Smith at the Dan in Real Life premiere in October 2007
July 10, 1951 |
Lemay, Missouri, U.S.
Life and career
Smith was born July 10, 1951 in Lemay, Missouri, outside St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1972 with a degree in elementary education. In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a dancer, a cheerleader for the old St. Louis Cardinals football team, and a burlesque performer ("No stripping, but I did wear feathers," says Smith). She was forced to quit dancing after suffering a knee injury. Smith later worked in Hollywood as an actress and in casting; she was working as a casting associate on The Office when she was offered the role of Phyllis, a character created specifically for her — a soft-spoken saleswoman who tends to disagree with the pompous office manager Michael Scott. Smith received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006 and 2007 for her performance in The Office, in the category "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series".
On June 24, 2008, Smith appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud.
|2005-2013||The Office||Phyllis Lapin-Vance||187 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007-08)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009-13)
|2005||Arrested Development||Carla||Episode: "The Immaculate Election"|
|2005||The 40-Year Old Virgin||Andy's mother||Uncredited|
|2006||The Office: The Accountants||Phyllis||Episode: "Phyllis"|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||OA Lady - Marsha|
|2008||The Office: The Outburst||Phyllis Lapin||Episode: "The Explanation"|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Flight Attendant|
|2013||Trophy Wife||Mrs. Patty Steinberg||Recurring Role, 3 Episodes:
"The Tryst" (1.5)
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas... Or 'Twas It" (1.10)
- Tracy, Linda (Fall 2008). "It's never just another day at the office for UM-St. Louis alumna Phyllis Smith". UM St. Louis (St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri-St. Louis): 14–15. OCLC 19214058.
- Grose, Jessica (June 23, 2011). "Questions for Phyllis Smith". Slate.
- Phyllis Smith at the Internet Movie Database
- Phyllis Smith at TV.com
- Deadspin profile
- Cast Bio on NBC web site