Dick Smothers

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Dick Smothers
Smothers brothers 1965.JPG
Tom (left) and Dick (right), 1965.
Born Richard Remick Smothers
(1938-11-20) November 20, 1938 (age 76)
New York City
Occupation Actor, comedian, musician
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Denby Franklin (1997–2006)
Lorraine Martin (m. 1986)
Linda Smothers (1960–1969)
Website
smothersbrothers.com

Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers (born November 20, 1939[1]) is an American actor, comedian, composer and musician. He is best known for being half of the musical comedy team the Smothers Brothers, with his older brother Tom.

Life and career[edit]

Smothers was born in New York City, the son of Ruth (née Remick), a homemaker; and Thomas B. Smothers, an army officer[2] who died a POW in April 1945. After moving to Southern California, Dick attended Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California, and graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, and later attended San José State University then called San José State College. At SJSC, Smothers participated as a distance runner for the track team (coached by Lloyd (Bud) Winter).[3]

The Smothers Brothers have appeared on numerous television shows over the past three decades, including two shows of their own: The Smothers Brothers Show, a sit-com from 1965 to 1966; and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a variety show in 1967. In 1993, he played one of the characters on cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments: Timmy's Special Delivery. Without Tom, he also appeared in the 1995 Martin Scorsese-directed film Casino in an uncharacteristically serious role as a dishonest Nevada State Senator. His character and the dialogue in one scene was partly based on the career of current United States Senator Harry Reid, who once chaired the Nevada Gaming Commission.[4] (In fact, Reid had a reputation for integrity as Gaming Commission chairman, and was the target of Mafia death threats and an assassination attempt.)[5][6]

In February 2010, Dick Smothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[7] In May, the brothers announced their retirement from touring.[8]}}

Smothers has also been very active in amateur automobile racing,[9] both road racing[10] and drag racing.[11]

Dick Smothers is the father of six children: Dick Jr., Andrew, Steven, Sarah, Susan, and Remick.[12] He currently resides in Sarasota, Florida. Linda was the mother of Dick Jr., Susan and Steven. Lorraine is the mother of Sarah and Remick.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (0:42) on YouTube
  2. ^ "Dick Smothers Biography (1939–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  3. ^ Speed City era[dead link]
  4. ^ Chris Suellentrop, Slate magazine, Harry Reid Is Not Boring, December 22, 2004
  5. ^ Walter Hickey, Business Insider, The Fabulous Life Of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Reid Received Several Death Threats From The Mob and a Car Bombing Attempt, November 21, 2012
  6. ^ Molly Bloom, Daily Kos, Reid to Lobbyist: You Son of a Bitch, You Tried to Bribe Me!, January 9, 2006
  7. ^ Axelrod, Laura (February 25, 2010). "Dick Smothers files for bankruptcy, Tom considers quitting The Smothers Brothers". blog.al.com. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ {{cite web | url=http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2010/may/17/end-era-smothers-brothers-announce-retirement/ | title=End of an era: Smothers Brothers announce retirement | date=May 17, 2010 | first=April | last=Corbin | accessdate=June 10, 2014 | website=lasvegasweekly.com
  9. ^ "Dick Smothers Racing Bio", Echlin Manufacturing Company
  10. ^ "Reflections on Sebring: Dick Smothers", Richard Sloop/Carol Lynn Fogle, Motorports.com, 2002-03-07
  11. ^ "Smothers Brothers Racing Photos"
  12. ^ "The smothers brothers biography". 

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