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|Born||Joseph Cotter Smith
May 29, 1949
Washington, D.C., United States
|Spouse(s)||Christina Egloff (1972 - 1980)
Mel Harris (October 22, 1988 - 1996)
Heidi Mueller (March 31, 2001 - present)
Cotter Smith (born May 29, 1949) is an American stage, film, and television actor.
He was born Joseph Cotter Smith in Washington, D.C., the son of Madeline (née Cotter) and John Lewis Smith, Jr., who was a federal judge. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1968. In 1972, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
He began his acting career in New York in 1978, studying with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio. His New York theater credits include the Broadway premiere of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter); Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive; Lanford Wilson's Burn This; Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play; Athol Fugard's Blood Knot and the premiere of Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul, among many others. He spent ten years as a member of the Circle Repertory Company working exclusively on the premiere productions of new American plays, and is currently a member of the Vineyard Theatre Company in New York. He co-starred with Judd Hirsch in the National Tour of Art.
He is currently appearing in the premiere of Michael Weller's two-character play SIDE EFFECTS with Joely Richardson at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York, directed by David Auburn and produced by MCC Theater Company. He recently completed a run of the new play KIN by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Sam Gold, at Playwrights Horizons in New York. He also appeared in the new play NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts for the Naked Angels Theatre Company, which completed its critically acclaimed off-Broadway run in the summer of 2009 and moved to Broadway, opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March 2010, where it played for six months. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play of the Year.
He spent five summers as a member of the Playwrights Lab at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and four at the New York Stage and Film Company working on the development of new American plays. Along with Joseph Stern he co-founded The Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he has appeared in The Seagull, The Homecoming, Endgame, Mad Forest, and Habeas Corpus. Other Los Angeles performances include Romeo and Juliet, Love Letters, and Raft of the Medusa, as well as the West Coast premieres of A Soldier's Play and How I Learned to Drive at the Mark Taper Forum.
With Heidi Mueller Smith, he founded and served as Artistic Director from 2001-2007 of the Cornerstone Theatre Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directed and taught acting. Among his directing credits for the company are Edward Albee's The American Dream, Harold Pinter's Night School, and Lanford Wilson's The Gingham Dog. Some of his acting credits there include 12 Angry Men, Betrayal, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Educating Rita.
His television and film work ranges from his debut 25 years ago co-starring as Robert Kennedy (opposite Robert Blake's Jimmy Hoffa) in the mini-series Blood Feud, to his role as the President of the United States in the 20th Century Fox film, X2. His most recent film roles have been in the upcoming BURNING BLUE and FRIENDS WITH KIDS. Over the years he has appeared in many television shows, from his regular roles on the ABC series Equal Justice and Night Stalker to his recurring roles on Judging Amy, Tru Calling, Courthouse, and Orleans. His most recent television role was on the series White Collar.
Cotter Smith has been married three times. His first marriage was to radio documentary producer Christina Egloff from 1972-1980. He was then married to actress Mel Harris from 1988 to 1996. Their daughter, Madeline (born 1990), is a student at Barnard College in New York.
He and his third wife, Heidi Mueller Smith, have been married since 2001, and reside in New York City. He has four stepchildren: Brianne, Christopher, Evan and Byron.
|1987||Lady Beware||Mac Odell|
|1988||Cameron's Closet||Sergeant Sam Taliaferro|
|1996||Invader||Dr. Case Montgomery||Alternative title: Lifeform|
|2005||The Sleeper||Dr. Altman|
|2008||Lunatics, Lovers & Poets||Scotty MacGregor|
|2011||"Burning Blue"||Admiral Lynch|
|"Friends With Kids"||Phil Fryman|
|1982||St. Elsewhere||Dr. Rowe||1 episode|
|Hill Street Blues||Intern||1 episode|
|1983||Blood Feud||Robert F. Kennedy||Television movie|
|The Master||Chad Webster||1 episode|
|Cagney & Lacey||Captain Fuller||1 episode|
|1985||A Bunny's Tale||Ned Holcomb||Television movie|
|Moonlighting||Brian Baker||1 episode|
|The Rape of Richard Beck||Lt. Hugo||Television movie|
|Hardcastle and McCormick||Randy Hopke||1 episode|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Mitchell Chaplin||1 episode|
|Murder, She Wrote||Robert Rhine||1 episode|
|D.C. Cops||Michael Halsey||Television movie|
|1990||Equal Justice||Deputy D.A. Eugene "Gene" Rogan||Television movie|
|1990-1991||Equal Justice||Deputy D.A. Eugene "Gene" Rogan||25 episodes|
|1991||The Last Prostitute||Joe||Television movie|
|1992||Midnight's Child||Television movie|
|A Message from Holly||Television movie|
|1993||A Place to Be Loved||Mike Caldwell||Television movie|
|With Hostile Intent||Officer Rob Arnold||Television movie|
|L.A. Law||Tony Henderson||3 episodes|
|Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story||Steve||Television movie|
|1994||Armed and Innocent||Lonnie||Television movie|
|1995||Chicago Hope||Dr. Bob Marinak||1 episode|
|Courthouse||Andrew Rawson||6 episodes|
|Remember Me||Adam Nichols||Television movie|
|1996||High Incident||1 episode|
|1997||Spy Game||Adam Quill||1 episode|
|Bridge of Time||Robert Creighton||Television movie|
|Orleans||Bill Brennecke||1 episode|
|Law & Order||Eric Martin||1 episode|
|1998||Oz||Judge Benjamin Fee||1 episode|
|1999||Vengeance Unlimited||Stan Garcos||1 episode|
|2000||Run the Wild Fields||Silas Green||Television movie|
|2001-2005||Judging Amy||ASA Jeremy Friedman||4 episodes|
|2004||Alias||Agent Foster||1 episode|
|2004-2005||Tru Calling||Richard Davies||6 episodes|
|2005-2006||Night Stalker||Tony Vincenzo||10 episodes|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Governor Stan Preston||1 episode|
|NCIS||NCIS Special Agent in Charge Sam Stevens||1 episode|
|Invasion||Deputy Buell||1 episode|
|Without a Trace||Fr. Sean McGinnis||1 episode|
|The Unit||Bill Lachey||1 episode|
|2008||Depth Charge||Admiral Butler||Television movie|
|2012||Person of Interest||Denton Weeks||3 episodes|
|2013–2015||The Americans||Deputy Attorney General||7 episodes|
|2014||Revolution||President Jack Davis||5 episodes|