Tess Harper

Tess Harper

  • Highest Rated: 94% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Karla (2006)
  • Birthday: Aug 15, 1950
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Arkansas and schooled in Missouri, actress Tess Harper worked hard to shed her Southern accent. Nevertheless, some of her best movies have been set in the American South. Her film breakthrough came in 1983 opposite Robert Duvall in Bruce Beresford's Tender Mercies. As compassionate Rosa Lee, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. After a few TV movies, miniseries, and feature films, she earned an Oscar nomination for her role of cousin Chick in the comedy drama Crimes of the Heart. Also directed by Beresford, the film was based on the play by Beth Henley and starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. In the late '80s, other comedy roles followed in Beresford's Her Alibi and Elaine May's Ishtar. Harper began the next decade with a return to her Southern-style roots. In 1990, she starred in the Southern Gothic black comedy Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will? as a greedy daughter fighting for her family fortune. In the drama My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, she was a sister of a rodeo rider. The actress appeared opposite Sam Waterston in Robert Mulligan's coming-of-age drama The Man in the Moon, also starring fellow Southerner Reese Witherspoon and set in small-town Louisiana. In 1992, Harper played an alcoholic mom in the drama Home Fires Burning, set in Pocohantas, VA. She switched to television for most of the '90s, including based-on-a-true-story dramas like Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story. The TV movie Christy led to a regular role on the CBS dramatic series of the same name, starring Kellie Martin as a schoolteacher in rural Tennessee. In 2000, Harper narrated the CBS TV movie Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as the older Laura Ingalls Wilder herself.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

54% Burden Hazel 2020
94% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Mrs. Pinkman 2019
No Score Yet The Long Shadow Actor 2019
18% The Perfect Guy Mrs.McCarthy $45.1M 2015
92% Frank Frank's Mom 2014
No Score Yet Surprise Actor 2014
65% Sunlight Jr. Kathleen 2013
No Score Yet Straight A's Mother 2013
No Score Yet The Christmas Heart Elizabeth 2012
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish Trudy Willis 2011
29% Kiss the Bride Barbara 2008
No Score Yet Fatal Secrets Naomi 2008
93% No Country for Old Men Loretta Bell $74.3M 2007
12% Broken Clare 2007
No Score Yet Saving Sarah Cain Miriam 2007
5% Broken Bridges Dixie Rose Delton $0.3M 2006
No Score Yet Jesus, Mary and Joey Liz O'Callahan 2006
No Score Yet Jam Ruby 2006
0% Karla Molly Czehowicz 2006
74% Loggerheads Elizabeth Austin 2005
No Score Yet Angel in the Family Mrs. Nelly Tomkins 2004
13% The Rising Place Rebecca Hodge 2002
2% The In Crowd Dr. Amanda Giles 2000
23% The Jackal The First Lady 1997
No Score Yet A Stranger To Love Linda Grant 1996
No Score Yet The Road to Galveston Julia Archer 1996
No Score Yet Death in Small Doses Asst. DA Jerri Sims 1995
No Score Yet Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story Verna Heath 1992
50% My New Gun Kimmy 1992
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion Vickie Singer 1992
No Score Yet Turning Martha Harnish 1992
90% The Man in the Moon Abigail 1991
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Cheryl Hornby 1991
No Score Yet Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will? Sara Lee 1990
No Score Yet Incident at Dark River Actor 1989
33% Criminal Law Detective Stillwell 1989
14% Her Alibi Sally Blackwood 1989
13% Far North Rita 1988
No Score Yet Little Girl Lost Actor 1988
38% Ishtar Willa 1987
No Score Yet Daddy Ann 1987
81% Crimes of the Heart Chick Boyle 1986
No Score Yet Celebrity Susan French 1985
No Score Yet Flashpoint Ellen 1984
No Score Yet A Summer to Remember... Actor 1984
No Score Yet Reckless Disregard Meredith Craig 1984
79% Silkwood Linda Dawson 1983
5% Amityville: The Demon Nancy Baxter 1983
83% Tender Mercies Rosa Lee Wadsworth 1983
No Score Yet Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (Airport 85)(Starflight One) Actor 1983
No Score Yet Chiefs Carrie 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Dinah Troy
  • 2015
69% Revenge
2011-2015
Carole Miller
  • 2012
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Charlotte's Mother
  • 2011
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Sharon Lertola
  • 2009
96% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
Mrs. Pinkman
  • 2009
  • 2008
6% Crash
2008-2009
Wendy
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Ellen Wilkins
  • 2008
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Beth Ridge
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Barbara Nissman
  • 2005
87% Jack & Bobby
2004-2005
Karen Carmichael
  • 2004
No Score Yet One Tree Hill
2003-2012
May
  • 2004
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Julia Barrett Miss Barrett
  • 2001
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Betsy Baxter
  • 2000
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
Lois Hobson
  • 2000
  • 1999
60% Cracker
1997-1999
Leanne
  • 1997
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
  • 1997
82% Christy
1994-1995
Fairlight
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Irene Rutledge
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
Sarah
  • 1986
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
Mrs. Pinkman
No Score Yet Revenge
Carole Miller

QUOTES FROM Tess Harper CHARACTERS

Abigail
One of these days, that woman is going to cut herself on her own tongue.
Jon
The torment he went through to make the great music.
Frank's Mom
The torment didn't make the music. He was always musical, if anything it slowed him down.
Chick Boyle
So, Rebecca, what are you gonna tell Mr. Lloyd about shootin' Zachery, uh, what are your reasons gonna be?
Babe Magrath
That I didn't like his looks. That I didn't like his stinkin' looks! I don't like yours either, Chickie stick. So leave me alone and I mean it. Just leave me alone.
Chick Boyle
Uh! Well! I was tryin' to warm her that she is gonna have to help herself. She just doesn't seem to have any idea how serious this situation is, now does she? She doesn't have the vaguest idea.
Lenny Magrath
Well, it's true. She does seen... confused.
Chick Boyle
That is puttin' it mildly, Lennie honey. That is puttin' it mighty mild.
Uncle Watson
Well, honey, umm, I don't know about that.
Chick Boyle
Well, they will, and they'll leave you there in rot!
Meg Magrath
So how are these things with you, Babe?
Chick Boyle
Well, things are dismal if you want my opinion. She's refusin' to cooperate with her lawyer, that's nice lookin' young Lioyd Boy, and she won't tell any of us why she's committed this crime.
Babe Magrath
Oh look! Lennie brought my saxophone from home and my suitcase. Thank you.
Lenny Magrath
You're welcome.
Babe Magrath
Meg, look at my saxophone. Went to Jackson and it brought it used. It's so heavy.
Chick Boyle
Now listen, Rebecca, that lawyer wants to concrete answers. No more stubborness or they're gonna put you in jail and throw away the key. Isn't that right, daddy? Won't they just put her in jail and throw away the key?
Chick Boyle
Annie. May you be sure to defrost that chicken for supper and there's a can of Vienna sausages in the cupboard for your lunch and you give peanut butter and jelly to those children.
Annie May Jenkins
Yes, ma'am.
Loretta Bell
How'd you sleep?
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell
I don't know. Had dreams.
Loretta Bell
Well you got time for 'em now. Anythin' interesting?
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell
They always is to the party concerned.
Loretta Bell
Ed Tom, I'll be polite.
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell
Alright then. Two of 'em. Both had my father in 'em . It's peculiar. I'm older now then he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he's the younger man. Anyway, first one I don't remember too well but it was about meeting him in town somewhere, he's gonna give me some money. I think I lost it. The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin' through the mountains of a night. Goin' through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin'. Never said nothin' goin' by. He just rode on past... and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin' fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. 'Bout the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin' on ahead and he was fixin' to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up...
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell
Alright then. Two of 'em. Both had my father in 'em. It's peculiar. I'm older now then he ever was by twenty years. So in a sense he's the younger man. Anyway, first one I don't remember too well but it was about meeting him in town somewhere, he's gonna give me some money. I think I lost it. The second one, it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin' through the mountains of a night. Goin' through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin'. Never said nothin' goin' by. He just rode on past... and he had his blanket wrapped around him and his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin' fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. 'Bout the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin' on ahead and he was fixin' to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up...