Kurtwood Smith

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Kurtwood Smith
Kurtwood Smith by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Smith at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born Kurtwood Larson Smith
(1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 71)
New Lisbon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater San Jose State University
Stanford University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Cecilia Souza (m. 1964–74) (divorced),
Joan Pirkle (m. 1988)

Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop and Red Forman in That '70s Show, and for his appearances in the genre of science fiction (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Mabel Annette Lund (née Larson) and George Smith, whom Mabel Lund married after Kurtwood Smith's biological father died serving in World War II.[citation needed][1] Smith's mother was a fan of a country singer named Kurt (or Curt) in the early 1940s. However, she thought "Kurt Smith" was too short a name, so she added "wood" ("she just tacked it on to the end", he said). Smith has said that he is likely the only Kurtwood.[2] Smith grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Canoga Park High School of Canoga Park, California in 1961; he was class president in his senior year.[1] Smith graduated from San Jose State College in 1965 with a B.A. and Stanford University in 1969 with an M.F.A.[3]

Career[edit]

Onstage, Smith won three Drama-Logue Awards for his performances in Billy Budd, Idiot's Delight, and Green Grow the Lilacs. In his film career, he portrayed Clarence Boddicker, the villain in Paul Verhoeven's science fiction action movie RoboCop and the father role as Red Forman on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. After That '70s Show ended, Smith played Senator Blaine Mayer in the seventh season of the action thriller 24, and portrayed Dick Clayton in the CBS series Worst Week. He enjoyed a recurring role as a rogue FBI agent in Seasons 3-5 of the NBC (later CBS) series Medium, appearing in later episodes as a ghost after his character's death.

Before That '70s Show his other roles included playing Mr. Sue on Fox's "espionage comedy" The New Adventures of Beans Baxter from 1987-89. He also co-starred as the strict father of Robert Sean Leonard's Neil in 1989's Dead Poets Society. He made a number of appearances in the Star Trek franchise, playing the President of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Cardassian named Thrax in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Things Past", and a Krenim scientist named Annorax in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Year of Hell".

He also has an extensive voice acting résumé, appearing in computer games such as Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, and FreeSpace 2, and on a number of animated series. He played a recurring role on the claymation series Gary & Mike as the vengeful Officer Dick and voiced the dinosaurian military commander character General Galapagos in the Savage Steve Holland produced Fox animated series Terrible Thunderlizards. He played the voice of Bob Johnson on Squirrel Boy and provided the voice of Kanjar Ro in Green Lantern: First Flight and starred as the sheriff in Last of the Dogmen.

Personal life[edit]

Smith married Cecilia Souza in 1964. The couple divorced in 1974. Smith then married Joan Pirkle in 1988. Smith has one daughter, Laurel Garner, and one son, Shannon Smith. Smith now lives in Glendale, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Zoot Suit Sergeant Smith
1982 The Renegades Captain Scanlon
1983 Going Berserk Clarence
1983 Staying Alive Choreographer
1984 The A-Team Villain 1
1984 Blue Thunder Bill Spradley
1984 Flashpoint Carson
1986 The Delos Adventure Arthur McNeil
1987 21 Jump Street Federal Agent Spencer Phillips
1987 RoboCop Clarence Boddicker
1988 Rambo III Robert Griggs
1988 Two Idiots in Hollywood District Attorney
1989 True Believer Robert Reynard
1989 Heart of Dixie Professor Flournoy
1989 Dead Poets Society Mr. Perry
1990 Quick Change Russ Crane/Lombino
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Federation President
1991 Oscar Lt. Toomey, Chicago PD
1991 Company Business Elliot Jaffe, CIA
1992 Shadows And Fog Vogel's Follower
1992 Fortress Prison Director, Poe
1993 The Crush Cliff Forrester
1993 Heart and Souls Bankrupt Businessman
1993 Boxing Helena Doctor Alan Palmer
1993 Big Wave Daves Jack Lord
1994 Dead on Sight Julian Thompson
1995 To Die For Earl Stone
1995 Last of the Dogmen Sheriff Deegan
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory General Stanley Cooper
1996 A Time to Kill Stump Sisson
1996 Broken Arrow Secretary of Defense, Baird
1996 Citizen Ruth Norm Stoney
1997 Prefontaine Curtis Cunningham
1998 Shelter Tom Cantrell
1998 Deep Impact Otis Hefter
1999 Girl, Interrupted Dr. Crumble
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic Secretary of Transportation, William Easter
2004 Evil Remains Dr. Theodore Rosen
2005 The Trouble with Dee Dee William Rutherford
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Kanjar Ro animated
2009 All in the Bunker Adolf Hitler short film
2011 Cedar Rapids Orin Helgesson
2012 Hitchcock Geoffrey Shurlock
2013 Turbo The CEO

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Soap (TV series) Man in laundromat
1980 Renegades Captain Scanlon
1984 Riptide Merle Wilson
1986 North and South Col. Hiram Berdan miniseries
1987 The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Mr. Sue
1989 The Nightmare Years Dr. Joseph Goebbels miniseries
1990 12:01 PM Myron Castleman TV movie
1993–1997 The Terrible Thunderlizards General Galapagos
1996 The X-Files Agent Bill Patterson
1997 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Thrax
1997 Men In Black: The Series Forbus, Agent H
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Annorax
1998 A Bright Shining Lie General Westmoreland TV Film
1998–2006 That '70s Show Red Forman
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Jacob Solomon
2001 Gary and Mike Officer Dick
2001-2002 The Zeta Project Agent James Bennet
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond Famous Baseball Player
2005 Chalkzone Himself with Stephen Colbert
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Grim's Dad
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Principal Block
2004 Justice League Galactic Court Judge
2005 Robot Chicken Various voices
2006 Squirrel Boy Robert "Bob" Johnson
2006 Medium Agent Edward Cooper
2007 Handy Manny Mr. Noodlander
2007 Psych Captain Conners
2007 House MD Dr. Obyedkov
2008 Worst Week Dick Clayton
2009 24 Senator Blaine Mayer
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Kanjar Ro
2009 Family Guy Himself (Cameo)
2010 Neighbors from Hell Don Killbride
2010 Childrens Hospital Ben Hayflick
2011 CHAOS H.J. Higgins
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Shyir Rev
2012 Regular Show Gene
2012 Dan Vs. Mechanic Mike
2012 Robot and Monster Mr. Wheelie
2013 Beware the Batman Lt. James Gordon
2014 Resurrection Henry Langston

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kurtwood Smith biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ According to an interview with Smith on Caroline Rhea's syndicated television show
  3. ^ "Kurtwood Smith". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 

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