Shawnee Smith Biography

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Born: July 03, 1970


Date of Birth: July 3, 1970

Born in South Carolina, Shawnee Smith moved to Van Nuys, California when she was eight years old with her mother, who was getting married to a Californian. She began tap dancing at three, and performing in community theater when she was nine. Her first professional job was a McDonald's commercial, and her movie debut came at age 11 in the musical Annie (1982), playing a dancing/singing orphan.

She then starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss in The Hands of Its Enemy at Los Angeles' Huntington Hartford Theater and in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday at the Matrix, for which she won a 1985 Los Angeles DramaLogue Critics Award.

Her first onscreen starring role was in the NBC movie-of-the-week Crime of Innocence (1985) opposite Diane Ladd and Andy Griffith, for which she won a Youth in Film Award for Best Actress. Moving back to features, she appeared in Iron Eagle (1986) with Louis Gossett Jr., Summer School (1987) with Mark Harmon, the horror film The Blob (1988), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989) with John Candy and Leaving Las Vegas (1995) with Nicholas Cage.

At 19, Shawnee's music began to take off, and she formed a folk/blues band, Miriam Fay, named after her great-great aunt. They played Hollywood venues such as the Viper Room and Billboard Live. Later, she formed a rock band called Fydolla Ho and toured America and the U.K.

In 2002, she returned to films with the indie flick Never Get Outta the Boat, followed by a role as Amanda in the major motion picture Saw (2004). She then reprised her role in the next four Saw movies.

His filmography also contains titles such as the drama Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) and the musical drama Grace Unplugged (2013).

Shawnee is however perhaps best known on the small screen, having been a regular on several TV shows, including Becker (1998 to 2004) starring Ted Danson. She also appeared alongside Charlie Sheen for three seasons (2012 to 2014) of the sitcom Anger Management, on the FX Network.

Shawnee married second husband, Kai Mattoon, in 2003. They have a son together, but were divorced just one year later. She also has a daughter, Verve, with first husband Jason Reposar.


Saw VI (2009)
Slaughter (2009)
Saw V (2008)
Saw IV (2007)
Saw III (2006)
Saw II (2005)
The Island (2005)
The Almost Guys (2004)
Saw (2004)
Never Get Outta the Boat (2002)
Breakfast of Champions (1999)
A Slipping-Down Life (1999)
The Party Crashers (1998)
Carnival of Souls (1998)
Armageddon (1998)
Men (1997)
Dead Men Can't Dance (1997)
Dogtown (1997)
Every Dog Has Its Day (1997)
Eat Your Heart Out (1997)
Female Perversions (1996)
Bombshell (1996)
The Low Life (1995)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Desperate Hours (1990)
Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
The Blob (1988)
Summer School (1987)
Iron Eagle (1986)
Annie (1982)

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