Shawnee Smith (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and musician. Smith is well known for her roles in the Saw films and the TV series Becker. As well as the many films and television shows in which she has appeared, Smith once fronted the band Fydolla Ho, with which she toured the USA and the UK. While still acting, she is also the other half of Smith & Pyle, a desert country-rock band, with actress Missi Pyle.
Shawnee Smith was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the second child of Patricia, an oncology nurse, and Jim Smith, a financial planner and US Air Force pilot. (Interestingly, Shawnee would be cast at age 15 as one of Jason Gedrick's fellow Air Force brats in the original Iron Eagle.) The family relocated from South Carolina to Van Nuys, California when she was a year old. Shawnee's biological parents divorced when she was 2 and her mother remarried when she was 8.
She attended Ranchito Avenue Elementary School in Panorama City, California. She also attended North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California and graduated in 1987.
Smith has a slight southern drawl in her speech even though she only lived in the South for a very brief period of time. Visiting