Howard Smith (actor)

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Howard Smith
Howard Smith in trailer for "No Time for Sergeants" (1958)
Born Howard Smith
(1893-08-12)August 12, 1893
Attleboro, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 10, 1968(1968-01-10) (aged 74)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Other names Howard I. Smith
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918–1967
Spouse(s) Lillian Boardman

Howard Smith (August 12, 1893 in Attleboro, Massachusetts - January 10, 1968 in Hollywood, California) was an American actor. An imposing presence in films of the late '40s, as well as early television shows such as The Aldrich Family (1949), New York stage actor Howard I. Smith actually made his screen debut as far back as 1918, in Young America. Relocating to Hollywood in 1946, Smith usually played overbearing politicos or other figures of authority, but is perhaps best remembered today as Uncle Charley in the 1951 screen version Death of a Salesman. He played the overbearing boss Oliver Misrell, in The Twilight Zone first season episode titled "A Stop at Willoughby" (May 1960) and also later appeared again in the May 1962 on the episode, "Cavender Is Coming", starring Carol Burnett. He was also a semi-series regular on the 1960s sitcom Hazel, appearing almost 30 times, usually as an eavesdropping neighbor, aggressive boss or political figure.

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