Desperate Housewives/Characters

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Desperate Housewives has seen several characters passing by since its premiere in 2004. This article lists every character appearing in two or more episodes, and every relative of the main families to have appeared once or more. For characters who have been played by more than one actor, only the latest actor is listed. Also note that (with a few exceptions, as noted) only credited characters and actors are included.

Main characters are noted with a "§" in the # column.

The list is complete and updated as of Finishing the Hat, the 180th episode, and series finale.

Contents

Susan's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Susan Mayer Teri Hatcher §
Karl Mayer Richard Burgi § Susan's first husband
Mike Delfino James Denton § Susan's second (and third) husband
Julie Mayer Andrea Bowen § Susan's daughter, with Karl
M.J. Delfino Mason Vale Cotton § Susan's son, with Mike

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Sophie Bremmer Lesley Ann Warren 7 Susan's mother
Morty Flickman Bob Newhart 3 Susan's stepfather
Addison Prudy Paul Dooley 3 Susan's biological father
Carol Prudy Joyce Van Patten 2 Addison Prudy's wife
Adele Delfino Celia Weston 1 Mike's mother
Nick Delfino Robert Forster 1 Mike's father
Laura Stephanie Jones 1 Mike's sister, given up for adoption
Claire Bremmer Valerie Harper 1 Susan's aunt, Sophie's sister
Tim Chris Carmack 1 Susan's cousin
Marisa Mayer Sunny Mabrey 1 Karl's second wife
Evan Mayer Sawyer Church 2 Karl's son, with Marisa
Dana Taylor Cody Kasch § Mike's lost son, raised as Zach Young
Deirdre Taylor Jolie Jenkins 2 Dana's mother
Noah Taylor Bob Gunton 10 Deirdre's father
Kendra Taylor Heather Stephens 2 Deirdre's sister

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Ian Hainesworth Dougray Scott 18
Jackson Braddock Gale Harold 14
Principal Hobson John Rubinstein 7
Ron McCreadie Jay Harrington 7
Detective Ridley Ernie Hudson 7
Maxine Rosen Lainie Kazan 5
Detective Sullivan Nick Chinlund 5
Andre Zeller Miguel Ferrer 5
Colleen Henderson Wendy Benson 4
Amy Yamada Becky Wu 4
Eleanora Butters Mary Pat Gleason 3
Detective Copeland Conor O'Farrell 3
Detective Gallagher Karl Makinen 3
Jane Hainesworth Cecily Gambrell 3(uncredited)
Ruth Ann Heisel Dagney Kerr 3
Dr. Lippman Alison Martin 3
Craig Lynwood Aaron Lustig 3
Minister Steve Tyler 3
Dick Barrows Gregory Itzin 2
Felix Bergman Leslie Jordan 2
Maggie Berman Miriam Flynn 2
Dr. Cunningham Tim Monsion 2
Dr. Hill Carlos LaCamara 2
Jimbo Rooney Brent Briscoe 2
Oliver Weston John Mariano 2
Jeff Peter Jason 2
Jerry the Coroner Rick Fitts 2
Nurse Marcy Felice Heather Monteith 2
Nurse Parker Wendy Worthington 2
Renee Mary Margaret Lewis 2

Lynette's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Lynette Scavo Felicity Huffman §
Tom Scavo Doug Savant § Lynette's husband
Porter Scavo Charlie Carver § Lynette's twin son
Preston Scavo Max Carver § Lynette's twin son
Parker Scavo Joshua Logan Moore § Lynette's youngest son
Penny Scavo Darcy Rose Byrnes § Lynette's oldest daughter
Paige Scavo Noah, Emmett & Hudson Greenberg (uncredited) Lynette's youngest daughter
Kayla Huntington Rachel Fox § Tom's daughter, Lynette's former foster daughter

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Stella Wingfield Polly Bergen 10 Lynette's mother
Glen Wingfield Richard Chamberlain 1 Lynette's stepfather, Stella's third husband
Frank Kaminsky Larry Hagman 2 Lynette's stepfather, Stella's fourth husband
Lucy Lindquist Carrie Preston 1 Lynette's middle sister
Lydia Lindquist Sarah Paulson 2 Lynette's youngest sister
Allison Scavo Lois Smith 2 Tom's mother
Rodney Scavo Ryan O'Neal 1 Tom's father
Nora Huntington Kiersten Warren 9 Kayla's mother
Joe Huntington Paul Keith 1 Nora's father
Sheila Huntington Michelle Marsh 1 Nora's mother

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Jane Montgomery Andrea Parker 11
Eddie Orlofsky Josh Zuckerman 11
Ed Ferrara Currie Graham 9
Rick Coletti Jason Gedrick 6
Stu Derber Charlie Babcock 6
Nina Fletcher Joely Fisher 5
Anne Schilling Gail O'Grady 4
Pat Ziegler Carol Mansell 4
Annabel Foster Melinda McGraw 3
Jordana Geist Stacey Travis 3
Natalie Klein Nike Doukas 3
Irina Kosokov Helena Mattsson 3
Headmaster Lentz Harry S. Murphy 3
Claire Marla Sokoloff 3
Debbie Leslie Karpman 3
Eric Robert Sudduth 3
Jerry the Assistant Mitch Silpa 3
Kim Kylie Sparks 3
Dr. Crane James McDonnell 2
Joshua Dolan Peter Birkenhead 2
Dr. Graham Jane Leeves 2
Greg Limon Reed Diamond 2
Chloe Montgomery Ruby Lewis 2
Dan Peterson Edward Edwards 2
Janie Peterson Elizabeth Storm 2
Emily Portsmith Julie McNiven 2
Dr. Rushton George Wyner 2
Warren Schilling Peter Onorati 2
Mrs. Truesdale Shannon O'Hurley 2
Frank Patrick Fabian 2
Tucker John Bobek 2

Bree's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Bree Van De Kamp Marcia Cross §
Rex Van De Kamp Steven Culp § Bree's first husband
Orson Hodge Kyle MacLachlan § Bree's second husband
Trip Weston Scott Bakula 5 Bree's third husband
Andrew Van De Kamp Shawn Pyfrom § Bree's son, with Rex
Danielle Van De Kamp Joy Lauren § Bree's daughter, with Rex

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Henry Mason Ronny Cox 1 Bree's father
Mrs. Mason Rebecca Wisocky 1 Bree's mother
Eleanor Mason Carol Burnett 1 Bree's stepmother
Phyllis Van De Kamp Shirley Knight 5 Rex' mother
Gloria Hodge Dixie Carter 7 Orson's mother
Edwin Hodge Carl Mueller 1 Orson's father
Benjamin Katz Jake Soldera 31 Danielle's son, with Austin McCann
Leo Katz Andrew Leeds 1 Danielle's husband
Alex Cominis Todd Grinnell 6 Andrew's husband
Melina Cominis Joanna Cassidy 1 Alex' mother
Sam Allen Sam Page 7 Rex' son from a previous relationship
Lillian Allen Linda Purl 1 Sam's mother
Alma Hodge Valerie Mahaffey 8 Orson's first wife
Fern Fiona Hale 1 Bree's aunt

1 Additionally, Benjamin appeared as a baby during the fourth season.

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Chuck Vance Jonathan Cake §
George Williams Roger Bart §
Keith Watson Brian Austin Green 15
Justin Ryan Carnes 11
Reverend Sikes Dakin Matthews 9
Detective Murphy Michael Dempsey 8
Albert Goldfine Sam Lloyd 7
Lee Craig Terry Bozeman 6
Detective Barton Kurt Fuller 5
Peter McMillian Lee Tergesen 5
Carolyn Bigsby Laurie Metcalf 4
Samuel Bormanis Bruce Jarchow 4
Richard Watson John Schneider 4
Tish Atherton Jill Brennan 3
Judge Conti Alyson Reed 3
Maisy Gibbons Sharon Lawrence 3
Detective Heredia José Zúñiga 3
Amber James Rochelle Aytes 3
Charlie James Sayeed Shahidi 3
Monique Pollier Kathleen York 3
Emily Stone Christina Chang 3
Dr. Barr William Atherton 2
Dr. Bernstein Ken Lerner 2
Harvey Bigsby Brian Kerwin 2
Michelle Downing Jodi Carlisle 2
Robert Falati Anthony Azizi 2
Detective Sloan Scott Allan Campbell 2
Mary Wagner Nancy Travis 2
Amanda Julie White 2
Bruce Christopher Rich 2
Judy Michelle Duffy 2

Gabrielle's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Gabrielle Solis Eva Longoria Parker §
Carlos Solis Ricardo Antonio Chavira § Gabrielle's first (and third) husband
Victor Lang John Slattery 14 Gabrielle's second husband
Juanita Solis Madison De La Garza § Gabrielle's daughter, with Carlos. Turned out not to be her biological child
Celia Solis Daniella Baltodano 53 Gabrielle's youngest daughter, with Carlos
Grace Sanchez Cecilia Balagot 4 Gabrielle's oldest (biological) daughter, switched after birth
Ana Solis Maiara Walsh § Gabrielle's foster daughter, Carlos' second cousin

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Lucia Marquez Maria Conchita Alonso 1 Gabrielle's mother
Alejandro Perez Tony Plana 4 Gabrielle's stepfather, Lucia's second husband
Juanita "Mama" Solis Lupe Ontiveros 8 Carlos' mother
Milton Lang Mike Farrell 3 Victor's father
Connie Solis Liz Torres 1 Carlos' aunt, Ana's grandmother
Maria Marina Palmier 1 Connie's sister
Hector Armando Molina 1 Maria's son
Lupe Livia Treviño 1 Hector's wife
Unnamed Solis family member Joslyn Rose Lyons 1 Unknown
Samantha Lang Challen Cates 1 Victor's first wife
Claudia Sanchez Justina Machado 2 Alejandro's last wife
Marisa Sanchez Daniela Bobadilla 2 Claudia's daughter, Alejandro's step-daughter
Carmen Sanchez Carla Jimenez 4 Juanita's biological mother, Grace's foster mother
Hector Sanchez Rolando Molina 2 Juanita's biological father, Grace's foster father

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
John Rowland Jesse Metcalfe §
Father Crowley Jeff Doucette 10
Xiao Mei Gwendoline Yeo 9
Yao Lin Lucille Soong 7
Ellie Leonard Justine Bateman 5
Ralph Alejandro Patino 5
Vern Alec Mapa 5
Eugene Beale John Kapelos 4
Bradley Scott David Starzyk 4
Sister Mary Bernard Melinda Page Hamilton 3
David Bradley Adrian Pasdar 3
Libby Collins Nichole Hiltz 3
Lily Collins Faith and Hope Dever 3(uncredited)
Frank Helm Eddie McClintock 3
Virginia Hildebrand Frances Conroy 3
Al Kaminsky James Luca McBride 3
Myron Katzburg Michael Durrell 3
Jack Pinkham Kevin Symons 3
Helen Rowland Kathryn Harrold 3
Maria Scott Ion Overman 3
Cindy Melissa Greenspan 3
Clyde Wayne Lopez 3
Helena Soledad St. Hilaire 3
Marilyn Jayne Entwistle 3
Xiao Mei's doctor Dougald Park 3
Lucy Blackburn Lesley Boone 2
Ashley Bukowski Emily Christine 2
Paul Bullock Rick Otto 2
Shayla Grove Megan Hilty 2
Mr. Hartley Shawn Doyle 2
Jonathan Lithgow John Haymes Newton 2
Sheri Maltby Chloe Moretz 2
Rachel Miller Mackenzie Brooke Smith 21
Amy Pearce Juliette Goglia 2
Bill Pearce Mark Deklin 2
Tammy Rowland Michelle Pierce 2
Mr. Steinberg Mark L. Taylor 2
Kenny Stevens Michael Bofshever 2
Cecile Jennifer Lyons 2
Miss Charlotte Stephanie Faracy 2
Dana Beth Littleford 2
Jean Patrika Darbo 2
Jerome Jeffrey Stubblefield 2
Lazaro Matt Winston 2
Luis Albert Garcia 2
Melissa Lindsey Stoddart 2
Rachel Jillian Armenante 2
Reggie Gary Anthony Williams 2
FBI agent Nigel Gibbs 2
Rehab nurse Jeremy Rowley 2

1 Additionally, Mackenzie Brooke Smith also played the young Bree in episode 8x17.

Mary Alice's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Mary Alice Young Brenda Strong §
Paul Young Mark Moses § Mary Alice's husband
Zach Young Cody Kasch § Mary Alice's adopted son

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Beth Young Emily Bergl 14 Paul's second wife
Felicia Tilman Harriet Sansom Harris 28 Beth's mother
Martha Huber Christine Estabrook 11 Felicia's sister

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Jerry Shaw Richard Roundtree 5
Detective Harrison Derek Webster 3
Detective Beckerman John Lacy 2
Detective Burnett Brett Cullen 2
Detective Foster Matthew Glave 2
Dr. Sicher Gregg Daniel 2
Felicia's guard Angela Bullock 2

Betty's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Betty Applewhite Alfre Woodard §
Caleb Applewhite Nashawn Kearse § Betty's oldest son
Matthew Applewhite Mehcad Brooks § Betty's youngest son

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Curt Monroe Michael Ironside 2
Detective Morgan James Shanklin 2

Katherine's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Katherine Mayfair Dana Delany §
Wayne Davis Gary Cole 6 Katherine's first husband
Adam Mayfair Nathan Fillion 11 Katherine's second husband
Dylan Davis Hailee Denham 2 Katherine's daughter, with Wayne
Dylan Mayfair Lyndsy Fonseca § Katherine's adoptive daughter

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Lillian Simms Ellen Geer 4 Katherine's aunt
Mr. Simms Edward Stanley 1 Lillian's son

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Robin Gallagher Julie Benz 5
Brent Avedon Richard Gilliland 2
Sylvia Greene Melora Walters 2
Pete Romslo Andy Umberger 2

Edie's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Edie Britt Nicollette Sheridan §
Charles McLain Greg Evigan 1 Edie's first husband
Umberto Roswell Matt Cedeño 1 Edie's second husband
Dave Williams Neal McDonough § Edie's third husband
Travers McLain Stephen Lumsford 6 Edie's son, with Charles

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Ilene Britt K Callan 1 Edie's mother
Austin McCann Josh Henderson § Edie's nephew
Lila Dash Marie Caldare 4 Dave's first wife
Paige Dash Madeleine Michelle Dunn 4 Dave's daughter, with Lila

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Detective Collins David Fabrizio 6
Detective Lyons Billy Mayo 5
Samuel Heller Stephen Spinella 4
Claire Cormier Erin O'Shaughnessy 2
Charlie Quinton Medina 2
Ken William Schallert 2

Angie's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Angie Bolen Drea de Matteo §
Nick Bolen Jeffrey Nordling § Angie's husband
Danny Bolen Beau Mirchoff § Angie's son

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Rose DeLuca Suzanne Costallos 1 Angie's mother
Patrick Logan John Barrowman 5 Danny's biological father

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Iris Beckley Ellen Crawford 2

Renee's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Renee Perry Vanessa Williams (I) §
Doug Perry Reggie Austin 1 Renee's first husband
Ben Faulkner Charles Mesure § Renee's second husband

Other acquaintances

Character Actor #
Donny Sal Landi 5

Karen's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Karen McCluskey Kathryn Joosten §
Gilbert McCluskey John Harnagel 2 Karen's first husband
Roy Bender Orson Bean 23 Karen's second husband

Extended family

Character Actor # Relation
Roberta Simmons Lily Tomlin 6 Karen's sister

Lee & Bob's family and acquaintances

Immediate family

Character Actor # Relation
Lee McDermott Kevin Rahm §
Bob Hunter Tuc Watkins §
Jenny Hunter McDermott Isabella Acres 3 Lee & Bob's adopted daughter

Other characters

Additional Wisteria Lane residents

Character Actor #
Ida Greenberg Pat Crawford Brown 24
Mona Clark Maria Cominis 11
Mitzi Kinsky Mindy Sterling 6
Alberta Fromme Betty Murphy 5
Art Shephard Matt Roth 4
Rose Kemper Gloria LeRoy 2
Edwin Mullins Cheyenne Wilbur 21
Rebecca Shephard Jennifer Dundas 2
Derek Yeager Evan Parke 2

1 Additionally, Cheyenne Wilbur also played another Wisteria Lane resident - Bob Fisk - in episode 1x05.

Minor characters

Character Actor #
Nurse Dale Waddington Horowitz 6
Reporter Christine Clayburg 6
Dr. McLean Paul Keeley 31
Fairview Memorial board chairman Michael Kagan 3
Policeman Scott Atkinson 3
Policeman Mark Brady 3
Policeman Richard Jenik 3
Dr. Baron Michael Holden 2
Danny Farrell Ridge Canipe 2
Jeremy McMullin Billy Unger 22
Craig Tsuyumine Craig Tsuyumine 2
Kristin Cindy Lu 2
Nurse Phyllis Bonnie Hellman 2
Toby Michael Guarnera 2
Neighbourhood man Lenny Schmidt 2
Nurse Carlease Burke 2
Nurse Lynette DuPree 2
Nurse Julie Pop 2
Nurse Roz Witt 2
Paramedic Stephen O'Mahoney 2
Waiter David Pevsner 2

1 Paul Keeley's character was called "Dr. Holland" in the end credits of episode 3x17.
2 Billy Unger's character was called "Chad" in the end credits of episode 3x20.

Notes
Additionally, a couple of actors have appeared in multiple minor roles:

  • Casper Brindle appeared as a father in episode 6x06 and as a cab driver in episode 7x11.
  • Chris Damiano appeared as a delivery guy in episode 2x17 and a as a cop in episode 3x19.
  • Darryl Alan Reed appeared as a security guard in episode 2x17 and as a garbage man in episode 8x02