Molly Hagan

Molly Hagan
Born (1961-08-03) August 3, 1961
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985present

Molly Joan Hagan (born August 3, 1961) is an American actress. She co-starred in films Code of Silence (1985), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), The Dentist (1996) and Election (1999), and also known for her roles in television on Herman's Head (1991–1994) and Unfabulous (2004–2007).

Life and career

Hagan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[1] the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (née Henslee) and John Robert Hagan.[2] She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Northwestern University.[1]

Hagan played Diana Luna alongside Chuck Norris on the 1985 cult action film Code of Silence. Hagan has made appearances in films such as Some Kind of Wonderful and most notably as the young Miss Ellie Ewing in the television movie Dallas: The Early Years[1] (a prequel of the long-running soap opera Dallas) and she has appeared in several other television series, including the 1980s situation comedy The Golden Girls.

Hagan starred in the cult series Nutt House, which had a six-week run in 1989, and Herman's Head which ran on Fox from 1991 to 1994. She portrayed Angel, one of the four characters inside Herman, and represented his sensitivity. She was in two episodes of the detective mystery series Columbo, namely Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989), and Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1994). She also appeared twice on Murder, She Wrote (in two different roles). In the end of the second season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, she played a young Vorta called Eris in "The Jem'Hadar". She appeared in three episodes of the third season of Becker, she also appeared on Seinfeld as Sister Roberta, the Latvian Orthodox novice that Kramer nearly took from the church, and a cooking teacher on Friends. She played a trailer trash mother in a Jerry Springer-based movie, Ringmaster. She played Ms. McAllister in the 1999 movie Election opposite Matthew Broderick. Hagan also played Coach Crenshaw in Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch.

Hagan played Emma Roberts's mother in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous from 2004 to 2007. She also made a guest appearances in many television series, such as Charmed, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Private Practice, The Closer, and NYPD Blue. Hagan also appeared in Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program in 2009, and had another guest appearance in an episode of the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie. In 2014, Hagan was cast as lead character's mother in The CW series, IZombie, based on the DC Comics.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Code of Silence Diana Luna
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Shayne
1988 Fresh Horses Ellen
1995 French Exit Alice
1996 The Dentist Jessica
1996 Sometimes They Come Back... Again Officer Violet Searcey
1998 Ringmaster Connie Zorzak
1999 Election Diane McAllister
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Jenine Goldstein
2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Sheila Yoder
2002 Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch Coach Crenshaw
2002 Defining Maggie Maggie
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Diane
2005 Tom's Nu Heaven Dr. Randy
2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Teresa Voice role
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Pediatrician
2008 The Babysitter Mrs. Jones Short film
2008 The Lucky Ones Pat Cheaver
2009 Just Peck Ms. Sears
2009 Cost of Living Penny Short film
2010 Love Shack Debbie Vanderspiegl
2011 Red State Janet Keenan
2013 Miss Dial Potato Shredder Caller
2014 BFFs Rebecca
2014 Ask Me Anything Caroline Kampenfelt
2014 Not Safe for Work Janine
2014 The Last Light Meryl
2015 Cheater, Cheater Candace
2015 Navy Seals vs. Zombies CIA Agent Stacy Thomas
2015 Step 9 Janine Short film
2015 We Are Your Friends Francine
2016 The Garage Sale Sophie
2016 Sully Doreen Welsh
2017 Boris and the Bomb


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Knots Landing Researcher Episodes: "One Day in a Row" and "The Long and Winding Road"
1985 First Steps Pam Television film
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Penny McNeil Episode: "Sour Grapes"
1986 Dallas: The Early Years Miss Ellie Ewing Television film
1986 Mr. Sunshine Jane Episode: "Leftwich in Love"
1987 Hotel Karen Episode: "All the King's Horses"
1987 ALF Denise Episodes: "ALF's Special Christmas: Part 1" and "ALF's Special Christmas: Part 2"
1987 Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius Katherine Hodge Television film
1988 Justin Case Jennifer Spalding Television film
1988 Shootdown Elizabeth Moore Television film
1989 Columbo Ruth 'Ruthie' Jernigan Episode: "Murder, Smoke and Shadows"
1989 The Nutt House Sally Lonnaneck Series regular, 10 episodes
1990 The Golden Girls Caroline Episode: "Triple Play"
1990 Last Flight Out Pam Television film
1993 Columbo Victoria Chase Episode: "Butterfly in Shades of Grey"
1993 Seinfeld Sister Roberta Episode: "The Conversion"
1993 Murder, She Wrote Dana Ballard Episode: "Dead to Rights"
1991–1994 Herman's Head Angel Series regular, 72 episodes
1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Laurel Crown Television film
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Eris Episode: "The Jem'Hadar"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Amelia Farnum Episode: "To Kill a Legend"
1994 Love & War Monica Episode: "The Bum"
1995 Legend Paytents Episode: "Clueless in San Francisco"
1995 Dream On Eve Episode: "9 1/2 Days"
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Ad Executive Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare 1.2 Million?"
1996 The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Trudy Wise Television film
1996–1997 Life's Work Dee Dee Lucas Series regular, 18 episodes
1997 Diagnosis Murder Kelly Harris Episode: "Town Without Pity"
1997 Diagnosis Murder Paige Jennings Episode: "Must Kill TV"
1999 Early Edition Treasury Agent Carolyn Burns Episode: "The Last Untouchable"
1999 DiResta Wendy Episode: "The Torch"
1999 Love Boat: The Next Wave Elizabeth Episode: "Divorce, Downbeat and Distemper"
1999 Providence Mrs. Trish Calloway Episode: "The Third Thing"
1999 Chicago Hope Bettina Wallace Episode: "Humpty Dumpty"
1999 JAG Melinda Davy Episode: "Contemptuous Words"
1999 Oh Baby Annie Episode: "Friendship"
2000 Strong Medicine Grace Duke Episode: "Dependency"
2001 The Invisible Man Dr. Day Episode: "Going Postal"
2001 Emeril Joanna Episode: "Blind Dates"
2000–2001 Becker Sarah Recurring role, 3 episodes
2001 Touched by an Angel Karen Episode: "Angels Anonymous"
2002 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity Sgt. Kelly Harris Television film
2002 Charmed Karen Young Episode: "The Fifth Halliwell"
2002 Friends Sarah Episode: "The One with the Cooking Class"
2002 Greetings from Tucson Karen Tobin Recurring role, 3 episodes
2003 Six Feet Under Rachel Episode: "Tears, Bones & Desire"
2003 The Agency Caroline Magnuson Episode: "Our Man in Korea"
2003 NYPD Blue Nancy Ackerman Episodes: "Keeping Abreast" and "Andy Appleseed"
2004 JAG Navy Captain Episode: "Take It Like a Man"
2004 Monk Ms. Lennington Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Fired"
2005 Numb3rs Fingerprint Technician Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2005 NCIS Audrey Vetter Episode: "Conspiracy Theory"
2005 ER Meredith Smart Episode: "Carter est Amoureux"
2007 Murder 101: College Can Be Murder Hilda Lake Television film
2007 The Closer Kathy Reichter Episode: "Homewrecker"
2007 Side Order of Life Karma Episode: "When Pigs Fly"
2007 Private Practice Karen Adams Episode: "In Which Addison Finds the Magic"
2004–2007 Unfabulous Sue Singer Series regular, 29 episodes
2008 Eli Stone Moira Foote Episode: "Waiting for That Day"
2008 Cold Case Lois Rabinski Episode: "Ghost of My Child"
2008 Fear Itself Elena Edlund Episode: "Skin and Bones"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Penny Jones Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2008 Bones Elsbeth King Episode: "The Bone That Blew"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Jackie Episode: "Elevator Love Letter"
2009 Princess Protection Program The Director Television film
2009 Medium E.R. Doctor Episode: "Bite Me"
2011 Chaos Ms. Lurkin Episodes: "Pilot" and "Molé"
2011 Cinema Verite Kaye Television film
2012 Desperate Housewives Gillian Episode: "Any Moment"
2012 TalhotBlond Beth Brooks Television film
2012 Perception Professor Episode: "Kilimanjaro"
2013 The Mentalist Elizabeth Hennings Episode: "Red Velvet Cupcakes"
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Peggy Winant Episode: "Recovery"
2013 Masters of Sex Sybil Episode: "Fallout"
2014 Liv and Maddie Mrs. Wakefield Episode: "Moms-a-Rooney"
2014 Petals on the Wind Miss Calhoun Television film
2014 Longmire Sylvia Mallory Episode: "Miss Cheyenne"
2014 Switched at Birth Tammy Brenawicz Episode: "And We Bring the Light"
2014 Stalker Nancy Episode: "Fanatic"
2014 Rectify Episode: "Donald the Normal"
2014 Castle Daisy May Episode: "Once Upon a Time in the West"
2014–2015 Instant Mom Eunice Ebnetter Recurring role, 3 episodes
2015 iZombie Eva Moore Recurring role, 5 episodes
2015 True Detective Mrs. Harris Episodes: "The Western Book of the Dead" and "Other Lives"
2015 A Teacher's Obsession Candace Television Film
2016 Jane the Virgin Patricia Cordero Recurring role, 3 episodes
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Elaine Jarrett Episode: "Help Wanted"
2016 Mistresses Dr. Paysinger Episode: "Under Pressure"
2016 Dead of Summer Beth Dalton Episode: "Modern Love"
2016 This Is Us Grace Episode: "Career Days"


  1. 1 2 3 "Molly Hagen Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. Molly Hagan Biography (1961-)
  3. Natalie Abrams (August 20, 2014). "'iZombie' recasts mom, adds 'Devious Maids' star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
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