Molly McCook

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Molly McCook
Molly Jane McCook

(1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2010–present
John Krause
(m. 2019)

Molly Jane McCook (born July 30, 1990) is an American stage and TV actress. She played a leading role in Fox's Last Man Standing.

Early life[edit]

McCook was born on July 30, 1990, in Los Angeles. She is daughter of actor John McCook and actress Laurette Spang.[1]


Early in her career, McCook had minor roles in television's 10 Things I Hate About You and Glee, both filmed in 2009 and released in 2010.[citation needed] She acted in a five-episode arc of the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, with her father, John, a series regular, in 2010.[1] McCook appeared that same year in the music video for "If Eyes Could Speak," a single released by Devon Werkheiser.[1] She also maintains a YouTube channel in which she displays her singing abilities.[1]

McCook has appeared in episodes of Monk, Hot in Cleveland, Glory Daze, and Free Agents.[citation needed]

In 2012, McCook appeared as Madison Evans in a four episode arc of the short-lived, low-budget series, Never Fade Away.[2] That year, McCook also played Natalie in the horror film, Excision;[3] and then once again joined her father in acting in the short film, Christmas Without You.[citation needed]

In 2013, she was in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the following year in an episode of Modern Family. McCook's character featured heavily in the web series, Guidance, in its inaugural season (2016). She was in several episodes of The Ranch in 2016–2018. Since 2019, McCook has appeared on the Freeform network in the recurring role of court clerk, Rebecca, in season one of the Good Trouble spin-off of The Fosters TV show.[4]

In 2015, McCook originated the stage role of character Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions: The Musical in Los Angeles, the part played by Reese Witherspoon in the film.[1]

From 2018 to 2021, she starred as the major character, middle daughter Mandy, in the last three seasons of Last Man Standing on the Fox Network,[1] a role she inherited from Molly Ephraim after the show's hiatus and network switch in 2017-2018.[1]

In 2021, McCook starred alongside her father in the Discovery+ produced film, Candy Coated Christmas. The Christmas-themed movie appeared on the Food Network, a first for the broadcaster.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She and Broadway actor John Krause were married on September 7, 2019.[5][6]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Glee Sophomore singer Episode: "Dream On"
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Stacy Episode: "Meat is Murder"
2010 The Bold and the Beautiful Margot / Friend #1 Recurring role, 5 episodes
2011 Glory Daze Andrea Episodes: "Some Like It Hot Tub", "Hit Me With Your Test Shot"
2012 Free Agents Shauna Daniels Episode: "The Kids are Alright..."
2012 Never Fade Away Madison Evans Web series; main role
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Laura Hayward Episode: "The Bridge"
2013 10 Rules for Sleeping Around Jaymee Film
2014 Modern Family Bridesmaid Episode: "Haley's 21st Birthday"
2015 Hot in Cleveland Jessica #1 Episode: "Family Affair"
2015 Murder in the First Rian Green Episode: "Oh, Mexico!"
2016 Sorry, Ari Allison Episode: "I Voted!"
2016 Guidance Polly Web series; recurring role (season 2), 7 episodes
2016 Cruel Intentions Emily Unsold television pilot
2016 Trash Fire Aimee Film
2016–2018 The Ranch Darlene Recurring role (seasons 1–3), 5 episodes
2017 The Landlord Alyssa Haroldson Television film; also known as Fatherly Obsession
2017 His Wives and Daughters Tammy Banks Unsold television pilot
2018–2021 Last Man Standing Mandy Baxter-Anderson Main role (seasons 7–9)
2019 Good Trouble Rebecca Recurring role (season 1), 6 episodes
2021 Candy Coated Christmas Molly Gallant Discovery+ film


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Adebowale, Temi (October 12, 2018). "Who is Molly McCook?". Country Living. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Never Fade Away; May 16, 2012; episode; YouTube on-line; snippet accessed June 2022.
  3. ^ Excision : Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance; Koehler, John; January 23, 2012; Review article; Variety on-line; retrieved June 2022
  4. ^ a b Last Man Standing Vet Molly McCook on Having Her Real Dad as a Co-star In Food Network's First Christmas Movie; November 23, 2021; article; Behnke, Megan; accessed June 2022
  5. ^ Stein, Megan (March 15, 2020). "Last Man Standing's Molly McCook ..." Country Living. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Last Man Standing Actress Molly McCook Marries Broadway Actor John Krause in California; September 08, 2019;; online web page; Chiu, Melody; accessed July 2020

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