Mary Mara’s family, colleagues remember actress after her drowning death at 61 in upstate New York

Family, friends and colleagues of late actress Mary Mara mourned her in the wake of her drowning death at the age of 61 in upstate New York.

Mara, known for her roles on ER, Criminal Minds, Dexter and Ray Donovan, was hailed by her relatives as ‘a gifted character actor’ who excelled in ‘complex portrayals of often-troubled characters’ in an obituary shared with People. 

The obituary stated that Mara’s ’32-year career in film and television resembled that of a veteran utility infielder who just missed stardom but always played for winning teams.’

The latest: Family, friends and colleagues of late actress Mary Mara mourned her in the wake of her drowning death at the age of 61 in upstate New York. Mara was snapped in LA in 2006 

Billy Crystal, who performed opposite Mara in the 1992 movie Mr. Saturday Night, dedicated Tuesday’s edition of the Broadway adaptation to the late actress.

‘Tonight the performance of @MrSatNightBway is dedicated to Mary Mara who played my daughter in the film of Mr. Saturday Night in 1992,’ Crystal tweeted Monday. ‘Mary passed away at the age of 61.’

Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was ‘reeling and heartbroken’ to learn of Mara’s passing.

‘One of my soulmates for life, early theater collaborators and a constant help/inspiration in my recovery from addiction,’ Corbett said. ‘I love you Mary.’

Mara, seen in a 2019 selfie, was hailed by her relatives as 'a gifted character actor' who excelled in 'complex portrayals of often-troubled characters' in an obituary

Mara, seen in a 2019 selfie, was hailed by her relatives as ‘a gifted character actor’ who excelled in ‘complex portrayals of often-troubled characters’ in an obituary

Billy Crystal, who performed opposite Mara in the 1992 movie Mr. Saturday Night, dedicated Tuesday's edition of the Broadway adaptation to the late actress

Billy Crystal, who performed opposite Mara in the 1992 movie Mr. Saturday Night, dedicated Tuesday’s edition of the Broadway adaptation to the late actress 

He added a picture he took with her with the caption, ‘Hadn’t seen Mary for a few years since we met up after I saw her perform in Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT at the Mark Taper Forum. She was brilliant.’

Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman issued a statement to People calling her ‘electric, funny, and a true individual,’ adding that ‘everyone loved her’ and ‘she will be missed.’

The Office star Rainn Wilson said, ‘I was greatly saddened to hear about the passing of actor Mary Mara. We had our first professional gigs together in 12th Night at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Hadn’t seen her since but remember her talent and infectious spirit fondly. R.I.P.’

Smallville actress Annette O’Toole tweeted that Mara ‘was funny, kind, brilliantly talented,’ adding, ‘I am terribly sorry she has left us.’

Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was 'reeling and heartbroken' to learn of Mara's passing

Writer-actor Bill Corbett said he was ‘reeling and heartbroken’ to learn of Mara’s passing 

The Office star Rainn Wilson hailed the late actress for her 'talent and infectious spirit'

The Office star Rainn Wilson hailed the late actress for her ‘talent and infectious spirit’ 

Smallville actress Annette O'Toole called Mara 'funny, kind [and] brilliantly talented'

Smallville actress Annette O’Toole called Mara ‘funny, kind [and] brilliantly talented’

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was 'crushed to learn of Mary Mara's untimely passing' alongside a photo of the pair together

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was ‘crushed to learn of Mary Mara’s untimely passing’ alongside a photo of the pair together

General Hospital actor Jon Lindstrom said he was ‘crushed to learn of Mary Mara’s untimely passing’ alongside a photo of the pair together.

‘We performed in a play together back in 2008, Malcolm Danare’s In Heat at the Lost Playhouse in LA,’ he said. ‘She had beaten cancer and was somehow fighting through the aftereffects of Chemo when we worked. She was brave, brilliant, funny and just plain Uber-talented.

‘I last saw her in a play at the Music Center in DTLA delivering a typically brilliant performance, just before she moved back to NY State. This world will be a much less-colorful place without her. R.I.P.’

Authorities with the New York State Police on Monday said that Mara was found after 8 a.m. Sunday in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent, and that early results of a probe suggest she drowned while swimming.

‘The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy to determine an official cause of death,’ police said.

Mara is survived by stepdaughter Katie Mersola, sisters Martha Mara and Susan Mara, brother-in-law Scott Dailey and nephew Christopher Dailey.

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