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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Source: Biography Tribune

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