Kurtwood Smith

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Kurtwood Smith
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Smith at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Kurtwood Larson Smith

(1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 79)
Occupation(s)Actor, voice actor
Years active1970–present
  • Cecilia Souza
    (m. 1964; div. 1974)
  • 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 (1987), Robert Griggs in Rambo III (1988), and Red Forman in That '70s Show (1998–2006) and That '90s Show (2023–present), as well as for his many appearances in science fiction films and television programs (Lou Grant, Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24. He voiced Gene on Regular Show (2012–2017), Leslie Claret on Patriot (2015–2018), and Old Man Peterson on The Ranch (2017–2020).

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Mabel Annette Lund (née Larson) and George Smith.[citation needed] 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. According to an interview with Smith on Caroline Rhea's syndicated television show Smith's father was a Major during the Second World War and was killed in Europe.[1]

Smith grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Canoga Park High School in Canoga Park, California in 1961; Smith graduated from San Jose State College (now San José State University) in 1965 with a B.A. and Stanford University in 1969 with an M.F.A.[2]


On stage, 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 in Paul Verhoeven's science fiction film 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. He played the main character Henry Langston in the ABC sci-fi/drama Resurrection which ran for two seasons (2014–15). He was a regular on the Amazon original dramedy series Patriot (2015-2018). In 2023, he reprised the role of Red Forman in That '90s Show, a sequel series of That '70s Show.

His other roles included playing the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Stump Sisson, in A Time to Kill. He also played the role of Mr. Sue on Fox's "espionage comedy" The New Adventures of Beans Baxter in 1987. He also 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 two-part 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. Smith appeared on the Netflix series The Ranch as Mr. Peterson, a farmer dying of brain cancer. Smith worked in the stop-motion AMC+ series Ultra City Smiths where he voiced Carpenter K. Smith.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Roadie Security Guard
1981 Zoot Suit Sergeant Smith
1983 Staying Alive Choreographer
Going Berserk Clarence
1984 Flashpoint Carson
1987 RoboCop Clarence Boddicker
The Delos Adventure Arthur McNeil
1988 Rambo III Robert Griggs
Two Idiots in Hollywood District Attorney
1989 True Believer Robert Reynard
Dead Poets Society Mr. Perry
Heart of Dixie Professor Flournoy
1990 Quick Change Russ Crane/Vince Lombino
1991 Oscar Lt. Toomey, Chicago PD
Company Business Elliot Jaffe, CIA
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Federation President
Shadows and Fog Vogel's Follower
1992 Fortress Prison Director Poe
1993 Boxing Helena Dr. Alan Harrison
The Crush Cliff Forrester
Heart and Souls Patterson Uncredited
Big Wave Daves Jack Lord
RoboCop 3 Clarence Boddicker Archive footage from 1987 film
1994 Dead on Sight Julian Thompson
1995 To Die For Earl Stone
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory General Stanley Cooper
Last of the Dogmen Sheriff Deegan
1996 Citizen Ruth Norm Stoney
Broken Arrow Secretary of Defense, Baird
A Time to Kill Stump Sisson
1997 Prefontaine Curtis Cunningham
1998 Shelter Tom Cantrell
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
2006 Hard Scrambled Benno
2007 Entry Level Nick
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Kanjar Ro Voice
All in the Bunker Adolf Hitler Short film
2011 Cedar Rapids Orin Helgesson
2012 Men in a Box Dr. Skinner Short film
Hitchcock Geoffrey Shurlock
2013 Turbo The CEO Voice
2015 Raise the ToyGantic Ted Greenley Short film
Regular Show: The Movie Gene Voice
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Dr. Milton
El Camino Christmas Sheriff Bob Fuller
2022 In Search of Tomorrow Himself Documentary film
Firestarter Dr. Joseph Wanless


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Soap Man in laundromat 1 episode
Me and Maxx Dwayne Episode: "Some Are Savers"
1980–1981 Lou Grant DeGaetano / DeRopp / Fire Captain 3 episodes
1983 The Renegades Captain Scanlon 6 episodes
1984 The A-Team Mr. Carson Episode: "The Battle of Bel Air"
Blue Thunder Bill Spradley Episode: "Revenge in the Sky"
Riptide Merle Wilson Episode: "The Orange Grove"
1985 Stir Crazy Bo Carter Episode: "The Ping Pong Caper"
The Midnight Hour Captain Warren Jensen Television film
The Best Times Sam Ballard Episode: "Volleyball"
The Paper Chase Episode: "Security"
It's a Living Senior Agent Episode: "Hail to the Chef"
Deadly Messages Lieutenant Burton Television film
1986 Stingray Sgt. Edward Fiddler Episode: "Sometimes You Gotta Sing the Blues"
North and South Col. Hiram Berdan Miniseries
Newhart Chet Episode: "Dick the Kid"
The Christmas Gift Jake Richards Television film
1987 21 Jump Street Spencer Phillips 2 episodes
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Mr. Sue 5 episodes
1988 It's Garry Shandling's Show Paul Bosgang Episode: "Save the Planet"
1989 The Nightmare Years Dr. Joseph Goebbels Miniseries
1990 12:01 PM Myron Castleman Television short film
The Famous Teddy Z Episode: "Loyalty"
1993 Picket Fences Barry Jenkins Episode: "Be My Valentine"
Big Wave Dave's Jack Lord 6 episodes
1993–1996 Eek! The Cat General Galapagos Voice, main role
1993–1997 The Terrible Thunderlizards General Galapagos Voice, main role
1994 While Justice Sleeps Leonard Rosenglass Television film
1995 500 Nations Voice, 3 episodes
1996 The X-Files Agent Bill Patterson Episode: "Grotesque"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Thrax Episode: "Things Past"
1997 Men in Black: The Series Agent H / Forbis Voice, 2 episodes
Star Trek: Voyager Annorax Episode: "Year of Hell"
1998 The Magnificent Seven Col. Emmett Anderson Episode: "Ghosts of the Confederacy"
A Bright Shining Lie General Westmoreland Television film
Safety Patrol Principal Tromp Television film
1998–2006 That '70s Show Red Forman Main cast
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Jacob Solomon Episode: "Dick Solomon of the Indiana Solomons"
Todd McFarlane's Spawn Robert Sullivan Voice, episode: "Seed of the Hellspawn"
2001 Gary & Mike Officer Dick
Batman Beyond Agent James Bennet Voice, episode: "Countdown"
UC: Undercover William Murphy Episode: "Of Fathers and Sons"
Justice League Prosecutor Voice, episode: "In Blackest Night"
2001–2002 The Zeta Project Agent James Bennet Voice, main role
2002 Fillmore! Mr. Galser Voice, episode: "To Mar a Stal"
Everybody Loves Raymond Famous Baseball Player
2004 Malcolm in the Middle Principal Block Episode: "Dirty Magazine"
2004–2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Grim's Dad Voice, 2 episodes
2005 ChalkZone Himself TBA
Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Ciracus Voice, episode: "Girl Trouble"
2006 Handy Manny Mr. Noodlander Voice, episode: "A Sticky Fix"
2006–2007 Squirrel Boy Robert "Bob" Johnson Voice, main role
2006–2009 Medium Agent Edward Cooper 3 episodes
2007 Psych Captain Conners Episode: "Forget Me Not"
House MD Dr. Obyedkov Episode: "Half-Wit"
Shorty McShorts' Shorts Truant Officer Fabian Voice, episode: "Troy Ride"
2008–2009 Worst Week Dick Clayton 16 episodes
2009 24 Senator Blaine Mayer 7 episodes
Family Guy Himself Voice, episode: "Dog Gone"
Titan Maximum Mercury General Voice, 2 episodes
2010 Neighbors from Hell Don Killbride Voice, main role
Childrens Hospital Ben Hayflick 2 episodes
2011 Love Bites Ed Strathmore Episode: "How To..."
CHAOS H.J. Higgins 13 episodes
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Shyir Rev Voice, episode: "Beware My Power"
2012–2017 Regular Show Gene Voice, recurring role
2012 Dan Vs. Mechanic Mike Voice, episode: "Dan Vs. The Mechanic"
Wedding Band Hank Henderson Episode: "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"
Robot and Monster Mr. Wheelie Voice, 4 episodes
2013 Body of Proof Earl Brown Episode: "Daddy Issues"
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Lt. James Gordon Voice, main role
2014–2015 Resurrection Henry Langston Main role
2015 Maron Tier 4 Episode: "The Node"
Rick and Morty General Nathan Voice, episode: "Get Schwifty"
Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Father Krang Episode: "Tornado"
2015–2016 Agent Carter Vernon Masters Recurring role
2015–2018 Patriot Leslie Claret 10 episodes
2016 TripTank Coach Voice, episode: "The D.O.N.G."
2016–2017 Pig Goat Banana Cricket Angry Old Raisin Voice, recurring role
2017–2020 The Ranch Old Man Peterson Recurring role (seasons 2-4)
2018 F Is for Family Stan Chilson Voice, episode: "Summer Vacation"
Future Man Vise[3] Episode: "The Binx Ultimatum"
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD Uncle Dave Recurring role (season 1)
Suits Ted Tucker Episode: "Scenic Route"
Perfect Harmony Tinsley Episode: "It's Electric"
2020 Star Trek: Lower Decks Klaar Voice, episode: "Veritas"
2021 Jupiter's Legacy Old Man Miller Episode: "All the Devils Are Here"
Ultra City Smiths Carpenter K. Smith Voice, recurring role
2022 The Dropout David Boies Recurring role
2023 That '90s Show Red Forman Main cast, spin-off of That '70s Show

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel General Dekker


  1. ^ Smith, Kurtwood (November 11, 2017). "Veterans Day at my father's grave in the Netherlands American Cemetery near Margraten. Though I never knew him I always remember him!". Twitter.com.
  2. ^ "Kurtwood Smith". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview - Future Man producers on season 2 cameos, getting turned down by actors and James Cameron's response to season 1". January 12, 2019.

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