Samantha Mathis

Samantha Mathis was born in 1970 in New York, to Donald Mathis and Austrian-born Bibi Besch, an aspiring actress at the time. Her maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber. Her first acting job was in a commercial for baby products with her mother. Since her parents divorced when she was only ...

Born on May 12, 1970

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Height 1.65m / 5' 5"

Biography

Samantha Mathis was born in 1970 in New York, to Donald Mathis and Austrian-born Bibi Besch, an aspiring actress at the time. Her maternal grandmother was actress Gusti Huber. Her first acting job was in a commercial for baby products with her mother. Since her parents divorced when she was only three years old, Samantha was very exposed to the acting industry from a very young age, which made her almost destined to become an actress. Samantha's first feature film was Pump Up the Volume (1990) opposite her on- and off-screen love at the time, Christian Slater.Read More

Known For

Trivia

Daughter of Bibi Besch.

Read for the role of "Susannah" in Legends of the Fall (1994) and was considered, by Steven Spielberg, for the role of "Tinkerbell" in Hook (1991).

Launched a successful on-line flora design firm called Succulent LA with designer and partner Ryann Davis. Five percent of the proceeds go to the Green Coast Foundation.

Granddaughter of Gusti Huber.

Spoke fluent German from childhood, stemming from her Austrian royal ancestry.

Played a victim of John Travolta in The Punisher (2004). Previously, she played the love interest of the main hero in Broken Arrow (1996), in which the villain was also played by Travolta.

Became best friends with Sandra Bullock when they made The Thing Called Love (1993) together.

Accompanied River Phoenix to The Viper Room on the night he died. She was his partner at the time.

Is a vegetarian.

Younger half-brother and half-sister appeared as extras in Super Mario Bros. (1993). Younger half-brother aspires to be a film director.

Quotes

Samantha says that kissing ex-boyfriend Christian Slater in Broken Arrow (1996) was "like kissing your brother".

My mom always said, 'You got birthing hips'. Sometimes I wish they were a little smaller. But I don't want to look like a boy, you know?

We have such an uptight relationship with nudity in America, and I think that's really unfortunate.

[about having experienced strange reactions to on-the-job nudity in the past] People don't know whether to look at you or talk to you. And you feel... fine! People are talking about baseball stats, and you're just going, 'OK, you can be normal now!'.

(On River Phoenix) I feel blessed to have worked with him and to have known him. He challenged me as an actress, he was always surprising and startlingly honest. He was an all too fleeting presence in my life, a beautiful young man. Who will always be in my heart.

(On River Phoenix) "The nicest memory I have of him is when we went down to his family's property in Costa Rica, and we'd eat these mangoes for breakfast. River had them dripping all over him. When he ate, he ate with his hands. For me, he'll always be that beautiful, drippy mess."

[on River Phoenix] River's death was a life changing experience for me. We all know that when anyone dies, it makes us look at life differently. Seeing someone so young and loving and full of life crumble and dies changed all my priorities. You know, it made me see what is really important and what isn't. Ultimately, I have really had to learn to laugh at life, too. Otherwise, it can all become too much.

[About her role in The Mists of Avalon (2001), directed by German-born Uli Edel, specifically the infamous "threesome" scene]: The guys have on boxers, but I've just got, like, a piece of nude stretchy material taped to my breasts and my legs. And then suddenly Uli yells out of the darkness, "Remember you're doing it for ze kingdom, for ze kingdom!"

Filmography

Knightwatch Knightwatch Jacqueline'Jake'Monroe(9episodes,1988-1989)
American Nuclear American Nuclear MaryDunne
Pump Up the Volume  Pump Up the Volume  NoraDiniro
To My Daughter  To My Daughter  AnneCarlston
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Herself-Guest(2episodes,1993-1996)
This Is My Life  This Is My Life  EricaIngels
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Herself-Guest(1episode,1996)
Politically Incorrect Politically Incorrect Herself(1episode,2001)
Little Women  Little Women  OlderAmyMarch
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits MarieWells(1episode,1999)
How to Make an American Quilt  How to Make an American Quilt  YoungSophia
Jack & Sarah  Jack & Sarah  Amy
The Daily Show The Daily Show Herself-Guest(1episode,2000)
Broken Arrow  Broken Arrow  TerryCarmichael
Museum of Love  Museum of Love  Stephanie
American Psycho  American Psycho  CourtneyRawlinson
Waiting for Woody  Waiting for Woody  GailSilver
Harsh Realm Harsh Realm SophieGreen(4episodes,1999-2000)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Herself-Guest(1episode,2001)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit CatherineSummers/...(2episodes,2003-2014)
The Passenger List/The Bokor The Passenger List/The Bokor DianeBallard(segment"TheBokor")
Les brumes d'Avalon Les brumes d'Avalon Gwenwyfar(2episodes,2001)
Night Visions Night Visions DianeBallard(segment"TheBokor")(1episode,2001)
Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm Donna(1episode,2011)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr.ChristineAnsel(1episode,2005)
1996 MTV Movie Awards  1996 MTV Movie Awards  Herself
First Years First Years AnnWeller(9episodes,2001)
Becoming Glen  Becoming Glen 
Searching for Debra Winger  Searching for Debra Winger  Herself
Сумеречная зона Сумеречная зона RachelStark(1episode,2003)
The Punisher  The Punisher  MariaCastle
CBS Summer Playhouse CBS Summer Playhouse MaryDunne(1episode,1989)
Salem's Lot Salem's Lot SusanNorton(2episodes,2004)
American Pastoral  American Pastoral  PennyHamlin
MTV Video Music Awards 1996  MTV Video Music Awards 1996  Herself
Kids in America  Kids in America  JenniferRose
Lost Lost Olivia(1episode,2007)
House House MariaPalko(1episode,2006)
Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy MelindaPrescott(3episodes,2009)
Touched  Touched  JeannieBates
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself-Guest(1episode,2007)
The Secret World of Superfans  The Secret World of Superfans  Herself
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Herself
Nightmares & Dreamscapes Nightmares & Dreamscapes KarenEvans(1episode,2006)
Secrets of a Small Town Secrets of a Small Town SamanthaSteele(1episode,2006)
New Growth New Growth RoseanneMiller
The Men Will Cheer and the Boys Will Shout The Men Will Cheer and the Boys Will Shout RoseanneMiller
Habeas Corpse Habeas Corpse AnnWeller
Porn in the U.S.A. Porn in the U.S.A. AnnWeller
Touched by a Reindeer Touched by a Reindeer AnnWeller
Inga Fossa Inga Fossa SophieGreen
Leviathan Leviathan SophieGreen
Reunion Reunion SophieGreen
Control Control HilaryBarclay
Friday Knight Friday Knight Jacqueline'Jake'Monroe
A Stranger's Heart  A Stranger's Heart  CallieMorgan
The Harvest (a.k.a. Circle of Love) Part 1 The Harvest (a.k.a. Circle of Love) Part 1 RoseanneMiller
The Fifth Quarter The Fifth Quarter KarenEvans
Royal Pains Royal Pains AmyHill(1episode,2009)
The Good Wife The Good Wife BonitaYarrow(1episode,2014)
Buried  Buried  LindaConroy(voice)
The Making of 'Super Mario Brothers'  The Making of 'Super Mario Brothers'  Herself
Under the Dome Under the Dome Dr.AliceCalvert(7episodes,2013)
From Paper to Tree  From Paper to Tree  Herself
Opposites Attract Opposites Attract Herself
NYC 22 NYC 22 NatalieHeartwood(1episode,2012)
Affluenza  Affluenza  BunnyMiller
The Strain The Strain JustineFeraldo(18episodes,2015-2016)
Outbreak Outbreak Dr.AliceCalvert
By Any Means By Any Means JustineFeraldo
Fort Defiance Fort Defiance JustineFeraldo
Battle for Red Hook Battle for Red Hook JustineFeraldo
The Assassin The Assassin JustineFeraldo
Fallen Light Fallen Light JustineFeraldo
The Fall The Fall JustineFeraldo(creditonly)
Collaborators Collaborators JustineFeraldo(creditonly)
New York Strong New York Strong JustineFeraldo
White Light White Light JustineFeraldo(creditonly)
First Born First Born JustineFeraldo(creditonly)
Madness Madness JustineFeraldo
Do Or Die Do Or Die JustineFeraldo
Bad White Bad White JustineFeraldo(creditonly)
Gone But Not Forgotten Gone But Not Forgotten JustineFeraldo
Episode #1.1 Episode #1.1 Gwenwyfar
The Line The Line BonitaYarrow
Pilot Pilot Dr.AliceCalvert
Episode #4.126 Episode #4.126 Herself-Guest
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike  Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike  DagnyTaggart
Unanswered Prayers  Unanswered Prayers  LorrieBeck
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist Work of Art: The Next Great Artist Herself(1episode,2010)
Wonderland Wonderland AmyHill
Lost: Destiny Calls  Lost: Destiny Calls  OliviaGoodspeed(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Wish You Were Here Wish You Were Here MelindaPrescott
Samantha Mathis Samantha Mathis Herself-Guest
Lebanon, Pa.  Lebanon, Pa.  Vicki
Stairway to Heaven Stairway to Heaven MelindaPrescott
Sympathy for the Devil Sympathy for the Devil MelindaPrescott
Episode #1.7 Episode #1.7 AnnWeller
Episode #4.59 Episode #4.59 Herself-Guest
Mitch Albom's For One More Day  Mitch Albom's For One More Day  YoungPauline'Posey'Benetto
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