CUE & A: "True Blood" and Of Mice and Men Star Jim Parrack on Rapping, Wrapping and Smoking at Work

By Matthew Blank
03 Jun 2014

Jim Parrack
Jim Parrack
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Jim Parrack, making his Broadway debut as Slim in Of Mice and Men, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Parrack is perhaps best known to TV audiences as Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO's "True Blood." Other screen work includes "As I Lay Dying," "Monk," "Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds" and "Alcatraz."

He studies and teaches acting at Playhouse West.



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Full given name: Jim Parrack
Where you were born/where you were raised: Allen, Texas
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living: My father is a retired army captain and banking software salesman, and my mother is an English teacher.
Siblings:My sister is a professor of nursing
Special skills:I'm the best actor-slash-rapper (not the other way around) in America.
Something you're REALLY bad at:Really bad at wrapping presents (worst wrapper)
First Broadway show you ever saw: Rent
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire with Brando
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: After Midnight
Some favorite musicals: Chicago, Les Miserables
Some favorite modern plays: Burn This, True West
Some favorite modern playwrights: Shanley, Shepard, Lanford Wilson
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, John Cassavetes, Peter Falk
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I'll never forget watching Ciera Danielle in A Hatful of Rain
You personal acting idols: Bobby Duvall, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Gena Rowlands, Jack Nicholson. The ones that are always reliable for a surprise.
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "Can I Live" by Jay Z
Last book you read: "Hard Times" by Studs Terkel
Must-see TV show(s): Can't think of any one MUST see, but I like watching NBA basketball.
Last good movie you saw: "Blue is the Warmest Color"
Some films you consider classics: "On the Waterfront," "Young Mr. Lincoln," "It's a Wonderful Life," "The 400 Blows," "Paths of Glory"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Jay Z
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Gossip Girl"
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