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Also Known As: Died: October 21, 2003
Born: August 6, 1969 Cause of Death: apparent suicide: self inflicted stab wound to the chest
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: musician, songwriter, ditch digger

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This soft-spoken cult performer (who often appears in wearing a woolen cap) was catapulted into the spotlight after the success of "Good Will Hunting" (1997), a film to which he had contributed the Oscar-nominated ballad "Miss Misery." Texas native Elliott Smith spent several years as a singer-songwriter in the indie scene in and around Portland, OR. In 1991, he was one of the original founding members of the now-defunct band Heatmiser. As a solo artist, Smith had gained a small but loyal following and he recorded three indie albums marked by intricate melodies written over unorthodox chord changes. Lyrically, his music addressed such dark subject matter as drug addiction, troubled relationships and loneliness--though Smith often distanced himself from the label of confessional songwriter.

This soft-spoken cult performer (who often appears in wearing a woolen cap) was catapulted into the spotlight after the success of "Good Will Hunting" (1997), a film to which he had contributed the Oscar-nominated ballad "Miss Misery." Texas native Elliott Smith spent several years as a singer-songwriter in the indie scene in and around Portland, OR. In 1991, he was one of the original founding members of the now-defunct band Heatmiser. As a solo artist, Smith had gained a small but loyal following and he recorded three indie albums marked by intricate melodies written over unorthodox chord changes. Lyrically, his music addressed such dark subject matter as drug addiction, troubled relationships and loneliness--though Smith often distanced himself from the label of confessional songwriter.

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 100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll (2001) Interviewee
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Born and raised in Texas
1983:
Moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with father and stepmother (date approximate)
1991:
Formed band Heatmiser with Neil Gust
1993:
Heatmiser released first album "Dead Air"
1994:
Released first solo album "Roman Candle"
1997:
Contributed the song "Miss Misery" to the soundtrack of "Good Will Hunting"; nominated for a Best Song Academy Award
1998:
Song "Pitseleh" was heard in the Ben Stiller comedy "Keeping The Faith"
2001:
His song "Needle In The Hay" from his self titled album was used in the award winning feature "The Royal Tenenbaums"
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Education

Hampshire College: Amherst , Massachusetts - 1991

Notes

Commenting on Smith's contribution to "Good Will Hunting", co-star Minnie Driver told New York (March 23, 1998): "It's literally the most important thing in the film. Elliott is like a character you can't see. I can only compare the way his music worls to Simon & Garfunkel's songs in 'The Graduate'."

About his Oscar nomination, Smith told Lisa Robinson of the New York Post (March 20, 1998): "It's a really freakish and happy accident and I'd be thrilled to win, but it wouldn't really mean anything in particular. Whereas I think some of the lucky contestants would really feel like they'd gotten somewhere."

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