Shawnee Smith

Highest Rated: 90% Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Lowest Rated: 18% 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
36% 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
18% 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
57% 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
54% Annie Dancer 1982

TV

CREDIT
23% Anger Management
2012
Jennifer Goodson Jennifer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 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
No Score Yet The Tom Show
1997-1998
Florence Madison
  • 1997
78% The Stand
1994
Julie Lawry
  • 1994
75% The X-Files
1993-2018
Jesse O'Neil
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jill Cleveland
  • 1993
No Score Yet Arsenio
1997
Laura Lauman

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