Sissy Spacek

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Multiple Oscar nominee Sissy Spacek was one of Hollywood's leading actresses during the 1970s and 1980s, initially gaining attention for the startling character transformations of her wide-eyed innocents in "Badlands" ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1949 in Quitman, Texas, USA


Actor (67)

Deadfall 2012 (Movie)

June Mills (Actor)

The 44th Annual CMA Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


The Help 2011 (Movie)

Missus Walters (Actor)

Big Love 2010 (Tv Show)


Get Low 2010 (Movie)

Mattie Darrow (Actor)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Lake City 2008 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Gray Matters 2007 (Movie)

Dr. Sydney (Actor)

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

Marie Powell (Actor)

An American Haunting 2006 (Movie)

Lucy Bell (Actor)

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

Alice Aimes (Actor)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

Alice Glover (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Loretta Lynn 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Tuck Everlasting 2002 (Movie)

Mae Tuck (Actor)

In the Bedroom 2001 (Movie)

Ruth Fowler (Actor)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Straight Story 1999 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

Margie Fogg (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Verena Talbo (Actor)

Loretta Lynn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Trading Mom 1994 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

Chris Coalter (Actor)

Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy 1991 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Liz Garrison (Actor)

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

Miriam Thompson (Actor)

'Night Mother 1986 (Movie)

Jessie Cates (Actor)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

Babe Magrath (Actor)

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Violets Are Blue 1986 (Movie)

Gussie Sawyer (Actor)

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

Marie Ragghianti (Actor)

The River 1984 (Movie)

Mae Garvey (Actor)

Loretta Lynn: The Lady... The Legend 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Missing 1982 (Movie)

Beth Horman (Actor)

Raggedy Man 1981 (Movie)

Nita (Actor)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

Loretta Lynn (Actor)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

Carolyn Cassady (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)


Carrie 1976 (Movie)

Carrie White (Actor)

Katherine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Three Women 1976 (Movie)

Pinky Rose (Actor)

Welcome to L.A. 1976 (Movie)

Linda Murray (Actor)

Badlands 1973 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Ginger in the Morning 1972 (Movie)


Prime Cut 1972 (Movie)

Poppy (Actor)

A Place For Annie (TV Show)


A Private Matter (TV Show)


Beyond the Call (TV Show)


If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)


Katherine (Movie)


Last Call (TV Show)


Midwives (TV Show)


Pictures of Hollis Woods (TV Show)


Songs in Ordinary Time (TV Show)


Streets of Laredo (Movie)

Lorena (Actor)

The Good Old Boys (TV Show)


The Migrants (TV Show)


Verna: USO Girl (TV Show)

Music (1)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

("I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man" "You're Lookin' at Country" "Coal Miner's Daughter" "The Great Titanic" "There He Goes" "I Fall to Pieces" "One on the Way" "Back in My Baby's Arms") (Song Performer)


Multiple Oscar nominee Sissy Spacek was one of Hollywood's leading actresses during the 1970s and 1980s, initially gaining attention for the startling character transformations of her wide-eyed innocents in "Badlands" (1973) and the blood-drenched "Carrie" (1977). The Texas-bred actress had a penchant for embodying strong, independent women and what she called "ordinary people in extraordinary situations" - both apt descriptions for her portrayals of real-life figures like hardscrabble country music star Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) and Beth Horman, a woman who took on international forces following the disappearance of her journalist husband in "Missing" (1982). Later in her career, Spacek developed into an earthy, mothering persona who often found her calling in TV movies that explored political or social issues, though she made several notable big screen turns in JFK" (1991), "The Straight Story" (1996), "North Country" (2005) and "In The Bedroom" (2001) - the latter of which earned her among the highest accolades of her career. Though she retreated to the margins a bit with "An American Haunting" (2006) and "Gray Matters," and focused more on television with "Picture of Hollis Woods" (CBS, 2007) and an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), Spacek remained an accomplished actress who delivered high quality performances time and again in a wide array of projects.


Edwin Arnold Spacek Jr

Born in 1944

Jack Fisk Production Designer

Met when both worked on "Badlands" (1973) Married April 12, 1974

Schuyler Fisk Actor

Born July 8, 1982; father, Jack Fisk

Madison Fisk Art Department Assistant

Born Sept. 21, 1988; father, Jack Fisk

Edwin Spacek

Uncle of actor Rip Torn Died Jan. 7, 2001 at age 90

Virginia Spacek

Died 1981

Robert Spacek

Born 1948 Died of leukemia Sept. 19, 1967

Stephen Spacek

Born March 2, 1971

Rip Torn Actor

Born Feb. 6, 1931


The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York , New York

Quitman High School

Quitman , Texas
Homecoming queen



Cast opposite Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde in crime drama "Deadfall"


Joined ensemble cast for feature adaptation of "The Help"


Earned an Emmy nomination for guest role on HBO's "Big Love"


Played Heather Graham's therapist in the indie feature "Gray Matters"


Played a retired art teacher who takes in a foster child in TV movie "Pictures of Hollis Woods" (CBS); earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Mini-series or TV Movie


Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in Courtney Solomon's "An American Haunting"


Cast as Charlize Theron's mother in "North Country"


Cast in ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directed series of vignettes offering glimpses into the lives of nine women


Cast in Michael Cunningham's "A Home at the End of the World," also starring Colin Farrell and Robin Wright Penn


Played writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's mentally ill wife in the Showtime miniseries "Last Call"


Had featured role in "Tuck Everlasting"


Co-starred with Tom Wilkinson in the independent feature "In the Bedroom," directed by Todd Field; screened at Sundance; received sixth career Oscar nomination as Best Actress


Starred in the Lifetime TV-movie "Midwives"


Starred opposite Beau Bridges in the TV drama "Songs in Ordinary Time" (CBS)


Portrayed the daughter of a man who sets out on a lawnmower to travel to meet with his estranged brother in "The Straight Story," directed by David Lynch; husband Jack Fisk served as production designer


Appeared as the matriarch of a family who seeks refuge in a bomb shelter in the 1950s and spends 30 years living below ground in the uneven comedy "Blast From the Past"


Played Nick Nolte's patient girlfriend in "Affliction"


Teamed with "Carrie" co-star Piper Laurie in "The Grass Harp"


Starred in the "1974" segment of the anthology TV-movie about a woman's right to reproductive freedom, "If These Walls Could Talk" (HBO)


Co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the TNT TV-movie "The Good Old Boys"; earned first Emmy nomination


Starred as a pediatric nurse who cares for an abandoned baby with HIV in the ABC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "A Place for Annie"


Starred in controversial HBO movie "A Private Matter," about the host of a children's TV show who seeks an abortion after exposure to Thalidomide


Had supporting role of Mrs. Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's controversial "JFK"


Returned to features in the civil rights drama "The Long Walk Home" alongside Whoopi Goldberg


Took four-year break from features


Received fifth Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Crimes of the Heart"


Portrayed a suicidal woman in "'night, Mother," the film adaptation of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play


Had title role of real-life whistle-blower Marie Ragghianti in "MARIE: A True Story"


Starred in "The River" opposite Mel Gibson; garnered fourth Best Actress Academy Award nomination


Teamed with Jack Lemmon in the political drama "Missing"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination as the wife of a kidnapped American


Directed by husband in "Raggedy Man," co-starring Eric Roberts


Won Best Actress Academy Award for portraying country singer Loretta Lynn in the biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter"; also did own singing in the role


Cast as Carolyn Cassady in the biopic "Heart Beat"; first screen teaming with Nick Nolte


Had title role opposite William Hurt in the PBS production "Verna: USO Girl"


Starred with Shelley Duvall and Janice Rule in "Three Women," directed by Robert Altman


Worked as script supervisor on "Eraserhead," directed by David Lynch


Earned first Oscar nomination for her leading performance as a telekinetic teenager in "Carrie"; Fisk was the production designer on the movie


Had title role of a 1960s radical in the TV-movie "Katherine" (ABC)


Worked as a set decorator on "Phantom of the Paradise"


TV debut, "The Girls of Huntington House" (ABC), about a group home for unwed mothers


Landed breakthrough screen role opposite Martin Sheen in "Badlands"; met future husband Jack Fisk during filming


Played recurring role of a potential love interest for John-Boy (Richard Thomas) on "The Waltons" (CBS)


Screen acting debut, "Prime Cut"


Worked as photographic model and as extra at Andy Warhol's factory; appeared in "Trash"


Cut single "John, You've Gone Too Far This Time," a novelty song about John Lennon posing nude on an album cover with his wife Yoko Ono; recorded under the name Rainbo; because single failed to sell well, was dropped by record company


At age six, made first appearance on stage, singing and tap-dancing in a local talent show

Raised in Quitman, TX

After winning a singer-songwriter contest, lived with cousin Rip Torn and his wife Geraldine Page in New York City while trying to break into music industry (aged 17)

Bonus Trivia


About "Badlands" (1973): "I guess that's my favorite because it was my first major film. I met my husband, Jack, on the set. I still feel that 'Badlands' was the most extraordinary experience a human being should be allowed. If I never made another movie again after that one, I would have been happy." – Spacek quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 31, 1999


Asked about the difficulty of finding good roles, Spacek told Susan King of the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 21, 2000): "I don't think it's ever been easy. I kind of came up through low-budget films in the '70s – kind of the art-house fare. So for me the hardest thing has always been to find the roles that I really thought were right for me. Cable certainly has opened up more things. There is just more to pick from now."


On meeting his future wife Spacek on the set of "Badlands," production designer Jack Fisk told Entertainment Weekly (Nov. 16, 2001): "When she was a kid, Sissy's dad would call her 'Snooter,' because she would come to his office and go through all the drawers. I'd leave her things in the drawers [on the 'Badlands' set] that I thought had to do with her character. You didn't know that they were. They'd just get you thinking. It became a wonderful collaboration."


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