Lane Smith

Lane Smith

  • Born on
    • April 29th, 1936
  • Died on
    • June 13th, 2005
Early life Lane Smith was born in 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the Leelanau School, a boarding school in Glen Arbor, Michigan, and spent one year boarding at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, before going off to study at the Actors Studio in the late 1950s and early 1960s along with Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino; he was recognized in their Hall of Fame. Smith served two years in the United States Army.[2][3] Career After graduating, Smith found steady work in New York theater before making his film debut in Maidstone in 1970. During the 1970s, he regularly made appearances in small film roles including Rooster Cogburn in 1975 and Network in 1976. In 1981, Smith appeared in the Sidney Lumet-directed film Prince of the City. He also acted on television, notably playing a United States Marine in Vietnam in the television miniseries A Rumor of War and in the 1980 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie Gideon's Trumpet starring Henry Fonda, José Ferrer and John Houseman. Smith is also credited for playing McMurphy 650 times in the 1971 Off-Broadway revival of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Smith made a major breakthrough in 1984 with significant roles in Red Dawn, Places in the Heart and the television series V. He also played on Quincy, M.E. in season 8, episode 7, "Science for Sale" as an oncologist searching for a cure to cancer. In 1989, Smith gained recognition for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the docudrama The Final Days. Newsweek praised the performance, writing, "[Smith] is such a good Nixon that his despair and sorrow at his predicament become simply overwhelming." Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. He also appeared in the original Broadway stage production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross as James Lingk. He received a Drama Desk Award for his performance.[2] In 1990, Smith appeared in Air America playing a United States Senator, a role for which he was selected based on his resemblance to then-Minority Leader Bob Dole. Two years later, he played a small-town district attorney opposite Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, followed by a role as Coach Jack Reilly in The Mighty Ducks. In 1993 Smith landed the role of Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which he played for four seasons until 1997. In 1994, he portrayed New York Yankees front officeman Ron in The Scout, alongside Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser. In 1998, Smith appeared in a major role as fictional television anchorman Emmett Seaborn in the HBO miniseries From The Earth to the Moon. His final film appearance was in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000). Death Smith was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) in April 2004. He died of the disease at his home in Northridge, California on June 13, 2005 at the age of 69.[2] He was survived by his wife, Debbie Benedict Smith and his son Robert Smith


Acting (32 Credits)

2003Out of Order
1999Inherit the Wind as Reverend Jeremiah Brown
1998From the Earth to the Moon as Emmett Seaborn
1997Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy as Senator Silverthorne
1994The Scout as Ron Wilson
1993Son in Law as Walter Warner
1993Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Perry White
1992The Distinguished Gentleman as Dick Dodge
1992The Mighty Ducks as Jack Reilly
1992My Cousin Vinny as Jim Trotter III
1990Air America as Senator Davenport
1989Night Game as Whitty
1987Prison as Warden Eaton Sharpe
1987Weeds as Claude
1986Native Son as Britton
1985Terror at London Bridge as Anson Whitfield
1984Something About Amelia as Officer Dealy
1984Purple Hearts as Cmdr. Markel
1984Red Dawn as Mayor Bates
1983Special Bulletin as Morton Sanders
1983Chiefs as Hoss Spence
1983V as Nathan Bates
1982Frances as Dr. Symington
1981Dark Night of the Scarecrow as Harless Hocker
1981Prince of the City as Tug Barnes
1980Honeysuckle Rose as Brag--Cotton's Manager
1979Over the Edge as Sloan
1978Blue Collar as Clarence Hill, Union Steward
1977Between the Lines as Roy Walsh
1976Network as Robert McDonough
1975Rooster Cogburn as Leroy
1973The Last American Hero as Rick Penny

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