Bill Smith

Show Count: 40
Series Count: 2
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Born: March 24, 1933, Columbia, Missouri, USA

William Smith (born March 24, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in almost three hundred feature films and television productions.

Life and career 

Smith was born in Columbia, Missouri. Smith began his acting career at the age of eight in 1942; the physically imposing 6'2" actor is a lifelong bodybuilder and has the distinction of being the final Marlboro Man before cigarette advertising was discontinued on television.

Smith won the 200 pound (91 kg) arm-wrestling championship of the world multiple times and also won the United States Air Forceweightlifting championship. Smith is a record holder for reverse-curling his own bodyweight. His trademark arms measured 18 and 1/2 inches. Smith held a 31-1 record as an amateur boxer and studied martial arts with kenpo instructor Ed Parker for several years. Smith also played semi-pro football in Germany and competed in motocross and downhill skiing events. He entered films stunt doubling for former screen Tarzan Lex Barker in a French film.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse and a Master's degree in Russian Studies from UCLA. He taught Russian at UCLA before abandoning his Ph.D. studies for an MGM contract. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Munich while learning languages through the military. Smith is fluent in Russian, Serbo-Croatian, French and German. During the Korean War he was a Russian Intercept Interrogator and flew secret ferret missions over Russia. He had both CIA and NSA clearance and intended to enter a classified position with the U.S. government, but his marriage to a French actress meant the loss of security clearance.

One of his earliest leading roles was as Joe Riley, a Texas Ranger on the NBC western series Laredo (1965–1967). Smith character was good-natured; co-star Peter Brown's character was a ladies' man, and Neville Brand portrayed a relentless bumbler. In 1967, Smith guest starred on Wayne Maunder's short-lived ABC military-western Custer. Smith played Jude Bohner in a 1972 two-hour episode of CBS's Gunsmoke as the "greatest bad-guy character actor of our time".

Smith was added to the cast on the final season of Jack Lord's long-running CBS crime drama, Hawaii Five-O. He had also appeared much earlier as a guest star in Lord's previous series about a rodeo circuit rider, Stoney Burke. Smith starred in one episode of Kung Fu, and as the Treybor, a ruthless warlord, in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Buck's Duel to the Death". Smith has also made guest appearances in the 1974 pilot for The Rockford Files, "Backlash of the Hunter", I Dream of Jeannie, and two appearances - as different characters - in episodes of The A-Team (the first season's "Pros and Cons", and season four's "The A-Team Is Coming, The A-Team Is Coming"). In the 1976 televisionminiseries, Rich Man, Poor Man, Smith portrayed Anthony Falconetti, nemesis of the Jordache family.

On film, Smith played Clint Eastwood's bare-knuckle nemesis Jack Wilson in Any Which Way You Can, as a drag racing legend in 1979's "Fast Company", as the barbarian's father in Conan the Barbarian, bad guy Matt Diggs in The Frisco Kid, as a Russian commander in Red Dawn and a vindictive sergeant in Twilight's Last Gleaming. For fans of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee novels, Smith did a turn as chief heavy Terry Bartell in Darker Than Amber, opposite Rod Taylor and Theodore Bikel, in 1970. He also played Jed Clayton in Boss Nigger (1975) a blaxploitation film from the 1970s which also starred Fred Williamson, and was seen in Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1983 films The Outsidersand Rumble Fish as a store clerk and a police officer, respectively. But, his starring roles typically had titles such as Grave of the VampireInvasion of the Bee Girls, and The Swinging Barmaids. Smith also played in several biker flicks including C.C. and Co., where he starred as the menacing "Moon", opposite football great Joe Namath and Ann-Margret. He also starred in Nam's Angels, which is briefly seen on a television in a scene in Quentin Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction. Smith played Count Dracula in 'The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula'.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 24th July 1952
Added: Jul 30 2005
Broadcast: 7th August 1960
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Broadcast: 31st July 1948
Starring: Bill Smith
Added: Dec 04 2003
Broadcast: 14th July 1944
Starring: Bill Smith, Jack Grimes
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Broadcast: February 2nd 1955
Added: Jan 27 2014
Broadcast: 4th December 1960
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Broadcast: 11th September 1947
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Broadcast: 29th July 1962
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Broadcast: 6th November 1960
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Broadcast: December 15th 1954
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Broadcast: 28th December 1952
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Broadcast: 12th January 1947
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Broadcast: 4th April 1948
Starring: Bill Smith
Added: Nov 13 2003
Broadcast: 4th September 1960
Added: Sep 06 2012
Broadcast: September 7, 1955
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Broadcast: 31st July 1947
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Broadcast: 9th October 1947
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Broadcast: 20th May 1962
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Broadcast: 12th February 1961
Added: Feb 05 2010