Shawnee Smith

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Birth Name: Shawnee Rebecca Smith

Place of Birth: Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 3, 1969

Ethnicity: English, German, Swiss-German, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish

Shawnee Smith is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in the Saw films, The Blob (1988), and Summer School, and the series Becker and Anger Management, among many other credits. She was half of country rock duo Smith & Pyle, with Missi Pyle.

Shawnee is the daughter of Patricia and James Smith. She was raised mostly in Van Nuys, California. Shawnee has a daughter with her former husband, photographer Jason Reposar; and a son with her former husband, musician Kai Mattoon.

Shawnee has converted to the Eastern Orthodox faith.

Shawnee’s paternal grandfather was James Harold “Banjo” Smith (the son of Robert Grady Smith and Carrie Alice Beacham). James was born in South Carolina. Robert was the son of John Bennett Smith and Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Baswell. Carrie was the daughter of Archibald Lester Beacham and Elizabeth Ann Fowler.

Shawnee’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Anne White (the daughter of Wilbur/Wilber McKee White and Jeannette/Jeanette Kimball Faye). Margaret was born in Ohio. Wilbur was the son of Jacob H. White and Margaret Idalia “Maggie” Hogsett. Jeannette was born in Bihi, Angola, Africa, the daughter of The Rev. William Edwards Fay, who was born in Kentucky, and of Anna Miriam Kimball/Resoux, who was born in New York.

Shawnee’s maternal grandfather was Benjamin O’Dell Smoak, Jr. (the son of Benjamin O’Dell Smoak and Julia Elizabeth Gleaton). Shawnee’s grandfather Benjamin was born in Bamberg, South Carolina. Shawnee’s great-grandfather Benjamin was the son of William Barney Smoak and Della Virginia Sandifer. Julia was the daughter of Arthur Odom Gleaton and Alice Salley.

Shawnee’s maternal grandmother was Charlotte Roland Funderburk (the son of Ernest Roland Funderburk and Norma Olive Smith). Charlotte was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Ernest was the son of Lewis Glover Funderburk and Elizabeth Agnes “Lizzie” Till. Norma was the daughter of Luther Jerry Smith and Nancy Harlow Inabinet.

Sources: Genealogy of Shawnee Smith (focusing on her father’s side) –

Shawnee’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Anne White, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogies and obituaries of Shawnee’s maternal grandparents, Benjamin O’Dell Smoak, Jr. and Charlotte Roland (Funderburk) Smoak –

Shawnee’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte Roland Funderburk, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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