Mary Mara Dies In Apparent Drowning: ‘Nash Bridges’, ‘ER’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actor Was 61

character actor maria maraknown for his work on ER, Law & Order: SVU, And nip Tuck, and dozens of other TV shows and movies, drowned Sunday in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, NY, according to New York State Police. She was 61 years old.

A state police press release said Mara was found in the river on Sunday morning by troops and Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance following reports of a possible drowning. Preliminary investigation indicates that she drowned while swimming in the river. Police said there was no sign of disturbance and an autopsy would be conducted to determine the official cause of death. The investigation continues.

A spokesman for the family said Mara was living at her sister, Martha Mara, summer home in Syracuse, NY, the property facing the river outside the village of Cape Vincent in the Thousand Islands area, where the St. Lawrence separates Canada and the United States. .

Mara, who made her television debut in 1989, preppy murder, He appeared in several film and television roles, primarily as a character actor, and worked off-Broadway and on stage in Los Angeles. She specializes in complex portrayals of often troubled characters; Perhaps best known for her recurring role of Loretta Sweet, a sympathetic, lowly and out-of-touch prostitute and single mother on the NBC series, ER. His last appearance in the film was, break-even, Released in 2020.

He also played a psychopathic killer in the CBS detective drama criminal mind, as well as the vulnerable adult daughter of the emotionally distant, deceitful comedian in the 1992 film Mr. Saturday Night. His comedic work included Love Potion No. 9, his feature-film debut, as a young and overly dressed and cuffed hooker.

On stage, she appeared in a 1989 New York Shakespeare Festival production with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Gregory Hines twelfth Nightand co-starred with William Hurt in Anton Chekhov’s Yale Repertory Theater performance in 1990 Ivanov.

He played the series regular role of Inspector Byron Carson in the CBS police drama Nash Bridge, and starred opposite stars such as Michael J Fox (The Hard Way), Billy Crystal (Mr. Saturday Night), Sandra Bullock (Love Potion No. 9)John Travolta (a civil action) and Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds, True Colors).

Mara’s family consists of her step-daughter, Katie Mersola, her sister, Martha Mara of Syracuse; Another sister and a brother-in-law, Susan Mara and Scott Daly of Kent, Wash., and a nephew of the Sammamish, Christopher Daly, Wash.