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Samantha Mathis
Born May 12, 1970 (1970-05-12) (age 39)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present

Samantha Mathis (born May 12, 1970) is an American actress. The daughter of actress Bibi Besch, Mathis made her film debut in Pump Up the Volume (1990).


Early life

Mathis was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the daughter of actress Bibi Besch,[1] and granddaughter of actress Gusti Huber. Her parents divorced when she was 2 years old, and Mathis was raised by her mother. She relocated to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California at the age of 5.[2] Mathis' mother discouraged her from pursuing acting, but growing up on locations, in theaters, and in acting classes, Mathis knew she wanted to act.[1] Mathis decided to become an actress at the age of 12.[3]


Samantha Mathis was protagonist of the film Jack and Sarah.

Mathis began acting professionally at the age of sixteen,[4] her first job was a commercial for "Always Slender Pads - Just For Teens".[1] She co-starred in the television series Aaron's Way and Knightwatch from 1988 to 1989. Her first starring role in a feature film was that of Nora in Pump Up the Volume (1990), opposite Christian Slater, whom she briefly dated at the time.[2] Mathis dyed her natural blonde hair black for the role to change her image from sweet and innocent, to strong willed.[3]

Mathis appeared in the television movies Extreme Close-Up, 83 Hours 'Til Dawn, and To My Daughter in 1990. Mathis and Slater had voice roles in the animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992). She next appeared in the comedy This Is My Life (1992), written and directed by Nora Ephron, playing an insecure teenager.[4] Mathis appeared in the play Fortinbras in New York City in October 1992.[5] Her film Super Mario Bros. (1993), where she played Princess Daisy from the popular Nintendo video game, was a box office bomb.

Mathis met actor River Phoenix on the set of the country music film The Thing Called Love (1993) and the two started a relationship. She was with Phoenix the night he died of a drug overdose after collapsing outside West Hollywood's Viper Room on Halloween, October 31, 1993; he died later at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.[6] She made the film Jack and Sarah (1995), which was shot in London, in order to get out of the country after his death because of the large amount of press coverage.[2]

Mathis appeared in Little Women, the 1994 film version of the novel by Louisa May Alcott, and How to Make an American Quilt (1995), both starring Winona Ryder, an actress she was often compared to early in her career.[7] She then co-starred with Michael Douglas in The American President (1995), playing the assistant to the President of the United States. Mathis co-starred with Christian Slater again, along with John Travolta, in John Woo's Broken Arrow (1996). She took a little over a year off from acting after her mother died in 1996.[8]

She was later in the critically acclaimed film American Psycho (2000), directed by Mary Harron, an adaptation of the 1991 Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name. She starred opposite Gretchen Mol, Tom Everett Scott and Matthew Settle in Attraction (2000), and in The Simian Line (2001), opposite William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave and Harry Connick, Jr. She starred in the TNT television miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001), with Anjelica Huston, Joan Allen and Julianna Margulies. Mathis later re-united with co-star John Travolta for The Punisher (2004). Mathis has a guest role on the ABC television show Lost as Dharma Initiative teacher Olivia.

Mathis's most recent film, "Lebanon, PA," will have its world premiere this March at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

Awards and nominations

She was nominated in 1995 for a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture for This Is My Life (1992) and in 2005 for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress on Television for 'Salem's Lot (2004) (TV).


Year Title Role
1988 Aaron's Way: The Harvest Roseanne Miller
1988 Aaron's Way Roseanne Miller
1988 - 1989 Knightwatch Jacqueline "Jake" Monroe
1989 Forbidden Sun Paula
1989 Cold Sassy Tree Lightfoot McClendon
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Mary Dunne
1990 Pump Up the Volume Nora Diniro
1990 Extreme Close-Up Laura
1990 83 Hours 'Til Dawn Julie Burdock
1990 To My Daughter Anne Carlston
1992 This Is My Life Erica Ingels
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Crysta
1993 The Music of Chance Tiffany
1993 Super Mario Bros. Princess Daisy
1993 The Thing Called Love Miranda Presley
1994 Little Women Older Amy March
1995 Jack and Sarah Amy
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Young Sophia Darling Richards
1995 The American President Janie Basdin
1996 Broken Arrow Terry Carmichael
1996 Museum of Love Stephanie
1998 Waiting for Woody Gail Silver
1998 Sweet Jane Jane
1998 Freak City Ruth Ellison
1999 The Outer Limits Marie Wells
1999 - 2000 Harsh Realm Sophie Green
2000 The Simian Line Mae
2000 American Psycho Courtney Rawlinson
2000 Mermaid Rhonda
2000 Attraction Corey
2001 First Years Anna Weller
2001 Night Visions Diane Barnes
2001 The Mists of Avalon Gwenhwyfar
2002 Becoming Glen
2002 PBS Hollywood Presents Lisa Morrison
2002 Collected Stories Lisa Morrison
2003 The Twilight Zone Rachel
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hilary Barclay
2004 The Punisher Maria Castle
2004 'Salem's Lot Susan Norton
2005 Fathers and Sons Jenny
2005 Kids in America Jennifer Rose
2005 Touched Jeannie Bates
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Christine Ansel
2006 Secrets of a Small Town Samantha Steele
2006 Believe in Me Jean Driscoll
2006 House, M.D. Maria Palko
2006 Local Color Carla
2006 Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Karen Evans
2006 Absolution Bettina Lloyd
2007 A Stranger's Heart Callie Morgan
2007 Lost Olivia the Teacher
2007 Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day Young Pauline "Posey" Benetto
2009 Grey's Anatomy Melinda Prescott
2009 Order of Chaos Jennifer
2009 The New Daughter Cassandra
2009 Lebanon, Pa. Vicki
2009 Royal Pains Amy Hill
2010 Buried Linda Conroy


  1. ^ a b c Craven, Jonathan (March 1996). "Sam I am". Bikini.
  2. ^ a b c Hensley, Dennis (December 1995). "Elementary Mathis". Detour.
  3. ^ a b Matsumoto, Jon (September 1, 1990). "Acting's in Samantha Mathis' Blood: Mom's and Grandmom's Too". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Malkin, Nina (June 1992). "This is my Life". Seventeen. pp. 4, 82-83.
  5. ^ Gussow, Mel (October 14, 1992). "Theater in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved on April 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Pearce, Garth (June 1996). "Why I Still Grieve For River". OK! Weekly.
  7. ^ Thompson, Bob (October 15, 1995). "Patch in to Mathis". The Toronto Sun.
  8. ^ Sheridan, Patricia (April 30, 2007). "Samantha Mathis". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on April 24, 2008.

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