Jean Smart

Actor
Film, television and stage actress Jean Smart first besotted viewers with her role as ditzy Southerner Charlene on the popular sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993), but her biggest critical successes came well ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1951 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Mr. Robinson 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting On 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Halt & Catch Fire 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Meadows 2014 (Movie)

Mother Meadows (Actor)

Sirens 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Calls the Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Warren 2013 (Movie)

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Harry's Law 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope Springs 2012 (Movie)

Eileen, Kay's Friend (Actor)

Bleep My Dad Says 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barry Munday 2010 (Movie)

Carol Munday (Actor)

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Estelle Twisp (Actor)

Samantha Who? 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Woke Up Dead 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Hero Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Melanie McQueen (Actor)

24 1982 - 1983, 1986 - 1991, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1982 - 1983, 1986 - 1992, 2000 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 1982 - 1983, 1986 - 1991, 2000 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kim Possible 2002 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Michelle Carson (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The District 1982 - 1983, 1986 - 1992, 2000 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Center of the Universe 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Garden State 2004 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Hooten (Actor)

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Designing Women Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The In-Laws 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Stella Kay (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Came to Dinner 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oblongs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Deirdre Lafever (Actor)

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

Laura Brandston (Actor)

Guinevere 1999 (Movie)

Deborah Sloane (Actor)

Change of Heart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Delta Burke 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Tiara Tango 1998 (Movie)

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Steve Martini's Undue Influence 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

High Society 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Stranger in Town 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Dittmeyer (Actor)

The Yarn Princess 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yearling 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey 1993 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Patricia Riley (Actor)

Teachers Only 1982 - 1983, 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Place at the Table 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Project X 1987 (Movie)

Dr Criswell (Actor)

Fire With Fire 1986 (Movie)

Sister Marie (Actor)

Royal Match 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Flashpoint 1984 (Movie)

Doris (Actor)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Piaf 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Reggie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fight For Jenny (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Married Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey's Rain (TV Show)

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Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Actor

Just My Imagination (TV Show)

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Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Show)

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Maximum Security (TV Show)

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Scarlett (TV Show)

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Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

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Stranger in Town (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Yearling (Movie)

Ora Baxter (Actor)

Biography

Film, television and stage actress Jean Smart first besotted viewers with her role as ditzy Southerner Charlene on the popular sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-1993), but her biggest critical successes came well after her departure from the show in 1991, during which she far surpassed the successes of her slightly more flamboyant co-stars, Annie Potts, Dixie Carter and Delta Burke. Smart was a Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer, critically acclaimed for her comedy and classical dramatic performances, and earned an Independent Spirit Award for her supporting role in the art house drama "Guinevere" (1998). A Hollywood anomaly, Smart's career continued to heat up after the age of 50, when the in-demand TV guest star earned an Emmy win for her appearances on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004) and a pair of nominations for portraying a memorably non-traditional First Lady on the gritty actioner "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Coming off her "24" success, the ever-versatile actress was again embraced by sitcom audiences for her outrageous supporting role opposite Christian Applegate on "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) and impressed critics with her dramatic work as the no-nonsense governor of Hawaii on the hit reboot "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 2010- ), proving that, at least for this particular actress, the parts just kept coming with each passing year.

Relationships

Kay Smart

Mother

Richard Gilliland

Husband
Met while working on the set of "Designing Women" (CBS) both appeared on "24" (FOX) in different seasons married in 1987

Connor Gilliland

Son
Born October 25, 1989 father, Richard Gilliland

Douglas Smart

Father

EDUCATION

Ballard High School

Seattle , Washington 1969

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington

Milestones

2010

Cast as Governor Pat Jameson in CBS' "Hawaii Five-O" reboot

2010

Played Michael Cera's erratic mother in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt"

2007

Cast as the title character's (Christina Applegate) overbearing mother on ABC's "Samantha Who?"

2005

Joined the cast of "24" (Fox) playing the mentally-unhinged First Lady, Martha Logan; received Emmy nominations in 2006 for Supporting Actress and in 2007 as Guest Actress

2004

Starred opposite Zach Braff in "Garden State"; Braff also made his writting and directorial debut

2004

Co-starred with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees"

2002

Cast in the short-lived NBC series "In-Laws"

2002

Appeared in "Sweet Home Alabama" opposite Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas

2001

Reprised Emmy-winning role in four episodes of NBC's "Frasier"

2000

Appeared as a TV newscaster in the comedy "Disney's The Kid"; role written expressly for her by screenwriter Audrey Wells

2000

Starred opposite Nathan Lane in the NYC stage revival of "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; received a Tony Award nomination

2000

Had a recurring role as the ex-wife of a police chief in "The District" (CBS); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress

2000

Made a memorable guest appearance on "Frasier" (NBC) as Dr. Frasier Crane's short-fused high school crush

1999

Offered strong supporting turn as the embittered mother of a young girl involved with an older man in "Guinevere"

1998

Returned to sitcoms as a Marth Stewart-like character in the short-lived "Style & Substance" (CBS)

1998

Portrayed the wife of a man who announces he's gay in "Change of Heart" (Lifetime)

1996

Garnered praise for her Off-Broadway turn in Nicky Silver's comedy "Fit to Be Tied"

1995

Co-starred with Mary McDonnell in short-lived CBS sitcom "High Society"

1995

Delivered an amusing turn as the saucy next-door neighbor in "The Brady Bunch Movie"

1994

Cast opposite Mary Steenburgen in an LA stage production of "Marvin's Room"

1994

Appeared in the CBS miniseries "Scarlett" as Sally Brewton, the cigar-chomping confidante of Rhett Butler

1994

Cast as the mother in the CBS TV remake of "The Yearling"

1992

Acted on stage in Jon Robin Baitz's Off-Broadway play "The End of the Day"

1992

Played serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the CBS TV-movie "Overkill"

1987

Played a research scientists in "Project X"

1986

Cast as the feather-brained Charlene Frazier on the CBS sitcom "Designing Women"; left series after five seasons

1985

First major dramatic role was in the HBO drama series "Maximum Security"

1984

Made film debut in "Flashpoint"

1983

Portrayed the title character's secretary in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Reggie"

1983

Series debut on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Teachers Only"

1982

Recreated role of Marlene in the PBS presentation of "Piaf"

1981

Made Broadway debut as a young Marlene Dietrich in "Piaf"

1980

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove"

1972

Began acting career working with various regional theatre groups, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Bonus Trivia

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Sources list Jean Smart's birth year as anywhere from 1949-1959. A People (Nov. 14, 1994) magazine profile listed her age as 43, which would make her birth year 1951.

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"Criss-crossing can be a problem. In Hollywood if they can't classify you easily, it's harder for them to cast you. It takes effort to think of you in broader terms, which they often don't feel inclined to do. I can't complain because I work steadily as a leading lady and character actress. Comedy is fun, and drama is good because it allows me counterbalance. I always thought rising to the challenge was my job as an actress." - Smart quoted in Playbill, Oct. 8, 1996

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"There's a part of me that thinks, 'Oh, why didn't I go to Hollywood when I was 22?' Instead I did Shakespeare in the rain in Oregon. In reality, I can't stay away from theater. It's where you learn diversity and to use your whole body. In movies you do things from the neck up." - Smart quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 20, 1994

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"Jean is the best actress I've worked with in 10 years. She has tremendous emotional power. She's a dangerous actor because she's unpredictable." - director Peter Levin quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 20, 1994

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"When I went out to Los Angeles to work, they took one look at me and, as I'm tall and I have a deep voice, I was usually cast in tough roles. As a villainous or a hooker with a heart of gold, or something along those lines. So when I was up for 'Designing Women,' I was delighted. It was nice to have someone hand me a role of someone naive and trusting. It was such a fun part to play." - Smart quoted in the Daily News, Nov. 10, 1996

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"I've been lucky that I haven't been type cast," she says. "I've always considered myself sort of a character actress, sort of a leading lady, something in between." - Smart to Emmy magazine, Issue 3, 2006

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Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was thirteen.

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