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Elliott Smith

Born: Aug 6, 1969

Death: Oct 21, 2003

Birthplace: Omaha

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Elliott Smith

Date of Birth : Aug 6, 1969
Date of Death : Oct 21, 2003
Birth Place : Omaha

Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived for much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he was also proficient with piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies. After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting —was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug dependence, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest.


  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Film Editor
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Film Score Composer

Also known as

  • Elliott
  • Elliot Smith
  • Steven Paul Smith
  • Elliott Smoth
  • Elliott Stillwater-Rotter
  • Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith


  • Gary Smith
  • Bunny Kay Berryman


  • Jennifer Chiba
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