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Phyllis Somerville is a Actor American born on 12 december 1943 at Iowa City (USA)

Phyllis Somerville

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Birth name Phyllis Jeanne Somerville
Nationality USA
Birth 12 december 1943 (75 years) at Iowa City (USA)

Phyllis Jeanne Somerville (born December 12, 1943) is an American stage, film and television actress known for her work in The Big C, Little Children, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


Somerville was born in Iowa City, Iowa to Lefa Mary (née Pash; 1918–2011) and Rev. Paul Somerville (1919-1995), who moved the family around as he preached at different parishes, until settling in Traer, and eventually Cresco, Iowa. There, her mother worked as a librarian and Phyllis attended high school where she was involved with cheerleading, drama, and music, including playing clarinet in the All-State band. She has three brothers: Bruce (also an actor), Paul (1947-2005) and Stephen, a pathologist.

She attended Morningside College and then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa, studying theatre and graduating with a degree in English in 1966. In college she starred in productions such as The Visit, Electra, and Macbeth. She next did graduate work performing classical roles like Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Hilberry Theatre through Wayne State University in Detroit and later became a resident equity actress with the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Her first paid job as an entertainer was at Buckskin Joe amusement park over summer break in college.

She resides in New York City.

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Filmography of Phyllis Somerville (23 films)

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Our Souls at Night, 1h41
Directed by Ritesh Batra
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts, Judy Greer, Bruce Dern, Phyllis Somerville
Roles Ruth
Rating68% 3.4446153.4446153.4446153.4446153.444615
Addie, une veuve âgée, propose à son voisin Louis, également veuf, de passer la nuit avec elle pour faire connaissance et pour combler leur solitude. Les deux solitaires tombent amoureux...
One Fall
One Fall (2016)

Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy
Actors Zoe McLellan, James McCaffrey, Mark Margolis, Dominic Fumusa, Phyllis Somerville, Dean Silvers
Roles Mrs.Barrows
Rating51% 2.583132.583132.583132.583132.58313
Set in the rustic Midwestern U.S. town of One Fall, the film tells the story of a man, James (Marcus Dean Fuller), who miraculously survived a horrific fall from a spectacular 200-foot-high cliff and was never heard from again. However, three years after vanishing James chooses to return to his hometown of One Fall—but he returns a changed man. For an incomprehensible reason, James has developed supernatural healing abilities. He must decide whether to use his abilities to help the ones he once turned his back on or to continue running from his mysterious past.
Stuff (2015)

Directed by Suzanne Guacci
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Yvonne Jung, Karen Sillas, Traci Dinwiddie, Phyllis Somerville
Roles Ginger
Rating51% 2.587492.587492.587492.587492.58749
Avec deux beaux enfants et une belle maison de banlieue, un couple marié Trish (Karen Sillas) et Deb (Yvonne Jung) ont construit ensemble une vie qui semble parfaite. Mais leur relation est menacée lorsque la douleur de Trish causée par la mort de son père coïncide avec l'attraction de Deb pour Jamie (Traci Dinwiddie), la maman d'une camarade de classe d'une de leur fille.
The Double
The Double (2014)
, 1h33
Directed by Richard Ellef Ayoade
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Rade Šerbedžija, Yasmin Paige
Roles Simon's Mother
Rating65% 3.250563.250563.250563.250563.25056
Downtrodden Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) has worked at his office for seven years, but he is ignored by his boss and colleagues. From his apartment he spies on a beautiful co-worker he admires, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), who lives in the apartment opposite. He sees her throwing away art and secretly retrieves and admires it.
Stoker (2013)
, 1h39
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Lucas Till, Jacki Weaver
Roles Mrs. McGarrick
Rating67% 3.3986053.3986053.3986053.3986053.398605
On her 18th birthday, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska)—a girl with a strong acuteness of the senses—has her life turned upside down after her loving father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a horrific car accident. India is then left with her unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). At Richard's funeral, Evelyn and India are introduced to Richard's charming and charismatic brother Charlie (Matthew Goode), who has spent his life traveling the world. He then announces that he is staying indefinitely to help support India and Evelyn, much to Evelyn's delight and India's chagrin.
Forgetting the Girl
Directed by Nate Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Christopher Denham, Anna Camp, Elizabeth Rice, Joel de la Fuente, Paul Sparks, Phyllis Somerville
Roles Ruby
Rating53% 2.660162.660162.660162.660162.66016
Haunted by a traumatic history, photographer Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) struggles to systematically forget all his bad memories, but erasing his past threatens to consume his future.
The Brooklyn Heist, 1h26
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about sexuality, Heist films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Danny Masterson, Leon Robinson, Blanchard Ryan, Dominique Swain, Phyllis Somerville, Serena Reeder
Roles Connie
Rating54% 2.7139552.7139552.7139552.7139552.713955
Trois gangs criminels partagent le même quartier à Brooklyn.
The Mighty Macs, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Sports films, Basketball films
Actors Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton, David Boreanaz, Phyllis Somerville, Lauren Bittner
Roles Sister Sister
Rating64% 3.2406553.2406553.2406553.2406553.240655
In 1971, Cathy Rush, a woman ahead of her time, takes a job as the head women's basketball coach at Immaculata College. Rush faces a challenge of trying to compete against perennial powerhouses. Seven members of the 1972 Immaculata championship team appear as nuns in a church scene.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2h46
Directed by David Fincher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Vieillesse, Political films
Actors Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Robert Towers, Tom Everett, Julia Ormond
Roles Grandma Fuller
Rating77% 3.898053.898053.898053.898053.89805
In 2005, elderly Daisy Fuller is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital; she asks her daughter, Caroline, to read aloud from the diary of Benjamin Button. From the reading, we learn that on the evening of November 11, 1918, a boy is born with the appearance and physical maladies of an elderly man. The baby's mother died after giving birth, and the father, Thomas Button, abandons the infant on the porch of a nursing home. Queenie and Mr. "Tizzy" Weathers, workers at the nursing home, find the baby, and Queenie decides to care of him as her own.
Broken English, 1h37
Directed by Zoe Cassavetes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo, Justin Theroux, Peter Bogdanovich, Tim Guinee
Roles Psychic
Rating64% 3.2003953.2003953.2003953.2003953.200395
Nora Wilder (Parker Posey), a single, career woman works at a Manhattan boutique hotel where her excellent skills in guest relations lack in the romantic department. If it is not her loving and dominant mother (Gena Rowlands) attempting to set her up that consistently fail, she has her friend’s (Drea de Matteo) disastrous blind dates to rely on as a backup for further dismay. She's surrounded by friends who are all happily engaged or romantically involved and somehow, love escapes Nora—until she meets an unusual Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) who helps her discover life beyond her self-imposed boundaries.
Lucky You
Lucky You (2007)
, 2h2
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing, Jean Smart, Joey Kern
Roles Pawnbroker
Rating58% 2.948762.948762.948762.948762.94876
Set in 2003, Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall), a two-time World Series of Poker Champion. Huck is a regular in Vegas poker rooms but needs $10,000 to get a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Little Children, 2h11
Directed by Todd Field
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about sexuality, Films about pedophilia
Actors Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman
Roles May McGorvey
Rating74% 3.7492353.7492353.7492353.7492353.749235
Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) is a hapless, stay-at-home mother in a small suburban Boston community. She had been working on a doctorate in English, but set aside her work to marry Richard (Gregg Edelman) and raise their 3-year-old daughter, Lucy (Sadie Goldstein). Her marriage falls apart when she discovers that Richard is addicted to online pornography. She meets Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson), a law student who brings his 4-year-old son, Aaron (Ty Simpkins), to the park. Although Brad's marriage to Katherine (Jennifer Connelly) is loving and amicable, it has been lacking intimacy.
Just Like the Son, 1h26
Directed by Morgan J. Freeman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Mark Webber, Brendan Sexton III, Rosie Perez, Phyllis Somerville, Adrian Martinez, Frankie Shaw
Roles Judge
Rating74% 3.743793.743793.743793.743793.74379
Just Like the Son tells the story of Daniel Carter, a 20-year-old delinquent who unknowingly finds redemption by helping a six-year-old child, Boone, find a better life. After being sentenced to community service at a lower east-side grade school, Daniel strikes up an unlikely friendship with Boone, who shares his fear of becoming an orphan due to his mother's illness. When Daniel learns that Boone has an older sister living in Dallas, he begins to question the state system that would place a child in foster care rather than engaging in a search for a next-of-kin. Several days later, when Boone does not show up for school, Daniel decides to make it his business to track the boy down and right the societal crime he sees unfolding. After locating Boone in a temporary foster care facility in upstate New York, Daniel is turned down as an adoption candidate. And when he fails to convince his Father to help him gain custody, Daniel decides to rescue Boone from the orphanage and seek out this long-lost sister on his own. Employing all his street smarts, Daniel grabs Boone and they head off to Dallas.
Swimfan (2002)
, 1h25
Directed by John Polson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Themes Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Sports films, Erotic films, Political films, Erotic thriller films, Buddy films
Actors Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Clayne Crawford, Jason Ritter, Kate Burton
Roles Aunt Gretchen Christopher
Rating50% 2.500982.500982.500982.500982.50098
Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) is a star swimmer of his high school's swim team. His coach informs him that Stanford University scouts will appear at next week's swim meet. Ben and his girlfriend Amy (Shiri Appleby) discuss their future plans. Amy has her heart set on going to school in Rhode Island, but explains that she will go to school in California to stay close to Ben. The next day, Ben nearly runs his car into Madison Bell (Erika Christensen) and gives her a ride home as an apology. Later, he realizes that Madison left her notebook in his car. The notebook is filled with music notes, and Ben spots his initials written inside a staff. When he brings the notebook to return it, he meets Madison's cousin, Christopher (James Debello). Madison appears stressed, and explains that she hasn't eaten all day, so Ben offers to take her to dinner. At dinner, Ben tells Madison about his girlfriend, but Madison does not appear too bothered and explains that she has a boy waiting for her in New York City.