Jean Smart : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Husband, Children, Education and Career

Jean Smart is an American actress know all about her in this article as like her Family, Net Worth, Parents, Husband, Children, Education and Career

Name Jean Smart
Birthdate ( Age) 13 September 1951
Place of Birth Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Richard Gilliland (m. 1987–2021)
Children Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland, Connor Douglas Gilliland
Parents Name not Known
Education Ballard High School
Profession American actress
Net Worth $10 Million 
Last Update September 2021

Jean Elizabeth Smart is an American actress. After beginning her career in regional theater in the Pacific Northwest, she appeared on Broadway in 1981 as Marlene Dietrich in the biographical play Piaf. Smart was later cast in a leading role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the CBS sitcom Designing Women, in which she starred from 1986 to 1991.

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Smart’s film credits include The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Garden State (2004), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Youth in Revolt (2009), The Accountant (2016), and A Simple Favor (2018). She received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Guinevere (1999).

Early Life and Family

Smart was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kathleen Marie “Kay” (Sanders) and Douglas Alexander Smart, a teacher. She is the second of four children. Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 13 years old.On Season 10 of the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, Smart discovered she is a direct descendant of Dorcas Hoar, one of the last women convicted of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

She is a 1969 graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle; it was there that she gained an interest in acting in the drama program. She graduated from the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program with a BFA.Smart is a member of the University of Washington chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Jean Smart Husband

Smart was married to actor Richard Gilliland, whom she met while working on the set of Designing Women (he played J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts’s character, Mary Jo Shively). They had a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989),and a son, Forrest (adopted as a baby from China in May 2009). Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series. Gilliland died in March 2021.

Jean Smart Net Worth

Jean Elizabeth Smart is an American actress has an estimated Net Worth arround $10 Million in 2021.All earnings comes from her salary and Endorsment

Professional Career

After graduating from college, Smart began her career appearing in regional theater throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. She performed with the Seattle Repertory Theater as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.In the mid-1970s, she moved to New York City with college friend and fellow actress, Elizabeth Wingate (Lavery), and began working in Off-Broadway and professional regional productions.

In addition to theater, Smart began working in television in several smaller to mid-size guest parts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appearing on The Facts of Life, Alice, and Remington Steele among several others.According to Smart, after roles on the short-lived series Teachers Only and Reggie in 1983, “casting directors just decided I was funny. When that happens, you usually get pigeonholed, but I was fortunate. I got to move back and forth.”The following year, she had a supporting part in the thriller Flashpoint (1984).

In 1995, Smart was cast as the lead in the comedy series High Society, which co-starred Mary McDonnell and ran for 13 episodes,followed by a role opposite Nancy McKeon in another short-lived CBS sitcom, Style & Substance. Other roles included a part in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple II (1998), and as Deborah Sloane in the drama Guinevere (1999).She had a lead role in the comedy Forever Fabulous (1999) as an aging beauty queen.

 Smart portrayed Laurie Juspeczyk in the HBO superhero drama limited series Watchmen based on the graphic novel of the same name.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.

In 2021, Smart has appeared in the seven episode HBO crime drama limited series Mare of Easttown set in a small town in Pennsylvania. The series stars Kate Winslet as a grizzled detective with a supporting cast which includes Guy Pearce, Julianne Nicholson, and Evan Peters. Her role as Winslet’s mother has earned her critical acclaim with Jackson McHenry of Variety writing, “It’s one of those essential truths of TV, as Watchmen and Legion displayed recently, that if you need a tough-as-nails broad, you hire Jean Smart. 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.”

She also stars as the lead in the HBO Max dark comedy series Hacks (2021) playing a legendary Las Vegas comedy diva looking to appeal to a younger audience. USA Today declared Smart, at the age of 69, “The Queen of HBO”, after appearing in Watchmen, Mare of Easttown and now Hacks. Glen Weldon of NPR praised Smart’s performance in his review writing, “I don’t know if the role of Deborah Vance was written for Smart, but she certainly makes it seem like it was…Smart’s also convincing as a standup, performing Deborah’s vaguely hokey routines with a naturalistic flair as if she was born to it.”