Kate Rooney Mara was born on February 27, 1983, in Bedford, New York. She is a great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Mara began acting at the age of nine in a school musical. Mara’s first television role was in the NBC legal drama Law & Order.
About Kate Mara in brief
Kate Rooney Mara was born on February 27, 1983, in Bedford, New York. She is a great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Mara began acting at the age of nine in a school musical. Mara’s first television role was in the NBC legal drama Law & Order in 1997. Mara was cast as the lead in the 2004 The WB pilot Prodigy, about a teenage child prodigy. She had a recurring role on the WB’s Jack & Bobby in 2005 and a five-episode arc on TV series 24 in 2006. Mara joined the cast of the HBO comedy Entourage for the sixth season in 2009. In 2012, Mara was offered the role of Zoe Barnes, an intrepid reporter from Washington, D.C., on House of Cards. In 2018, Mara also co-starred in the first season of the FX LGBT drama series Pose. She made her film debut in Random Hearts. She has since appeared as Alma Jr. in Brokeback Mountain, We Are Marshall, Shooter, Transsiberian, Stone of Destiny, The Open Road, Transcendence, The Martian, Fantastic Four, Morgan, Megan Leavey, My Days of Mercy, and Chappaquiddick. Her father is one of 11 children, through whom she has 22 aunts and uncles, and 40 cousins. Her mother’s side of the family has held ownership in the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers football team since its formation in 1933.
Her paternal grandparents were Wellington Mara and Ann Mara, who co-owned the Giants football team from 1959 until his death in 2005. Her first cousin, once removed, Art Rooney II, is the current President and co-owner of the Steelers. Her maternal grandfather, Timothy James \”Tim\” Rooney, has operated Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, NY since 1972. She has one older brother, Daniel; one younger sister, the actress Patricia \”Rooney\”; and one younger brother, Conor. Mara graduated from Fox Lane High School a year early, and was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study musical theater, but deferred her slot to work as an actress. She went on to guest star on numerous television series, including Madigan Men, Ed and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Mara also appeared on Cold Case, Boston Public, CSI: Miami and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that same year. She played Brittany, Eric Murphy’s assistant at his talent-management company and his potential love interest at the time, on NipTuck.