At the HBO Post-Emmys Party, Pacific Design Center, September 2008
|Born||Jean Elizabeth Smart
September 13, 1951
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
|Spouse(s)||Richard Gilliland (1987-present; 2 children)|
Jean Elizabeth Smart (born September 13, 1951) is an American film, television and stage actress. She starred from 1986 to 1991 as Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. She won two Emmy Awards for her role as Lana Gardener on the NBC sitcom Frasier (2000–01), and a third Emmy in 2008 for her role as Regina Newley on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? (2007–09). She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 2000 Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Smart began her career in regional theatre in Seattle and played Lady Macbeth at the Pittsburgh theatre in 1980. She made her Broadway debut in the 1981 production of Piaf, playing Marlene Dietrich. In 1992, she played the title role in the TV movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. Her film appearances include The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), The Odd Couple II (1998), Change of Heart in 1998, Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and Bringing Down the House (2003). Her other television roles include The District (2000–04), 24 (2006–07), Harry's Law (2011–12) and Fargo (2015).
She is a 1969 graduate of Ballard High School, located in Seattle; it was there that she gained an interest in acting in the drama program. She graduated from the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program with a BFA. Smart is a member of the University of Washington chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
After graduating from college, Smart began her career appearing in regional theater while still living in Seattle (Seattle Repertory Theater, Ashland (Oregon) Shakespeare festival, etc.). She moved to New York City in the mid 1970s with college friend and fellow actress, Elizabeth Wingate (Lavery), and began working in Off-Broadway and professional regional productions almost immediately. In 1980 she appeared as Lady Macbeth at the Pittsburgh Public Theater opposite Tom Atkins as Macbeth and Keith Fowler as Macduff. She made her Broadway debut portraying Marlene Dietrich in the 1981 play Piaf, a role which she would later reprise for the 1984 television version. Also in 1981, Smart was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.
She began working in television in several smaller to mid-size guest parts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in such shows as The Facts of Life, Alice, and Remington Steele among several others. Her big break came when she was cast in the starring role of Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the comedy series Designing Women from 1986 to 1991. After leaving Designing Women, her work mostly concentrated within made-for-TV movies and smaller- to mid-size roles in films. Notably she portrayed serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in the TV movie, Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992), Ory Baxter in a television version of The Yearling (1994), Sally Brewton in the television miniseries Scarlett (1995), and Mrs. Dittmeyer in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995). In 1995 Smart landed her own series, High Society, which co-starred Mary McDonnell, which lasted for 13 episodes. In 1998, Smart co-starred with Nancy McKeon in another short-lived CBS sitcom, Style & Substance. Other roles during the 1990s included Dana Colby in Steve Martini's Undue Influence (1998), Holly in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II (1998), and Deborah Sloane in Guinevere (1999) among others.
In 2000, Smart's career took a turn for the better when she landed the role of Lorna Lynley (later renamed Lana Gardner) on the hit show Frasier. She went on to win two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2001 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Soon after, she landed roles in several high profile films including Stella Kay Perry in the film Sweet Home Alabama, Kate Sanderson in Bringing Down The House, and Carol in Garden State. She also provided the voice of the alcoholic chain-smoking, Pickles Oblong, on The Oblongs, and played the role of Supervisor of Detectives and ex-wife to Chief Jack Mannion of the Metropolitan Police Department on The District.
In January 2006, Smart joined the cast of 24, playing the mentally unstable First Lady of the United States, Martha Logan, to actor Gregory Itzin's President Charles Logan. She received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for the role in 2006 and 2007.
Smart won the 2008 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for portraying Samantha's overbearing mother in the sitcom Samantha Who?, which she played from 2007 to 2009. She later was cast as Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson during the first season of the CBS-TV remake of Hawaii Five-0. In 2012, Smart was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Harry's Law.
In 2015, Smart starred in the the second season of the FX television series, Fargo. She portrayed Floyd Gerhardt, whose husband Fargo's most prominent organized crime syndicate, and who is forced to take over after her husband suffers a debilitating stroke. She later finds herself having to lead the Gerhardt dynasty and deal with her three living sons, each of whom is vying to replace their father. For her performance, Smart won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, and is currently nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Smart is married to actor Richard Gilliland, whom she met while working on the set of Designing Women (he played J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts' character, Mary Jo Shively). They have a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989) and a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen (adopted as a baby from China in May 2009). Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series.
|1986||Fire with Fire||Sister Marie|
|1987||Project X||Dr. Criswell|
|1993||Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey||Kate|
|1994||The Yearling||Ora Baxter|
|1995||The Brady Bunch Movie||Dena Dittmeyer|
|1996||Edie and Pen||Wendy the Waitress|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Holly|
|1999||Guinevere||Deborah Sloane||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|2000||Forever Fabulous||Loreli Daly|
|2000||Snow Day||Laura Brandston|
|2000||Disney's The Kid||Deidre Lefever|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Stella Kay Perry|
|2003||Bringing Down the House||Kate Sanderson|
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Mrs. Hooten|
|2004||Balto III: Wings of Change||Stella|
|2006||Whisper of the Heart||Asako Tsukishima||Voice role|
|2007||Tales from Earthsea||N/A|
|2007||Lucky You||Michelle Carson|
|2008||Hero Wanted||Melanie McQueen|
|2010||Life As We Know It||Holly's mother||Uncredited|
|2010||Youth in Revolt||Estelle Twisp|
|1979||Before and After||N/A||Television movie|
|1983||Reggie||Joan Reynolds||6 episodes|
|1983||Teachers Only||Shari||13 episodes|
|1984||Single Bars, Single Women||Virge||Television movie|
|1984||Piaf||Marlene Dietrich||Television movie|
|1984||Maximum Security||Dr. Allison Brody||3 episodes|
|1986||A Fight for Jenny||Valerie Thomas||Television movie|
|1986–1991||Designing Women||Charlene Olivia Frazier Stillfield||119 episodes|
|1987||Place at the Table||Susan Singer||Television movie|
|1991||A Seduction in Travis County||Karen||Television movie|
|1991||Locked Up: A Mother's Rage||Cathy||Television movie|
|1992||Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story||Aileen Wuornos||Television movie|
|1992||Just My Imagination||Pally Thompson||Television movie|
|1993||Batman: The Animated Series||Helen Ventrix||Episode: "See No Evil"|
|1994||Scarlett||Sally Brewton||3 episodes|
|1994||The Yarn Princess||Margaret Thomas||Television movie|
|1995||A Stranger in Town||Rose||Television movie|
|1995–1996||High Society||Elinore 'Ellie' Walker||13 episodes|
|1997||Hey Arnold!||Phoebe's mother||Episode: "Freeze Frame/Phoebe Cheats"|
|1997||Undue Influence||Dana Colby||Television movie|
|1998||Style & Substance||Chelsea Stevens||13 episodes|
|1998||A Change of Heart||Elaine Mitchell||Television movie|
|2000||Static Shock||Maggie Foley||Episode: "Sons of the Fathers"|
|2000||The Man Who Came to Dinner||Lorraine Sheldon||Television movie|
|2000–2004||The District||Detective Sherry Regan||14 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
|2001||The Oblongs||Pickles Oblong||8 episodes|
|2002–2007||Kim Possible||Dr. Ann Possible||40 episodes|
|2000–2001||Frasier||Lana Gardener||7 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2000–01)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series
|2002–2003||In-Laws||Marlene Pellet||15 episodes|
|2004–2005||Center of the Universe||Kate Barnett||12 episodes|
|2004||Hey Arnold!||Reba Heyerdahl||Episode: "Phoebe's Little Problem/Grandpa's Packard"|
|2004||Audrey's Rain||Audrey Walker||Television movie|
|2004||Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong||Candice DeLong||Television movie|
|2004||A Very Married Christmas||Ellen Griffin||Television movie|
|2006–2007||24||Martha Logan||24 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2007)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2006)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006)
|2007–2009||Samantha Who?||Regina Newly||35 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
|2008||American Dad!||Miriam Bullock||Episode: "One Little Word"|
|2010–2011||Hawaii Five-0||Governor Pat Jameson||4 episodes|
|2010||Psych||Gillian Tucker||Episode: "Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is"|
|2011||$h*! My Dad Says||Rosemary Penworth||4 episodes|
|2011||A Royal Romance||The Duchess of Cornwall||Television movie|
|2011–2012||Harry's Law||Roseanna Remmick||7 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
|2013||Hot in Cleveland||Bess||Episode: "Conoga Falls"|
|2013||Call Me Crazy: A Five Film||Claire||Television movie|
|2014||Halt and Catch Fire||LouLu Lutherford||Episode: "High Plains Hardware"|
|2014||Sirens||Johnny's mother||2 episodes|
|2014||Getting On||Arlene Willy-Weller||2 episodes|
|2015||Fargo||Floyd Gerhardt||10 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
|1980–1981||Last Summer at Bluefish Cove||Lil||Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play|
|1992||The End of the Day||Various|
|1996||Fit to Be Tied||Nessa|
|2000||The Man Who Came to Dinner||Lorraine Sheldon||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play|
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