Molly Parker Biography

Birthday: 1972-06-14
Place of Birth: Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: Molly Parker, the extremely talented and versatile Canadian actress is best known in the United States for playing the Western widow "Alma Garret" on the cable-TV series "Deadwood" (2004). Raised on a commune, she described as "a hippie farm" in Pitt Meadows, B.C., Parker got the acting bug when she was 16 years old, after 13 years of ballet training. Parker's uncle was an actor, and his agent took her on as a client, enabling her to launch her career in small roles on Canadian television. She enrolled at Vancouver's Gastown Actors' Studio after she graduated from high school, and continued to act on TV in series and TV-movies while learning her craft at acting school. Parker began attracting attention when she appeared as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the TV-movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) (TV). She earned a Gemini nomination (the Canadian TV industry's equivalent of the Emmy) for her performance in the TV-movie Paris or Somewhere (1994) (TV). However, it was her debut in theatrical films that gave her her big breakthrough, playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's 1996 film Kissed (1996). It was "Kissed" that set Molly's career into overdrive. A friend got her an audition for the low-budget independent feature film, and she hit if off with the director, who not only cast her, but became her friend. As the character "Sandra Larson", a poetic soul obsessed with death who engages in sexual congress with a corpse, Parker created a sympathetic character in a difficult role. The film garnered her rave revues and she won a Genie Award, the Canadian cinema's Academy Award, for her performance. She parlayed the accolades into a sustained career on film and in TV. On TV, Parker was part of the cast of CBC-TV's six-part sitcom "Twitch City" (1998), playing the girlfriend of Don McKellar, which enabled her to showcase her comedic skills. Other memorable TV roles was the female rabbi on Home Box Office's series "Six Feet Under" (2001) and, of course, the regular role on HBO's "Deadwood" (2004). She has appeared in many ambitious films, including Jeremy Podeswa's The Five Senses (1999), István Szabó's Sunshine (1999) and Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland (1999). She also re-teamed with director Lynne Stopkewich for Suspicious River (2000). Parker made waves with another provocative film with sex as its subject, director Wayne Wang's The Center of the World (2001). In the movie, Parker played a San Francisco lap dancer who becomes a paid escort to a Silicon Valley nerd. For her performance, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2002, she was nominated twice as best supporting actress at the Genies for her roles in the British/Canadian co-production War Bride (2001) and Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding (2001), winning for her appearance in the latter film. Parker's reputation as an outstanding actress is based on her assaying of strong, yet flawed, definitely complex women in character-leads and supporting parts in challenging films. Not only does she convey intelligence, but there is an unconscious elegance to her, a true inner beauty that radiates on-screen. She will be gracing the screen, both large and small, with her unique presence for many years to come.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Firm Abby McDeere 1993 Thriller
Twitch city 1998 Comedy
Iron Jawed Angels 2004 Drama
Deadwood Alma Garret 2004 Crime
Swingtown Susan Miller 2008 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story 1995
Wings of Courage 1996 Adventure, Romance
Intensity 1997 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Under Heaven Cynthia 1998 Drama, Romance
Ladies Room Julia 1999 Comedy, Drama
The Intruder Daisy 1999 Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Five Senses 1999 Comedy, Drama, Music
Sunshine Hannah Wippler 1999 Drama, History, Romance
Wonderland Molly 2000 Drama
Waking the Dead Juliet Beck 2000
Rare Birds 2001 Biography, 0, 0
The Center of the World 2001 Drama, Romance
Suspicious River 2001 Drama
Looking for Leonard Monica 2002 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Men with Brooms 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
War Bride Sylvia 2002 Drama, Romance
Marion Bridge 2003 Drama
Pure 2003 Drama
Last Wedding Sarah 2003 Comedy, Drama, Music
Iron Jawed Angels 2004 Drama, History, Romance
Nine Lives Lisa 2005 Drama
The Good Shepherd Madeline Finney 2006 Drama, Thriller
Who Loves the Sun 2006
The Wicker Man Sister Rose / Sister Thorn 2006 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Hollywoodland Laurie Simo 2006 Crime, Drama
The Road 2009 Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Oliver Sherman Irene Page 2012 Drama, Thriller
The Playroom Donna Cantwell 2013
Hold Fast Aunt Ellen 2013 Drama
Trigger Kat 2016