Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1951-09-13 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, USA

56 Movies · 31 TV shows

Also Known As: Jean E. Smart · Jean Elizabeth Smart

Biography

Jean Elizabeth Smart (born September 13, 1951) is an American actress. After beginning her career in regional theater in the Pacific Northwest, she appeared on Broadway in 1981, as Marlene Dietrich in the biographical play Piaf. Smart was later cast in a leading role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, in which she starred from 1986 to 1991.Smart was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 2000 Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, and would go on to receive two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Lana Gardner on the NBC sitcom Frasier (2000–01). She won a third Primetime Emmy Award for her starring role as Regina Newley on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? (2007–09). She also portrayed Martha Logan on the action drama series 24 (2006–07). For her performance as Floyd Gerhardt on Noah Hawley's FX crime series Fargo (2015), she earned a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. From 2017 to 2019, she starred as Melanie Bird in the FX science fiction series Legion, and in 2019, she starred as Laurie Blake (née Juspeczyk) in Watchmen.Smart's film credits include Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), Guinevere (1999), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Garden State (2004), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Youth in Revolt (2009), The Accountant (2016), and A Simple Favor (2018).

Personal Life

Smart is married to actor Richard Gilliland, whom she met while working on the set of Designing Women (he played J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts's character, Mary Jo Shively). They have a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989), and a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen (adopted as a baby from China in May 2009). Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series.

Early Life

Smart was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathleen Marie "Kay" (Sanders) and Douglas Alexander Smart, a teacher. She is the second of four children. Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was thirteen years old. On Season 10 of the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, Smart discovered she is a direct descendant of Dorcas Hoar, one of the last women convicted of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.She is a 1969 graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle; it was there that she gained an interest in acting in the drama program. She graduated from the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program with a BFA. Smart is a member of the University of Washington chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Mare of Easttown

Mare of Easttown

10
2021
A murder is being investigated.
TV
Hacks

Hacks

8
2021
A famous Las Vegas comedian is helping a young man.
Senior Moment

Senior Moment

6.4
2021
The wrong SOB was messed with by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

2020.

1 Movie
Superintelligence

Superintelligence

2020
The fate of the world hangs in the balance when an all-powerful Superintelligence chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters. As the A.I. Carol has to prove that people are worth ...

2018.

4 Movies
A Shoe Addict's Christmas

A Shoe Addict's Christmas

6
2018
As Christmas approaches, a department store worker whose life lacks fulfillment meets her guardian angel, who offers her a chance to change her circumstances by magically transporting her to Christmas...
Life Itself

Life Itself

2018
As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey echo over continents and through lifetimes.
A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

6.35
2018
Emily's son attends the same school as the son of a popular mother. When Emily asks her to pick up Nicky from school, she will be the focus of an investigation that will dive into her past.
Brampton's Own

Brampton's Own

2018
A struggling minor league baseball player retires and woefully returns to his small hometown, carefully dodging old wounds until confronted with the one that hurts the most - the girl that got away.

2017.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Legion

Legion

5.36
2017
David Haller, also known as Legion, is a troubled young man. David has been in and out of hospitals for a long time. After a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he was confronted with the possibi...
TV
Big Mouth

Big Mouth

6.29
2017
The lives of teenage friends are upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in a comedy from real-life friends.
Awaken the Shadowman

Awaken the Shadowman

2017
After the disappearance of their mother, the brothers discover a supernatural force.

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Accountant

The Accountant

5.89
2016
When the Treasury Department closes in on the math savant after he un-cooks the books for a new client, the body count starts to rise.
TV
Angie Tribeca

Angie Tribeca

6
2016
The murder of a ventriloquist and a rash of baker suicides are the most serious cases.

2014.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Miss Meadows

Miss Meadows

2014
MissMeadows is a teacher. Under the candy-sweet exterior hides a ruthless gun-toting vigilante who takes it upon herself to right the wrongs in the world. MissMeadows' bad behavior is not forgivable.
TV
Fargo

Fargo

5.85
2014
The stories in the anthology series are located in Minnesota.
TV
Sirens

Sirens

2014
Three Chicago EMTs are qualified to save lives because of their selfdestructive personality.
Warren

Warren

2014
While working at a coffee shop in his hometown, a young comedian rediscovers his former love of his life after giving up on making it in the Chicago improvised comedy scene. Afraid of growing old and ...

2013.

3 Movies
When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heart

2013
In 1910, a young teacher named Elizabeth Thatcher was afraid to leave her comfortable world in the city. When she accepts a teaching position in a frontier town, she finds a new purpose and loves the ...
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

2013
A law student is helped by a therapist in a story about mental illness.
Waking

Waking

2013
Ben is about to turn 30 and on his way to what everyone else tells him is a great life. He’s been with his girlfriend Amy for 6 years and is about to propose, and looks to be in line to take over her ...

2012.

2 Movies
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance

William & Catherine: A Royal Romance

2012
The story of William and Catherine is the subject of the film. The romance that they maintained, the break of it and commitment, were shown in the same life of William of Cambridge and Catherine Middl...
Hope Springs

Hope Springs

2012
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

2010.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0

5.9
2010
Steve McGarrett returned to his hometown of Oahu to find his father's killer. He was offered the chance to run his own task force. Chin Ho Kelly, Danny "Danno" Williams, and Kono Kalakaua are members ...
TV
Hot in Cleveland

Hot in Cleveland

2010
Three fabulous, eccentric, LA best friends of a certain age have their lives changed forever when their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in this new "promised ...
TV
$#*! My Dad Says

$#*! My Dad Says

6
2010
Ed Goodson is a father who likes to speak his mind. Ed's rants include his sons, Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger, and Vince, the meek half of his husband/wife real estate duo with dom...
Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It

6.16
2010
Holly and Messer had a dislike for each other after their first date. When they become allSophie, they have to set their differences aside. While living under the same roof, they will have to find com...
Barry Munday

Barry Munday

2010
When Barry Munday woke up in the hospital, he found out that his testicles had been removed.

2009.

1 Movie
Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt

2009
When Nick's mother and her boyfriend move the family to a trailer park because Nick is a fan of Jean-Luc Godard, he is out of his element. It's love at first sight for Nick when he sees a pretty neigh...

2008.

1 Movie
Hero Wanted

Hero Wanted

6
2008
The life of Liam Case was not what he thought it would be. In order to impress the girl of his dreams, Liam plans an elaborate robbery that will conclude with him jumping in to save the day at the las...

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Lucky You

Lucky You

2007
A professional poker player with amazing luck at the table tries to win the World Series of Poker while simultaneously earning the affections of a beautiful Las Vegas singer.
TV
Samantha Who?

Samantha Who?

6.08
2007
She has been a bad girl. She can't remember anything after an 8-day coma. Her best friend is by her side with a cocktail and the 4-1-1 on every dirty deed. Sam doesn't like her old self when she piece...

2006.

1 TV show
TV
Psych

Psych

6.27
2006
Shawn Spencer's police officer father helped him develop a keen eye for detail. Shawn was wrongly accused of a crime because of his tips to the police. Shawn has no choice but to use his abilities to ...

2005.

1 Movie
Kim Possible: So the Drama

Kim Possible: So the Drama

5.67
2005
Dr. Drakken has an evil new plot for world domination, but his ultimate success depends on finding out KP's weakness which may involve a new hottie at Middleton High School named Eric, who suddenly sp...

2004.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
I ♥ Huckabees

I ♥ Huckabees

10
2004
A husband and wife are playing a game. The happy duo helps others solve their problems that keep them up at night.
TV
Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe

2004
Center of the Universe is a television series on CBS, which ran from October 27, 2004, until January 19, 2005. The sitcom was canceled after just 10 episodes aired. It was set in downtown Tulsa, Oklah...
A Very Married Christmas

A Very Married Christmas

2004
Lighthearted Christmas TV Movie about a man whose boring life begins to change when he learns that his wife is having an affair and wants a divorce. He needs to meet a volunteer Santa before he can ex...
Garden State

Garden State

3.9
2004
Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that brings him back to his friends. His decision to stop taking his medication coincides with the trip. A chance meeting with S...

2003.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time

Kim Possible: A Sitch In Time

5
2003
The new school year begins with Kim and Ron learning that Ron's family is moving to Norway. The strain on their partnership is caused by this. Drakken, Monkey Fist, and Duff Killigan are trying to fin...
Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong

Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong

2003
Candice DeLong is Clarice Starling in "Silence of the Lambs," Samantha Waters on "Profiler" and Nicole Scott on "MISSING" all rolled into one tough female FBI agent. Lifetime's spine-tingling Original...
Audrey's Rain

Audrey's Rain

2003
Audrey Walker has given up her hopes and dreams, until an ex-love returns to town and helps her realize a second chance at life.
Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

6
2003
When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence and wreak havoc on his middle-class life.

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
In-Laws

In-Laws

2002
In-Laws is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 2002 until January 2003. Newlyweds Matt and Alex move in with her parents, Victor and Marlene, to save money so Matt can attend...
Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

6.69
2002
Melanie Carmichael is a fashion designer in New York. Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school who refuses to divorce her, is one of the many secrets of her past. Melanie sneaks back home ...

2001.

1 TV show
TV
The Oblongs

The Oblongs

6
2001
The adventures of a goofy family were ruined by toxic waste.

2000.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The District

The District

2000
The District aired on CBS from October 7, 2000 to May 1, 2004. The chief of Washington, D.C.'s Police Department was the focus of the show.
TV
Static Shock

Static Shock

8
2000
A person is fighting crime.
The Kid

The Kid

2.25
2000
Russ Duritz is working. He meets a chubby, charming 8-year-old version of himself who can't believe he could turn out so badly. Russ is able to reconcile with the person he once dreamed of being with....
Snow Day

Snow Day

2000
When an entire town in upstate New York is closed down by an unexpected snowfall, a "snow day" begins when a group of elementary school kids, led by Natalie Brandston, try to ensure that the schools s...
The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

2000
Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to...

1999.

2 Movies
Guinevere

Guinevere

1999
A young girl from an affluent family is involved with a photographer.
Forever Fabulous

Forever Fabulous

1999
Jean Smart stars in the beauty queen road trip about a mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot at redemption.

1998.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Odd Couple II

The Odd Couple II

1998
Thirty years after the first film, Oscar and Felix embark on a road trip together to attend the wedding of Oscar's son to Felix's daughter.
TV
Style & Substance

Style & Substance

1998
Style & Substance was a television situation comedy that premiered on CBS July 22, 1998. The show starred Jean Smart as Chelsea Stevens, a Martha Stewart-like star of a how-to home show, and Nancy Mc...
Change of Heart

Change of Heart

1998
Jim Marshall hides a long suppressed desire that is about to ruin his idyllic family. When Elaine Marshall catches her husband and his lover in a hotel room, her anger quickly turns to shock as she le...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Hey Arnold!

Hey Arnold!

7.8
1996
The daily life of Arnold, a fourth-grader with a wild imagination, street smarts and a head that looks like a football.
Undue Influence

Undue Influence

1996
When a senator's new wife is murdered, the prime suspect is his ex-wife, Laurel. Laurel's brother-in-law, lawyer Paul Madriani, still reeling from the death of his wife, takes on the case.

1995.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
A Stranger in Town

A Stranger in Town

1995
In this made-for-TV movie, Kay's (Jean Smart) small-town life allows her to manage the challenges of caring for her sick baby. But when a mysterious stranger (Gregory Hines) invades her home and revea...
TV
High Society

High Society

1995
High Society is the title of an American television sitcom that aired Monday nights on CBS in 1995 and early 1996; it was entered into the CBS schedule as a replacement for If Not for You, a sitcom st...
The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch Movie

4.97
1995
In the 1990s, the original '70s TV family is out of place.

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Scarlett

Scarlett

6
1994
The sequel to Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind, was written byAlexandra Ripley. The series was filmed at 53 locations in the United States and abroad, and features many notable British an...
The Yearling

The Yearling

1994
A family struggles to survive in Florida in the 1870s. A lonely twelve-year-old son, Jody, against his mother's better judgement, eventually persuades his parents to allow him to have a pet deer. The ...
The Yarn Princess

The Yarn Princess

1994
Margaret, who has certain mental disabilities, struggles when her husband, Jake, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and the authorities wish to take her children away from her. She has to prove in a cour...

1993.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
After many years at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

4.77
1993
Two dogs and a cat are on a quest to be reconciled with their owners in the remake of the popular Disney classic.

1992.

2 Movies
Mistress

Mistress

6
1992
An old movie script is read by a producer and the search for financial backers begins in a comedy about a screenwriter and a producer Each money source has a mistress that they want to use in the film...
Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story

Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story

1992
The true story of a serial killer who preyed on truck drivers is the basis of the film.

1991.

1 Movie
Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage

Locked Up: A Mother’s Rage

1991
The mother of three children, who was wrongly accused for a crime she did not commit, was arrested and locked up behind bars.

1987.

1 Movie
Project X

Project X

1987
A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious 'Project X'. Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to...

1986.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Designing Women

Designing Women

6
1986
Julia Sugarbaker is one of the associates. Julia is a very outspoken owner. Mary Jo isn't as confident as Julia. The naive and trusting farm girl is named Charlene. Suzanne has many wealthy ex-husband...
A Fight for Jenny

A Fight for Jenny

1986
When she remarries, her struggle to get custody of her daughter from her first marriage is complicated by her current husband being black.
Fire with Fire

Fire with Fire

1986
A young woman from a Catholic school and a young man from a nearby prison camp fall in love and run away together to escape the law, the church and their parents.

1985.

1 TV show
TV
Lime Street

Lime Street

1985
During the 1985 television season, Lime Street aired on the ABC network. The series was created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who was also an executive producer.

1984.

4 Movies
Flashpoint

Flashpoint

1984
Two Texas border guards discovered a jeep buried in the desert with a skeleton, scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. Before they make a decision about whether to keep the money or report it,...
Piaf

Piaf

1984
Piaf is a play by Pam Gems that focuses on the life and career of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This biographical drama with music portrays the singer in as a self-destructive, promiscuous alcoholic an...
Single Bars, Single Women

Single Bars, Single Women

1984
The story of shallow young people who gather at singles bars looking for action. In this film, they often find it.
Protocol

Protocol

8
1984
A woman is working as a cocktail waitress. She got a top-office job in Washington because she saved a dignitary. She saves the day when she gets involved in an arms deal with an Arab country, even tho...

1983.

1 TV show
TV
Reggie

Reggie

1983
Reggie is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from August 2 until September 1, 1983. Based on the British sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

1982.

2 TV shows
TV
Remington Steele

Remington Steele

6
1982
Potential clients refuse to hire a woman even though Laura Holt is a licensed private detective. Laura invents a male superior named Remington Steele to solve the problem. A former thief and con man, ...
TV
Teachers Only

Teachers Only

1982
Teachers Only is an NBC television sitcom centered around the faculty of a high school; in the first season the school was Millard Fillmore High in Los Angeles, but in the second it is Woodrow Wilson ...

1980.

1 Movie
Hoodlums

Hoodlums

1980
Loretta is a singer and escort in a mob-owned NYC nightclub and illegal casino. The favorite working girl of manager George, Loretta is unhappy with her current occupation and looking for a way out. G...

1979.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

2
1979
The longest running sitcom of the 1980s was The Facts of Life, which ran on NBC from August 24, 1979 to May 7, 1988. The premise of the series is that the fictional Eastland School is an all-female bo...
Before and After

Before and After

1979
Patty Duke loses weight and discovers her husband has been cheating on her.

1976.

1 TV show
TV
Alice

Alice

7.17
1976
Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin i...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
Miss Macy

Miss Macy

The true story of a young girl who is plucked from her unhappy home life and set on a path for success by an eccentric woman who sees something special in her
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