Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith

Highest Rated: 90% Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Lowest Rated: 20% Saw IV (2007)

Birthday: Jul 3, 1970

Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina

Thesp Shawnee Smith's name might not be a household word, but her face will register with thousands of sci-fi and horror aficionados thanks to her supporting turns in the big-screen remakes of The Blob (1988) and Carnival of Souls (1998). Smith's recurring role as Amanda, a young woman tormented by the clown-like serial killer Jigsaw, in the popular Saw series, broadened her exposure, even as it threatened to further typecast her as a woman in peril and fix her reputation as a horror queen. Yet the actress's resume demonstrates far greater versatility than this, and it may surprise fans to discover that she claims several decades of credits in multiple genres.Born on July 3, 1970, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Smith debuted on the big screen at 11, as a dancer, in mogul Ray Stark's multimillion-dollar production of Annie (1982). A bit part in Michael Tuchner's acclaimed telemovie Not My Kid (1985) followed, at the age of fourteen; the picture drew solid Nielsen ratings and favorable critical responses, but Smith's only amounted to a bit part. She maintained greater visibility in the late eighties, with two significant roles: Rhonda Altobello in Carl Reiner's 1987 Mark Harmon-starrer Summer School. While most critics dismissed the film, it charmed a handful of others (such as Kevin Thomas and Rita Kempley) and did outstanding box office for a programmer, grossing several times its original budget. The very same could be said of Chuck Russell's 1988 remake The Blob, and then some: in addition to delighting nostalgia-hungry moviegoers (and some critics), it purportedly acquired a loyal following, becoming - in time - something of a cult film. Over the nineties and into the 2000s, Smith evinced a predilection for slightly deeper and more intelligent fare, but kept a somewhat low onscreen profile for several years, usually (though not always) with bit parts in lower budget indie dramas. Smith also appears in director Paul Quinn's Never Get Outta the Boat, which dramatizes the lives of several recovering addicts. She landed a regular role as Linda, a not-so-bright nurse's aide, on the 1998 CBS sitcom Becker, starring Ted Danson, and stuck with the series until it wrapped in 2004.When Smith's horror film quotient skyrocketed in the early 2000s (with the Saw role) it temporarily eclipsed her involvement in more substantial fare, even as her screen activity per se crescendoed. In the vein of earlier slasher film franchises, the initial Saw entry and its sequels did exemplary box office and obtained a rabid following; surprisingly, the pictures drew a favorable response in some critical quarters, as well.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
33% Believe Dr. Nancy Wells $0.9M 2016
50% Grace Unplugged Michelle Trey $2.6M 2013
35% Jayne Mansfield's Car Vicky Caldwell $14.8K 2013
No Score Yet Kill Speed Honey 2010
39% Saw VI Amanda $27.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Grudge 3 Dr. Sullivan 2009
No Score Yet Tattoos: A Scarred History Actor 2008
20% Saw IV Amanda $63.3M 2007
28% Saw III Amanda $80.3M 2006
No Score Yet The Almost Guys Bigger 2006
37% Saw II Amanda $87.1M 2005
40% The Island Suzie $35.9M 2005
49% Saw Amanda $55.2M 2004
No Score Yet Never Get Outta the Boat Dawn 2002
No Score Yet Eat Your Heart Out Actor 2000
26% Breakfast of Champions Bonnie MacMahon 1999
No Score Yet The Party Crashers Carolyn 1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life Faye-Jean Lindsay 1999
No Score Yet Dogtown Tammy 1998
20% Wes Craven Presents: Carnival of Souls Sandra Grant 1998
38% Armageddon Redhead 1998
No Score Yet Men Clara 1998
70% Female Perversions Make-up Salesgirl 1997
No Score Yet Dead Men Can't Dance Sgt. Addy Cooper 1997
No Score Yet Bombshell Shelly 1997
No Score Yet Every Dog Has Its Day Actor 1997
56% The Low Life `Little Tramp' Woman 1996
No Score Yet Face of Evil Jeanelle Polk 1996
90% Leaving Las Vegas Biker Girl 1995
36% Desperate Hours May Cornell 1990
27% Who's Harry Crumb? Nikki Downing 1989
60% The Blob Meg Penny 1988
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did (I Saw What You Did... and I Know Who You Are!) Kim Fielding 1988
62% Summer School Rhonda Altobello 1987
20% Iron Eagle Joenie 1986
No Score Yet Crime of Innocence Actor 1985
No Score Yet Not My Kid Actor 1985
56% Annie Dancer 1982

TV

Credit
23% Anger Management
2012
Jennifer Goodson Jennifer 2014
2013
2012
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Halloween Wars
2011
Judge 2012
2011
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the American Teenager
2008-2013
Carrie 2011
59% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
Trudy 2010
75% Scream Queens
2015-2016
Judge 2010
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Linda 2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
14% The Tom Show
1997-1998
Florence Madison 1997
70% The Stand
1994
Julie Lawry 1994
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Jesse O'Neil 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jill Cleveland 1993
31% Arsenio
1997
Laura Lauman

QUOTES FROM Shawnee Smith CHARACTERS

Xavier says: Keep fucking looking. Come on, come on!

Amanda says: No, fuck you!

Meg Penny says: You don't believe either, do you?

Meg Penny says: (she screams, as the Blob is eating her boyfriend Paul) - PAAAAAAUUUUL!!!!

Meg Penny says: (she screams, as the Blob is eating her boyfriend Paul) PAAAAAAUUUUL!

Meg Penny says: Daddy, I'd like you to meet my friend Paul.

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: (notices Paul who bought condoms in his store earlier) ...Ribbed.

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: (notices Paul who bought condoms in his store earlier) Ribbed.

Meg Penny says: Sir, excuse me, but I think my little brother's over at the movie theater on Main Street.

Soldier Outside Town Hall says: We're doing by sector. We'll be there soon.

Meg Penny says: Right, but you don't understand...

Meg Penny says: Right, but you don't understand.

Soldier Outside Town Hall says: We'll handle it okay, now get back in line.

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: I don't see you handling much of anything...are you on a coffee break?

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: I don't see you handling much of anything. Are you on a coffee break?

Soldier Outside Town Hall says: (now irritated) - Look mister...

Soldier Outside Town Hall says: (now irritated) Look mister.

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: Don't you look mister me...I'm a tax payer...I pay your salary...now what are you going to do about finding my son?

Pharmacist/Mr. Penny says: Don't you look mister me, I'm a tax payer. I pay your salary, now what are you going to do about finding my son?

Meg Penny says: (talking to Deputy Bill Briggs, about the Blob) - It can't stand the cold.

Meg Penny says: (talking to Deputy Bill Briggs, about the Blob) It can't stand the cold.

Brian Flagg says: You don't give up, do you?

Meg Penny says: I need your help.

Brian Flagg says: It's locked.

Meg Penny says: So what? Brian, what is with you? You're acting like a complete jerk.

Brian Flagg says: I have a problem with authority figures.

Meg Penny says: What are you doing?

Brian Flagg says: I think we ought to get out of here. We ought to take my bike and blow this town. It's getting a little thick around here. Don't you think?

Meg Penny says: That's crazy. These people are here to help us.

Brian Flagg says: Come on Meg, we don't even know who they are. NASA, CIA, Royal Canadian Mounties, all I know is I saw a bunch of unmarked trucks back there, I think the whole thing stinks.

Paul Taylor says: We've had a car accident; this guy needs to see a doctor.

Paul Taylor says: We've had a car accident, this guy needs to see a doctor.

Meg Penny says: He has something on his hand, some kind of acid, or something.

Nurse says: Does he have Blue Cross?

Meg Penny says: I don't know.

Nurse says: Medical insurance of any kind?

Paul Taylor says: Look, we don't even know who the guy is!

Meg Penny says: The thing on that man's hand killed him and then it killed Paul, and whatever it is, it's getting bigger!

Brian Flagg says: So you told the cops? Do you mind if I ask you a personal question? I know you're the homecoming queen type and all but are you strung out on something or what?

Meg Penny says: (laughs) - You're just the same.

Meg Penny says: (laughs) You're just the same.

Brian Flagg says: What are you talking about?

Meg Penny says: You act like you're different, you put on this big show, but you're just like everybody else in this town, you're full of SH*T, Flagg!

Meg Penny says: Brian! I need to talk to you. Brian?

Brian Flagg says: What the hell are you doing here?

Meg Penny says: Look, I came down to bail you out. (She holds out a credit card)

Brian Flagg says: Who do you think they are, Neiman Marcus? They don't take plastic.

Meg Penny says: (indicating to a pipe whilst chest deep in sewer water) - Come on...that's our only way out of here (Moving past some sewer rats) Watch out for the rat.

Meg Penny says: (indicating to a pipe whilst chest deep in sewer water) Come on, that's our only way out of here (Moving past some sewer rats) Watch out for the rat.

Kevin Penny says: (Confused) - What rat? (They look round to see the rats being consumed by the blob as it heads for them. Meg screams) ...RUN!

Kevin Penny says: (Confused) What rat? (They look round to see the rats being consumed by the blob as it heads for them. Meg screams) RUN!

Meg Penny says: The front door is locked.

Brian Flagg says: (picks up a brick) - That's okay, I got a key.

Brian Flagg says: (picks up a brick) That's okay, I got a key.

Meg Penny says: Nobody believes me about what happened tonight.

Brian Flagg says: What did happen?

Meg Penny says: You were there. You saw!

Brian Flagg says: All I saw was an old man with a funky hand. That's all I saw.

Jonas says: How do you know all this?

Amanda says: Because I've played before.

Amanda says: If it's stuck, it's a trap.

Xavier says: Lady, this whole house is a trap.

Amanda says: What is the cure for cancer, Eric? The cure for death itself. The answer is immortality. By creating a legacy, by living a life worth remembering, you become immortal. So now we find the tables are turned. It is I who will carry on John's work after he dies, and you are my first test subject. Now you are locked away, helpless and alone. Game over.

Amanda says: So, do you have everything you need?

Dr. Lynn Denlon says: I have the instruments to cut someone open. I don't have the tools to save a life.

Amanda says: (looking at the reverse-bear trap) You'd be surprised what tools can save a life.

Amanda says: [looking at the reverse-bear trap] You'd be surprised what tools can save a life.

Amanda says: Eric Matthews? I'll tell you about Eric Matthews. Eric Matthews learned *nothing* from your test.

Amanda says: Eric Matthews? I'll tell you about Eric Matthews. Eric Matthews learned nothing from your test.

Amanda says: (To Lynn on Jigsaw) Let me give you the simple version. You will keep him alive, whatever it takes. No excuses, no equivocations, (whispers) no crying.

Amanda says: [To Lynn on Jigsaw] Let me give you the simple version. You will keep him alive, whatever it takes. No excuses, no equivocations, [whispers] no crying.