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Art Smith

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Arthur Gordon "Art" Smith (March 23, 1899 – February 24, 1973) was an American film, stage and television actor, best known for playing supporting roles in the 1940s. Born in Chicago, he was a member of the Group Theatre and performed in many of their productions, including Rocket to the Moon, Awake and Sing!, Golden Boy and Waiting for Lefty, all by Clifford Odets; House of Connelly by Paul Green; and Sidney Kingsley's Men in White. The gray-haired actor usually played studious and dignified types in films, such as doctors or butlers. Smith appeared in many black-and-white noirish films in supporting roles alongside more handsome and popular movie leads, such as John Garfield in Body and Soul (1947) and Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place (1950). He had a key role as a federal agent in 1947's Ride the Pink Horse, starring and directed by Robert Montgomery. Two of these films, In a Lonely Place and Ride a Pink Horse, were based on novels by Dorothy B. Hughes. Smith was one of the victims of the Hollywood blacklist, which ended most of his film career in 1952. In 1957, he originated the role of Doc in the stage version of West Side Story. Smith only returned occasionally to the film business, for example in an uncredited part in The Hustler. He also worked on television before retiring in 1967. He died, aged 73, in Long Island, New York, from a heart attack.

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Mar 23, 1899 In Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Native Land 1942-05-11
Latest Project:
Movie Warlock 1989-06-01
Known For
Poster of Lux Video Theatre
Poster of In a Lonely Place
Poster of Lights Out
Poster of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Movie Warlock Scribe 1989-06-01
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Movie Just for You Leo 1952-09-27
Movie The Painted Hills Pilot Pete 1951-05-04
Movie In a Lonely Place Agent Mel Lippman 1950-05-17
Movie Quicksand Oren Mackey 1950-03-24
Movie The Next Voice You Hear... Fred Brannan 1950-06-29
Movie The Killer That Stalked New York Anthony Moss 1950-10-06
Movie The Sound of Fury Hal Clendenning 1950-12-12
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie South of St. Louis Bronco 1949-03-06
Movie Manhandled Detective Lt. Bill Dawson 1949-05-25
Movie Caught Psychiatrist 1949-02-17
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie Song of Surrender Mr. Willis 1949-10-27
Movie Arch of Triumph Inspector 1948-02-17
Movie Letter from an Unknown Woman John 1948-04-28
Movie Angel in Exile Emie Coons 1948-10-20
Movie Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Dr. Harvey 1948-08-11
Movie Brute Force Dr. Walters 1947-07-10
Movie Framed Desk Clerk (uncredited) 1947-05-25
Movie Ride the Pink Horse Bill Retz 1947-10-08
Movie Body and Soul David Davis (uncredited) 1947-11-11
Movie T-Men Gregg 1947-12-25
Movie A Double Life Wigmaker 1947-12-25
Movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Charley (uncredited) 1945-02-28
Movie None Shall Escape Stys 1944-02-03
Movie Edge of Darkness Knut Osterholm 1943-04-09
Movie Education for Death Narrator 1943-01-15
Movie Native Land Harry Carlyle 1942-05-11