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Frank Kent Smith
March 19, 1907
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 23, 1985 (aged 78)|
(m. 1937; div. 1954)
Frank Kent Smith (March 19, 1907 – April 23, 1985) was an American actor who had a lengthy career in film, theatre and television.
Smith was born in New York City and was educated at Harvard University.
Smith's early acting experience started in 1925 when he was one of the founders of the Harvard University Players, which later included Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Joshua Logan and Margaret Sullavan in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Smith's stock experience included productions with the Maryland Theatre in Baltimore. His professional acting debut was in 1929 in Blind Window in Baltimore. He made his Broadway acting debut in 1932 in Men Must Fight. He appeared on Broadway in Measure for Measure, Sweet Love Remembered, The Best Man, Ah, Wilderness!, Dodsworth (1934), Saint Joan (1936), Old Acquaintance (1941), Antony and Cleopatra (1948) and Bus Stop (1956).
His biggest successes occurred during the 1940s in films such as Cat People (1942), Hitler's Children (1943), This Land Is Mine (1943), Three Russian Girls (1943), Youth Runs Wild (1944), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), Nora Prentiss (1947), Magic Town (1947), My Foolish Heart (1949), The Fountainhead (1949), and The Damned Don't Cry (1950). He continued acting in films such as Comanche (1956), Sayonara (1957), Party Girl (1958), The Mugger (1958), Imitation General (1958), The Badlanders (1958), This Earth Is Mine (1959), Strangers When We Meet (1960), Susan Slade (1961), The Balcony (1963), A Distant Trumpet (1964), Youngblood Hawke (1964), The Young Lovers (1964), The Trouble with Angels (1966), A Covenant with Death (1967), Games (1967), The Money Jungle (1968), Kona Coast (1968), Assignment to Kill (1968), Death of a Gunfighter (1969), The Games (1970), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), Die Sister, Die! (1972), Lost Horizon (1973) and Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977).
During World War II, Smith served as a private in the U.S. Army, making training films covering among others, medical, dental, artillery, and electronics.
Kent Smith played the imperious Dr. Morton on the popular series Peyton Place with his actual wife (Edith Atwater) cast as Mrs. Morton. Smith played Edgar Scoville in the second season of the science-fiction series The Invaders (1967-1968) and was a host for the anthology series Philip Morris Playhouse (1953-1954).:831
Smith had roles in TV movies such as How Awful About Allan (1970), The Night Stalker (1972), The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972), The Cat Creature (1973), The Affair (1973) and The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974). His numerous television credits included a continuing role in Peyton Place as Dr. Robert Morton. He began guest-starring in television series in 1949 in The Philco Television Playhouse and appeared in Robert Montgomery Presents, Wagon Train, General Electric Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, Have Gun Will Travel, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Beverly Hillbillies, Rawhide, The Americans, Barnaby Jones, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, and the 1976 miniseries Once an Eagle. His last appearance was in a 1977 episode of Wonder Woman.
Smith was married to actress Betty Gillette from 1937 until 1954 and to actress Edith Atwater (died March 1986) from 1962 until his death from congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 78.
He was survived by his wife and daughter.
|1936||The Garden Murder Case||Woode Swift|
|1939||Back Door to Heaven||Attorney|
|1942||Cat People||Oliver Reed|
|1943||Hitler's Children||Professor Nichols|
|1943||Forever and a Day||Gates Trimble Pomfret|
|1943||This Land Is Mine||Paul Martin|
|1943||Three Russian Girls||John Hill||alternate title: She Who Dares|
|1944||The Curse of the Cat People||Oliver Reed|
|1944||Resisting Enemy Interrogation||Capt. Reining - American Working for the Nazis|
|1944||Youth Runs Wild||Danny Coates|
|1946||The Spiral Staircase||Dr. Parry|
|1947||Nora Prentiss||Dr. Richard Talbot|
|1947||Magic Town||Professor Frederick Hoopendecker|
|1947||The Voice of the Turtle||Kenneth Bartlett|
|1949||The Fountainhead||Peter Keating|
|1949||My Foolish Heart||Lew Wengler|
|1950||The Damned Don't Cry||Martin Blankford|
|1950||This Side of the Law||David Cummins|
|1952||Paula||John Rogers||alternate title: The Silent Voice|
|1957||Sayonara||General Mark Webster|
|1958||Imitation General||Brig. Gen. Charles Lane|
|1958||The Badlanders||Cyril Lounsberry|
|1958||Party Girl||Jeffrey Stewart|
|1958||The Mugger||Dr. Pete Graham|
|1959||This Earth Is Mine||Francis Fairon|
|1960||Strangers When We Meet||Stanley Baxter|
|1961||Susan Slade||Dr. Fane|
|1962||Moon Pilot||Secretary of the Air Force|
|1964||A Distant Trumpet||Secretary of War|
|1964||Youngblood Hawke||Paul Winter Sr.|
|1964||The Young Lovers||Dr. Shoemaker|
|1966||The Trouble with Angels||Uncle George|
|1967||A Covenant with Death||Parmalee|
|1967||The Money Jungle||Paul Kimmel|
|1968||Assignment to Kill||Mr. Eversley|
|1969||Death of a Gunfighter||Andrew Oxley|
|1970||How Awful About Allan||Raymond Colleigh||TV movie|
|1971||The Last Child||Gus Iverson||TV movie|
|1972||The Night Stalker||D.A. Tom Paine||TV movie|
|1972||Probe||Dr. Edward Laurent||TV movie|
|1972||Another Part of the Forest||Simon Isham||TV movie|
|1972||The Crooked Hearts||James Simpson||TV movie|
|1972||The Judge and Jake Wyler||Robert Dodd||TV movie|
|1972||Pete 'n' Tillie||Father Keating|
|1972||Call Me by My Rightful Name||Mr. Watkins|
|1973||Lost Horizon||Bill Fergunson|
|1973||Cops and Robbers||Bit Part||uncredited|
|1973||The Affair||Mr. Patterson||TV movie|
|1973||The Cat Creature||Frank Lucas||TV movie|
|1974||Murder or Mercy||Judge||TV movie|
|1974||The Disappearance of Flight 412||General Enright||TV movie|
|1976||Once an Eagle||Gen. Jacklyn||TV miniseries|
|1977||Billy Jack Goes to Washington||Senator Joe Foley|
|1978||Die Sister, Die!||Dr. Thorne||alternate title: The Companion|
final film role
- Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 690–691. ISBN 9781557835512. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Kent Smith, the Actor, Dies; Career Lasted Four Decades". The New York Times. New York, New York City. Associated Press. April 26, 1985. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 508509. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
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