Jean Smart

Biography: Known as a versatile character actress, Smart has worked stage and screen but found the bulk of her success on television. After college graduation, she performed in regional theater before heading to Broadway and eventually landing the role of Marlene Dietrich in the play Piaf. The show was later brought her to Hollywood when it was reprised for TV and earned Smart wider exposure. The hit sitcom Designing Women jumpstarted her career in 1986 and introduced her to costar and future husband Richard Gilliland. Smart was 40 when she left the series to try her luck in movies. She was scarily convincing as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Overkill, years before Charlize Theron snagged an Oscar for playing the same part in Monster. In 2001 she was nominated for two Emmys, for a dramatic role on The District and a hilariously harsh turn on Frasier, which won her a statuette. While her movie career heated up with high-profile supporting parts in Bringing Down the House and Garden State,Known as a versatile character actress, Smart has worked stage and screen but found the bulk of her success on television. After college graduation, she performed in regional theater before heading to Broadway and eventually landing the role of Marlene Dietrich in the play Piaf. The show was later brought her to Hollywood when it was reprised for TV and earned Smart wider exposure. The hit sitcom Designing Women jumpstarted her career in 1986 and introduced her to costar and future husband Richard Gilliland. Smart was 40 when she left the series to try her luck in movies. She was scarily convincing as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Overkill, years before Charlize Theron snagged an Oscar for playing the same part in Monster. In 2001 she was nominated for two Emmys, for a dramatic role on The District and a hilariously harsh turn on Frasier, which won her a statuette. While her movie career heated up with high-profile supporting parts in Bringing Down the House and Garden State, it was her harrowing turn as the president's emotionally unstable wife on 24 that once again had people talking. Smart devotes her free time to juvenile diabetes education (she was diagnosed herself at age 13) and the Alzheimer's Association (having lost her father to the disease). Expand

Jean Smart's Scores

Average career score: 70
Highest Metascore: 96 Fargo: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 28 Bleep My Dad Says: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
19 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
72 Legion: Season 3 Jun 24, 2019 Melanie Bird / Melanie Bird 7.1
58 Dirty John: Season 1 Nov 25, 2018 Arlane 6.1
85 Legion: Season 2 Apr 3, 2018 Melanie Bird / Melanie Bird 7.4
89 Fargo: Season 3 Apr 19, 2017 Nikki Swango 8.3
88 Veep: Season 6 Apr 16, 2017 Imogene Walsh 7.9
82 Legion: Season 1 Feb 8, 2017 Melanie Bird / Melanie Bird 8.4
tbd Hawaii Five-0: Season 7 Sep 23, 2016 Gov. Pat Jameson 7.1
96 Fargo: Season 2 Oct 12, 2015 Floyd Gerhardt / Floyd Gerhardt 9.3
tbd Sirens (2014): Season 2 Jan 27, 2015 Johnny's Mother 9.0
85 Getting On (2013): Season 2 Nov 9, 2014 Arlene 7.9
85 Fargo: Season 1 Apr 15, 2014 Floyd Gerhardt 9.0
61 Sirens (2014): Season 1 Mar 6, 2014 Johnny's Mother 7.8
tbd Hot in Cleveland: Season 4 Nov 28, 2012 Bess tbd
tbd Harry's Law: Season 2 Sep 21, 2011 Actor / Roseanna Remmick 6.5
tbd The Talk: Season 2 Sep 6, 2011 Guest 1.1
39 The Talk: Season 1 Oct 18, 2010 Guest 5.4
28 Bleep My Dad Says: Season 1 Sep 23, 2010 Rosemary Pernworth / Actor / Rosemary Pernworth 4.4
66 Hawaii Five-0: Season 1 Sep 20, 2010 Governor Pat Jameson / Gov. Pat Jameson 7.3
tbd Psych: Season 5 Jul 14, 2010 Actor 8.4
67 24: Season 8 Jan 17, 2010 Martha Logan 7.8
tbd Samantha Who?: Season 2 Oct 13, 2008 Regina Newly tbd
59 Samantha Who?: Season 1 Oct 15, 2007 Regina Newly 8.3
tbd Kim Possible: Season 4 Feb 10, 2007 Mrs. Dr. Possible / Dr. Possible (Mom) tbd
79 24: Season 6 Jan 14, 2007 Martha Logan 8.0
89 24: Season 5 Jan 15, 2006 Martha Logan / Martha Logan 9.1
tbd Martha: Season 1 Sep 12, 2005 Guest tbd
tbd The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Season 3 Sep 5, 2005 Guest tbd
tbd Kim Possible: Season 3 Sep 25, 2004 Mrs. Dr. Possible / Dr. Possible (Mom) / Dr. Possible (Mom) / Mom Possible tbd
tbd The District: Season 4 Sep 27, 2003 Sherry Regan / Sherry / Sherry Regan tbd
tbd Designing Women: Season 8 Jul 28, 2003 Charlene Frazier-Stillfield (1986-1991) tbd