47 Facts About Jean Smart


Jean Elizabeth Smart was born on September 13,1951 and is an American actress.


Jean Smart was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 2000 Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, and she received two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Lana Gardner on the NBC sitcom Frasier.


Jean Smart portrayed Martha Logan on the action drama series 24.


Jean Smart is known for her recurring voice role in Kim Possible as the main character's mom.


Jean Smart is only the second actress, after Betty White, to win all three comedy Emmy nominations - comedy lead, supporting, and guest categories.


Jean Smart received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Guinevere.


Jean Smart was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathleen Marie "Kay" and Douglas Alexander Jean Smart, a teacher.


Jean Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 13 years old.


Jean Smart is a 1969 graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle; it was there that she gained an interest in acting in the drama program.


Jean Smart graduated from the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program with a BFA.


Jean Smart performed with the Seattle Repertory Theater as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.


In 1981, Jean Smart was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.


In February 1981, Jean Smart appeared in a Broadway production of Piaf playing Marlene Dietrich, a role which she later reprised for the 1984 television version.


In 1985, Jean Smart was cast in the starring role of Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the comedy series Designing Women, a role she played from the show's beginning in 1986 through its fifth season.


Jean Smart was then cast as Sally Brewton in the television miniseries Scarlett, and appeared in a supporting role in The Brady Bunch Movie.


Jean Smart appeared in the television thriller film A Stranger In Town opposite Gregory Hines.


Jean Smart had a lead role in the comedy Forever Fabulous as an aging beauty queen.


In 2000, Jean Smart was cast as Lana Gardner in the critically acclaimed comedy series Frasier, acting opposite Kelsey Grammer, set in her home town of Seattle.


Jean Smart went on to win two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.


Jean Smart had a supporting role in the independent drama Garden State.


Between 2000 and 2004, Jean Smart played the role of Supervisor of Detectives and ex-wife to Chief Jack Mannion of the Metropolitan Police Department on The District.


Jean Smart had a supporting role in David O Russell's I Heart Huckabees.


In January 2006, Jean Smart joined the cast of the Fox series 24, playing the mentally unstable First Lady of the United States, Martha Logan, to actor Gregory Itzin's President Charles Logan.


Jean Smart 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.


Jean Smart appeared in several films between 2006 and 2010, including the Curtis Hanson drama, Lucky You, opposite Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt ; and the independent comedy Barry Munday.


Jean Smart later was cast as Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson during the first season of the CBS-TV remake of Hawaii Five-0.


In 2012, Jean Smart was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Harry's Law.


Jean Smart then had a supporting role in the Lifetime film Call Me Crazy: A Five Film.


In 2015, Jean Smart starred in the second season of the FX television series Fargo, portraying Floyd Gerhardt.


Jean Smart later finds herself having to lead the Gerhardt dynasty and deal with her sons, who are vying to replace their father.


Jean Smart worked with Hawley again on Legion, in which she played Melanie Bird, a therapist who works with the protagonist David Haller.


In 2016, Jean Smart had a role in the thriller The Accountant, opposite Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and John Lithgow.


In 2018, Jean Smart played a guardian angel, to co-star Candace Cameron, in the Hallmark Channel television film A Shoe Addict's Christmas, which aired Sunday November 25,2018.


In 2019, Jean Smart portrayed Laurie Juspeczyk in the HBO superhero drama limited series Watchmen based on characters from the graphic novel of the same name.


Jean Smart plays as Laurie Blake formerly the second Silk Spectre, who has since become an FBI agent and member of the Anti-Vigilante Task Force.


Jean Smart starred alongside Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Louis Gossett Jr.


Jean Smart herself was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and received the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.


In 2021, Jean Smart has appeared in the seven episode HBO crime drama limited series Mare of Easttown set in a small town in Pennsylvania.


Jean Smart has the voice and the timing to play a stern matriarch, and whenever she's onscreen in Mare of Easttown, she wrenches away the spotlight like she's grabbing a juice box.


Jean Smart's convincing as a standup, performing Deborah's vaguely hokey routines with a naturalistic flair as if she was born to it.


In 2021, Jean Smart co-starred in the romantic comedy film Senior Moment with William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd.


In 2022, Jean Smart appeared in Damien Chazelle's 1920's period comedy-drama film Babylon as gossip columnist Elinor St John.


Jean Smart was married to actor Richard Gilliland, whom she met while working on the set of Designing Women.


Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while Jean Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series.


Jean Smart is the recipient of numerous awards, including multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award nomination.


Jean Smart was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway revival of the George S Kaufman play The Man Who Came to Dinner.


Jean Smart has won the Critics' Choice Television Award twice for Fargo and Watchmen.