Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith

  • Highest Rated: 90% Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

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
19% Saw IV Amanda $63.3M 2007
29% 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
63% 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

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
78% 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
Keep fucking looking. Come on, come on!
Amanda
No, fuck you!
Meg Penny
You don't believe either, do you?
Meg Penny
(she screams, as the Blob is eating her boyfriend Paul) - PAAAAAAUUUUL!!!!
Meg Penny
(she screams, as the Blob is eating her boyfriend Paul) PAAAAAAUUUUL!
Meg Penny
Daddy, I'd like you to meet my friend Paul.
Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
(notices Paul who bought condoms in his store earlier) ...Ribbed.
Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
(notices Paul who bought condoms in his store earlier) Ribbed.
Meg Penny
Sir, excuse me, but I think my little brother's over at the movie theater on Main Street.
Soldier Outside Town Hall
We're doing by sector. We'll be there soon.
Meg Penny
Right, but you don't understand...
Meg Penny
Right, but you don't understand.
Soldier Outside Town Hall
We'll handle it okay, now get back in line.
Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
I don't see you handling much of anything...are you on a coffee break?
Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
I don't see you handling much of anything. Are you on a coffee break?
Soldier Outside Town Hall
(now irritated) - Look mister...
Soldier Outside Town Hall
(now irritated) Look mister.
Pharmacist/Mr. Penny
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
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
(talking to Deputy Bill Briggs, about the Blob) - It can't stand the cold.
Meg Penny
(talking to Deputy Bill Briggs, about the Blob) It can't stand the cold.
Brian Flagg
You don't give up, do you?
Meg Penny
I need your help.
Brian Flagg
It's locked.
Meg Penny
So what? Brian, what is with you? You're acting like a complete jerk.
Brian Flagg
I have a problem with authority figures.
Meg Penny
What are you doing?
Brian Flagg
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
That's crazy. These people are here to help us.
Brian Flagg
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
We've had a car accident; this guy needs to see a doctor.
Paul Taylor
We've had a car accident, this guy needs to see a doctor.
Meg Penny
He has something on his hand, some kind of acid, or something.
Nurse
Does he have Blue Cross?
Meg Penny
I don't know.
Nurse
Medical insurance of any kind?
Paul Taylor
Look, we don't even know who the guy is!
Meg Penny
The thing on that man's hand killed him and then it killed Paul, and whatever it is, it's getting bigger!
Brian Flagg
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
(laughs) - You're just the same.
Meg Penny
(laughs) You're just the same.
Brian Flagg
What are you talking about?
Meg Penny
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
Brian! I need to talk to you. Brian?
Brian Flagg
What the hell are you doing here?
Meg Penny
Look, I came down to bail you out. (She holds out a credit card)
Brian Flagg
Who do you think they are, Neiman Marcus? They don't take plastic.
Meg Penny
(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
(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
(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
(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
The front door is locked.
Brian Flagg
(picks up a brick) - That's okay, I got a key.
Brian Flagg
(picks up a brick) That's okay, I got a key.
Meg Penny
Nobody believes me about what happened tonight.
Brian Flagg
What did happen?
Meg Penny
You were there. You saw!
Brian Flagg
All I saw was an old man with a funky hand. That's all I saw.
Jonas
How do you know all this?
Amanda
Because I've played before.
Amanda
If it's stuck, it's a trap.
Xavier
Lady, this whole house is a trap.
Amanda
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
So, do you have everything you need?
Dr. Lynn Denlon
I have the instruments to cut someone open. I don't have the tools to save a life.
Amanda
(looking at the reverse-bear trap) You'd be surprised what tools can save a life.
Amanda
[looking at the reverse-bear trap] You'd be surprised what tools can save a life.
Amanda
Eric Matthews? I'll tell you about Eric Matthews. Eric Matthews learned *nothing* from your test.
Amanda
Eric Matthews? I'll tell you about Eric Matthews. Eric Matthews learned nothing from your test.
Amanda
(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
[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.