Jean Smart

 

Date Of Birth

September 13, 1951
 

Biography

Jean Smart graduated from the University of Washington's Professional Actors Training Program. After a stint in regional theater, she moved to New York in the 1970s and appeared in several off-Broadway productions; she would make her Broadway debut in the 1981 play Piaf.

Smart appeared in several films in the 1980s, but her first major screen role came in 1986, when she joined the CBS comedy Designing Women; she would be part of the show for its first five seasons. Her career slowed down in the 1990s, marked by several failed television shows she co-starred in.

In 2000, Smart recurred in Frasier, playing the title character's high school classmate Lana Gardner; she would earn two Emmys for her performance. The following year she was nominated for a Tony for her stint in the play The Man Who Came To Dinner. She appeared in films such as Sweet Home Alabama and Garden State, and appeared in TV shows such as 24, Hawaii Five-0 and Samantha Who? (which would give her a third Emmy).

Smart is married to actor Richard Gilliland, with whom she has a son and an adopted daughter.
 

Place of Birth

Seattle, WA
 

Birth Name

Jean E. Smart
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

None
 

Awards

- Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, 2000 (for Frasier)
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, 2001 (for Frasier)
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 2008 (for Samantha Who?)
 

Filmography

FILM:
- Hoodlums (1979)
- Flashpoint (1984)
- Protocol (1984)
- Fire with Fire (1986)
- Project X (1987)
- Baby Talk (1992)
- Mistress (1992)
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
- The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
- Edie & Pen (1996)
- The Odd Couple II (1998)
- Guinevere (1999)
- Forever Fabulous (1999)
- Snow Day (2000)
- The Kid (2000)
- Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
- Bringing Down the House (2003)
- Garden State (2004)
- I Heart Huckabees (2005)
- Lucky You (2007)
- Hero Wanted (2008)
- Youth in Revolt (2009)
- Barry Munday (2010)

TELEVISION:
- Teachers Only (regular, 1983)
- Reggie (recurring, 1983)
- Designing Women (regular, 1986-1991)
- High Society (regular, 1995-1996)
- Style & Substance (regular, 1998)
- Frasier (recurring, 2000-2001)
- The District (recurring, 2000-2004)
- The Oblongs (voice, 2001)
- In-Laws (regular, 2002-2003)
- Center of the Universe (regular, 2004-2005)
- 24 (recurring, 2006-2007)
- Samantha Who? (regular, 2007-2009)
- Hawaii Five-0 (recurring, 2010-2011)
- %#!* My Dad Says (recurring, 2011)
 

Nickname

None
 

Height

5'10"
 

Quotes

None

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