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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 17, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Maple Ridge, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor

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A versatile performer who possessed the talent to convincingly portray numerous character types, actress Molly Parker racked up an impressive list of credits in her native Canada and the United States before achieving stardom with her nuanced turn as a former laudanum addict-turned-gold mining entrepreneur on the acclaimed series "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). After getting her start in a number of television movies, many of which were filmed in Vancouver, Parker developed a reputation for uncompromising portrayals in edgy independents like "Kissed" (1996) and "The Center of the World" (2001), both of which were highly-charged portrayals of unorthodox sexuality. Following performances as more reserved women in the speculative "Max" (2002) and the acclaimed cable movie "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004), she blended the two sides together for her richly-textured portrayal of Alma Garret on "Deadwood." Once that highly acclaimed series was surprisingly canceled, Parker was overshadowed by the likes of Ben Affleck in "Hollywoodland" (2006) and the outrageous Nicolas Cage in the remake of "The Wicker Man" (2006). Though she faded to the background following her triumph on "Deadwood," Parker remained a skilled...

A versatile performer who possessed the talent to convincingly portray numerous character types, actress Molly Parker racked up an impressive list of credits in her native Canada and the United States before achieving stardom with her nuanced turn as a former laudanum addict-turned-gold mining entrepreneur on the acclaimed series "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). After getting her start in a number of television movies, many of which were filmed in Vancouver, Parker developed a reputation for uncompromising portrayals in edgy independents like "Kissed" (1996) and "The Center of the World" (2001), both of which were highly-charged portrayals of unorthodox sexuality. Following performances as more reserved women in the speculative "Max" (2002) and the acclaimed cable movie "Iron Jawed Angels" (HBO, 2004), she blended the two sides together for her richly-textured portrayal of Alma Garret on "Deadwood." Once that highly acclaimed series was surprisingly canceled, Parker was overshadowed by the likes of Ben Affleck in "Hollywoodland" (2006) and the outrageous Nicolas Cage in the remake of "The Wicker Man" (2006). Though she faded to the background following her triumph on "Deadwood," Parker remained a skilled actress capable of turning in one surprising performance after another.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 That's What I Am (2011)
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 Trigger (2011)
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 Gone (2011)
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 Road, The (2009)
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 Hollywoodland (2006)
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Raised on a farm in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
1975:
Began taking ballet lessons at age three
1991:
Made professional acting debut in the Canadian TV-movies "Silent Motive" and "My Son Johnny"
1993:
Featured in the FOX comedy "Just One of the Girls"
1993:
Made episodic TV debut in the ABC sitcom "Jack's Place"
1995:
Played a supporting role in the NBC fact-based TV-movie "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story"
1996:
Breakthrough role as a sympathetically portrayed necrophiliac in the Canadian feature "Kissed"
1997:
Made American feature film debut in "Bliss"
1997:
Played the lead role in the FOX mini-series "Intensity"
1998:
Cast in the short-lived Canadian sitcom "Twitch City"
1999:
Played a single mother-to-be in Michael Winterbottom's "Wonderland"
1999:
Acted in the Canadian ensemble feature "The Five Senses"
1999:
Played Hannah Sors, a Catholic convert married to Ralph Fiennes in Istvan Szabo's "Sunshine"
2000:
Played the socialite girlfriend of Billy Crudup's congressional hopeful in the Sundance-screened "Waking the Dead"
2001:
Portrayed a stripper hired to accompany a rich young millionaire to Las Vegas in "The Center of the World"
2002:
Played a female rabbi in two episodes of HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under"
2002:
Starred in the Canadian feature "Marion Bridge"
2004:
Played a young suffragette in HBO Films' "Iron Jawed Angels" opposite Hilary Swank and Angelica Houston
2004:
Cast as Alma Garret in the critically acclaimed HBO series "Deadwood"
2005:
Cast in Rodrigo GarcĂ­a's ensemble "Nine Lives," which offers glimpses into the lives of nine women
2006:
Featured in Neil Labute's remake of the 70s horror film, "The Wicker Man"
2008:
Cast as a series regular in the CBS wife-swapping drama "Swingtown"
2009:
Cast in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel, "The Road"
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Education

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: -
Gastown Actors Studio: -

Notes

Parker on her role in the necrophilia-themed "Kissed": "What I liked is that, although her sexuality is an extreme, it is still all about a woman's own sexuality. There is no one she is 'performing' for. It's all her own secret world. There is something incredibly erotic and fascinating about a woman in charge of her own sexuality, and it's something we so rarely see in films. I knew Lynne [Stopkewich, director of 'Kissed'] would treat it tastefully and in a way that I would be secure and comfortable with." --quoted in Toronto Sun, April 14, 1997.

"Molly's wonderful. I'm sorry we haven't had more scenes together. There's this spontaneous quality of truth about her which has brought something quite special to the film." --"Sunshine" star Ralph Fiennes, upon wrapping his final scene with Parker, quoted in Maclean's, November 2, 1998.

Molly Parker on what interests her about acting: "It's not 'Hey look at me,' it's about psychological depth. When I'm acting, people shouldn't be seeing me, the should be seeing themselves." --quoted in Now, September 9, 1999.

"I'm a fishmonger's daughter through and through and consequently a terrible snob about fish--I rarely eat it if I go out because I find it's never as good as if I'd done it myself. You don't know how very, very well and how very, very quickly I can fillet a salmon!" --Parker quoted in the London Times, April 22, 2000.

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brother:
Henry Parker. Worked in art department at RKO.

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