Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones

Highest Rated: 99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2014)

Birthday: Nov 21, 1956

Birthplace: Paris, Tennessee, USA

Well known as a premiere theater actress and an advocate for gay rights, Cherry Jones has also appeared in a number of high-profile films. Born and raised in Tennessee, Jones headed north to study drama at Carnegie Mellon University. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, Jones spent the early years of her professional career performing in a wide range of plays. After she relocated to New York, Jones acted in numerous Broadway productions, including Angels in America, The Night of the Iguana, Our Country's Good, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Her performance as the lonely heroine in the 1995 production of The Heiress earned Jones several awards, including the Tony. Even as she became a theater star, Jones added TV and films to her repertoire in the 1980s, with supporting roles in the TV docudrama Alex: The Life of a Child (1986) and Paul Schrader's Light of Day (1987). Though drama was her primary forte, Jones also appeared in the hit comedies Housesitter (1992) and A League of Their Own (1992). After several years of stage work, Jones returned to films in the independent black comedy Julian Po (1997), and Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998). Jones brought an air of forceful integrity to her roles as the embattled head of the Federal Theater Project in Tim Robbins' 1930s tapestry Cradle Will Rock (1999) and as one of the chemical contamination victims in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich (2000). Unabashedly out since her professional debut at age 21, Jones made theater history of sorts when she thanked her same-sex domestic partner from the podium when she won her Tony for The Heiress. Jones added her voice to Out of the Past (1998), a documentary about the struggles of the gay rights movement throughout U.S. history, and co-starred in the TV movie about lesbian parents, What Makes a Family (2001).Continuing to take smaller roles in big movies between her stage work, Jones followed Erin Brockovich with a turn as one of the residents on land forced to come to grips with the tragic effects of The Perfect Storm (2000). Back on summer movie screens two years later in two heavily hyped releases, Jones was one of the many oddly monikered women populating the eccentric female universe in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002). In M. Night Shyamalan's spiritual science fiction hit Signs (2002), Jones quietly shined with her gentle yet no-nonsense performance as the local cop who gets involved in teasing out the meaning of the crop circles in anguished father Mel Gibson's corn field. Both Soderbergh and Shyamalan would continue to feature her such films as Ocean's Twelve and The Village, as Jones continued to rack up acclaim for her stage work, including a Best Actress Tony in 2005 for John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. In 2007 Fox announced that Jones would be portraying the first female president on the seventh season of 24.In 2009 she would play a first lady embodying Eleanor Roosevelt in the biopic Amelia, and had a busy 2011 appearing in Jodie Foster's The Beaver as well as Garry Marshall's ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve. She returned to TV in 2012 with a role in the series Awake.


Highest Rated Movies



77% The Friend Actor 2020
63% Motherless Brooklyn Actor 2019
65% Wine Country Actor 2019
46% A Rainy Day in New York Actor 2019
80% Boy Erased Dr. Muldoon 2018
81% The Party Martha $0.4M 2018
18% I Saw the Light Lillie Williams $1.7M 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Geri Taub $18.4M 2016
47% Knight of Cups Ruth $0.4M 2016
0% Days and Nights Mary $6.5K 2014
99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
7% New Year's Eve Mrs. Rose Ahern $54.6M 2011
62% The Beaver Vice President $1M 2011
No Score Yet Awake Actor 2011
78% Mother and Child Sister Joanne $1.2M 2010
20% Amelia Eleanor Roosevelt $14.2M 2009
80% 24: Redemption Actor 2008
83% Swimmers Julia 2005
55% Ocean's Twelve "Molly Star"/Mrs. Caldwell $125.5M 2004
43% The Village Mrs. Clack $114.2M 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
74% Signs Officer Caroline Paski $228M 2002
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Grandma Buggy $69.6M 2002
No Score Yet What Makes a Family Sandy Cataldi 2001
No Score Yet Cora Unashamed Actor 2000
47% The Perfect Storm Edie Bailey 2000
84% Erin Brockovich Pamela Duncan 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Hallie Flanagan 1999
No Score Yet The Lady in Question Mimi Barnes 1999
No Score Yet Out of the Past Voice of Annie Fields 1998
74% The Horse Whisperer Liz Hammond 1998
No Score Yet Julian Po Lucy 1997
78% A League of Their Own Additional Player 1992
37% Housesitter Patty 1992
57% The Big Town Ginger McDonald 1987
53% Light of Day Cindy Montgomery 1987
No Score Yet Alex: The Life of a Child Tina Crawford 1986


73% Defending Jacob
89% Chimerica
Mel Kincaid 2019
90% Transparent
Leslie Leslie 2019
96% American Crime
Laurie Ann Hesby 2017
73% Mercy Street
Dorthea Dix 2017
83% 11.22.63
Marguerite Oswald 2016
83% Black Mirror
81% Awake
Dr. Judith Evans Judith Evans 2012
87% 24
President Allison Taylor Allison Taylor 2010
75% The West Wing
Rep. Barbara Layton 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Jazz
Voice 2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Lizabeth Studevant


Graham Hess says: "Caroline, please stop calling me Father"

Graham Hess says: Caroline, please stop calling me Father.

Officer Caroline Paski says: "What's the matter?"

Officer Caroline Paski says: What's the matter?

Morgan Hess says: "I can't hear my children."

Morgan Hess says: I can't hear my children.

Officer Caroline Paski says: How certain are you that this was a male?

Merrill Hess says: Oh, I don't know any girls who could run like that.

Officer Caroline Paski says: I don't know, Merrill. I've seen some of those women on the Olympics. They can run like the wind.

Merrill Hess says: This guy got on our roof in like a second. Our roof is ten feet high.

Officer Caroline Paski says: They have women's high-jumping in the Olympics. They've got these Scandinavian women who could jump clean over me.

Officer Caroline Paski says: So how are you, Merril?

Morgan Hess says: Fine.

Officer Caroline Paski says: How was work at the gas station?

Merrill Hess says: Stimulating.

Graham Hess says: That was quick Caroline, I only called you folks two hours ago.

Officer Caroline Paski says: Old Mrs. Kindelman twisted her ankle, as she puts it, 'diving for her life' when a bunch of school kids rode down the sidewalk on skateboards. She went down to Thorten's store this morning and started spitting on the new skateboards. Spitting! By the time I got there, Mrs. Kindelman had sprayed the whole damn place!