Samantha Mathis

Actor
A talented and charming actress once poised to join the ranks of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies, Samantha Mathis found her early career nearly overshadowed by highly publicized romantic relationships with ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1970 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

American Pastoral 2016 (Movie)

Penny Hamlin (Actor)

The Strain 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Affluenza 2014 (Movie)

Bunny Miller (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003, 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Under the Dome 2013 (Tv Show)

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Atlas Shrugged: Part II -- The Strike 2012 (Movie)

Dagny Taggart (Actor)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

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Camilla Dickinson 2011 (Movie)

Rose Dickinson (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

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Lebanon, Pa. 2011 (Movie)

Vicki (Actor)

Buried 2010 (Movie)

Linda Conroy (Actor)

Good Day for It 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Order of Chaos 2010 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

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Royal Pains 2009 (Tv Show)

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The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

The New Daughter 2009 (Movie)

Cassandra Parker (Actor)

For One More Day 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Absolution 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Jean Driscoll (Actor)

Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Local Color 2007 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

The Winner 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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House 2006 (Tv Show)

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Fathers and Sons 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Kids in America 2005 (Movie)

Jennifer Rose (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

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Stephen King's Salem's Lot 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Punisher 2004 (Movie)

Maria Castle (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Attraction 2001 (Movie)

Corey (Actor)

First Years 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Simian Line 2001 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Courtney Rawlinson (Actor)

Harsh Realm 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Mermaid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Sweet Jane 2000 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Museum of Love 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

Terry Carmichael (Actor)

Jack and Sarah 1996 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Young Sophia (Actor)

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Janie Basdin (Actor)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

Older Amy Marsh (Actor)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Tiffany (Actor)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

Miranda Presley (Actor)

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

of Crysta (Voice)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Erica Ingels (Actor)

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

Nora Diniro (Actor)

American Nuclear 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Forbidden Sun 1989 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Knightwatch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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83 Hours 'Til Dawn (TV Show)

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A Stranger's Heart (TV Show)

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Aaron's Way (TV Show)

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Cold Sassy Tree (TV Show)

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Collected Stories (TV Show)

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Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

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Freak City (TV Show)

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The Mists Of Avalon (TV Show)

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To My Daughter (TV Show)

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Touched (TV Show)

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Unanswered Prayers (TV Show)

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Biography

A talented and charming actress once poised to join the ranks of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies, Samantha Mathis found her early career nearly overshadowed by highly publicized romantic relationships with two of her leading men. A third generation performer, Mathis began acting in her early teens, landing early roles on television before the age of 20. Her breakout role in "Pump Up the Volume" (1990) also led to a brief, intense involvement with the film's star, Christian Slater. A later project, the romantic drama "This Thing Called Love" (1993) introduced her to River Phoenix, with who she would also enter into a relationship. Her personal life became even more public when she witnessed infamously Phoenix die of a sudden drug overdose on the streets of Hollywood in October of that year. Mathis attempted to drown her sorrows in work over the next few years with projects such as "Little Woman" (1994) and "Broken Arrow" (1996), until her mother's death from lung cancer prompted her to take a year-long sabbatical. Her eventual return found her turning up in supporting roles in a mix of film projects like "American Psycho" (2000), television events such as "Salem's Lot" (TNT, 2004), as well as stage performances on Broadway. Having witnessed first hand the potential pitfalls of sudden stardom, Mathis chose to focus on professional craft and personal fulfillment, rather than the short-sighted pursuit of celebrity.

Relationships

Joseph Besch

Grandfather

Bibi Besch Actor

Parent
Died September 7, 1996 of lung cancer at age 54

Gusti Huber Actor

Grandparent
Best known for work in Austrian theater born 1914 died 1993

John Leguizamo Actor

Companion

River Phoenix Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "The Thing Called Love" (1993) Together until Phoenix's death Oct. 31, 1993; Mathis was with him the night he died

Christian Slater Actor

Companion
Briefly dated c. 1989-1990 No longer together

Noah Wyle Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1995

Milestones

2007

Cast in "Believe in Me" with Bruce Dern and Jeffrey Donovan

2004

Cast as the wife of Thomas Jane in "The Punisher"

2001

Portrayed Gwenhwyfer (Guenevere) in the feminist retelling of the Arthurian legend "The Mists of Avalon" (TNT)

2001

Had regular role in the NBC drama series "First Years"

2000

Had featured role in "American Psycho"

1999

Co-starred in the short-lived Fox drama "Harsh Realm"

1999

Made L.A. area stage debut opposite Linda Lavin in "Collected Stories"; production filmed and telecast over PBS in 2002

1996

Once again cast opposite Christian Slater in "Broken Arrow"

1995

Played a young Sophia Darling Richards in "How to Make an American Quilt"

1994

Played an adult Amy March in "Little Women" an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel

1993

First film in a lead role, "The Thing Called Love" directed by Peter Bogdanovich

1992

Played the eldest daughter of a stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) in "This is My Life"

1990

First starring role opposite Christian Slater in "Pump Up the Volume"

1989

Feature acting debut, "Forbidden Sun"

1989

TV-movie debut, "Cold Sassy Tree"

1988

TV-series debut, "Aaron's Way"

1977

Moved to L.A. with her mother at age six

1973

Parents divorced

Bonus Trivia

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Mathis is a vegetarian

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