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Jean Smart



Don't let actress Jean Smart's filmography fool you, because though she seems to have a penchant for appearing in fairly light-hearted fare of the family-oriented variety, she possesses all the skill of the most talented dramatic stage and screen actresses around. Unafraid to take the sort of risks necessary to keep her career and her personal life in fair balance, fans balked when Smart left television's hugely popular Designing Women while the series was in its prime, though her subsequent performances have found her sound judgment well justified. A Seattle native who received her B.A. from the University of Washington, it wasn't long before Smart was taking the stage at the 1975 Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Relocating to New York City, Smart's performance in the off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove earned the emerging actress a Drama Desk nomination. Her performance in the Broadway production of Piaf found Smart heading to Hollywood to tape the play for PBS, and it wasn't long before she began appearing in such films as Protocol (1984) and Project X (1987). A pivotal moment came when Smart was cast in the television series Designing Women; following the show's premier in 1986 she would remain a member of the cast until the 1991 season. It was while on that series that friend and fellow castmate Delta Burke set Smart up on a date with actor Richard Gilliland, whom Smart would later wed. The birth of their son Conner prompted Smart to reassess her career; though she would soon depart from Designing Women, she would continue to act in such efforts as the television feature Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (1991) and Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992), in which she essayed the role of America's most notorious female serial killer. As the 1990s progressed Smart became something of a television fixture, and performances in The Yearling (1994) and A Change of Heart (1998) found her career continuing to flourish. Roles in such features as Disney's The Kid and Snow Day (2000) found Smart ever more associated with family-friendly fare, an association which she would continue to embrace with a role in the 2002 Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible. Other series in which Smart appeared included Hercules, Frasier, and The Oblongs; and in 2003 Smart teamed with her husband for the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Audrey's Rain.



In 2004, Smart joined the cast of the bittersweet romantic comedy Garden State, and made a brief appearance in I Heart Huckabees during the same year. In 2006, Smart was earned nominations for two Emmy awards (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series) for her turn as the mentally fragile First Lady of the United States, whom she portrayed in the fifth season of 24. The actress wouldn't win an Emmy, however, until 2008, when she took home the coveted award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the sitcom Samantha, Who?. Smart played another mother in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's novel Youth in Revolt in 2009, and took on the role of Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson for Hawaii Five-0, the CBS remake of the popular 1970s police procedural of the same name.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
51% The Accountant
  • Rita Blackburn
2016
28% Miss Meadows
  • Mother Meadows
2014
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
  • Claire
2013
No Score Yet When Calls the Heart
  • Frances Tunnecliffe
2013
75% Hope Springs
  • Eileen, Kay's friend
2012
No Score Yet Waking
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet William & Catherine: A Royal Romance
  • Camilla Parker Bowles
2011
28% Life as We Know It
  • Actor
2010
43% Barry Munday
  • Carol Munday
2010
65% Youth in Revolt
  • Estelle Twisp
2010
No Score Yet Hero Wanted
  • Melanie McQueen
2008
29% Lucky You
  • Michelle Carson
2007
No Score Yet Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
  • Dr. Ann Possible
2005
No Score Yet Balto III: Wings of Change
  • Stella
2005
No Score Yet A Very Married Christmas
  • Actor
2004
62% I Heart Huckabees
  • Mrs. Hooten
2004
86% Garden State
  • Carol
2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
  • Mom
2003
No Score Yet Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong
  • Candice `Candy' DeLong
2003
No Score Yet Audrey's Rain
  • Audrey Walker
2003
34% Bringing Down the House
  • Kate Sanderson
2003
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Stella
2002
No Score Yet Kim Possible: The Secret Files
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Actor
2000
49% The Kid
  • Deirdre Lafever
2000
28% Snow Day
  • Laura
2000
86% Guinevere
  • Deborah
1999
No Score Yet A Change of Heart
  • Elaine Marshall
1998
21% The Odd Couple II
  • Holly
1998
No Score Yet Edie & Pen
  • Wendy the Waitress
1997
No Score Yet Undue Influence
  • Dana Colby
1996
No Score Yet Steve Martini's Undue Influence
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town
  • Kay
1995
63% The Brady Bunch Movie
  • Mrs. Dena Dittmeyer
1995
No Score Yet The Yearling
  • Ora Baxter
1994
No Score Yet The Yarn Princess
  • Margaret Thomas
1994
No Score Yet Scarlett
  • Actor
1994
88% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey
  • Kate
1993
No Score Yet Locked Up: A Mother's Rage
  • Cathy
1991
69% Mistress
  • Patricia Riley
1991
78% Project X
  • Dr. Criswell
1987
No Score Yet A Fight for Jenny
  • Valerie Thomas
1986
No Score Yet Fire with Fire
  • Sister Marie
1986
14% Protocol
  • Ella
1984
No Score Yet Flashpoint
  • Doris
1984
No Score Yet Single Bars, Single Women
  • Virge
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Legion
2017
  • Actor
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
57% The McCarthys
2014-2015
  • Lydia
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Lorna Lenley Lana Gardner
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
0% $#* ! My Dad Says
2010-2011
  • Rosemary Pernworth
73% Sirens
2014-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Gov. Pat Jameson
98% Fargo
2014-2015
  • Floyd Gerhardt
81% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
2014
  • Kat
86% Getting On
2013-2014
  • Arlene
89% Halt and Catch Fire
2014
  • Loulu Lutherford
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Bess
The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Mary
87% 24
2014
  • Martha Logan
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Roseanna Remmick

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