Steve Smith (comedian)
Steve Smith CM
Steven Smith Jr.
December 24, 1945
|Alma mater||University of Waterloo|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, comedian|
Morag Smith (m. 1966)
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Steven "Steve" Smith Jr., CM (born December 24, 1945) is a Canadian actor, writer and comedian. He is best known as the co-creator and star of the sketch comedy show The Red Green Show, for which he portrayed the title character.
Smith was born in Toronto on Christmas Eve 1945. Before turning to comedy, he studied engineering at the University of Waterloo and then worked a variety of jobs. In 1979, he began to produce, write, and star in Smith & Smith, a sketch comedy series with a cast consisting of Smith and his wife, Morag Smith. The show was produced for Hamilton, Ontario's CHCH and syndicated to other television stations in Canada.
In 1985, Smith created the family sitcom Me & Max. After the first season the Smiths went back to sketch comedy, creating the series The Comedy Mill, which ran for four years. Smith was a writer on Offside, a sports comedy series for CTV, head writer for Global's Laughing Matters, and the TV pilot of Out of Our Minds with David Steinberg. He wrote three episodes of CBS' Top Cops series.
In 1991 Smith starred in The Red Green Show. In all, 300 episodes of the series were produced. In 1997, Smith was credited as his alter-ego, Red Green, in "Pavement", an episode of the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In 2002 the full-length movie Duct Tape Forever was produced. Smith writes a syndicated newspaper column as Red Green, distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association. In 2009, as a public service announcement by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Power Generation, Smith supplied his voice as a talking fish warning the dangers of illegal fishing near government hydro dams. In 2004 Smith hosted a show on Space called Steve Smith Playhouse.
Smith and his wife Morag have been married since 1966 and have two grown sons, Dave and Max. They also have three grandchildren.
Steve Smith has performed as Red Green on his Wit & Wisdom Tour (2013) and How to Do Everything Tour (2014).
On September 13, 2013, Steve Smith started a one-man show called How to do Everything (From the Man who Should Know). In 2014, the show also travelled to the U.S.
Steve Smith performed as Red Green on his I'm Not Old I'm Ripe North American Tour (2016). The 2019 North American tour, "This Could Be It", began in March 2019 and is scheduled to run until the end of October, with shows in 34 U.S. cities and 29 Canadian cities.
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