Parents Glenda Smith
|Name Phyllis Smith|
Years active 1992–present
|Born July 10, 1951 (age 64) (1951-07-10) St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
Alma mater University of Missouri–St. Louis
Education University of Missouri–St. Louis
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Movies and TV shows Inside Out, The Office, Bad Teacher, Butter, Riley's First Date?
Similar People Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Richard Kind
Meet phyllis smith as sadness in inside out
Phyllis Smith (born July 10, 1952) is an American actress and casting associate. She is best known for playing Phyllis Vance in the television series The Office and her critically acclaimed voice role as Sadness in the film Inside Out. She currently has a regular role on the Netflix series The OA.
- Meet phyllis smith as sadness in inside out
- Phyllis smith visits y98 studios
- Early life
Phyllis smith visits y98 studios
Smith was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith is of European descent. She graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 1972 with a degree in elementary education. In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a dancer, a cheerleader for the old St. Louis Cardinals football team, and a burlesque performer. She said that there was "no stripping, but I did wear feathers." She was forced to quit dancing after suffering a knee injury. She later worked in Hollywood, California, as an actress and in casting.
Smith was working as a casting associate on The Office when she was offered the role of Phyllis Vance, a character created specifically for her: a soft-spoken saleswoman who tends to disagree with the pompous office manager Michael Scott. She received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006 and 2007 for her performance in The Office in the category "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series." In June 2008, Smith appeared with the cast of The Office on Celebrity Family Feud. In 2011, she played a supporting role in the film Bad Teacher. In 2015, she voiced the character Sadness in the Pixar film Inside Out, receiving high critical praise for her performance. In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix series The OA.