Jean Smart stars as “Melanie Bird,” a nurturing, demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. Ms. Bird, as she’s known to those closest to her, has made the compassionate care of those society deems to be ‘the other’ her life’s work — a mission she’s willing to go to extremes to protect.
Winner of three Emmy® Awards with five additional 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 addition to working once again with Fargo creator Noah Hawley on Legion, Smart can be seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in director Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant for Warner Bros. Studios. She also recently starred as “Floyd Gerhardt” on the second installment of the acclaimed series Fargo on FX, 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.