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Tess Harper

Highest Rated:   93% No Country for Old Men (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% Karla (2006)
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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
19% 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 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
15% 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
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
89% 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
15% Her Alibi
  • Sally Blackwood
1989
17% Far North
  • Rita
1988
No Score Yet Little Girl Lost
  • Actor
1988
34% 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
75% Silkwood
  • Linda Dawson
1983
0% Amityville: The Demon
  • Nancy Baxter
1983
85% 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
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Carole Miller
  • 2012
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Charlotte's Mother
  • 2011
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Sharon Lertola
  • 2009
94% Breaking Bad
2008-2013
  • Mrs. Pinkman
  • 2009
  • 2008
7% Crash
2008-2009
  • Wendy
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Ellen Wilkins
  • 2008
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Beth Ridge
  • 2007
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 Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Actor
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Sarah
  • 1986
No Score Yet Breaking Bad
  • Mrs. Pinkman
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Carole Miller

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