Tucker Smallwood

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Tucker Smallwood
Smallwood at Fedcon 25 in May 2016
Born (1944-02-22) February 22, 1944 (age 79)
Occupation(s)Actor, author
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/warsVietnam War

Tucker Smallwood (born February 22, 1944) is an American actor, author, and vocalist.

Early life[edit]

From 1967 to 1970, Smallwood served in the United States Army Airborne Infantry. Commanding a Mobile Advisory Team during the Vietnam War, he was nearly fatally wounded in action and pronounced dead, in 1969. After recovering from the injuries, Smallwood moved to New York City where he studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse and established a career as a performer in Broadway productions (Mahalia), films and television.


His films include The Cotton Club (1984), Contact (1997), Deep Impact (1998), Larry David's Sour Grapes, Traffic (2000), The One (2001), Quigley (2003), Spectres (2004) and Embers (2015). On television, he has been a regular and made guest appearances on many series, including Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, Babylon 5, The X-Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Friends and The Sarah Silverman Program.

He often plays military characters, and as a science fiction fan, he always longed to play a Star Trek alien. He came close on Voyager when he played the human form of a disguised alien, but it was not until Enterprise that he played a fully alien character, a sympathetic Xindi, for several episodes.

Smallwood sometimes sings in his acting roles. He plays his guitar on several occasions on Space: Above and Beyond, as Commodore Ross. His character on Millennium sang to people before euthanizing them. He is the vocalist in the blues band Incarnation led by bassist Jerry Jemmott. Their self-titled first album, produced in 1994 at Clark Dimond's Dimond Studio in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is a tribute to the music of Delta Blues King Robert Johnson with 15 tracks written by or associated with Johnson. It was actually recorded in 1981 at Greene St. Recording featuring guitarist Arlen Roth. They were joined by Pat Conte on Guitar and T C James on piano with Herb Lovelle on drums.

Smallwood was one of the two actors in Bruce Nauman's video installation, "Good Boy Bad Boy" (1985).[1]

He is the author of Return To Eden, anthology of 33 personal essays describing his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, his life as performer and his return to Vietnam in 2004. Some of these essays previously appeared in magazines. In 2006, the mp3 version of Return to Eden was first runner-up in the audio/spoken word category at the Fifth Annual DIY Book Festival, which celebrates independent authors and publishers.[2] In 2009, he hosted the hybrid television radio horror anthology series As Darkness Falls.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Cotton Club Kid Griffin
1985 Turk 182 Reporter at Bridge
1987 The Secret of My Success Executive Uncredited
1990 Presumed Innocent Detective Harold Greer
1995 Aurora: Operation Intercept Agent #1
1996 Bio-Dome Cmdr. Gates
1996 Black Sheep Election Analyst
1997 Contact Mission Director
1997 Most Wanted Police Chief William Watson
1998 Sour Grapes Anesthesiologist #2
1998 Deep Impact Ivan Brodsky
1998 Strangeland Capt. Churchill Robbins
2000 Traffic Partygoer #4
2001 The One Prison Warden
2001 Air Panic Keller
2002 Like Mike Mr. Reynolds
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Passenger
2003 Quigley Angel #2
2004 Spectres Will Franklin
2004 The Eavesdropper Gen. Humes
2005 Heads N TailZ Hobo
2006 Final Move Myron
2006 False Prophets Isaiah
2006 Hood of Horror Stevens
2007 Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane Col. Wolff
2007 Fighting Words Franklin
2007 Evan Almighty Committee Member
2007 Dark Mirror Detective Williams
2009 Black Dynamite Congressman Monroe James
2015 Forgiveness Captain Kittridge
2015 Pixels CIA Chief
2015 Embers Teacher
2017 Girlfriend's Day Governor Speakman
2017 The Lady Killers William
2018 Another Time TV show host
2019 Loners Father Monty
2020 Sylvie's Love Dr. Parker
2020 Izzy Lyon: The Unspun Truth Mordecai Fredericksonton III
2021 Together Together Carson


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Contract on Cherry Street Bus Driver Television film
1988 Guiding Light Security Guard Episode #1.8319
1981 Cagney & Lacey Ace Truck Driver Episode: "Pilot"
1981 For Ladies Only Tornado Television film
1981 Texas Lou 5 episodes
1983 One Life to Live Airport Page 2 episodes
1983 As the World Turns Detective
1985 ABC Weekend Special Harry Episode: "The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf"
1991–1993 Reasonable Doubts Michaels / Briggs 3 episodes
1991, 1997 Seinfeld Various roles Episodes: "The Pen", "The Parking Garage",

"The Summer of George"

1992 Jake and the Fatman Lawyer Episode: "Stormy Weather: Part 1"
1994 Martin Darrell Episode: "Arms Are for Hugging"
1994 Murphy Brown Bartender Episode: "Reporters Make Strange Bedfellows"
1994 Silk Stalkings Hotel Manager Episode: "Vengeance"
1995 Me and the Boys Rev. Watkins Episode: "Money to Burn"
1995 Get Smart President Mazabuka Episode: "Goodbye Ms. Chip"
1995 Sister, Sister Preacher Episode: "I Do"
1995 Wings Agent Stark Episode: "The Person Formerly Known as Lowell"
1995 Babylon 5 David Endawi Episode: "Matters of Horror"
1995–1996 Space: Above and Beyond Commodore Ross 16 episodes
1996 The X-Files Sheriff Andy Taylor Episode: "Home"
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mr. X Episode: "The Impossible Mission Episode"
1997 Flipper Mo James Episode: "Beach Music"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder District Attorney Ferris Episode: "Open and Shut"
1998 Blackout Effect Harold Television film
1998 Millennium Various roles Episode: "Goodbye Charlie"
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Col. Gibson Episode: "Trials and Tribulations"
1998 Frasier Detective Episode: "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do"
1998 The Wayans Bros. Lionel Cooper Episode: "The Rich Girl"
1998 Night Man General Nordoff Episode: "Hitchhiker"
1998 Inferno Police Chief Television film
1998 Star Trek: Voyager Adm. Bullock Episode: "In the Flesh"
1998 Seven Days Mr. Donovan Episode: "Sleepers"
1998–1999 Malcolm & Eddie T.R. Hawkins 7 episodes
1999, 2003 The Practice Various roles 2 episodes
2000 The Others Col. Montgomery Episode: "Till Then"
2000 The Invisible Man Anders Episode: "Ralph"
2000 Opposite Sex Military Officer Episode: "Pilot"
2000 Bull Priest Episode: "Amen"
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Restaurant Owner Episode: "The Pants Tent"
2000 Level 9 Pilot Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"
2001 JAG Capt. Baxter Episode: "The Iron Coffin"
2001 Kate Brasher Mr. Parks Episode: "Jeff"
2001 Titus Sgt. Gordon Episode: "Private Dave"
2002 The Chronicle Alonso Freewald Episode: "Touched by an Alien"
2002 Friends Mr. Tyler Episode: "The One with the Cooking Class"
2002 For the People Judge Episode: "Come Blow Your Whistle"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Baffert Episode: "Academic Octathalon"
2003–2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Xindi-Primate Councilor 9 episodes
2005 All of Us Mr. Ashton Episode: "Movin' on Up"
2006 The Loop Dr. Evangelatos Episode: "Trouble in the Saddle"
2006 My Name Is Earl Hostage Negotiator Episode: "Boogeyman"
2007–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program God 4 episodes
2008 Chocolate News Dr. Hubert Sunland Episode #1.3
2012 The First Family Admiral Masini Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Suspense John Carnby Episode: "The Return of the Sorcerer"
2014 Modern Family Judge Episode: "Halloween 3: AwesomeLand"
2016 Send Me: An Original Web Series Michael 2 episodes
2017 Workaholics Pastor Episode: "Tactona 420"
2018 Dream Corp LLC General Jim Joynose Sr. Episode: "Accordion Jim"
2019 Will & Grace Professor Henry Rice Episode: "Dead Man Texting"
2019 The Baxters Arthur 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 Tom Clancy's SSN Adm. Jeb Thomas
2004 Men of Valor Dandridge
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man Beetle


  1. ^ "Good Boy Bad Boy". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  2. ^ DIYReporter.com : NEWS Archived 2008-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Barton, Steve (2009-11-05). "As Darkness Falls Premiering on Time Warner Cable". Dread Central. Retrieved 2022-10-21.

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