Grace Zabriskie

Actor, Silk-screen printer
A character actress given to tasty bit parts, Grace Zabriskie vacillates between erotic exhibitionists and colorful, brassy mothers. Since making her feature debut in "Norma Rae" (1978), the New Orleans-born actress has ... Read more »
Born: in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Rosemont 2014 (Movie)

Josephine Sutton (Actor)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Blackwell (Actor)

Wrong Cops 2014 (Movie)

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Wrong Cops 2013 (Movie)

Donna (Duke's Mother) (Actor)

Big Love 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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High Incident 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Second Noah 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Bob Funk 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Funk (Actor)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Mrs. McCullum (Actor)

Careless 2007 (Movie)

Adrienne (Actor)

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

Grandma Jones (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Visitor #1 (Actor)

Chrystal 2005 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

Medium 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Grudge 2004 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Charmed 2003 (Tv Show)

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John Doe 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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No Good Deed 2003 (Movie)

Mrs. Quarre (Actor)

The Glow 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Park Overall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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R.S.V.P. 2001 (Movie)

Mary Franklin (Actor)

They Crawl 2001 (Movie)

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Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

Helen Raines (Actor)

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

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Trash 2000 (Movie)

Mrs DeMarie (Actor)

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

Sherri (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Dottie (Actor)

Dante's View 1998 (Movie)

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George B. 1998 (Movie)

The Mother (Actor)

Seinfeld 1992, 1996, 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Devil's Child 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Dead Men Can't Dance 1997 (Movie)

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The Burning Zone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Children of the Dust 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Desert Winds 1995 (Movie)

Jackie's Mother (Actor)

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Angel Falls 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Annie's Garden 1994 (Movie)

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Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

Winona (Actor)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Hankshaw (Actor)

The Passion of Darkly Noon 1994 (Movie)

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Bonds of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Chain of Desire 1993 (Movie)

Linda Baily (Actor)

The Crew 1993 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Last Laugh 1993 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Dean R. Koontz's Servants of Twilight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

of Magi Lune (Voice)

Rampage 1992 (Movie)

Naomi Reece (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Sarah Palmer (Actor)

Ambition 1991 (Movie)

Mrs Merrick (Actor)

Blood Ties 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Eva Bates (Actor)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

Alena (Actor)

Child's Play 2 1990 (Movie)

Grace Poole (Actor)

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Juana (Actor)

Drugstore Cowboy 1989 (Movie)

Bob's Mother (Actor)

Megaville 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Panilov (Actor)

Shooter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Ryan White Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Mama's Boy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Boost 1988 (Movie)

Sheryl (Actor)

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

Jefferson (Actor)

The Big Easy 1987 (Movie)

Mama McSwain (Actor)

Nickel Mountain 1985 (Movie)

Ellie Wells (Actor)

The Burning Bed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Body Rock 1984 (Movie)

Chilly's Mother (Actor)

M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

Esther Pokrifki (Actor)

John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Galaxy of Terror 1980 (Movie)

Captain Trantor (Actor)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

Linette Adum (Actor)

The Private Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Nanny (Actor)

The Devil's Clone 1978 (Movie)

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A Deadly Silence (TV Show)

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A House of Secrets and Lies (TV Show)

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A Promise to Carolyn (TV Show)

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A Texas Funeral (TV Show)

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Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

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Blinded By the Light (TV Show)

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Children of the Dust (Movie)

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Double Deception (TV Show)

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Freedom Road (TV Show)

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Hometown Boy Makes Good (TV Show)

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Intimate Stranger (TV Show)

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Miracle Child (TV Show)

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Murder at My Door (TV Show)

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My Father, My Son (TV Show)

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My Mother's Secret Life (TV Show)

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North Beach and Rawhide (TV Show)

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One Too Many (TV Show)

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Shadow Chasers (TV Show)

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The Concrete Cowboys (TV Show)

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The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

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Twin Peaks (TV Show)

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Biography

A character actress given to tasty bit parts, Grace Zabriskie vacillates between erotic exhibitionists and colorful, brassy mothers. Since making her feature debut in "Norma Rae" (1978), the New Orleans-born actress has gone on to leave an indelible mark on both the small and big screens. She has been particularly effective in movies playing mothers, albeit not the kind that would be embraced by June Cleaver. In "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Zabriskie portrayed Debra Winger's mom while in "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), she was the rejecting parent of Matt Dillon. The actress drew on her roots as Dennis Quaid's Cajun mom in "The Big Easy" (1986) and was another Southern mother, this time to Sissy Spacek, in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1994). Two of her most memorable feature parts were as a crazed killer (in a role tailored specifically for her) in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" (1990) and as Malcolm McDowall's wife in "Chain of Desire" (1993), for which she donned a maid's uniform and wig for a softly sadistic sex scene. Aong with a steady string of low-profile indie filsm, Zabriskie has appeared in "A Family Thing" (1996), "Armageddon" (1998), "Gone In Sixty Seconds" (2001), "The House on Turk Street" (2002) and, in a particularly effective turn, as the near catatonic victim of "The Grudge" (2004).

Milestones

2009

Cast as the mother and victim of Michael Shannon's character in Werner Herzog's "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," produced by David Lynch

2006

Played the mother of Bill Paxton's polygamist character on "Big Love" (HBO)

2004

Acted in the U.S. remake of Japanese horror hit "The Grudge"

2002

Played supporting role in crime drama "No Good Deed"

1998

Cast in Michael Bay's "Armageddon"

1997

Appeared in "Armageddon"

1996

Co-starred in the acclaimed TV-movie "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime), directed by Anjelica Huston

1994

Landed featured role in Van Sant's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"

1993

Appeared in the interactive CD-ROM movie "Voyeur" as Robert Culp's neurotic sister

1993

Starred in the ensemble-driven feature "Chain of Desire"

1992

Reprised role of Sarah Palmer in Lynch's feature prequel "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

1992

Made first of several appearances as Mrs. Ross on "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1991

Reteamed with Van Sant for role in "My Own Private Idaho"

1990

Made debut as TV series regular, playing Sarah Palmer on the ABC series "Twin Peaks"

1990

Played a crazed killer in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"

1989

Portrayed Matt Dillon's mother in "Drugstore Cowboy," directed by Gus Van Sant

1982

Cast as Debra Winger's mother in "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1981

Played Mrs. Ames in the ABC miniseries "John Steinbeck's East of Eden"

1979

Moved to L.A.

1979

Made TV debut in "The Concrete Cowboys" (CBS)

1978

Made film acting debut in "Norma Rae"

Moved to Atlanta; worked as an actress and silk-screen painter

Born and raised in New Orleans, LA

Bonus Trivia

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"I like the idea of staying not too high-profile and never looking back at a peak." – Zabriskie to Vanity Fair, September 1990

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"I've done [normal roles] a few times, and they usually don't want too much personality, just sort of a generic woman. They bore me a little bit. Usually when I'm hired, it's to bring something extra to a role." ... I do a lot of mothers, but I do a lot of other parts. I know a lot of people who make a lot more money than I do who would kill for my career because of the variety of roles I get, and people I meet. I don't do badly (financially), and I work constantly." – Zabriskie quoted in Daily News, June 29, 1993

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