Characters: Magnolia

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    Stanley Spector 

Stanley Spector

Played By: Jeremy Blackman

    Frank T.J. Mackey 

Frank T.J. Mackey

Played By: Tom Cruise

    Jimmy Gator 

Jimmy Gator

Played By: Philip Baker Hall & Thomas Jane

  • Abusive Parent: May have molested Claudia.
  • Depraved Family Game Show Host: Alcoholic, unfaithful, and may have molested his daughter.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Attempts to take his own life after his wife finds out that he quite possibly molested their daughter. However, the rain of frogs that occurs during the end of the film causes him to misfire his gun.
  • Parental Incest: With Claudia, though he's not 100% sure about it.
  • Secretly Dying: he has the same cancer Earl does.

    Phil Parma 

Phil Parma

  • Nice Guy: One of the few normal, well-adjusted people in the entire movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Has to deal with caring for a dying man, the erratic mood of said man's wife, and tracking down the man's long lost son. In spite of this, he keeps it together.

    Donnie Smith 

Donnie Smith

Played By: William H. Macy

    Linda Partridge 

Linda Partridge

Played By: Julianne Moore

    Officer Jim Kurring 

Off. Jim Kurring

Played By: John C. Reilly

    Earl Partridge 

Earl Partridge

Played By: Jason Robards

    Claudia Wilson Gator 

Claudia Wilson Gator

Played By: Melora Waters

    Rose Gator 

Rose Gator

Played By: Melinda Dillon

  • Advertised Extra: Even though she introduces herself in one of the trailers like the rest of the characters, she has a more peripheral role, on part with Solomon Solomon
  • Spear Carrier

    Rick Spector 

Rick Spector

Played By: Michael Bowen

    Gwenovier 

Gwenovier

Played By: April Grace

    Thurston Howell 

Thurston Howell

Played By: Henry Gibson

  • Foil: To Donny. Whereas Donny is a Straight Gay naive, has an idealistic perspective on love crush on Brad the Bartener, Thurston is a somewhat Camp Gay cynic who uses money to get Brad's attention and sees the bartender as little more than a boy toy.

    Solomon Solomon 

Solomon Solomon

Played By: Alfred Molina