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Actor from 'Happy Gilmore' charged with DWI in Wilmington

Posted October 16, 2013

Christopher McDonald

— An actor who starred in the 1996 Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore" was charged Wednesday with driving drunk in downtown Wilmington, according to State Highway Patrol officials. 

Christopher McDonald, 58, is charged with driving while impaired. Troopers said McDonald's blood-alcohol level was 0.15, almost twice the 0.08 level at which drivers are considered impaired under state law.

McDonald was taken into custody at about 1:45 a.m. on Third Street, according to the Wilmington Star-News. He was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. 

McDonald starred in "Happy Gilmore" as Shooter McGavin. Recently, he has appeared in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."


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  • dwntwnboy2 Oct 16, 2013

    Shoulda just gone to Red Lobster LOL

  • Pseudonym Oct 16, 2013

    Quote from 37: "Just stay out of his way or you'll pay."

    Hey, why don't I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What'd ya say?

  • pstroud2 Oct 16, 2013

    LocalYokel: I doubt is has much to do with his celebrity status, thats just par for the course...

  • Gnathostomata Oct 16, 2013

    What? an "actor" doing something basically degenerate? I thought they were our inspiration! Our pedestal heroes...they speak and we should follow their hallowed lead because they know what's best for us. I mean, they buy, er, support, elected officials so we can have a perfect life. And to think this one has feet of clay...tsk, tsk, tsk.

  • LocalYokel Oct 16, 2013

    $1,000 unsecured bond for DWI at 2X the legal limit? That's a celebrity justice rate. Wilmington is very generous to the entertainment industry.

  • 37 Oct 16, 2013

    Just stay out of his way or you'll pay.

  • packbacker2 Oct 16, 2013

    Find your happy place...

  • BlueDevils00 Oct 16, 2013

    Whoa, Shooter McGavin!!

  • sunshine1040 Oct 16, 2013

    Do not feel sorry for him you can afford the booze you can afford a cab