Danny Smith (writer)

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Danny Smith
Born Daniel Smith
1959 (age 55–56)[citation needed]
Occupation Writer, executive producer, voice actor

Daniel "Danny" Smith (born 1959) is an American executive producer, writer and voice actor on the American animated television series Family Guy. He has been with the show since its inception and throughout the years has contributed many episodes, such as "Holy Crap", "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" and the Christmas themed episodes, "Road to the North Pole" and "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas". He is the only Family Guy writer who hails from the state of Rhode Island, where the show is set (although creator Seth MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design)[1] and was instrumental in the creation of the Griffins’ fictional home town of Quahog.[citation needed] Smith graduated from Smithfield High School in 1977 and from Rhode Island College in 1981.[2]

He is the voice of The Giant Chicken, Buzz Killington, The Evil Monkey, and Al Harrington of Al Harrington's Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman Emporium & Warehouse. In commentaries, he has stated that he recorded the fast-talking segments in one or two takes without any form of audio editing.[citation needed]

An experienced sitcom writer, he has written for several television shows, such as Nurses, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Yes, Dear and Head of the Class.

Smith acted in many Rhode Island College Theatre productions, including one where he nearly cut off the finger of a fellow actor during a swordfight on stage.[citation needed] He also wrote and illustrated a regular feature in the school's paper, The Anchor. This feature was called, Joe Flynn and His Dog Spot. One April Fool's self-parody of this feature was titled, Joe Flynn and His Dong Spots.

Smith succeeded current The Today Show host Matt Lauer as the host of the Providence edition of PM Magazine in the early 1980s. Smith is the brother of Steve Smith of Steve Smith and the Nakeds.


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