William Smith

William Smith

  • Born on
    • March 24th, 1933
  • Died on
    • July 5th, 2021
William Smith was an American film and television actor who appeared in more than 300 feature films and television productions, best known for playing Anthony Falconetti on the TV mini series "Rich Man, Poor Man". He held a BA from Syracuse and an MA in Russian Studies from UCLA. Born in Columbia, Missouri, Smith began his acting career at the age of eight in 1942; he entered films as a child actor in such films as The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Song of Bernadette and Meet Me in St. Louis. He was a regular on the 1961 ABC television series The Asphalt Jungle, portraying police Sergeant Danny Keller. One of his earliest leading roles was as Joe Riley, a Texas Ranger on the NBC western series Laredo. In 1967, Smith guest starred as Jude Bonner on James Arness's long-lived western Gunsmoke. Smith was cast as John Richard Parker, brother of Cynthia Ann Parker, both taken hostage in Texas by the Comanche, in the 1969 episode "The Understanding" of the syndicated television series Death Valley Days, which was hosted by Robert Taylor. In the story line, Parker contracts the plague, is left for dead by his fellow Comanche warriors, and is rescued by his future Mexican wife, Yolanda (Emily Banks). He played outlaw turned temporary sheriff Hendry Brown in the 1969 episode "The Restless Man". In that story line, Brown takes the job of sheriff to tame a lawless town, begins to court a young woman (again played by Emily Banks), but soon returns to his deadly outlaw ways in search of bigger thrills. On Gunsmoke, Smith appeared in a 1972 episode, "Hostage!"; his character beats and rapes Amanda Blake's character Miss Kitty Russell and shoots her twice in the back. Smith has been described as the "greatest bad-guy character actor of our time".

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Acting (49 Credits)

2020Irresistible as Hofbrau Bar Fly
2003Zombiegeddon as Lord Zombie
1998Broken Vessels as Bo
1997The Shooter as Jerry Krants
1996Uncle Sam as Major
1994Maverick as Riverboat Poker Player
1992American Me as Deacon
1989Memorial Valley Massacre as Gen. Mintz
1989Action U.S.A. as Conover
1988Hell Comes to Frogtown as Captain Devlin / Count Sodom
1988Maniac Cop as Captain Ripley
1988Platoon Leader as Major Flynn
1988The Phantom Empire as Dr. Chambers
1987Bulletproof as Russian Major
1986Eye of the Tiger as Blade
1985The Mean Season as Albert O'Shaughnessy
1984Red Dawn as Strelnikov
1983Rumble Fish as Patterson the Cop
1983The Outsiders as Store Clerk
1982Conan the Barbarian as Conan's Father
1980Any Which Way You Can as Jack Wilson
1979Fast Company as Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson
1979Seven as Drew
1979The Frisco Kid as Matt Diggs
1977Twilight's Last Gleaming as Hoxey
1976Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II as Falconetti
1975The Ultimate Warrior as Carrot
1974Boss Nigger as Jed Clayton
1973Invasion of the Bee Girls as Neil Agar
1973The Deadly Trackers as Schoolboy
1973The Last American Hero as Kyle Kingman
1972Grave of the Vampire as James Eastman
1972Piranha as Caribe
1972Hammer as Brenner
1972The Thing with Two Heads as Hysterical Condemned Man
1970The Losers as Link Thomas
1970C.C. & Company as Moon
1970Darker Than Amber as Terry
1969The Over-the-Hill Gang as Amos (as Bill Smith)
1968Hawaii Five-O
1965Laredo as Joe Riley
1964Mail Order Bride as Lank
1961Atlantis: The Lost Continent as Captain of the Guard
1959The Mating Game as Barney
1959Never So Few as MP Officer #1 (uncredited)
1948The Boy with Green Hair as Boy (uncredited)
1945A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as Boy (uncredited)
1944Going My Way as Choir Member (uncredited)
1942The Ghost of Frankenstein as Vasarian Boy (uncredited)

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