• Samantha Mathis is a 48-year-old Caucasian actress of part-Austrian descent
• She was born into an acting family and got her first role at age two
• She is known for her role in the 2000 film "American Psycho"
• Her net worth is estimated at $2 million
• She has an active Twitter account with slightly over 3,200 followers

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Date Of BirthMay 12, 1970
FactFilming the movie, Damned (2008). [May 2007]

Who is actress Samantha Mathis from “Broken Arrow”?

Born on the 12th of May 1970, in Williamsburg, New York State USA, Samantha “Sammy” Mathis is a 48-year-old Caucasian actress of part-Austrian descent, and is perhaps best known for landing the role of Courtney Rawlinson in Mary Harron’s crime drama entitled “American Psycho”, from 2000. She has also had number of other lesser roles throughout her career, having been active in the sometimes lucrative acting business since 1988.

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Early Life and Education

Unlike most actors and actresses, Samantha had the fortune of being born into an acting family;  her mother is Austrian-born actress Bibi Besch, while her maternal grandmother is a WWII-era Austrian actress named Gusti Huber, so it is likely that Samantha’s choice of career was influenced by her family, and there’s also the fact that she got her first ever role at the age of two, alongside her mother in a commercial for baby products. Although there isn’t too much information regarding the children that her mother and her father Donald Mathis produced, she does have a younger half-brother and half-sister – the former wishes to be a film director. Her parents divorced at some point in 1975, after which she and her mother – who apparently got custody – moved to Los Angeles. Even though Bibi was unsure regarding Samantha’s pursuit of a career in acting, the daughter spent considerable time in theaters, and attended various acting classes, which ultimately must’ve reinforced her ambition. Concerning her education, it can be said that the aforementioned acting classes sufficed for the actress, since there is no information regarding her high school and any college education.


In spite of what may seem logical in an actor’s career, Mathis’ first role wasn’t in a movie or TV series, but in a commercial for the brand entitled “Always Slender Pads – Just For Teens”, as she stated in an interview in March 1996. Her first TV series role came in 1988, when she portrayed Roseanne Miller in 14 episodes of the sitcom entitled “Aaron’s Way”. She was also cast in lesser roles in various films in between 1988 and 1990, until her first big role came in the form of Nora Diniro in 1990’s “Pump Up the Volume” by Allan Moyle, starring opposite Christian Slater. As she gained popularity, she was featured in numerous films, but it wasn’t until 2000 that she was cast in the aforementioned role in the massive hit entitled “American Psycho”, opposite Christian Bale. Further down the road, she has appeared in a few more lesser roles in various films and TV shows, and even though she starred in only one film in 2017, she has had four roles in 2018 titles, two of which are in post-production.

Awards and Nominations

Samantha has thus far received high recognition, in the form of three nominations, firstly for the Young Artist Award in the Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture category in 1993 for her performance in “This Is My Life”, while in 1996 she shared an award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast category with eight other members of the “How to Make an American Quilt” (1995) cast. She has also been nominated for the Saturn Award in the Best Supporting Actress on Television category in 2005, for her performance in “Salem’s Lot” – unfortunately she hasn’t won any of them, but her ongoing career potends further nominations.

The Tragedy

Another fact that has contributed to Samantha’s popularity is that she was the last girlfriend of the actor and singer River Phoenix, who in 1993 died from a drug overdose at the age of 23. As sources allege, the young man was with his girlfriend and two siblings at a club called the Viper Room, and began showing usual signs of overdose, but his brother told him not to panic, and instead of dialing the paramedics immediately, he took River outside for some fresh air. River then entered a state of incessant convulsions which lasted for more than five minutes, so eventually paramedics were called, but by the time they arrived Samantha’s boyfriend was dead. She was interviewed by the authorities and by the media, at which point she claimed she had no idea her boyfriend was into drugs, although the public’s opinion is that she wasn’t completely honest. In an interview in 2013, Samantha said she found the experience ‘completely shattering. It was hard to conceive of your mortality at that age. It’s really strange now, to think that I’m not twenty-three, and he’ll always be twenty-three.’.

Love Life

When it comes to the laterlove life of the aspiring actress, she has had more than a few boyfriends, many being celebrities, including Christian Slater whom she met and starred with in the aforementioned film. in 1989, but later split up in 1990. In between 1991 and 2005, Samantha dated John Leguizamo, River Phoenix, Christian Bale, Noah Wyle and Adam Duritz, and her latest known relationship was with Colin Hanks in 2009, although it ended the same year. At the moment, there is no information regarding the identity of her partner.

What is Samantha Mathis’ Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Samantha Mathis is, as of early 2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current amount of Samantha’s accumulated wealth is close to $2 million, largely aided by her numerous successes in the acting industry, while the greatest contributions have come from her award-nominated performance in “This Is My Life”, as well as her appearance in the world-famous “American Psycho”. As her career continues to gain momentum, the said amount is expected to grow.

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical attributes of the aspiring actress, her vital statistics are known to be 34-26-34, while various sources repute her height to be at 5ft 5ins (1.65m), and her weight is said to be around 115 lbs (52kg) at the moment. She is a blond-haired Caucasian female with blue eyes –  her foot size is not yet available to the public.

Social Media Presence

Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active actresses to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the titles they’re working on, and thus their net worth. However, Samantha herself doesn’t seem to be an active subscriber to this trend – her Instagram and Facebook accounts are either non-existent or not available to the public, while she does have an active Twitter account with slightly over 3,200 followers at the moment.

General Info

Full NameSamantha Mathis
Date Of BirthMay 12, 1970
Height1.65 m


ParentsBibi Besch, Donald Mathis


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
MoviesThe Thing Called Love, Broken Arrow, Pump Up the Volume, The Punisher, Little Women, American Psycho, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, Jack and Sarah, The American President, Buried, The New Daughter, How to Make an American Quilt, Local Color, This Is My Life, Order of Chaos...
TV ShowsUnder the Dome, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, First Years, Harsh Realm, Knightwatch, Aaron's Way, Secrets of a Small Town

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1My mom always said, 'You got birthing hips'. Sometimes I wish they were a little smaller. But I don't want to look like a boy, you know?
2We have such an uptight relationship with nudity in America, and I think that's really unfortunate.
3[about having experienced strange reactions to on-the-job nudity in the past] People don't know whether to look at you or talk to you. And you feel... fine! People are talking about baseball stats, and you're just going, 'OK, you can be normal now!'.
4(On River Phoenix) I feel blessed to have worked with him and to have known him. He challenged me as an actress, he was always surprising and startlingly honest. He was an all too fleeting presence in my life, a beautiful young man. Who will always be in my heart.
5(On River Phoenix) "The nicest memory I have of him is when we went down to his family's property in Costa Rica, and we'd eat these mangoes for breakfast. River had them dripping all over him. When he ate, he ate with his hands. For me, he'll always be that beautiful, drippy mess."
6[on River Phoenix] River's death was a life changing experience for me. We all know that when anyone dies, it makes us look at life differently. Seeing someone so young and loving and full of life crumble and dies changed all my priorities. You know, it made me see what is really important and what isn't. Ultimately, I have really had to learn to laugh at life, too. Otherwise, it can all become too much.
7[About her role in The Mists of Avalon (2001), directed by German-born Uli Edel, specifically the infamous "threesome" scene]: The guys have on boxers, but I've just got, like, a piece of nude stretchy material taped to my breasts and my legs. And then suddenly Uli yells out of the darkness, "Remember you're doing it for ze kingdom, for ze kingdom!"
8Samantha says that kissing ex-boyfriend Christian Slater in Broken Arrow (1996) was "like kissing your brother".


1Filming the movie, Damned (2008). [May 2007]
2Starring as "Maria Castle" in the blockbuster summer movie The Punisher (2004). [June 2004]
3Portraying Elena in the play "Uncle Vanya" in Seattle through July. [June 2007]
4Appeared in two movies with Winona Ryder, both times playing a character at a different age: she played the older "Amy" in Little Women (1994) and the young "Sophia" in How to Make an American Quilt (1995).
5Performing on Broadway in New York with Chris O'Donnell in "The Man Who Had All the Luck". [June 2002]
6Starred in five movies with a lead actor named "Christian". She was in Pump Up the Volume (1990), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), and Broken Arrow (1996) with Christian Slater, and in Little Women (1994) and American Psycho (2000) with Christian Bale.
7Read for the role of "Susannah" in Legends of the Fall (1994) and was considered, by Steven Spielberg, for the role of "Tinkerbell" in Hook (1991).
8Launched a successful on-line flora design firm called Succulent LA with designer and partner Ryann Davis. Five percent of the proceeds go to the Green Coast Foundation.
9Granddaughter of Gusti Huber.
10Spoke fluent German from childhood, stemming from her Austrian royal ancestry.
11Played a victim of John Travolta in The Punisher (2004). Previously, she played the love interest of the main hero in Broken Arrow (1996), in which the villain was also played by Travolta.
12Became best friends with Sandra Bullock when they made The Thing Called Love (1993) together.
13Accompanied River Phoenix to The Viper Room on the night he died. She was his partner at the time.
14Is a vegetarian.
15Younger half-brother and half-sister appeared as extras in Super Mario Bros. (1993). Younger half-brother aspires to be a film director.
16Daughter of Bibi Besch.




The Strain2015TV SeriesJustine Feraldo
The Good Wife2014TV SeriesBonita Yarrow
Affluenza2014Bunny Miller
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003-2014TV SeriesCatherine Summers / Hilary Barclay
Line of Sight2014TV Movie
Under the Dome2013TV SeriesDr. Alice Calvert
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike2012Dagny Taggart
Camilla Dickinson2012Rose Dickinson
NYC 222012TV SeriesNatalie Heartwood
Curb Your Enthusiasm2011TV SeriesDonna
Good Day for It2011Sarah Bryant
Unanswered Prayers2010TV MovieLorrie Beck
Lebanon, Pa.2010Vicki
Order of Chaos2010Jennifer
Buried2010Linda Conroy (voice)
The New Daughter2009Cassandra Parker
Royal Pains2009TV SeriesAmy Hill
Grey's Anatomy2009TV SeriesMelinda Prescott
Mitch Albom's For One More Day2007TV MovieYoung Pauline 'Posey' Benetto
Lost2007TV SeriesOlivia Goodspeed
A Stranger's Heart2007TV MovieCallie Morgan
Absolution2006TV MovieBettina Lloyd
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King2006TV Mini-SeriesKaren Evans
Local Color2006Carla
House M.D.2006TV SeriesMaria Palko
Believe in Me2006Jean Driscoll
Secrets of a Small Town2006TV SeriesSamantha Steele
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2005TV SeriesDr. Christine Ansel
Touched2005/IJeannie Bates
Kids in America2005Jennifer Rose
Fathers and Sons2005TV MovieJenny
'Salem's Lot2004TV MovieSusan Norton
The Punisher2004Maria Castle
The Twilight Zone2003TV SeriesRachel Stark
Collected Stories2002TV MovieLisa Morrison
PBS Hollywood Presents2002TV SeriesLisa Morrison
Becoming Glen2002TV Movie
The Mists of Avalon2001TV MovieGwenwyfar
Night Visions2001TV SeriesDiane Ballard (segment "The Bokor")
First Years2001TV SeriesAnn Weller
Mermaid2000TV MovieRhonda
Harsh Realm1999-2000TV SeriesSophie Green
American Psycho2000Courtney Rawlinson
The Simian Line2000Mae
The Outer Limits1999TV SeriesMarie Wells
Freak City1999TV MovieRuth Ellison
Waiting for Woody1998ShortGail Silver
Sweet Jane1998Jane
Museum of Love1996ShortStephanie
Broken Arrow1996Terry Carmichael
The American President1995Janie Basdin
How to Make an American Quilt1995Young Sophia
Jack & Sarah1995Amy
Little Women1994Older Amy March
The Thing Called Love1993Miranda Presley
Super Mario Bros.1993Daisy
The Music of Chance1993Tiffany
FernGully: The Last Rainforest1992Crysta (voice)
This Is My Life1992Erica Ingels
To My Daughter1990TV MovieAnne Carlston
83 Hours 'Til Dawn1990TV MovieJulie Burdock
Extreme Close-Up1990TV MovieLaura
Pump Up the Volume1990Nora Diniro
Forbidden Sun1989Paula
Cold Sassy Tree1989TV MovieLightfoot McClendon
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesMary Dunne
Knightwatch1988-1989TV SeriesJacqueline 'Jake' Monroe
Circle of Love1988TV MovieRoseanne Miller
Aaron's Way1988TV SeriesRoseanne Miller




AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda2014TV MovieHerself
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist2010TV SeriesHerself
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The Secret World of Superfans2008DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Our Friend River2006Video shortHerself
The Thing Called Love: A Look Back2006Video documentary shortHerself
From Paper to Tree2005Video documentary shortHerself
Inside 'Harsh Realm'2004Video documentary shortHerself / Sophie Green
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Politically Incorrect2001TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Making of 'Super Mario Brothers'1997TV Short documentaryHerself
1996 MTV Movie Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1994TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Lost: Destiny Calls2009TV MovieOlivia Goodspeed (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actress on TelevisionSalem's Lot (2004)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastHow to Make an American Quilt (1995)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureThis Is My Life (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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