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Also Known As: Patty Clarkson, Patricia Davies Clarkson Died:
Born: December 29, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor

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A favorite supporting actress in the American independent film world, Yale-trained actress Patricia Clarkson began her career on the New York stage before a false start in mainstream pictures gave way to a prolific career as a film festival favorite. While she worked steadily on stage and in television movies throughout the 1990s, the actress' career really caught fire in the new millennium with a string of critically acclaimed performances in "Far from Heaven" (2002), "The Station Agent" (2003) and "Pieces of April" (2003). Clarkson's genteel, timeless quality made her an in-demand choice for scores of 1930s-1950s-set films, from the caper "Welcome to Collinwood" (2002) to the unfortunate misfire "All the King's Men" (2006) to the fact-based "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005). On television, Clarkson made several notable appearances, including an Emmy-winning guest starring turn on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). She balanced those roles with nuanced, highly affecting performances in contemporary stories "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) and "Easy A" (2010), breaking all Hollywood rules by enjoying continued success as a female character player of a certain age....

A favorite supporting actress in the American independent film world, Yale-trained actress Patricia Clarkson began her career on the New York stage before a false start in mainstream pictures gave way to a prolific career as a film festival favorite. While she worked steadily on stage and in television movies throughout the 1990s, the actress' career really caught fire in the new millennium with a string of critically acclaimed performances in "Far from Heaven" (2002), "The Station Agent" (2003) and "Pieces of April" (2003). Clarkson's genteel, timeless quality made her an in-demand choice for scores of 1930s-1950s-set films, from the caper "Welcome to Collinwood" (2002) to the unfortunate misfire "All the King's Men" (2006) to the fact-based "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005). On television, Clarkson made several notable appearances, including an Emmy-winning guest starring turn on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). She balanced those roles with nuanced, highly affecting performances in contemporary stories "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) and "Easy A" (2010), breaking all Hollywood rules by enjoying continued success as a female character player of a certain age. Regardless of the role, Clarkson always brought a high degree of talent and professionalism that allowed her to flourish as one of Hollywood's most sought after supporting actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Maze Runner, The (2014)
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 Last Weekend (2014)
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 October Gale (2014)
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 East, The (2013)
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 Tacoma (2013)
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 23 Blast (2013)
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 One Day (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in over 30 stage productions
1985:
Made TV debut on an episode of the ABC drama "Spenser: For Hire"
1986:
Landed Broadway debut in revival of John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves"
1987:
Cast in feature film debut as Mrs. Elliot Ness in "The Untouchables"
1990:
Made TV-movie debut in "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea" (NBC)
1991:
Made TV series debut as regular on "Davis Rules" (ABC); only appeared during the show's first season
1995:
Cast as regular on ABC drama series "Murder One"
1998:
Received strong notices for playing a washed-up, drug addicted German actress in "High Art"
1998:
Appeared in the ensemble feature "Playing By Heart"
1999:
Played the prison warden's wife in "The Green Mile"; adapted from a Stephen King's novel
2001:
Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in "The Pledge" as the religious mother of a murder victim
2001:
Landed featured role in "Wendingo"; premiered at Sundance
2002:
Appeared in the heist film "Welcome to Collinwood"
2002:
Played Julianne Moore's best friend Eleanor in Todd Hayne's "Far From Heaven"
2002:
Landed a recurring role as Ruth's (Frances Conroy) sister Sarah on the HBO drama "Six Feet Under"
2003:
Portrayed Katie Holmes' cancer stricken mother in "Pieces of April"; earned Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2003:
Co-starred with Peter Dinklage in "The Station Agent"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actress
2004:
Played the wife of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey coach (Kurt Russell) in "Miracle"
2004:
Co-starred in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"
2005:
Starred in the George Clooney directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck"
2006:
Played Stark's (Sean Penn) press secretary in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of "All the King's Men"
2007:
Co-starred with Ryan Gosling in the indie film "Lars and the Real Girl"
2008:
Featured in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz
2009:
Re-teamed with Woody Allen for his New York¿based comedy "Whatever Works"
2010:
Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"
2010:
Acted opposite Emma Stone in the comedy "Easy A"
2011:
Cast opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in the small-town drama "Main Street"
2011:
Acted in the romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits," starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
2011:
Played Jim Sturgess' mother in the romantic drama "One Day"
2012:
Starred in the "Mia" segment of Lifetime breast cancer anthology "Five"
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Education

Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge , Louisiana -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Fordham University: Bronx , New York - 1982

Notes

"I could never play somebody's lover or wife and hate them offscreen, I'm not little miss method, but I'm very organic."---Clarkson to Los Angeles Magazine February 2004

Family close complete family listing

father:
Arthur Clarkson. School administrator. Worked at Department of Medicine of Louisiana State University.
mother:
Jacquelyn B Clarkson. Politician. Represented the French Quarter of New Orleans as district councilwoman.

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