Jean Smart stars as “Melanie Bird,” a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. Ms. Bird leads a team of extraordinary individuals at a facility called Summerland. Co-founded with her husband, Summerland’s mission is to nurture and protect those society deems as “other.” She recognizes that David’s immense power will make some view him as the greatest threat humanity has ever known, but after all that has transpired, she is beginning to question her role as a leader.
Winner of three Emmy® Awards with an additional five nominations for her work on Fargo, Harry’s Law, Frasier, The District, 24 and Samantha Who?, Jean Smart has also made her presence known on the big screen and garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in the Miramax feature film Guinevere. On stage, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Last Summer at Bluefish Cove and for a Tony Award® for Best Actress for her starring role on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in The Man Who Came to Dinner. In 2016, she also received a Grammy® nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for her work on “Patience and Sarah.”
In film, Smart recently wrapped Brampton’s Own with Spencer Grammer, Senior Moment with William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd, Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself with Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson and Oscar Isaac, and Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor. Notably, she was also seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in director Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant.
On television, Smart starred as “Floyd Gerhardt” on the second installment of Hawley’s acclaimed anthology series Fargo, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
During her career, Smart has showcased her talents alongside numerous top Hollywood actors including Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana in Lucky You, Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, Steve Martin in Bringing Down the House, Mark Wahlberg in I Heart Huckabees, Zach Braff and Peter Sarsgaard in Garden State, Bruce Willis in The Kid, Robert De Niro and Martin Landau in Mistress, and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple II.
Other recent film work includes Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, Barry Munday with Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer, Youth in Revolt with Michael Cera, and the dark comedy Miss Meadows opposite Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale.