Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith

  • Highest Rated: 98% Inside Out (2015)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
  • Birthday: Jul 10, 1951
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Fans of the comedy series The Office know Phyllis Smith as soft-spoken employee Phyllis Lapin, who's infamously mentioned a colored past in which she was once a cheerleader and a burlesque dancer. Few fans know, however, that Smith did actually do both of those jobs before she was a cast member on a hit TV show. In fact, Smith was never just a career actress; the Missouri native was always a dancer as well, receiving a full scholarship in dance to Kansas University and studying with the San Carlo Opera Company for ballet and tap. She danced ballet with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater, and cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals. She also toured with the vaudeville burlesque show Able's Baggy Pants Burlesque and the Mercer Brothers' show Giggles Galore as a dancer as well as a comedy-skit performer.Smith also received a degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri and has worked extensively in the casting industry. That was how she found herself at the auditions for The Office, where even though she wasn't auditioning, producers were so impressed with her line readings that they created a part for her. While her work on The Office continued for nearly a decade, she appeared in a handful of big-screen comedies including I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Bad Teacher, Butter, and the third Alvin and the Chipmunks flick.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

98% Inside Out Sadness $264.4M 2015
34% Butter Nancy $71.4K 2012
11% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Flight Attendant $133.2M 2011
44% Bad Teacher Lynn Davies $100.3M 2011
73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Marsha 2006

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

84% The OA
2016
Betty
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Ms. Huff
  • 2014
74% Trophy Wife
2013-2014
Mrs. Steinberg
  • 2013
89% The Office
2005-2013
Phyllis Lapin
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
75% Arrested Development
2003
Carla
  • 2005
  • 2004

QUOTES FROM Phyllis Smith CHARACTERS

Sadness
We could cry until we can't breathe!
Sadness
Remember the funny movie where the dog died?
Joy
Think positive!
Joy
C'mon! Think positive!
Sadness
I'm positive that you'll get lost in there!
Sadness
Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems.
Joy
Isn't this fun?
Sadness
No.
Joy
'Atta girl.
Sadness
Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems.
Sadness
Wait Joy! You'll get lost in there.
Joy
Think positive!
Sadness
Okay... I'm positive that you'll get lost in there!
Lynn Davies
Do you want to come see Period 5 play? It's the teacher band.
Elizabeth
I'd rather get shot in the face.
Dave
Are you going to charge me twenty five dollars a bag?
Flight Attendant
of course not sir. it's twenty five dollars for the first bag and forty dollars for each additional bag..
Flight Attendant
Of course not sir. It's twenty five dollars for the first bag and forty dollars for each additional bag..
Lynn Davies
I love how his eyes sparkle when he smiles.