Molly Parker

Actor
A versatile performer who possessed the talent to convincingly portray numerous character types, actress Molly Parker racked up an impressive list of credits in her native Canada and the United States before achieving ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1972 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Pete's Christmas 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Writers' Room 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Motive 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Playroom 2013 (Movie)

Donna Cantwell (Actor)

The Firm 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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Dexter 2011 (Tv Show)

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Gone 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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That's What I Am 2011 (Movie)

Sherri (Actor)

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

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Oliver Sherman 2010 (Movie)

Irene Page (Actor)

Party Down 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Road 2009 (Movie)

Motherly Woman (Actor)

Trigger 2009 (Movie)

Kat (Actor)

Swingtown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Deadwood 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Hollywoodland 2006 (Movie)

Laurie Simo (Actor)

The Wicker Man 2006 (Movie)

Sister Rose/Sister Thorn (Actor)

Good Shepherd 2005 (Movie)

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Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Pure 2005 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

Who Loves The Sun 2005 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Break a Leg 2003 (Movie)

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Marion Bridge 2003 (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

Max 2002 (Movie)

Nina Rothman (Actor)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

Amy Foley (Actor)

Rare Birds 2002 (Movie)

Phonse's Sister-in-Law (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Wedding 2001 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

The War Bride 2001 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Twitch City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

Hannah Wippler Sors (Actor)

Suspicious River 2000 (Movie)

Leila Murray (Actor)

The Five Senses 2000 (Movie)

Anna Miller (Actor)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

Juliet Beck (Actor)

Wonderland 2000 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Ladies Room 1999 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

The Intruder 1998 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

Under Heaven 1998 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Bliss 1997 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Dean Koontz's Intensity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Kissed 1997 (Movie)

Sandra Larson (Actor)

Jack's Place 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Sentinel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Contagious (TV Show)

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Ebbie (TV Show)

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Freefall: Flight 174 (TV Show)

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Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

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Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

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Just One of the Girls (TV Show)

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My Son Johnny (TV Show)

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One More Mountain (TV Show)

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Silent Motive (TV Show)

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The Substitute (TV Show)

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Titanic (TV Show)

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Biography

A versatile performer who possessed the talent to convincingly portray numerous character types, actress Molly Parker racked up an impressive list of credits in her native Canada and the United States before achieving stardom with her nuanced turn as a former laudanum addict-turned-gold mining entrepreneur on the acclaimed series "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). After getting her start in a number of television movies, many of which were filmed in Vancouver, Parker developed a reputation for uncompromising portrayals in edgy independents like "Kissed" (1996) and "The Center of the World" (2001), both of which were highly-charged portrayals of unorthodox sexuality. Following performances as more reserved women in the speculative "Max" (2002) and the acclaimed cable movie "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004), she blended the two sides together for her richly-textured portrayal of Alma Garret on "Deadwood." Once that highly acclaimed series was surprisingly canceled, Parker was overshadowed by the likes of Ben Affleck in "Hollywoodland" (2006) and the outrageous Nicolas Cage in the remake of "The Wicker Man" (2006). Though she faded to the background following her triumph on "Deadwood," Parker remained a skilled actress capable of turning in one surprising performance after another.

Relationships

Henry Parker

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

Gastown Actors Studio

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Milestones

2009

Cast in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel, "The Road"

2008

Cast as a series regular in the CBS wife-swapping drama "Swingtown"

2006

Featured in Neil Labute's remake of the 70s horror film, "The Wicker Man"

2005

Cast in Rodrigo García's ensemble "Nine Lives," which offers glimpses into the lives of nine women

2004

Played a young suffragette in HBO Films' "Iron Jawed Angels" opposite Hilary Swank and Angelica Houston

2004

Cast as Alma Garret in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Deadwood"

2002

Played a female rabbi in two episodes of HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under"

2002

Starred in the Canadian feature "Marion Bridge"

2001

Portrayed a stripper hired to accompany a rich young millionaire to Las Vegas in "The Center of the World"

2000

Played the socialite girlfriend of Billy Crudup's congressional hopeful in the Sundance-screened "Waking the Dead"

1999

Acted in the Canadian ensemble feature "The Five Senses"

1999

Played Hannah Sors, a Catholic convert married to Ralph Fiennes in Istvan Szabo's "Sunshine"

1999

Played a single mother-to-be in Michael Winterbottom's "Wonderland"

1998

Cast in the short-lived Canadian sitcom "Twitch City"

1997

Played the lead role in the FOX mini-series "Intensity"

1997

Made American feature film debut in "Bliss"

1996

Breakthrough role as a sympathetically portrayed necrophiliac in the Canadian feature "Kissed"

1995

Played a supporting role in the NBC fact-based TV-movie "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"

1993

Featured in the FOX comedy "Just One of the Girls"

1993

Made episodic TV debut in the ABC sitcom "Jack's Place"

1991

Made professional acting debut in the Canadian TV-movies "Silent Motive" and "My Son Johnny"

1975

Began taking ballet lessons at age three

Raised on a farm in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia

Bonus Trivia

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Parker on her role in the necrophilia-themed "Kissed" (1996): "What I liked is that, although her sexuality is an extreme, it is still all about a woman's own sexuality. There is no one she is performing for. It's all her own secret world. There is something incredibly erotic and fascinating about a woman in charge of her own sexuality, and it's something we so rarely see in films." - quoted in the Toronto Sun, April 14, 1997

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"Molly's wonderful. I'm sorry we haven't had more scenes together. There's this spontaneous quality of truth about her which has brought something quite special to the film." - "Sunshine" (1999) co-star Ralph Fiennes to Maclean's Magazine, Nov. 2, 1998

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Molly Parker on what interests her about acting: "It's not 'Hey look at me,' it's about psychological depth. When I'm acting, people shouldn't be seeing me, they should be seeing themselves." - quoted in Now Magazine, Sept. 9, 1999

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"I'm a fishmonger's daughter through and through and consequently a terrible snob about fish - I rarely eat it if I go out because I find it's never as good as if I'd done it myself. You don't know how very, very well and how very, very quickly I can fillet a salmon!" - Parker quoted in The London Times, April 22, 2000

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