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Shawnee Smith

Biography

American actress who gained fame on her behalf continuing roles in the Found horror film franchise as well as for appearing Anger Administration. She received extra fame on her behalf use the rock-band Smith & Pyle. She started her acting profession in stage productions beginning at age group eight. She also became an achieved musician, singing for just two rings, Fydolla Ho and Smith & Pyle. She got two kids, one with her 1st spouse Christopher Kai’ Mattoon and one with her second spouse Jason Reposar. She got a co-starring part on FX’s Anger Administration with Charlie Sheen.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shawnee Smith
Date Of Birth July 3, 1970
Place Of Birth Orangeburg, SC
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education North Hollywood High School
Nationality American
Spouse Kai Mattoon, Jason Reposar
Children Jakson Mattoon, Verve Reposar
Parents Patricia Smith, Jim Smith
Music Groups Smith & Pyle
Movies Saw, Saw III, Saw II, Saw VI, The Blob, Who's Harry Crumb?, The Grudge 3, Summer School, Desperate Hours, The Island, Carnival of Souls, Annie, Jayne Mansfield's Car, Face of Evil, Grace Unplugged, A Slipping-Down Life, Breakfast of Champions, The Almost Guys, Female Perversions, The Low Life, I Saw What You Did, Never Get Outta the Boat, Dogtown, Crime of Innocence, Believe, Easy Prey, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Secrets of an Undercover Wife, Saw VII, Savannah Sunrise, Kill Speed, Men, The Party Crashers, Bombshell, Tattoos: A Scarred History, Twice Upon a Time, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Slaughter, Dead Men Can't Dance
TV Shows Anger Management, Scream Queens, Becker, The Tom Show, The Stand, Brand New Life, All Is Forgiven, 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust, Arsenio, Bluegrass
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#Fact
1She is of English, German, Swiss-German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry.
2Her conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy in 2012 was the inspiration behind her directorial debut documentary 'Orthodox: A Love Story'.
3Attended the Texas Frightmare Weekend convention in Dallas, TX as part of the Saw (2004) panel alongside Cary Elwes and Costas Mandylor. [April 2011]
4Writing and recording new songs with Missi Pyle at Rancho de la Luna in preparation for the second Smith & Pyle album. [April 2010]
5Performing at "The Mint" in Los Angeles, CA alongside Missi Pyle and their band, "Smith and Pyle". [November 2009]
6She home schools her children.
7Good friends with Tammy Lauren, with whom she co-starred in the movies, Crime of Innocence (1985) and I Saw What You Did (1988).
8Formed her punk-rock band "Fydolla Ho" with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Skindred vocalist Benji Webbe as a small recording project. The band went on to release a full album, along with two EPs, and tour the United States and United Kingdom before officially splitting in 2004.
9She was nominated for a Spike TV Scream Award in the "Most Vile Villain" category alongside her Saw IV (2007) costar Tobin Bell in 2007.
10Has shared the screen with actor Barry Flatman twice; in the television movie Easy Prey (1986) and in Saw III (2006).
11She is part of a desert-country rock band called Smith and Pyle with actress Missi Pyle. They digitally released their debut album, It's OK to be Happy, in July 2008. The band plays shows consistently in California along with performing at conventions for fans.
12Originally turned down the role of "Amanda Young" in Saw (2004) because it was upsetting her. She was offered the role a second time and accepted after seeing the original short film by James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
13Hates horror films and has repeatedly admitted to being scared of her own movies.
14Was pregnant with her daughter, Verve, throughout the first season of Becker (1998).
15Is a triathlete.
16Was 4 months pregnant with her son Jakson during the filming of Saw II (2005).
17Can claim "military brat-hood" thanks to her father Jim, an Air Force officer. At the age of 16 she played an Air Force brat in the film Iron Eagle (1986).
18She was writer/director James Wan's first choice to play the role of Amanda in the film Saw (2004). He was motivated by a crush he had on her since the age of 14. Fellow Saw alums Darren Lynn Bousman and Leigh Whannell have also made their crushes known during the DVD commentaries.
19Appeared in two films directed by Michael Bay, Armageddon (1998) and The Island (2005), in both of which she acts in only one scene, alongside Steve Buscemi as his love interest.
20Smith has three children; a daughter named Verve, born in 1999, from her marriage to photographer Jason Reposar and a son named Jakson, born on December 12, 2005, from her brief marriage to musician Kai Mattoon. She gave birth to her third child, a boy, in March 2010.
21She still gets recognized by fans as Meg Penny from The Blob (1988) and loves it.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lollipop Chainsaw2012Video GameMariska (voice)
Jayne Mansfield's Car2012Vicky Caldwell
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2010-2011TV SeriesCarrie
Law & Order: LA2010TV SeriesTrudy Sennett
Kill Speed2010Honey (uncredited)
Saw VI2009Amanda
The Grudge 32009Dr. Sullivan
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust2008TV Mini-SeriesDetective Gina Harcourt
Traveling in Packs2007TV MovieIvy
Greater Than a Tiger2007ShortAlice
Secrets of an Undercover Wife2007TV MovieLisa
Saw III2006Amanda Young
Repo! The Genetic Opera2006ShortHeather
Saw II2005Amanda Young
The Island2005Suzie
Washington Street2005TV Movie
The Almost Guys2004Bigger
Becker1998-2004TV SeriesLinda
Saw2004Amanda
Kim Possible2003TV SeriesVivian
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video GameFever 105 Female Imager (voice)
Never Get Outta the Boat2002Dawn
Every Dog Has Its Day1999RedHead
Breakfast of Champions1999Bonnie MacMahon
A Slipping-Down Life1999Faye-Jean Lindsay
Twice Upon a Time1998TV MovieMaggie Fowler
The Party Crashers1998Carolyn
Carnival of Souls1998Sandra Grant
Armageddon1998Redhead
The Tom Show1997-1998TV SeriesFlorence Madison
Players1998TV SeriesLila
Eat Your Heart Out1997Nicole
Bombshell1997Shelly
Men1997Clara
Dogtown1997Tammy Hayes
The Shining1997TV Mini-SeriesWaitress
Dead Men Can't Dance1997Sgt. Addy Cooper
Arsenio1997TV SeriesLaura Lauman
Something Borrowed, Something Blue1997TV MovieTeri
Face of Evil1996TV MovieJeanelle Polk
Female Perversions1996Make-Up Salesgirl
The Low Life1995'Little Tramp' Woman
Leaving Las Vegas1995Biker Girl
The X-Files1994TV SeriesJessie O'Neil
The Stand1994TV Mini-SeriesJulie Lawry
Murder, She Wrote1993TV SeriesJill Cleveland
Desperate Hours1990May Cornell
A Brand New Life1989-1990TV SeriesAmanda Gibbons
Lucky Chances1990TV Mini-SeriesOlympia Stanislopolous
Who's Harry Crumb?1989Nikki Downing
The Blob1988Meg Penny
I Saw What You Did1988TV MovieKim Fielding
Bluegrass1988TV MovieAlice Gibbs
Summer School1987Rhonda Altobello
Easy Prey1986TV MovieTina Marie Risico
All Is Forgiven1986TV SeriesSonia Russell
Iron Eagle1986Joenie
Crime of Innocence1985TV MovieJodi Hayward
Cagney & Lacey1985TV Series
It's Your Move1985TV SeriesBrenda
Not My Kid1985TV MovieCarol
Silver Spoons1984TV SeriesTawny
Annie1982Dancer
Believe2016Dr. Nancy Wells
Savannah Sunrise2016Joy
Anger Management2012-2014TV SeriesJennifer Goodson
Grace Unplugged2013Michelle Trey
Reel America2012TV MovieLisa Slotnik

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saw III2006performer: "Killer Inside"
Becker2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust2008TV Mini-Series executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyman's Bacon2013TV SeriesHerself
Marie2012TV Series documentary
Halloween Wars2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Twist & Shout: The Saw Story2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
FEARnet's Movies with More Brains2011TV MovieHerself
Tattoos: A Scarred History2009DocumentaryHerself
The Grudge 3: Tokyágöaria2009Video documentary short
Scream Queens2008TV SeriesHerself - Host
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHerself
Scream Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments2006TV Mini-SeriesHerself
CBS Cares2001-2003TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2002TV SeriesHerself
5th Annual Prism Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Karen Black: Actress at Work1999DocumentaryHerself
Woof! It's a Dog's Life with Matthew Margolis1998TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Sleep TV32016TV SeriesMeg Penny
Saw V2008Amanda
Saw IV2007Amanda Young
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Eyegore AwardEyegore Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Horror or Mystery Motion PictureThe Blob (1988)
1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the WeekCrime of Innocence (1985)


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#Quote
1[on hiding her pregnancy while filming Saw II (2005)] It was for the best not to tell them because they would have made changes and it would have been a different movie.
2[on working with Ted Danson] There's no bigger star than him in TV and he couldn't be more of a self-effacing, down-to-earth team player. He sets the tone and it's just a pleasure.
3They're [TV and film] very different. TV is obviously a lot quicker paced. I think film requires a lot more patience and concentration and each day you're keeping the entire picture in your head throughout a two to three month film shoot. Whereas TV, especially half hour, is like doing a play a week or live theater.
4Music is so much fun because each song is like a film in itself. You get to go from beginning to end and interact and exchange energy with a live audience.
5[on John Candy] I did get to know him a bit while we filmed Who's Harry Crumb? (1989). If he could have been a fraction as kind, supportive, and giving to himself as he was to every single person around him then I think he'd still be with us today. That was the tragedy. I think [Candy's performance in] Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) best defines who he was as a person. It breaks your heart.
6As a woman I'm very endeared to her [Amanda Young] and I'm hoping other women will be endeared to her. Hopefully we can all learn something or be inspired in some positive way.
7(On the role of "Amanda" in Saw (2004)) The great thing about Amanda is she gets to kick ass but she's also a woman of substance and depth and she's struggling. There is real drama. I see a lot of myself in her. The desire to build, the desire to serve something higher, and also the destructiveness.
8I remember being at the first screening [of Saw (2004)] at Sundance and you could feel the energy in the theater. It was incredible. You knew right there that this thing was going to be a hit. The first one was a really creative idea.
9(Comparing songwriting to acting) When you write a song you're writing it from your gut, so it's easier to connect with that than someone else's part that you're acting.
10(On the Smith and Pyle fanbase) I think the horror fans are surprised when they listen to the record and they actually like it. I mean it's country music, kind of, but it's produced by Chris Goss of Masters of Reality. It crosses a lot of boundaries.
11(in reference to horror films) I don't like to see a scary image because it sticks in my mind. Which is maybe why I get hired to do the scary movies because I'm truly scared and upset.
12(after winning a 2007 Eyegore award) This scares me [referring to the award statue], I can't bring it home because of my children, I can't watch my own clip, the ghouls at the entrance of tonight upset me, but I do want to say thank you to everyone.
13(On the role of "Amanda" in Saw (2004)) Amanda's been a great part to play over the years. She's my lucky strike. I take the scream queen title as an honor. I went from Becker (1998) to this character and they were so vastly different. Amanda's really changed, too. She gives a few, but she gets you. With any character I play, I gravitate to the juxtaposition and humor. It has been a fun ride.
14(On the jaw trap in Saw (2004)) It was heavy. I had this mouth piece I had to clamp down and they padded it up to try and get it as tight to my head as possible because I really had to fling myself around. If I do something like that, I just go all the way with it.
15Acting is like a game of tennis. The better your opponent, the better you're going to play. I've had some of my best tennis matches with Tobin [Bell] because he's relentless about truth and has an incredible work ethic.


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