Elliott Smith

Musician, Songwriter, Ditch digger
This soft-spoken cult performer (who often appears in wearing a woolen cap) was catapulted into the spotlight after the success of "Good Will Hunting" (1997), a film to which he had contributed the Oscar-nominated ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1969 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Music (21)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Son Of Sam") (Song Performer)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Son Of Sam") (Song)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

("Angel In The Snow") (Song Performer)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

("Angel In The Snow") (Song)

Paranoid Park 2008 (Movie)

("The White Lady Loves You More") (Song Performer)

Paranoid Park 2008 (Movie)

("The White Lady Loves You More") (Song)

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

"I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out" (Song Performer)

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

"I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out" (Song)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

("Trouble") (Song Performer)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

Songs (Song)

The Girl Next Door 2004 (Movie)

("Angeles") (Song)

Antitrust 2001 (Movie)

("Son of Sam") (Song Performer)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

song/song performer("Needle in the Hay") (Song)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

("Pitseleh") (Song Performer)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

("Because") (Song Performer)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

("Say Yes") (Song Performer)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song

Zero Effect 1998 (Movie)

("Rest My Head Against the Wall") (Song)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

original songs (Song)
Actor (2)

Criminal Minds 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This soft-spoken cult performer (who often appears in wearing a woolen cap) was catapulted into the spotlight after the success of "Good Will Hunting" (1997), a film to which he had contributed the Oscar-nominated ballad "Miss Misery". Texas native Elliott Smith spent several years as a singer-songwriter in the indie scene in and around Portland, OR. In 1991, he was one of the original founding members of the now-defunct band Heatmiser. As a solo artist, Smith had gained a small but loyal following and he recorded three indie albums marked by intricate melodies written over unorthodox chord changes. Lyrically, his music addressed such dark subject matter as drug addiction, troubled relationships and loneliness--though Smith often distanced himself from the label of confessional songwriter.

EDUCATION

Hampshire College

Amherst , Massachusetts 1991

Milestones

2001

His song "Needle In The Hay" from his self titled album was used in the award winning feature "The Royal Tenenbaums"

1998

Song "Pitseleh" was heard in the Ben Stiller comedy "Keeping The Faith"

1997

Contributed the song "Miss Misery" to the soundtrack of "Good Will Hunting"; nominated for a Best Song Academy Award

1994

Released first solo album "Roman Candle"

1993

Heatmiser released first album "Dead Air"

1991

Formed band Heatmiser with Neil Gust

1983

Moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with father and stepmother (date approximate)

Born and raised in Texas

Bonus Trivia

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Commenting on Smith's contribution to "Good Will Hunting", co-star Minnie Driver told New York (March 23, 1998): "It's literally the most important thing in the film. Elliott is like a character you can't see. I can only compare the way his music worls to Simon & Garfunkel's songs in 'The Graduate'."

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About his Oscar nomination, Smith told Lisa Robinson of the New York Post (March 20, 1998): "It's a really freakish and happy accident and I'd be thrilled to win, but it wouldn't really mean anything in particular. Whereas I think some of the lucky contestants would really feel like they'd gotten somewhere."

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