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Elliott Smith

Biography

Vocalist and guitarist who have wrote “Needle in the Hay” and who was simply nominated for an Oscar Prize for Best First Song within a film in 1998. He was raised with an abusive stepfather; the consequences of the trauma blood loss over into his tune lyrics. He utilized a recording technique known as “multi-tracking,” which allowed for him to generate layering in his music. He was created to Gary Smith and Bunny Kay Berryman and got a sister called Ashley Welch. His partner Jennifer Chiba was supposedly in the shower when he allegedly stabbed himself double in the upper body. Although autopsy reviews left open the chance of homicide, a study was not opened up. He appeared being a guest in the Late Night Present with Conan O’Brien, executing “Miss Misery.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Elliott Smith
Date Of Birth August 6, 1969
Died October 21, 2003, Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Omaha, NE
Height 1.75 m
Profession Folk Singer
Education Lincoln High School, Hampshire College, Between the Bars, Needle in the Hay, Say Yes
Nationality American
Parents Bunny Kay Berryman, Gary Smith, Between the Bars, Needle in the Hay, Say Yes
Music Groups Heatmiser
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song
Movies Heaven Adores You, Thumbsucker, Paperboys, Southlander, Strange Parallel, Good Will Hunting, Lucky Three
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Has a sister, who lives in Austin, Texas [2009].
2Formed the band "Heatmiser" during his college years. They released four albums: "Cop and Speeder," "Yellow No. 5" EP, "Dead Air," and "Mic City Sons," which was released right after the band's break-up, due to Smith's two solo albums, which caused tension amongst the group.
3Had a tattoo of the state of Texas on his shoulder, not to honor it, but due to the fact that it shaped him into the man that he was, and he respected it. He looked back on his childhood spent growing up in Texas with animosity, reflecting on the many fights he had being the skinny kid who learned the hard way how to deal with tough guys, and tattooed it onto his arm as a reminder.
4While on tour of his "Either/Or" album, Smith attempted suicide once in North Carolina by jumping off a cliff while intoxicated, but a tree broke his fall on the way down.
5The few years before his suicide, he was known for severe drug addiction. After going through rehabilitation, he started working on his last album "From a Basement on a Hill," some songs which reflect his drug habit like "True Love" and "Abused" were both unreleased due to his family's requests, along with other songs.
6His death (on Oct. 21, 2003) still remains an open case. The defense wounds on his arms and the double penetrations of the knife into his torso indicate murder, along with the blade being removed from his heart, but his girlfriend's testimony and the authorities ruled it as a suicide. He died in the hospital. The only drugs found in his body were his prescribed medicine of anti-depressants and ADHD medication that were taken at the prescribed dosage.
7'Gus van Sant' included Smith's songs in Good Will Hunting (1997) prior to consulting him. Smith was flattered, and agreed to allow use of his material. He liked the fact that his mother, Bunny, would be able to tell her friends that her son was working on Good Will Hunting (1997) rather than living in Portland and recording "lo-fi albums".
8Left mother Bunny as a freshman in high school to live with father, Gary, in Portland, Oregon.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot2016performer: "Going Nowhere" / writer: "Going Nowhere"
Rick and MortyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Love, Rosie2014performer: "Son of Sam" / writer: "Son of Sam"
Heaven Adores You2014Documentary performer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me Billy [Fear City]", "Hamburgers", "Untitled Soft Song in F", "No Name #3", "Unknown instrumental", "No Confidence Man", "Coming Up Roses", "Baby Britain instrumental" / writer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me
Stuck in Love2012performer: "Between the Bars" / writer: "Between the Bars" - as Steven Paul Smith
Fresh Meat2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
La piel que habito2011writer: "Between the Bars"
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball2010Video writer: "Between The Bars" - as Steven Smith
Une Vignette de Mélancolie2009Short writer: "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free"
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love2009Video performer: "Say Yes" / writer: "Say Yes"
Io sono l'amore2009performer: "Pretty Ugly Before" / writer: "Pretty Ugly Before"
Up in the Air2009/Iperformer: "Angel in the Snow" 1995 / writer: "Angel in the Snow" 1995
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game "L.A."
Private PracticeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Last Flowers2009Short performer: "Happiness" / writer: "Happiness"
Banda sonoraTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Gossip Girl2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paranoid Park2007performer: "Angeles", "The White Lady Loves You More" / writer: "Angeles", "The White Lady Loves You More"
Georgia Rule2007performer: "I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out" / writer: "I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out"
The Go-Getter2007performer: "Coast To Coast" / writer: "Coast To Coast"
Die Österreichische Methode2006performer: "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" / writer: "Tomorrow, Tomorrow"
Criminal Minds2006TV Series 1 episode
Ha-ShminiyaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold Case2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
The O.C.2005TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Thumbsucker2005performer: "Trouble", "Let's Get Lost", "Thirteen" 1972 / writer: "Let's Get Lost"
The Girl Next Door2004performer: "ANGELES" / writer: "ANGELES"
One Tree Hill2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ora o mai più2003performer: "Say Yes"
Judging AmyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Paperboys2001Documentary short "Happiness" / producer: "Happiness" / writer: "Happiness"
The Royal Tenenbaums2001performer: "Needle In The Hay" / writer: "Needle In The Hay"
The Martins2001writer: "Home on the Range"
Antitrust2001performer: "Son Of Sam" / writer: "Son Of Sam"
Opposite SexTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Keeping the Faith2000performer: "Pitseleh" / writer: "Pitseleh"
American Beauty1999performer: "Because"
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV Special performer: "Miss Misery" / writer: "Miss Misery"
Zero Effect1998writer: "Rest My Head Against the Wall"
Good Will Hunting1997performer: "No Name #3", "Say Yes", "Between the Bars", "Angeles", "Miss Misery" / writer: "No Name #3", "Say Yes", "Between the Bars", "Angeles", "Miss Misery"
The Maker1997performer: "BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING", "CUPID'S TRICK" / writer: "BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING", "CUPID'S TRICK"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician2001Bus Driver
Saturday Night Live1998TV SeriesMusical Guest
To Catch a Killer1992TV MovieGas Station Attendant
Friday the 13th: The Series1989-1990TV SeriesBruce / Dead Boy
My Secret Identity1989TV Series
Termini Station1989Delaney

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heaven Adores You2014Documentary music by: original music / songs by
Thumbsucker2005additional songs

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paperboys2001Documentary short
Strange Parallel1998Documentary short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait1997Short documentary as Elliott

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait1997Short documentary live sound recordist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thumbsucker2005special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998-2000TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Later... With Jools Holland1998TV SeriesHimself
Strange Parallel1998Documentary shortHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait1997Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heaven Adores You2014DocumentaryHimself
Searching for Elliott Smith2009DocumentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongGood Will Hunting (1997)


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#Trademark
1Distinctive vocal style
2Multitracking to create vocal layers, textures and harmonies


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