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Lane Smith

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

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Apr 29, 1936 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie Rang Rasiya 2014-11-07
Known For
Poster of Son in Law
Poster of My Cousin Vinny
Poster of Red Dawn
Poster of A Rumor of War
Movie Rang Rasiya Mr. Andrews 2014-11-07
Series Out of Order 2003-06-01
Movie WW 3 John Sullivan 2001-07-12
Series Bull Unknown 2000-08-15
Series DAG Unknown 2000-11-14
Series Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Movie Inherit the Wind Reverend Jeremiah Brown 1999-05-29
Series From the Earth to the Moon Emmett Seaborn 1998-04-05
Movie Getting Personal Psychiatrist 1998-06-13
Movie Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy Senator Silverthorne 1997-07-29
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Series The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Movie The Flight of the Dove Stephen Hahn 1996-02-01
Series Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
Movie The Scout Ron Wilson 1994-09-30
Movie Son in Law Walter Warner 1993-07-02
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Movie Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Perry White 1993-09-12
Series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Perry White 1993-09-12
Movie My Cousin Vinny Jim Trotter III 1992-03-13
Movie Duplicates Mr. Fryman 1992-03-18
Movie The Mighty Ducks Jack Reilly 1992-10-02
Movie The Distinguished Gentleman Dick Dodge 1992-12-04
Series Good Sports Unknown 1991-01-10
Movie False Arrest Martin Busey 1991-11-03
Series Good & Evil 1991-09-25
Movie Challenger Larry Mulloy 1990-02-25
Movie Air America Senator Davenport 1990-08-10
Movie Blind Vengeance Col. Blanchard 1990-08-22
Movie Night Game Whitty 1989-09-15
Movie The Final Days Richard Nixon 1989-10-29
Movie Killer Instinct Dr. Butler 1988-11-22
Movie Weeds Claude 1987-10-16
Movie Prison Warden Eaton Sharpe 1987-12-08
Movie Native Son Britton 1986-12-24
Series Kay O'Brien 1986-09-26
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Series MacGruder and Loud Unknown 1985-01-20
Series Hollywood Beat Unknown 1985-09-21
Series Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Terror at London Bridge Anson Whitfield 1985-11-22
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Something About Amelia Officer Dealy 1984-01-09
Movie Purple Hearts Cmdr. Markel 1984-03-30
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series V Nathan Bates 1984-10-26
Movie Red Dawn Mayor Bates 1984-08-10
Movie The American Snitch Chuck Maxwell 1983-01-01
Movie Special Bulletin Morton Sanders 1983-03-20
Series V Nathan Bates 1983-05-01
Series Chiefs Hoss Spence 1983-11-13
Movie Frances Dr. Symington 1982-12-03
Movie Prime Suspect Tom Keating 1982-01-20
Movie The Member of the Wedding Mr. Addams 1982-12-20
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow Harless Hocker 1981-10-24
Movie On the Nickel Preacher 1980-05-08
Movie Honeysuckle Rose Brag--Cotton's Manager 1980-07-18
Movie City in Fear Brian 1980-03-30
Series A Rumor of War Sgt. Willliam Holgren 1980-09-24
Movie The Georgia Peaches Randolph Dukane 1980-11-08
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie The Solitary Man Jack Collins 1979-10-09
Movie Over the Edge Sloan 1979-11-02
Movie Disaster on the Coastliner John Carlson 1979-10-29
Movie Blue Collar Clarence Hill, Union Steward 1978-02-10
Movie On the Yard Blake 1978-09-16
Movie A Death in Canaan Bob Hartman 1978-03-01
Movie Between the Lines Roy Walsh 1977-04-27
Movie The Displaced Person Mr. Shortley 1977-04-12
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Movie Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Tyler 1976-04-22
Movie Network Robert McDonough 1976-11-01
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Rooster Cogburn Leroy 1975-10-17
Movie Valley Forge 1975-12-03
Movie Man on a Swing Ted Ronan 1974-02-24
Series The Rockford Files CIA Agent Donnegan 1974-09-13
Movie The Last American Hero Rick Penny 1973-01-01
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Unholy Matrimony Partygoer 1966-01-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24