Phyllis Smith

Actor, Dancer, Casting agent
Originally a dancer by trade, actress Phyllis Smith segued into acting success purely by chance. Her dancing career, which included stints as a professional football cheerleader and a burlesque performer, ended suddenly ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1951 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

The Middle 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Office 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trophy Wife 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Butter 2012 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 2011 (Movie)

Flight Attendant (Actor)

Bad Teacher 2011 (Movie)

Lynn Davies (Actor)

Celebrity Family Feud 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor
Casting (5)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 1994 - 1998, 2001 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Casting Associate

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1994 - 1998, 2001 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Casting Associate

Spin City 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Casting Associate

life as we know it 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Casting Associate

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

(Casting Associate)

Biography

Originally a dancer by trade, actress Phyllis Smith segued into acting success purely by chance. Her dancing career, which included stints as a professional football cheerleader and a burlesque performer, ended suddenly with a knee injury, prompting a foray into the world of television casting that ultimately led to a regular job on the other side of the camera. Smith later came to prominence with NBC's smash comedy "The Office" (NBC, 2005-2013) after the bespectacled and bouffant brunette charmed producers. With her hilarious deadpan double-takes, she eventually wooed primetime audiences as the unassuming, chipper paper saleswoman Phyllis Lapin, one of the hapless drone office workers at the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based paper company, Dunder-Mifflin.

EDUCATION

University of Tulsa

Tulsa , Oklahoma
Received a full scholarship in dance

University of Missouri

St. Louis , Missouri

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas
Received a full scholarship in dance

Milestones

2015

Co-starred as the personification of the emotion Sadness in the mind of a young girl in the Pixar comedy "Inside Out."

2013

Played a beleaguered school teacher in the ABC situation comedy "Trophy Wife."

2011

Played Cameron Diaz's co-worker in Jake Kasdan's "Bad Teacher."

2006

Cast in actor Jeff Garlin's feature writing and directing debut, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With"

2005

Made TV debut in an episode of the Fox series, "Arrested Development"

2005

Had a small role as Steve Carell's mother in "The 40 Year Old Virgin"

2005

Cast as Phyllis Lapin on the NBC comedy series, "The Office"

Toured as a dancer with the vaudeville burlesque show, "Able’s Baggy Pants Burlesque" and the Mercer Brother’s show "Giggles Galore"

Worked as a casting agent for "Spin City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Bonus Trivia

.

Was a cheerleader for her hometown football team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

.

Worked as a ballet dancer with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater before an injury ended her dancing career.

.

Was working as a casting agent on the American version of "The Office" when executive producer Greg Daniels began crafting the supporting role of soft-spoken but steely Phyllis Lapin especially for her.

SIMILAR ARTICLES