Jean Smart

Jean Smart

actress, producer, soundtrack

Jean Smart was born on Sep 13, 1951 in USA. Jean Smart's big-screen debut came with Before and After directed by Kim Friedman in 1979. Jean Smart is known for Mare of Easttown directed by Craig Zobel, Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan and Julianne Nicholson as Lori Ross. Jean Smart has got 34 awards and 42 nominations so far. The most recent award Jean Smart achieved is AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. The upcoming new movie Jean Smart plays is Wildflower which will be released on Mar 21, 2023.

Tall (5'10"), lovely, statuesque Seattle native Jean Elizabeth Smart was born on September 13, 1951. The second of four children born to a teacher and his wife, she developed an early interest in acting and attended the University of Washington following her graduation from Seattle's Ballard High School. She attained a BA degree in fine arts there.Jean's first professional season was with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she went on to perform in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing" and "A Moon for the Misbegotten," among others. During the late 1970's she built up a strong resume in regional theater with such companies as the Seattle Repertory Theatre ("Equus," "Fallen Angels"), ACT ("A Christmas Carol"), Pittsburgh Public Theatre (as Lady Macbeth), Alaska Repertory Theatre ("Terra Nova"), and Alliance Theatre ("A History of the American Film"). Her first significant break came with a starring role in the potent, critically-acclaimed lesbian drama "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which earned her an Off-Broadway Drama Desk nomination in 1980. She capped this honor with a Los Angeles Drama Critics award in 1983 when she repeated her triumph on the West Coast.Jean made a highly auspicious Broadway debut in 1981 playing Marlene Dietrich in "Piaf" starring Jane Lapotaire, and it was the subsequent TV taping of that show, Piaf (1984), that brought about major Hollywood interest. A regular on the short-lived sitcoms Teachers Only (1982), Reggie (1983) and Maximum Security (1984), Jean hit pure gold in her fourth attempt as the delightfully ditzy Charlene Frazier on Femmes d'affaires et dames de coeur (1986). The show was an instant hit and it was here that she would meet future husband Richard Gilliland, who played the recurring role of co-player Annie Potts' boyfriend J.D. for several seasons.Feeling confined and fearing typecasting, Jean left the show in 1991 to find more challenging work. She drew major acclaim, giving a chilling portrayal of a true-to-life serial killer in the TV movie Balades fatales (1992), long before Charlize Theron copped an Oscar for her equally chilling cinematic version. In other TV movies, Jean earned strong applause for her roles as a mentally challenged woman in La victoire d'une mère (1994); as a concerned rural mother in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' classic The Yearling (1994); as an attorney involved in a high-profile murder case in Abus d'influence (1996); as a wife who discovers her longtime husband is gay in Insoupçonnable vérité (1998); co-starring with real-life husband Richard Gilliland in Le destin d'Audrey (2003) as new parents after her sister commits suicide; and as an FBI profiler in Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong (2003).On stage, Jean she earned a Tony nomination for her delightfully madcap part in the Moss Hart/George S. Kaufman classic comedy farce "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opposite Nathan Lane. The Broadway show was later made as a TV movie, The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000), with both Lane and Smart.Having made her debut with a small role in the crimer Hoodlums (1980), films would never be as strong a venue for Jean as the stage or TV. She did, however, show off her versatility in both comedy and drama with secondary roles with such films as Flashpoint (1984), the Goldie Hawn vehicle Protocol (1984), Fire with Fire (1986), Projet X (1987), Hollywood Mistress (1992), Edie & Pen (1996) and Drôle de couple II (1998). Jean topped the decade off well with two independent films -- earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as Sarah Polley's ill-natured mother in Une histoire d'initiation - Guinevere (1999), and first-billed in the mother/daughter road trip dramedy Forever Fabulous (1999) co-starring Jennifer Elise Cox.Remaining extremely busy into the millennium, Jean went on to win bookend Emmy awards for her guest appearances on the sitcom Frasier (1993) and earned two more Emmy nominations for her potent perms in the crime drama 24 heures chrono (2001) starring Kiefer Sutherland. She also graced a host of other series with regular/recurring roles on the romantic comedy In-Laws (2002); the crimer Washington Police (2000); the family comedy Center of the Universe (2004) (co-starring John Goodman); the animated program Kim Possible (2002) (as the voice of Dr. Ann Possible); the mystery comedy Samantha Qui? (2007) starring Christina Applegate; the revamped crimer Hawaii 5-0 (2010) (as the governor); the crime dramedy La loi selon Harry (2011); the dark thriller Fargo (2014); the action sci-fi drama Legion (2017); and the detective series Mare of Easttown (2021).More recent films include Be Bad! (2009), Barry Munday (2010), Tous les espoirs sont permis (2012), Waking (2013), Warren (2014), Miss Meadows (2014), Mr Wolff (2016), Seule la vie... (2018) and Brampton's Own (2018).Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 13, Jean has played an active part over the years in public awareness. She has two children with her late husband Richard, son Connor and adopted son (from China) Forrest.

  • Birthday

    Sep 13, 1951
  • Place of Birth

    Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Also known

    Jean E. Smart, Jean Elizabeth Smart, 진 스마트

Known For


34 wins & 42 nominations

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards
Best Actress - Television
Winner - Movies for Grownups Award
Awards Daily Cooler Awards
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Cooler Award
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