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Neal McDonough (born February 13, 1966) is an American actor and producer, known for portraying Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and Damian Darhk in the Arrowverse.


McDonough was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on February 13, 1966, the son of Catherine (née Bushe) and Frank McDonough, motel owners who emigrated from Ireland, with his mother coming from County Tipperary and his father from County Galway. McDonough grew up in Barnstable, Massachusetts and was raised Catholic. His childhood nickname was "Headster", which McDonough says originated in his brothers' teasing him about the size of his head. He graduated from Barnstable High School, and attended Syracuse University, where he was initiated and became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He had obtained several college scholarships to play baseball, but decided to go to Syracuse, as he thought it had the best theater department. McDonough furthered his classical theatre training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Work for AHS[]

McDonough portrayed a fictionilzed President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower in the show's tenth season, in which he was a main cast member in the second part of the season, subtitled "Death Valley".

McDonough has been a long-time fan of American Horror Story, and it was reportedly easy to cast him, as many had wanted him to play Eisenhower since he started greying. He also stated himself that he took his role very seriously, and was happy to hear that his performance on the show was appreciated.


  • McDonough was nominated for the fan-voted award of "Best Main Protagonist" of the (now cancelled) "FANDOM Awards", a fan-cast event.
  • McDonough is one of the many seasonal one-shots in American Horror Story.
  • Just like Jessica Lange & Kathy Bates, McDonough was already a heartedly celebrated actor before joining the cast.


Episode appearances for Neal McDonough
Story or Series Character Episodes
Double Feature: Death Valley Dwight Eisenhower