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Molly Parker

Parker in Vancouver, March 2009
Born 14 June 1972
Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Molly Parker (born 14 June 1972)[1] is a Genie Award-winning Canadian actress, notable for her roles in Canadian and American independent films and the HBO television series Deadwood and Six Feet Under.


Life and career

Parker was born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia to parents who owned a retail seafood store. Parker and her younger brother Henry were raised on a commune in Pitt Meadows, B.C., which she described as "a hippie farm", and she began acting after 13 years at ballet school. After her uncle's agent took her on, she had parts in various Canadian television roles before studying with Vancouver's Gastown Actors' Studio after she graduated from high school.

Her breakthrough role was as the daughter of a lesbian military officer in the TV-movie Serving in Silence; she then won a Gemini nomination for her performance in the TV-movie Paris or Somewhere. She later won the Genie Award for best actress for playing a necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's 1996 film Kissed that led the way into major roles for her.

Parker has received much critical praise for her bravery in tackling difficult roles: the aforementioned role in Kissed; as a sympathetic lap dancer and paid escort in The Center of the World; and a female rabbi, Ari Hoffman, in Six Feet Under. In 2008, she starred in the CBS show Swingtown.

Parker is married to director, writer, and producer Matt Bissonnette. The couple have a son, William, born on 13 October 2006.

She filmed a pilot for a series called The Wonderful Maladys, in which she was set to star as Sarah Michelle Gellar's older sister, but the series was not picked up.



  1. ^ In an interview for the 10/06 ELLE Canada, Parker stated that her birthday is in the middle of June, without specifying a date. She explained that the July date stems from an IMDb mistake that she has unsuccessfully tried to correct.

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