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William Smith

William Smith is an American film and television actor who has 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 holds 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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Mar 24, 1933 In Columbia, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Ghost of Frankenstein 1942-03-13
Latest Project:
Movie Manosaurus 2022
Known For
Poster of Greed
Poster of Paddington
Poster of Feast
Poster of Conan the Barbarian
Movie Manosaurus Sheriff Todd 2022
Movie Greed Teacher 2020-02-21
Movie Irresistible Hofbrau Bar Fly 2020-07-01
Movie Doses of Horror Neil Agar ("A Dose of Bee Stings" segment) (archive footage) (uncredited) 2018-01-05
Movie Hampstead Leon Rowlands 2017-06-23
Movie Paddington Geographer (Present Day) 2014-11-24
Movie In the Loop New Advisor 2009-01-22
Movie Her Morbid Desires Bill, the Director 2009-02-15
Movie The Boneyard Collection Bill, the First Director (segment "Her Morbid Desires") 2008-01-01
Movie The Rise of the Nutters Phil Smith 2007-07-01
Movie Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story Man with Machine Gun 2007-02-20
Movie Rapturious Sheriff 2007-10-02
Movie Voices from the Graves Lester Jiggs 2006-01-01
Movie Inner Rage Sam 2006-01-01
Movie Hell to Pay Emil Brax 2005-08-12
Movie Vice Spooky Harlow 2005-10-25
Movie Killer Story Monty 2004-03-09
Movie The Rock 'n Roll Cops Rinaldi 2003-08-18
Movie God Has a Rap Sheet Lucifer 2003-05-07
Movie Zombiegeddon Lord Zombie 2003-07-12
Movie Deadly Memories Sheriff Taggart 2002-01-01
Movie The Vampire Hunters Club Johnny 2001-02-01
Movie The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula Count Dracula 2001-08-20
Movie Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Conan's Father (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Never Look Back Unknown 2000-03-31
Movie Wasteland Justice Unknown 1999-01-01
Movie Debbie Does Damnation Unknown 1999-11-02
Movie Heat of Las Vegas Mario Verelli 1998-01-23
Movie Blood of His Own Unknown 1998-12-31
Movie Broken Vessels Bo 1998-04-18
Movie Doublecross on Costa's Island L. E. 1997-01-01
Movie The Shooter Jerry Krants 1997-10-23
Movie Hollywood Cops Rinaldi 1997-01-01
Movie Raw Energy Sam Stompkins 1996-01-01
Movie Uncle Sam Major 1996-01-01
Movie Big Sister 2000 The Man 1995-01-01
Movie Taken Alive L.E. 1994-05-12
Series Due South Harold Geiger 1994-09-22
Movie Maverick Riverboat Poker Player 1994-05-20
Movie Return of the Roller Blade Seven Pharoah 1993-04-15
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Movie Road to Revenge Normad 1993-09-24
Movie Legend of The Roller Blade Seven Pharoah 1993-06-25
Movie Feast Det. George Bordelli 1992-01-01
Movie Dark Secrets Robert 1992-01-01
Movie American Me Deacon 1992-03-13
Movie Shadow of the Dragon Eric Brunner 1992-01-01
Movie The Last Riders Hammer 1992-02-01
Movie Merchant of Evil Victor Fortunetti 1991-01-01
Movie Spirit of the Eagle Hatchett 1991-01-01
Movie The Roller Blade Seven Pharoah 1991-09-06
Movie Kiss and Be Killed Det. Murdoch 1991-01-01
Movie Cybernator Colonel Peck 1991-07-05
Movie Instant Karma Pop 1990-04-27
Movie Emperor of the Bronx Fitz 1990-06-01
Movie Cartel Mason 1990-06-14
Movie The Final Sanction Maj. Galashkin 1990-11-30
Series Shades of L.A. Unknown 1990-10-10
Movie Empire of Ash III Lucas 1990-06-26
Movie Terror In Beverly Hills President 1989-08-26
Movie Deadly Breed Captain 1989-07-20
Movie L.A. Vice Capt. Joe Wilkes 1989-10-01
Movie Slow Burn Antonio Scarpelli 1989-12-31
Movie Action U.S.A. Conover 1989-10-14
Movie Jungle Assault General Mitchell 1989-10-18
Movie Memorial Valley Massacre Gen. Mintz 1988-01-01
Movie B.O.R.N. Dr. Farley 1988-01-01
Movie Hell Comes to Frogtown Captain Devlin / Count Sodom 1988-01-01
Movie The Phantom Empire Dr. Chambers 1988-01-01
Movie Evil Altar Reed Weller 1988-01-01
Movie Platoon Leader Major Flynn 1988-10-01
Series Supercarrier Unknown 1988-03-06
Movie Maniac Cop Captain Ripley 1988-05-13
Movie Red Nights Phillip 1988-05-12
Movie Bulletproof Russian Major 1988-04-20
Movie Moon in Scorpio Burt 1987-01-01
Movie The Badd One Badd 1987-01-01
Movie Commando Squad Morgan Denny 1987-06-01
Movie Hell on the Battleground Colonel Meredith 1987-04-01
Movie Eye of the Tiger Blade 1986-07-07
Movie The Mean Season Albert O'Shaughnessy 1985-02-15
Series Wildside Unknown 1985-03-21
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Series Airwolf Patterson 1984-01-22
Movie The Jerk, Too Suicide 1984-01-06
Movie Red Dawn Strelnikov 1984-08-10
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Series The A-Team Dimitri Shasta Kovich 1983-01-23
Movie The Outsiders Store Clerk 1983-03-25
Series The Yellow Rose Unknown 1983-10-02
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Series Masquerade Unknown 1983-12-15
Movie Rumble Fish Patterson the Cop 1983-10-20
Series T. J. Hooker Unknown 1982-03-13
Movie Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang Monk Hardwick 1982-01-16
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Knight Rider Harold T. Turner 1982-09-26
Movie Conan the Barbarian Conan's Father 1982-04-02
Series The Fall Guy Unknown 1981-11-04
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie Any Which Way You Can Jack Wilson 1980-12-17
Movie The Frisco Kid Matt Diggs 1979-07-06
Movie Seven Drew 1979-09-07
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Movie Fast Company Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson 1979-05-18
Series Benson Unknown 1979-09-13
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century The Trebor 1979-09-20
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie Blood & Guts Dan O'Neil 1978-09-15
Movie Blackjack Andy Mayfield (as Bill Smith) 1978-11-01
Movie Twilight's Last Gleaming Hoxey 1977-02-09
Series CHiPs Stan 1977-09-15
Series Logan's Run Unknown 1977-09-16
Series The Oregon Trail Unknown 1977-09-21
Series Rich Man, Poor Man Falconetti 1976-02-01
Movie Crackle of Death Unknown 1976-03-28
Series City of Angels Unknown 1976-02-03
Series Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II Falconetti 1976-09-21
Movie Hollywood Man Rafe Stoker 1976-10-01
Movie Scorchy Carl Henrich 1976-10-08
Movie The Swinging Barmaids Harry 1975-07-15
Series S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Movie Boss Nigger Jed Clayton 1975-08-17
Series Bronk Unknown 1975-09-21
Movie The Ultimate Warrior Carrot 1975-10-02
Movie Dr. Minx Gus Dolan 1975-11-01
Movie Black Samson Johnny Nappa 1974-08-14
Series The Six Million Dollar Man Cmdr. Maxwell 1974-01-18
Series Movin' On Unknown 1974-05-08
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Planet of the Apes Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series The Rockford Files Jerry Grimes 1974-09-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie The Last American Hero Kyle Kingman 1973-01-01
Movie Prologue to Wounded Knee Camper John Allen 1973-04-27
Movie Sweet Jesus, Preacherman Martelli 1973-05-25
Movie The Deadly Trackers Schoolboy 1973-12-21
Movie Invasion of the Bee Girls Neil Agar 1973-06-01
Movie The Thing with Two Heads Hysterical Condemned Man 1972-07-19
Movie Hammer Brenner 1972-07-04
Movie Piranha, Piranha Caribe 1972-01-01
Movie The Manhunter Clel Bocock 1972-03-20
Movie Grave of the Vampire James Eastman 1972-08-23
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie Runaway, Runaway Frank 1971-05-17
Movie Chrome and Hot Leather T.J. 1971-09-29
Series Columbo Nichols 1971-09-15
Movie The Losers Link Thomas 1970-06-08
Movie Angels Die Hard Tim 1970-07-08
Movie Darker Than Amber Terry 1970-08-14
Movie C.C. and Company Moon 1970-10-14
Movie Run, Angel, Run! Angel 1969-04-18
Movie Backtrack! Texas Ranger Joe Riley (archive footage) 1969-05-26
Movie Three Guns for Texas Texas Ranger Joe Riley 1968-10-31
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Julia Unknown 1968-09-17
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Here Come the Brides Unknown 1968-09-25
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series Laredo Joe Riley 1965-09-16
Series I Dream of Jeannie Turk 1965-09-18
Movie Mail Order Bride Lank 1964-03-10
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Zero One Jimmy Delaney 1962-10-03
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series The Asphalt Jungle Unknown 1961-04-02
Movie Atlantis: The Lost Continent Captain of the Guard 1961-05-03
Movie The Mating Game Barney 1959-04-29
Series Mr. Lucky Unknown 1959-10-24
Movie Never So Few MP Officer #1 (uncredited) 1959-12-07
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Series Death Valley Days Dan Turner 1952-10-01
Movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boy (uncredited) 1945-02-28
Movie Going My Way Choir Member (uncredited) 1944-05-15
Movie The Ghost of Frankenstein Vasarian Boy (uncredited) 1942-03-13