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Born: May 12, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A talented and charming actress once poised to join the ranks of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies, Samantha Mathis found her early career nearly overshadowed by highly publicized romantic relationships with two of her leading men. A third generation performer, Mathis began acting in her early teens, landing early roles on television before the age of 20. Her breakout role in "Pump Up the Volume" (1990) also led to a brief, intense involvement with the film's star, Christian Slater. A later project, the romantic drama "This Thing Called Love" (1993) introduced her to River Phoenix, with who she would also enter into a relationship. Her personal life became even more public when she witnessed infamously Phoenix die of a sudden drug overdose on the streets of Hollywood in October of that year. Mathis attempted to drown her sorrows in work over the next few years with projects such as "Little Woman" (1994) and "Broken Arrow" (1996), until her mother's death from lung cancer prompted her to take a year-long sabbatical. Her eventual return found her turning up in supporting roles in a mix of film projects like "American Psycho" (2000), television events such as "Salem's Lot" (TNT, 2004), as...

A talented and charming actress once poised to join the ranks of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies, Samantha Mathis found her early career nearly overshadowed by highly publicized romantic relationships with two of her leading men. A third generation performer, Mathis began acting in her early teens, landing early roles on television before the age of 20. Her breakout role in "Pump Up the Volume" (1990) also led to a brief, intense involvement with the film's star, Christian Slater. A later project, the romantic drama "This Thing Called Love" (1993) introduced her to River Phoenix, with who she would also enter into a relationship. Her personal life became even more public when she witnessed infamously Phoenix die of a sudden drug overdose on the streets of Hollywood in October of that year. Mathis attempted to drown her sorrows in work over the next few years with projects such as "Little Woman" (1994) and "Broken Arrow" (1996), until her mother's death from lung cancer prompted her to take a year-long sabbatical. Her eventual return found her turning up in supporting roles in a mix of film projects like "American Psycho" (2000), television events such as "Salem's Lot" (TNT, 2004), as well as stage performances on Broadway. Having witnessed first hand the potential pitfalls of sudden stardom, Mathis chose to focus on professional craft and personal fulfillment, rather than the short-sighted pursuit of celebrity.

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 Order of Chaos (2010)
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 Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
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 Buried (2010)
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 Local Color (2007)
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 For One More Day (2007)
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 Damned (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1973:
Parents divorced
1977:
Moved to L.A. with her mother at age six
1988:
TV-series debut, "Aaron's Way"
1989:
Feature acting debut, "Forbidden Sun"
1989:
TV-movie debut, "Cold Sassy Tree"
1990:
First starring role opposite Christian Slater in "Pump Up the Volume"
1999:
Co-starred in the short-lived Fox drama "Harsh Realm"
1992:
Played the eldest daughter of a stand-up comic (Julie Kavner) in "This is My Life"
1993:
First film in a lead role, "The Thing Called Love" directed by Peter Bogdanovich
1994:
Played an adult Amy March in "Little Women" an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel
1995:
Played a young Sophia Darling Richards in "How to Make an American Quilt"
1996:
Once again cast opposite Christian Slater in "Broken Arrow"
1999:
Made L.A. area stage debut opposite Linda Lavin in "Collected Stories"; production filmed and telecast over PBS in 2002
2000:
Had featured role in "American Psycho"
2001:
Had regular role in the NBC drama series "First Years"
2001:
Portrayed Gwenhwyfer (Guenevere) in the feminist retelling of the Arthurian legend "The Mists of Avalon" (TNT)
2004:
Cast as the wife of Thomas Jane in "The Punisher"
2007:
Cast in "Believe in Me" with Bruce Dern and Jeffrey Donovan
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Notes

"I'm not interested in being a hot flash and then gone, ...I look at actresses like Mary-Louise Parker. She's so talented, and you can see she's in it for the long haul."---Mathis

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companion:
Christian Slater. Actor. Dated c. 1990.
companion:
River Phoenix. Actor. Began dating while co-starring in "The Thing Called Love"; together until his death on October 31, 1993.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Joseph Besch. Newspaperman.
grandmother:
Gusti Huber. Actor. Famed in Austrian theater; born 1914; died 1993.
mother:
Bibi Besch. Actor. Died September 7, 1996 of lung cancer at age 54.

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