Barb Hanlonplayed by FelIcity Huffman
Barb Hanlon and her ex-husband Russ Skokie are the parents of young war Veteran Matt Skokie, who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery.
Felicity Huffman has proven herself as an exceptional actress in both dramatic and comedic roles. Huffman earned an Academy Award nomination for her stunning performance in Transamerica, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Independent Spirit Award for the same role. Huffman has also been honored with an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Desperate Housewives.
Huffman will be returning to ABC starring in the television series American Crime, a gritty drama told from the points of view of all involved after a horrific crime takes place. The series, created by Oscar winner John Ridley, also stars Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown and Penelope Ann Miller among others.
Huffman will be seen later this year in William H. Macy’s directorial debut Rudderless. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and also stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films teamed up to acquire U.S. rights to the film, which tells the story of a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
Most recently, Huffman was seen in “Trust Me” directed by Clark Gregg who also stars in the film alongside Allison Janney and Amanda Peet. Huffman is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the ABC hit “Desperate Housewives.” The cast won the 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical.
In March 2012, Huffman launched her website for moms and women, WhatTheFlicka.com. What The Flicka is a “virtual kitchen counter” for women to laugh and share their honest stories about motherhood in an effort to take down the icon and myth of the “perfect” mother. Boasting over 100 contributors, Huffman’s website has received recognition from Forbes, Time magazine, Mashable, Yahoo News and CNN. In 2008, Huffman was seen in THINKFilm’s Phoebe in Wonderland, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Elle Fanning as a little girl who won't, or can't, follow the rules and seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson), as her mother (Huffman) looks to Phoebe herself for inspiration.
In 2007, Huffman appeared in Universal Pictures’ Georgia Rule. The film was directed by Garry Marshall and co-starred Jane Fonda and Linsday Lohan. In 2006, Huffman starred in the critically acclaimed Weinstein Company film Transamerica. The film, which was written and directed by Duncan Tucker, was the first ever acquisition for the company and starred Huffman as Bree, a transgendered woman who embarks on a journey across country with her newly discovered son. In addition to an Oscar nomination, Huffman won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for the role. She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and was awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review and received a nomination for Best Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Awards.
Multiple film festivals screened the film including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Huffman received Best Actress awards from the Tribeca Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the Aspen Film Festival, the Florida International Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival. In 2004, Huffman appeared in the feature film Christmas with the Cranks which starred Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. She also appeared in Raising Helen which starred Kate Hudson and John Corbett.
On the small screen, Huffman was seen in 2004 in the television movie Reversible Errors with William H. Macy, Tom Selleck and Monica Potter. Among her television movie credits are Out of Order, the critically acclaimed Door to Door, starring William H. Macy, Path to War starring Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, The Heart Department, Harrison, Cry of the City, Quicksand, Heart of Justice, The Water Engine, and Underworld. Other television credits include “Chicago Hope, X-Files, Law and Order, Bedtime Stories” and appearances as a series regular on The Human Factor, the ABC series Sports Night, Thunder Alley, Early Edition, Jules, and The Golden Years.
Huffman is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, an off Broadway theater company where she has been featured in numerous plays including Dangerous Corner, Shaker Heights, and The Joy of Definitely Going Somewhere. Among her other stage credits are Oh Hell, directed by Greg Mosher ad the Lincoln center Theatre, Boy’s Life, directed by William H. Macy, The Loop and Grotesque Love Songs. Huffman also appeared in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. She received an OBIE Award for her portrayal of Donnie in Mamet’s Cryptogram.
Huffman resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/director William H. Macy.