Smith in 2014 at KTVI
|Alma mater||University of Missouri–St. Louis|
|Occupation||Actress, casting associate|
Phyllis Smith (born July 10, 1951) is an American actress and casting associate. She is best known for playing Phyllis Vance in the television series The Office and her critically acclaimed voice role as Sadness in the film Inside Out. She has a regular role on the Netflix series The OA.
Smith 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. She said that there was "no stripping, but I did wear feathers." She was forced to quit dancing after suffering a knee injury. Following this, Smith worked briefly as a telemarketer, lasting only 3 hours before resigning. She later worked in Hollywood, California, as an actress and in casting. Smith’s first paid acting role was as an extra in the film Caddyshack.
Smith was working as a casting associate on The Office when she was offered the role of Phyllis Vance, a character created specifically for her: a soft-spoken saleswoman who tends to disagree with the pompous office manager Michael Scott. She 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." In June 2008, Smith appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud. In 2011, she played a supporting role in the film Bad Teacher. In 2015, she voiced the character Sadness in the Pixar film Inside Out, receiving high critical praise for her performance. Since 2016, she has appeared as a regular in the Netflix series The OA.
|1993||Once Upon a Forest||Abigail's Mother||Uncredited/deleted scenes|
|1994||The Princess and the Goblin||Narrator||Uncredited|
|1995||The Thief and the Cobbler||Maiden from Mombassa||Uncredited|
|2005||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Mrs. Stitzer||Uncredited|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Marsha|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Flight Attendant|
|2015||Inside Out||Sadness (voice)||Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production|
|2005||Arrested Development||Carla||Episode: "The Immaculate Election"|
|2005–2013||The Office||Phyllis Vance||Starring (season 1–9): 187 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–2008)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009–2013)
|2006||The Office: The Accountants||Phyllis Vance||Episode: "Phyllis"|
|2008||The Office: The Outburst||Phyllis Vance||Episode: "The Explanation"|
|2013||Trophy Wife||Mrs. Patty Steinberg||3 episodes|
|2014||The Middle||Mrs. Huff||Episode: "The Sinkhole"|
|2016/2019||The OA||Betty Broderick-Allen||Starring (season 1-2): 12 episodes|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Sadness||Voice|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Casting associate||TV Movie|
|1994–1997||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||88 episodes|
|2000–2002||Spin City||45 episodes|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||10 episodes|
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- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.