Parker Posey

Parker Posey

Nov. 8th, 1968
Born in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Parker Posey's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Return of Jezebel James TV Show
The Return of Jezebel James
Tales of the City (UK) TV Show
Tales of the City (UK)
Granite Flats TV Show
Granite Flats

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Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda (née Patton), a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of the local Chevrolet dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey's first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s model Suzy Parker. After Posey's birth, the family moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, and her father operated a car dealership, Chris Posey Chevrolet, in Laurel. The family also lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Posey was raised Catholic.
Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield and Orlagh Cassidy.
Posey got her first break in television with the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Posey's first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993), a cult classic featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and Jason London.
Throughout the late 1990s, Posey starred in 32 independent films and was nicknamed "Queen of the Indies". These films include Personal Velocity, Basquiat, Clockwatchers, The Daytrippers, Party Girl, and The House of Yes, for which she received positive reviews for her portrayal of a delusional woman in love with her own brother. She is part of the acting ensemble that appears in director Christopher Guest's films, including four of his mock documentaries: Waiting for Guffman in 1996, Best in Show in 2000, A Mighty Wind in 2003, and For Your Consideration in 2006. Posey has appeared in several films of Hal Hartley: Henry Fool (1998); two of his shorts, Opera No. 1 (1994; with Adrienne Shelley) and Sisters of Mercy (2004); and Fay Grim (2006). Posey also had a notable role as the best friend of Adam in the 2005 film Adam & Steve.
Posey has had supporting roles in several big budget studio films, including You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Laws of Attraction (2004), Blade: Trinity (2004) and Superman Returns, playing Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick.
Posey starred in Zoe Cassavetes' 2007 film Broken English. She was to feature in the John Waters film Fruitcake along with Johnny Knoxville. The film was to be set in her birth town of Baltimore. However, John Waters announced that he has canceled Fruitcake, saying "I can't get it made...I thought it would do well, but it's not. In this economy, I'm going to have to do a puppet show." She also appeared as Liz in several episodes of the third season of Louie.

  • Is a contributing editor to Open City literary magazine.
  • Twin brother, Chris, who practices law in Atlanta.
  • Favorite musicians are Belle & Sebastian, Sigur Rs, and Miighty Flashlight
  • Yet another member of the "Purchase Mafia," a group of graduates from S.U.N.Y. Purchase. Alumni actors and filmmakers include 'Wesley Snipes' (qv), 'Sherry Stringfield' (qv), 'Stanley Tucci (I)' (qv), 'Curtis McClarin' (qv), 'Bob Gosse' (qv), 'Todd Baker (I)' (qv), 'Nick Gomez (I)' (qv), and 'Melissa Leo' (qv).
  • Is an accomplished mime.
  • Did her own singing and mandolin-playing in _A Mighty Wind (2003)_ (qv).
  • Friend of 'Zoe R. Cassavetes' (qv).
  • Has a song named after her, written by "apocalyptic folk artist" 'Stuart Davis (I)' (qv). The song will appear on Davis's upcoming 2006 album.

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