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Molly Parker

Birthdate:   17 July 1972
Category: Movies

Canadian actress Molly Parker has developed a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer, thanks in part to her willingness to take on challenging, offbeat, and sometimes controversial roles. Born in 1972 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia (a town just outside Vancouver), Parker studied dance before developing an interest in acting. She was in her late teens when she began her screen career, appearing in small roles in television projects and low-budget theatrical films being shown in Vancouver, including three episodes of the TV series Neon Rider, the made-for-TV movie My Son Johnny, and the lowbrow teen comedy Just One of the Girls.

While Parker soon began winning bigger and better roles, her breakthrough came in 1996, with the independent feature Kissed, in which she plays a young woman fascinated with death whose job at a funeral home leads her to explore her emotional and erotic attraction to the dead. While the film's controversial theme prevented it from gaining a wide release in the United States, it received enthusiastic reviews around the world, and in Canada, Parker's performance earned her a 1997 Genie Award (the Canadian Academy Award) as Best Actress. The acclaim for Kissed certainly improved Parker's standing in the world of independent film, and while she still appeared in the occasional television project (including the TV movie Titanic and the miniseries Intensity), she won showy roles in Bliss and Under Heaven.

In 1999, Parker appeared in three highly acclaimed features: She played a pregnant housewife in the British kitchen-sink drama Wonderland, a despondent mother in The Five Senses, and the Catholic wife of a Hungarian Jew in Sunshine. 2000's Suspicious River reunited Parker with Kissed director Lynne Stopkewich, and in 2001, she once again found herself courting controversy with her role as an exotic dancer spending a weekend in Las Vegas with a computer millionaire (and being very well paid for it) in The Center of the World. That same year, Parker won a recurring role as a rabbi on the acclaimed HBO comedy drama series Six Feet Under, and also appeared in a Canadian comedy about that very Northern sport, curling, entitled Men With Brooms. In 2002, she was cast opposite John Cusack and Leelee Sobieski in Max, a bit of historical speculation about the relationship between an art teacher and one of his students -- Adolf Hitler.

2004 saw Parker returning to HBO for a couple of period productions. First, she co-stared with Anjelica Huston, Hilary Swank, Julia Ormond, and Frances O'Connor in the historical drama Iron Jawed Angels about the women's suffrage movement in America. Shortly thereafter, Parker appeared as a rich prospector's wife in in the HBO Western series Deadwood. Later that year, she starred opposite Christian Slater and Stephen Rea in the ecclesiastical thriller The Good Shepard.

Bio Courtesy of All Movie Guide


2006 Deadwood: Season 03
2006 The Wicker Man
2006 Hollywoodland
2006 Who Loves the Sun
2005 Deadwood: Season 02
2004 Deadwood: Pilot
2004 The Confessor
2004 Nine Lives
2004 Deadwood [TV Series]
2004 Deadwood: Mr. Wu
2004 Deadwood: Season 01
2004 Iron Jawed Angels
2003 Break a Leg
2003 Marion Bridge
2003 Undying Love: True Stories of Courage and Faith
2002 Men with Brooms
2002 Max
2002 Pure
2001 The Center of the World
2001 The War Bride
2001 Rare Birds
2001 Last Wedding
2000 Waking the Dead
2000 Suspicious River
1999 Sunshine
1999 The Five Senses
1999 The Intruder
1999 Wonderland
1999 Ladies Room
1998 In the Shadows
1997 Intensity
1996 Kissed
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
1995 Last of the Dogmen
1993 Just One of the Girls
1991 My Son, Johnny

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