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Molly Parker

Highest Rated:   88% 1922 (2017)
Lowest Rated:   15% The Wicker Man (2006)
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Birthplace:   Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
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 (most notably playing Glenn Close's daughter in the acclaimed TV movie Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story), 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 Wayne Wang's 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. She appeared in the 2006 drama Hollywoodland as well as the remake of The Wicker Man. She starred in the short-lived TV series Swingtown, and went on to appear in a variety of projects including The Road, Oliver Sherman, Gone, and the made-for-cable movie Hemmingway & Gellhorn.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% 1922
  • Arlette James
2017
58% Small Crimes
  • Actor
2017
22% American Pastoral
  • Dr. Sheila Smith
$0.6M 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  • Dalton
2016
No Score Yet Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs
  • Actor
2014
58% The Playroom
  • Donna Cantwell
$4.4k 2013
No Score Yet Hold Fast
  • Aunt Ellen
2013
No Score Yet Pete's Christmas
  • Mom
2013
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway
2012
80% Trigger
  • Kat
2011
60% That's What I Am
  • Sherri Nichol
2011
50% Oliver Sherman
  • Irene Page
2010
74% The Road
  • Veteran's Wife
$8.1M 2009
No Score Yet Who Loves the Sun
  • Maggie Claire
2007
68% Hollywoodland
  • Laurie Simo
$14.3M 2006
15% The Wicker Man
  • Sister Rose/Sister Thorn
$23.7M 2006
No Score Yet The Good Shepherd
  • Actor
2005
75% Nine Lives
  • Lisa
$0.2M 2005
No Score Yet Break a Leg
  • Actor
2005
76% Marion Bridge
  • Agnes
2003
No Score Yet Iron Jawed Angels
  • Emily Leighton
2003
No Score Yet Break a Leg
  • Kate
2003
69% Max
  • Nina Rothman
$0.3M 2002
No Score Yet Pure
  • Mel
2002
61% Men with Brooms
  • Amy Foley
2002
80% Looking for Leonard
  • Actor
2002
58% Rare Birds
  • Alice
2001
80% Last Wedding
  • Sarah
2001
35% The Center of the World
  • Florence
2001
No Score Yet Warbride
  • Sylvia
2001
29% Suspicious River
  • Leila
2000
63% Wonderland
  • Molly
2000
73% The Five Senses
  • Anna Miller
2000
73% Sunshine
  • Hannah Wipler
2000
51% Waking the Dead
  • Juliet
2000
No Score Yet In the Shadows
  • Cynthia
1999
No Score Yet Ladies Room
  • Julia
1999
50% The Intruder
  • Daisy
1999
40% In a Private Garden
  • Cynthia Loomis
1998
No Score Yet Dean Koontz's Intensity
  • Chyna Shepherd
1997
46% Bliss
  • Connie
1997
70% Kissed
  • Sandra Larson
1997
No Score Yet Contagious (Virus)
  • Stephanie
1997
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Lulu Foley
1996
No Score Yet Ebbie
  • Francine
1995
69% Last of the Dogmen
  • Nurse
1995
No Score Yet El Guardabosque, el Cocinero y el Hoyo en el Cielo
  • Sue
1995
No Score Yet Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Wings of Courage
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Freefall Flight 174
  • Norma Sax
1995
No Score Yet Just One of the Girls (Anything for Love)
  • Lynne
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Wormwood
2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
81% House of Cards
2013
  • Jacqueline Sharp
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
77% Goliath
2016
  • Judge Keller
  • 2016
41% The Firm
2012
  • Abby Abby McDeere
  • 2012
100% Deadwood
2004-2006
  • Alma Garret
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
79% Human Target
2010-2011
  • Rebecca Brooks
  • 2010
78% Party Down
2009-2010
  • Melinda
  • 2009
No Score Yet House of Cards
  • Actor

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