Samantha Mathis

  • Birth Name: Samantha Mathis
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Speaks fluent German due to her Austrian descent; her maternal grandmother is WWII-era Austrian actor Gusti Huber and her mother is Austrian-American actor Bibi Besch.
  • Began acting career at just 6 months old in a commercial for baby products.
  • Showcased her singing voice in The Thing Called Love (1993).
  • Was with River Phoenix at the Viper Room in West Hollywood the night he died. 
  • Co-founded the Los Angeles-based floral design company Succulent.


  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Gusti Huber — Grandmother
  • Donald Mathis — Father
  • Bibi Besch — Mother
  • River Phoenix — Ex-fiancée