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.