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William Smith

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Smith (born March 24, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in almost 300 feature films and television productions. Smith began his acting career at the age of 8 in 1942. He is perhaps best-known for playing the sinister "Anthony Falconetti" on the TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and its sequel, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, both in 1976. The physically imposing 6'2" actor is a lifelong bodybuilder and has the distinction of being the final Marlboro Man before the cigarette ads were discontinued on TV. Smith won the 200 pound (91 kg) arm-wrestling championship of the world multiple times and also won the United States Air Force weightlifting 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 best known roles is that of 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 crime drama Hawaii Five-O. He also 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 numerous TV shows including 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"). 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 70s which also starred Fred Williamson, and was seen in in Francis Ford Coppola's classic 1983 films The Outsiders and Rumble Fish as a store clerk and a police officer, respectively. But, his starring roles typically had titles such as Grave of the Vampire, Invasion 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article William Smith (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.



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Born:
Mar 24, 1933 In Columbia, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
160
First Appeared:
In the movie The Ghost of Frankenstein 1942-03-13
Latest Project:
Movie Her Morbid Desires 2009-02-15
Known For
Poster of Wildside
Poster of The Yellow Rose
Poster of Rich Man, Poor Man Book II
Poster of Here Come the Brides
Filmography

Her Morbid Desires (2009)

Movie
as Bill, the Director

Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story (2007)

Drama Action
Movie
as Man with Machine Gun

Rapturious (2007)

Horror
Movie
as Sheriff
5.8 3 votes

Inner Rage (2006)

Thriller Action
Movie
as Sam
3.5 2 votes

Voices from the Graves (2006)

Movie
as Lester Jiggs

Hell to Pay (2005)

Western
Movie
as Emil Brax

Zombiegeddon (2003)

Horror
Movie
as Lord Zombie
3 1 votes

God Has a Rap Sheet (2003)

Drama
Movie
as Lucifer

The Rock 'n Roll Cops (2003)

Movie
as Rinaldi

Deadly Memories (2002)

Horror
Movie
as Sheriff Taggart

The Vampire Hunters Club (2001)

Movie
as Johnny

Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (2000)

Movie
as Conan's Father (archive footage)
6.3 3 votes

Broken Vessels (1998)

Drama
Movie
as Bo
6 2 votes

The Shooter (1997)

Western
Movie
as Jerry Krants
5 1 votes

Hollywood Cops (1997)

Movie
as Rinaldi

Uncle Sam (1997)

Comedy Horror
Movie
as Major
4.6 9 votes

Taken Alive (1995)

Action
Movie
as L.E.
6 1 votes

Big Sister 2000 (1995)

Movie
as The Man
4 1 votes

Maverick (1994)

Action Adventure Comedy Drama Western
Movie
as Riverboat Poker Player
6.5 443 votes

Due South (1994)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
7.3 16 votes

Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1993)

Action Science Fiction
Movie
as Pharoah

Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.1 46 votes

Road to Revenge (1993)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Normad
7 1 votes

Legend Of The Roller Blade Seven (1993)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
Movie
as Pharoah

The Last Riders (1992)

Movie
as Hammer
6 1 votes

Feast (1992)

Horror
Movie
as Det. George Bordelli

American Me (1992)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Deacon
7.2 31 votes

Nightmare Cafe (1992)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
4.5 2 votes

Merchant of Evil (1991)

Action
Movie
as Victor Fortunetti

Kiss and Be Killed (1991)

Thriller Horror
Movie
as Det. Murdoch

Cybernator (1991)

Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Colonel Peck
5.5 2 votes

Spirit of the Eagle (1991)

Drama Adventure
Movie
as Hatchett

The Roller Blade Seven (1991)

Action Drama Science Fiction
Movie
as Pharoah
2 1 votes

Cartel (1990)

Movie
as Mason

Instant Karma (1990)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Pop

Empire of Ash III (1990)

Action Fantasy Science Fiction
Movie
as Lucas

Shades of L.A. (1990)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Final Sanction (1990)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Maj. Galashkin
4 3 votes

Action U.S.A. (1989)

Action
Movie
as Conover
5.5 3 votes

Deadly Breed (1989)

Thriller
Movie
as Captain
8.0 2 votes

L.A. Vice (1989)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Capt. Joe Wilkes
6 1 votes

Terror In Beverly Hills (1989)

Action
Movie
as President

Jungle Assault (1989)

Action War
Movie
as General Mitchell
8 1 votes

Memorial Valley Massacre (1988)

Horror Thriller
Movie
as Gen. Mintz
4.8 6 votes

The Phantom Empire (1988)

Science Fiction Horror Adventure Fantasy
Movie
as Dr. Chambers
4 1 votes

B.O.R.N. (1988)

Thriller Horror
Movie
as Dr. Farley
6 1 votes

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

Action Comedy Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Captain Devlin / Count Sodom
5.7 25 votes

Evil Altar (1988)

Horror
Movie
as Reed Weller
2 1 votes

Platoon Leader (1988)

Drama War
Movie
as Major Flynn
5.3 8 votes

Supercarrier (1988)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown

Maniac Cop (1988)

Thriller Action Horror
Movie
as Captain Ripley
5.7 76 votes

Bulletproof (1988)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Russian Major
6.5 4 votes

Moon in Scorpio (1987)

Horror
Movie
as Burt

Hell on the Battleground (1987)

Action War
Movie
as Colonel Meredith
3.7 3 votes

Commando Squad (1987)

Action Drama
Movie
as Morgan Denny

Eye of the Tiger (1986)

Action Drama
Movie
as Blade
5.4 7 votes

Wildside (1985)

Western
Series

The Twilight Zone (1985)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.4 40 votes

Red Dawn (1984)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Strelnikov
6.4 189 votes

Airwolf (1984)

Action & Adventure War & Politics
Series
as Unknown
6.5 35 votes

Hunter (1984)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 10 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.2 36 votes

Highway to Heaven (1984)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Family
Series
as Unknown
6.2 18 votes

The Outsiders (1983)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Store Clerk
6.9 253 votes

The Fall Guy (1983)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.6 14 votes

Hardcastle and McCormick (1983)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 5 votes

The A-Team (1983)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Jase Tataro
6.9 93 votes

Masquerade (1983)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

The Yellow Rose (1983)

Soap Drama
Series
as Unknown

Rumble Fish (1983)

Action Adventure Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Patterson the Cop
6.8 121 votes

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.5 8 votes

T. J. Hooker (1982)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.2 19 votes

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Adventure Fantasy Action
Movie
as Conan's Father
6.6 556 votes

Knight Rider (1982)

Action & Adventure Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 96 votes

Matt Houston (1982)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 4 votes

Simon & Simon (1981)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 17 votes

Any Which Way You Can (1980)

Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Jack Wilson
6 76 votes

The Frisco Kid (1979)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Matt Diggs
6 32 votes

Fast Company (1979)

Drama
Movie
as Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson
6.4 9 votes

B. J. and the Bear (1979)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.3 3 votes

Seven (1979)

Action Drama
Movie
as Drew
5.7 5 votes

Benson (1979)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 7 votes

Trapper John, M.D. (1979)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 5 votes

Vega$ (1978)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 3 votes

Blackjack (1978)

Action Crime
Movie
as Andy Mayfield (as Bill Smith)
4 2 votes

Blood & Guts (1978)

Drama Action
Movie
as Dan O'Neil

CHiPs (1977)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.0 24 votes

Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

Thriller
Movie
as Hoxey
5.9 8 votes

Logan's Run (1977)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.3 4 votes

The Oregon Trail (1977)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Manhunter (1976)

Drama Crime Action Adventure
Movie
as Clel Bocock

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Falconetti
7.8 4 votes

City of Angels (1976)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)

Drama
Series
8 1 votes

Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (1976)

Movie
as Falconetti

Scorchy (1976)

Action Crime
Movie
as Carl Henrich
5.5 2 votes

Hollywood Man (1976)

Movie
as Rafe Stoker
4.7 3 votes

The Ultimate Warrior (1975)

Action Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Carrot
4.5 16 votes

S.W.A.T. (1975)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.1 5 votes

The Swinging Barmaids (1975)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Harry
5 1 votes

Dr. Minx (1975)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Gus Dolan

Bronk (1975)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Boss Nigger (1975)

Action Crime Western
Movie
as Jed Clayton
7.4 23 votes

Movin' On (1974)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Black Samson (1974)

Action Drama
Movie
as Johnny Nappa
6.4 4 votes

Police Woman (1974)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 7 votes

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 20 votes

Planet of the Apes (1974)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.1 17 votes

The Last American Hero (1973)

Drama
Movie
as Kyle Kingman
4.9 8 votes

Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)

Action Crime
Movie
as Martelli

Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

Horror Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Neil Agar
4 15 votes

Police Story (1973)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 4 votes

The Deadly Trackers (1973)

Western
Movie
as Schoolboy
6.0 1 votes

Hammer (1972)

Action
Movie
as Brenner
5 4 votes

Piranha, Piranha (1972)

Horror Action Thriller
Movie
as Caribe
3.3 2 votes

The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

Comedy Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Hysterical Condemned Man
3.8 16 votes

Search (1972)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
9.2 3 votes

The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.2 16 votes

Grave of the Vampire (1972)

Horror
Movie
as James Eastman
6.0 5 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 23 votes

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
6.4 8 votes

Chrome and Hot Leather (1971)

Action Thriller
Movie
as T.J.
5.5 2 votes

Runaway, Runaway (1971)

Drama
Movie
as Frank

Angels Die Hard (1970)

Action Drama
Movie
as Tim

Darker Than Amber (1970)

Mystery Adventure Action Drama
Movie
as Terry
6.5 3 votes

Nam's Angels (1970)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Link Thomas
6 2 votes

Crowhaven Farm (1970)

TV Movie Horror
Movie
as Patrolman Hayes
6.2 5 votes

C.C. and Company (1970)

Action Comedy Drama
Movie
as Moon
6 1 votes

Run, Angel, Run! (1969)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Angel
3 3 votes

Backtrack! (1969)

Western
Movie
as Texas Ranger Joe Riley (archive footage)
4 1 votes

Julia (1968)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
6.7 20 votes

Columbo (1968)

Crime Drama Mystery
Series
as Nichols
7.6 88 votes

Here Come the Brides (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Mod Squad (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.6 5 votes

Three Guns for Texas (1968)

Western
Movie
as Texas Ranger Joe Riley
5 1 votes

Custer (1967)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Ironside (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 18 votes

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 11 votes

Batman (1966)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.9 68 votes

Mission: Impossible (1966)

Action & Adventure Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 34 votes

Felony Squad (1966)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown

Laredo (1965)

Western Comedy
Series
as Joe Riley
8.0 2 votes

Mail Order Bride (1964)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Lank

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Stoney Burke (1962)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Combat! (1962)

War & Politics Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 8 votes

The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

Series

Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)

Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction
Movie
as Captain of the Guard
5.6 9 votes

The Mating Game (1959)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Barney
5 2 votes

Mr. Lucky (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Never So Few (1959)

Action Drama War
Movie
as MP Officer #1 (uncredited)
5.8 16 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.2 10 votes

Going My Way (1944)

Drama Comedy Music
Movie
as Choir Member (uncredited)
6.9 34 votes

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Fantasy Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Vasarian Boy
6.5 25 votes