Tess Harper

Actor
A strawberry blonde player, held in high regard for her abilities by Hollywood, Tess Harper made a big impression in her very first feature film role as Robert Duvall's much younger wife in "Tender Mercies" (1982). She ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1950 in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Criminal Minds 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perfect Guy 2015 (Movie)

Mrs. McCarthy (Actor)

Frank 2014 (Movie)

Frank's Mom (Actor)

Jam 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

True Detective 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunlight Jr. 2013 (Movie)

Kathleen (Actor)

The Christmas Heart 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking Bad 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crash 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fatal Secrets 2008 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Kiss the Bride 2008 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Broken 2007 (Movie)

Clare (Actor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

Loretta Bell (Actor)

Saving Sarah Cain 2007 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broken Bridges 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Karla 2006 (Movie)

Molly Czehowicz (Actor)

Jesus, Mary and Joey 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Loggerheads 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

One Tree Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rising Place 2002 (Movie)

Emily's Mother (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

MORNING (Down Home Entertainment) 2001 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lonely Place 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The In Crowd 2000 (Movie)

Dr Amanda Giles (Actor)

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Laundry 1998 (Movie)

Beth Greene (Actor)

Grace Under Fire 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

The First Lady (Actor)

The Secret 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Turning 1997 (Movie)

Martha Harnish (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Christy 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death in Small Doses 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colors of Love 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hidden Room 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

My New Gun 1992 (Movie)

Kimmy (Actor)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

Cheryl Hornby (Actor)

The Man in the Moon 1991 (Movie)

Abigail Trant (Actor)

Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? 1990 (Movie)

Sara Lee (Actor)

Criminal Law 1989 (Movie)

Detective Stillwell (Actor)

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

Sally Blackwood (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconquered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Far North 1988 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Little Girl Lost 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

Willa (Actor)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

Chick Boyle (Actor)

Promises to Keep 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Summer to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Flashpoint 1984 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Linda Dawson (Actor)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Rosa Lee (Actor)

Amityville 3-D 1982 (Movie)

Nancy Baxter (Actor)

A Child's Wish (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Wish (TV Show)

Actor

A Stranger to Love (TV Show)

Actor

Angel in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy (Movie)

(Actor)

Incident at Dark River (TV Show)

Actor

Kentucky Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Little Girl Lost (Movie)

(Actor)

Reckless Disregard (TV Show)

Actor

Starflight One (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Galveston (TV Show)

Actor

Unconquered (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Biography

A strawberry blonde player, held in high regard for her abilities by Hollywood, Tess Harper made a big impression in her very first feature film role as Robert Duvall's much younger wife in "Tender Mercies" (1982). She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Chickie, the cousin and nosy neighbor, in "Crimes of the Heart" (1986).

Relationships

Ken Harper Executive Producer

Husband
Married in 1971 divorced in 1976

EDUCATION

Southwest Missouri State University

Springfield , Missouri
(Currently known as Missouri State University); earned teaching degree

Milestones

2007

Cast as Tommy Lee Jones' wife in the Coen brothers "No Country for Old Men"

2005

Cast in the independent film, "Loggerheads"

1998

Had a recurring role on the CBS series, "Early Edition"

1997

Co-starred with Richard Gere and Bruce Willis in "The Jackal"

1994

Cast in regular role in the CBS TV series "Christy" playing a mountain woman

1991

Portrayed Reese Witherspoon's mother in "The Man in the Moon"

1987

Cast opposite Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman in the comedy, "Ishtar"

1986

Earned Academy Award nomination as cousin Chick Boyle in "Crimes of the Heart"

1985

Had first starring role in the TV-movie, "Reckless Disregard"

1984

Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Celebrity"

1983

Made TV-movie debut, "Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land"

1983

Made TV miniseries debut, "Chiefs" (CBS)

1982

Made feature debut, starred opposite Robert Duvall, "Tender Mercies"

Performed in dinner theatres and childrens theatre for eight years as well as TV commercials

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list Miss Harper's year of birth as 1952.

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