Patricia Clarkson

Actor
A favorite supporting actress in the American independent film world, Yale-trained actress Patricia Clarkson began her career on the New York stage before a false start in mainstream pictures gave way to a prolific ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Learning to Drive 2015 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 2015 (Movie)

Ava Paige (Actor)

Annie 2014 (Movie)

Focus Group Woman (Actor)

Home 2014 (Movie)

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Last Weekend 2014 (Movie)

Celia Green (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Maze Runner 2014 (Movie)

Ava Paige (Actor)

October Gale 2013 (Movie)

Helen Matthews (Actor)

Regarding Susan Sontag 2013 (Movie)

Susan Sontag (Voice)

The East 2013 (Movie)

Sharon (Actor)

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

Main Street 2011 (Movie)

Willa (Actor)

One Day 2011 (Movie)

Alison (Actor)

Cairo Time 2010 (Movie)

Juliette (Actor)

Easy A 2010 (Movie)

Rosemary (Actor)

Legendary 2010 (Movie)

Sharon Chetley (Actor)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Rachel 2 (Actor)

Blind Date 2009 (Movie)

Janna (Actor)

Phoebe in Wonderland 2009 (Movie)

Miss Dodger (Actor)

Whatever Works 2009 (Movie)

Marietta (Actor)

Elegy 2008 (Movie)

Carolyn (Actor)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

Pat Allen (Actor)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona 2008 (Movie)

Judy Nash (Actor)

Lars and the Real Girl 2007 (Movie)

Dagmar (Actor)

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Sadie Burke (Actor)

The 2006 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Dying Gaul 2005 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Shirley Wershba (Actor)

The Woods 2005 (Movie)

Ms Traverse--The Headmistress (Actor)

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Miracle 2004 (Movie)

Patty Brooks (Actor)

All the Real Girls 2003 (Movie)

Elvira (Actor)

Carrie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

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Pieces of April 2003 (Movie)

Joy Burns (Actor)

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

Annette Jennings (Actor)

The Station Agent 2003 (Movie)

Olivia Harris (Actor)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Eleanor Fine (Actor)

Heartbreak Hospital 2002 (Movie)

Lottie Ohrwasher (Actor)

Ravens 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Baroness And The Pig 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Rosalind (Actor)

Wendigo 2002 (Movie)

Kim McClaren (Actor)

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Margaret Larsen--Young Victim's Mother (Actor)

Joe Gould's Secret 2000 (Movie)

Vivian Marquie (Actor)

Falling Like This 1999 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Simply Irresistible 1999 (Movie)

Lois McNally (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Melinda Moores (Actor)

High Art 1998 (Movie)

Greta (Actor)

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayward Son 1998 (Movie)

Wesley Alexander (Actor)

Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder One 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

Carol Parrish (Actor)

Pharaoh's Army 1995 (Movie)

Sarah Anders (Actor)

Caught in the Act 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Man's Bluff 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mute Witness to Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Aunt Olga (Actor)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

Leslie Stone (Actor)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Rose Black (Actor)

The Dead Pool 1988 (Movie)

Samantha Walker (Actor)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

Ness's Wife (Actor)

An American Story (TV Show)

Actor

Broad City (Tv Show)

Actor

Five (TV Show)

Actor

Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane Mary (Movie)

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Legacy of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

She Led Two Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A favorite supporting actress in the American independent film world, Yale-trained actress Patricia Clarkson began her career on the New York stage before a false start in mainstream pictures gave way to a prolific career as a film festival favorite. While she worked steadily on stage and in television movies throughout the 1990s, the actress' career really caught fire in the new millennium with a string of critically acclaimed performances in "Far from Heaven" (2002), "The Station Agent" (2003) and "Pieces of April" (2003). Clarkson's genteel, timeless quality made her an in-demand choice for scores of period films, from the caper "Welcome to Collinwood" (2002) to the unfortunate misfire "All the King's Men" (2006) to the fact-based "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005). On television, Clarkson made several notable appearances, including an Emmy-winning guest starring turn on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). She balanced those roles with nuanced, highly affecting performances in contemporary stories "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) and "Easy A" (2010), breaking all Hollywood rules by enjoying continued success as a female character player of a certain age. Regardless of the role, Clarkson always brought a high degree of talent and professionalism that allowed her to flourish as one of Hollywood's most sought after supporting actresses.

Relationships

Arthur Clarkson

Father
Worked for the Department of Medicine at Louisiana State University

Jacquelyn Clarkson

Mother
Represented the French Quarter of New Orleans as district councilwoman

Campbell Scott Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2002 after "Rodger Dodger" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival

EDUCATION

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , Louisiana
Transferred out after two years

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Attended the Yale School of Drama

Fordham University

Bronx , New York 1982
Graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2015

Appeared in sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"

2014

Starred opposite Ben Kingsley in comedy-drama "Learning to Drive"

2014

Starred in dysfunctional-family comedy/drama "Last Weekend"

2014

Starred in thriller "October Gale"

2014

Co-starred in YA adaptation "The Maze Runner"

2013

Co-starred in thriller "The East"

2012

Starred in the "Mia" segment of Lifetime breast cancer anthology "Five"

2011

Played Jim Sturgess' mother in the romantic drama "One Day"

2011

Acted in the romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits," starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis

2011

Cast opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in the small-town drama "Main Street"

2010

Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"

2010

Co-starred opposite Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci in the comedy "Easy A"

2009

Re-teamed with Woody Allen for his New York–based comedy "Whatever Works"

2008

Featured in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz

2007

Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in the indie film "Lars and the Real Girl"

2006

Played Stark's (Sean Penn) press secretary in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of "All the King's Men"

2005

Co-starred in the George Clooney-directed "Good Night, and Good Luck"

2004

Co-starred in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"

2004

Played the wife of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey coach (Kurt Russell) in "Miracle"

2003

Portrayed Katie Holmes' cancer stricken mother in "Pieces of April"

2003

Co-starred with Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent"

2002

Played Julianne Moore's best friend Eleanor in Todd Hayne's "Far From Heaven"

2002

Landed a recurring role as Ruth's (Frances Conroy) sister Sarah on the HBO drama "Six Feet Under"

2002

Appeared in the heist film "Welcome to Collinwood"

2001

Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in "The Pledge" as the religious mother of a murder victim

2001

Landed featured role in "Wendingo"; premiered at Sundance

1999

Played the prison warden's wife in "The Green Mile"; adapted from a Stephen King's novel

1998

Received strong notices for playing a washed-up, drug addicted German actress in "High Art"

1998

Appeared in the ensemble feature "Playing By Heart"

1995

Cast as regular on ABC drama series "Murder One"

1991

Made TV series debut as regular on "Davis Rules" (ABC); only appeared during the show's first season

1990

Made TV-movie debut in "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea" (NBC)

1987

Made feature film debut as Mrs. Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables"

1986

Debuted on Broadway in revival of John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves"

1985

Made TV debut on an episode of the ABC drama "Spenser: For Hire"

Bonus Trivia

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Appeared with Susan Sarandon in the video for "Motherlover" by The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake, which premiered as a "Saturday Night Live" digital short on May 9, 2009.

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As a New Orleans native, Clarkson spoke out regularly on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in July 2010.

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"I have a powerhouse mother. She ran the city of New Orleans, and retired a month ago. She was president of the city council. She worked for several mayors, including, unfortunately, the mayor who is going to jail. She’s an incredibly accomplished, fierce woman. But with that came demands, and she demanded a lot of us as children. She was incredibly supportive — especially when I wanted to go off to New York to become an actress. She was into following dreams, and deferred her dream by raising five children. She’s thrilled I’m flourishing and living my dream. But all my sisters are accomplished. I’m the schmoe-est of the five because I’m just an actress." -- Salon, August 1, 2014

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"I can be controlling, but I’m much more impulsive. That’s why I never married or had kids." -- Salon, August 1, 2014

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