorable series about a medical drama Emergency room. Sadly, the 61-year-old actress and New York native passed away after an apparent drowning in New York State.

According to New York State Police, soldiers responded to a call in Cape Vincent (located in Jefferson County, NY) for possible drowning, along with first responders. They discovered Mary Mara, who was already deceased. The call came in at 8:10 a.m. on June 26.

Although the investigation is continuing into what happened, findings so far indicate that she drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River. An autopsy has not yet been performed, but there are reportedly no signs of foul play. News of Mara’s death was confirmed by authorities on June 27.

According to a family spokesperson (via Deadline), the actress was staying with her sister, Martha Mara, at her summer home along the St. Lawrence River. Besides her two sisters, she is survived by her daughter-in-law, her brother-in-law and her nephew.

Mary Mara was a familiar face on television with roles in major shows, and she is perhaps best known for her recurring role which was relatively early in her decades-spanning career. After several one-off roles, she landed the role of Loretta Sweet in the second season of Emergency room, which will run for 15 high-profile seasons on NBC. She would appear as the memorable patient in nine of the 22 episodes of the 1995-1996 season.

She then landed a role in CBS’ Nash Bridges, where she portrayed Insp. Bryn Carson in the first three seasons from 1996 to 1997. Nash Bridges and Emergency room were his longest running roles, but certainly not his only characters on high-profile TV shows. In fact, she played two different characters on Blue NYPDthen two different characters on the original series of Law and orderbefore its 2022 revival on NBC.

Mara also played the same Dr. Jane Lefkowitz character in two shows set in the same universe: The practice and The Crossing of Gideonboth in 2001. She joined the star trek universe in 2004 with several episodes of Companyand later appeared in several episodes of Dexter, Shamelessand Ray Donovan. She is also undoubtedly remembered for her role as the killer on CBS’ Criminal minds in 2014, which certainly showed off some of her versatility as an actress.

His last credit at the time of his death was part of the 2020 film Break even. She had a number of film credits, including Love Potion #9, but is best known for her work in television. THR reports that she also had a history on stage, with work at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York.

Our thoughts here at CinemaBlend are with Mary Mara’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. She leaves behind a strong legacy as an actress who has contributed to many shows that have become iconic, with some even gaining a second life through streaming services and spinoffs in the years since their conclusion.

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