Jean Smart

Lowest Rated: 25% Protocol (1984)
Birthday: Sep 13, 1951
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Superintelligence Actor 2019
85% A Simple Favor Mrs. McLanden 2018
No Score Yet A Shoe Addict's Christmas Actor 2018
No Score Yet Awaken the Shadowman Evette 2017
51% The Accountant Rita Blackburn $86.2M 2016
26% Miss Meadows Mother Meadows 2014
No Score Yet Warren Actor 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 $63.4M 2012
No Score Yet Waking Actor 2012
No Score Yet William & Catherine: A Royal Romance Camilla Parker Bowles 2011
29% Life as We Know It Actor $53.4M 2010
43% Barry Munday Carol Munday 2010
66% Youth in Revolt Estelle Twisp $15.2M 2010
No Score Yet Hero Wanted Melanie McQueen 2008
29% Lucky You Michelle Carson $5.8M 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
63% I Heart Huckabees Mrs. Hooten $12.8M 2004
86% Garden State Carol $26.8M 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 $127.3M 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 $68.5M 2000
29% Snow Day Laura 2000
86% Guinevere Deborah 1999
No Score Yet A Change of Heart Elaine Marshall 1998
27% 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 A Stranger in Town Kay 1995
62% 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
87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey Kate 1993
No Score Yet Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story Aileen Wuornos 1992
No Score Yet Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Cathy 1991
72% Mistress Patricia Riley 1991
75% Project X Dr. Criswell 1987
No Score Yet A Fight for Jenny Valerie Thomas 1986
No Score Yet Fire with Fire Sister Marie 1986
25% Protocol Ella 1984
No Score Yet Flashpoint Doris 1984
No Score Yet Single Bars, Single Women Virge 1984


71% Dirty John
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Designing Women
Charlene Frazier Stillfield
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
90% Legion
Melanie Bird
  • 2018
  • 2017
93% Veep
Imogene Walsh
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Gov. Pat Jameson
  • 2017
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
70% Sirens
  • 2015
57% The McCarthys
  • 2015
97% Fargo
Floyd Gerhardt
  • 2015
  • 2014
90% Halt and Catch Fire
Loulu Lutherford
  • 2014
92% Getting On
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
43% Harry's Law
Roseanna Remmick
  • 2012
  • 2011
0% $#* ! My Dad Says
Rosemary Pernworth
  • 2011
92% Psych
  • 2010
87% 24
Martha Logan
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2006
77% Samantha Who?
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Kim Possible
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Center of the Universe
Kate Barnett
  • 2005
  • 2004
94% Frasier
Guest Lorna Lenley Lana Gardner
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Static Shock
  • 2000
No Score Yet Maximum Security
Dr. Allison Brody
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Remington Steele
  • 1985
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
  • 1984