Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1950-09-18 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

17 Movies · 13 TV shows

Biography

Anna Deavere Smith (born September 18, 1950) is an American actress, playwright, and professor. She is known for her roles as National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000–06), hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and as U.S. District Court Clerk Tina Krissman on the ABC show For the People (2018–19).Smith is a recipient of The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2013). In 2015 she was selected as the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.

Early Life

Smith was born in 1950 into an African-American family in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Anna Rosalind (née Young), an elementary school principal, and Deaver Young Smith, Jr., a coffee merchant. She has four younger siblings. She started attending school shortly after the city had started integrating the public schools, and attended both majority-black and majority-white schools during her lower years. Smith is an alumna of the historic Western High School, an all-girls school.Smith studied acting at Beaver College (now Arcadia University), where she was one of seven African-American women in her class, graduating in 1971. During her college career, she started to identify as Black. Later she went to the West Coast for graduate work, receiving an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
Here Today

Here Today

2021
Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge. They form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching...
Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

2021
A girl and a squirrel are outside.

2020.

1 Movie
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

2020
The West Wing's "Hartsfield's Landing" episode starring core cast members along with special guest stars was staged at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. The Act Breaks feature commentary from the fo...

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
For The People

For The People

5.45
2018
As their personal lives intersect, brand new lawyers work for both the defense and prosecution as they handle the most high profile and high stakes cases in the country.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

6
2018
When a bestselling celebrity biographer is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

2018
A dramatization of the accounts of the students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom a...

2016.

1 TV show
TV
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...

2015.

1 TV show
TV
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings together celebrities, scientists and comedians to explore a variety of cosmic topics and collide pop culture with science in a way that late-night television has never seen ...

2014.

2 TV shows
TV
BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

6.06
2014
The sitcom horse of the 90s is 20 years old. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing ...
TV
black-ish

black-ish

6.04
2014
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

2012.

1 TV show
TV
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...

2009.

1 TV show
TV
Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie

6
2009
Every day is a matter of life and death in a hectic New York City hospital, but for Nurse Jackie that's the easiest part. Between chronic back pain that won't quit, and a personal life on the constant...

2008.

1 Movie
Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

4.63
2008
A young woman who has been in and out of rehabilitation for the past 10 years returns home this weekend to attend her sister's wedding.

2007.

2 Movies
The Kingdom

The Kingdom

4
2007
A group of people are from the U.S. The bombing of an American facility in the Middle East is being investigated by government agents.
Life Support

Life Support

2007
The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community.

2005.

2 Movies
Rent

Rent

10
2005
The story of a year in the life of a group of bohemians is told in a rock opera. Mark and Roger live together. While a tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark attempts to capture it through his atte...
Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf

5.7
2005
Eight high school seniors at a posh boarding school who enjoy playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes them even when they're telling the truth.

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

6
2003
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on the show hosted by Bill Maher.
The Human Stain

The Human Stain

4.86
2003
Coleman Silk lost his job after making a racial slur. In order to clear his name, Silk writes a book with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman, who in the process discovers a dark secret Silk has...

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Presidio Med

Presidio Med

2002
The medical drama aired on CBS from 2002 to 2003 The series is about a San Francisco hospital. John Wells and Lydia Woodward created ER.

2000.

1 Movie
Twilight: Los Angeles

Twilight: Los Angeles

2000
Anna Deavere Smith transforms herself into scores of individuals -- using only their words and duplicating their speech patterns, mannerisms, dress, and attitudes -- in a mosaic set in the violent aft...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
The West Wing

The West Wing

5.66
1999
The West Wing gives a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital, as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. The characters that are interesting...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Practice

The Practice

1997
Young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm are the focus of a provocative legal drama. People who walk a moral tightrope are the focus of the show.
Hawaii's Last Queen

Hawaii's Last Queen

1997
Honeymooners, tourists and surfers flock to Hawaiian shores every year, but life wasn't always serene in the tropical paradise. In the 1890s, the islands -- ruled by Queen Liliuokalani -- faced financ...

1995.

1 Movie
The American President

The American President

5.5
1995
The woman is from the U.S. A soldier died in the line of duty. Andrew Shepherd, one of the world's most powerful men, can have anything he wants, and what he wants the most is Sydney Ellen Wade, a Was...

1993.

2 Movies
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

5
1993
Two lawyers are going to file a lawsuit. Their courage is overcome by the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries as their unlikely friendship develops.
Dave

Dave

4.25
1993
A sweet-natured Temp Agency operator and amateur Presidential look-alike is recruited by the Secret Service to become a temporary stand-in for the President of the United States.

1988.

1 TV show
TV
American Experience

American Experience

6
1988
Our understanding of the world is influenced by compelling stories from our past.

1987.

1 Movie
Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

1987
Helena, a stage actress is confronted by Ferenc, a Hungarian who left her 15 years before to return to Europe, where he now runs a state-subsidized theater. Though he has brought along his current mis...

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Inventing Anna

Inventing Anna

A journalist with a lot to prove is investigating the case of Anna Delvey, the German heiress who stole their money as well as the hearts of New York's social scene.
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