'Happy Gilmore' actor Christopher McDonald arrested for DWI

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By Kurt Schlosser
Actor Christopher McDonald in a mug shot on Wednesday.New Hanover County Sheriff

Actor Christopher McDonald, who starred as Shooter McGavin in the 1996 Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore," was arrested for DWI in Wilmington, N.C., early Wednesday.

According to a report in Wilmington's Star News, McDonald, 58, was arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol at 1:45 a.m. on the city's Third Street. The newspaper reports that State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said a breath-test determined the actor's blood-alcohol was 0.15.

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The Star News also reports that McDonald was released at 7:20 a.m. on a $1,000 unsecured bond and has a court date set for Dec. 11.

Wilmywood Daily, which reports on Wilmington's film scene, says McDonald arrived in town this week to film "The Squeeze," another golf-themed movie. The site says McDonald was recognized by people at the airport and was "super nice to everyone while taking pictures with a few fans at baggage claim."

TMZ also posted a picture of McDonald with fans, allegedly taken hours before his arrest, at a bar in Wrightsville, Beach, N.C.

In the comedy "Happy Gilmore," McDonald's evil tour pro Shooter McGavin is the arch-nemesis of Sandler's title character, a newcomer with the ability to hit a golf ball a great distance.

McDonald is also known for his role as Darryl, the creepy husband in "Thelma & Louise," and Tappy Tibbons in "Requiem for a Dream." IMDb credits the actor with 85 film roles and numerous television appearances.