38 (passed away Feb. 15th, 2002)
Mar. 16th, 1963
Auckland, New Zealand
6' 2 1/2"
Kevin Smith's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles
He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his early childhood there. His family moved to the small rural town of Timaru in New Zealand's South Island when he was 11. During high school, he began playing in rock-and-roll bands, but never aspired to a career as an actor. He had a passion for rugby and his dream was to play for the All Blacks, New Zealand's world-famous rugby team. At 17, Smith moved to Christchurch and worked at various jobs before enrolling in Canterbury University at the age of 20. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sue, and stumbled into acting literally by accident when he suffered a concussion playing college rugby in 1987. He was forced to sit on the sidelines for nearly three weeks and during that period, Sue saw a casting call ad for the touring company of Are You Lonesome Tonight, the musical tribute to Elvis Presley, and signed Kevin up for an audition. He landed the part of one of the bodyguards and was understudy to the lead. He played in a number of alternative rock bands in New Zealand, including being one of the lead singers of The Wide Lapels, a local band which inspired rave reviews and a devoted following for its camp renderings of the worst songs of the '70s -- songs like Take a Letter, Maria, Tell Laura I Love Her and Billy, Don't be a Hero -- which qualify for the group's repertoire on the basis of having bad lyrics that don't get better with time. Kevin and his wife Sue resided in Auckland. They had three sons together: Oscar, Tyrone and Willard.
- Got into acting when his wife saw a casting call while he was sidelined by a concussion during the rugby season.
- For his last film appearance as Valdemar in the adaptation of Phillip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld", his voice was overdubbed.
- From 1998 to 1999, he played the same recurring character, Ares, on three different series simultaneously: _"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (1995)_ (qv), _"Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995)_ (qv) and _"Young Hercules" (1998)_ (qv).
- Children, Oscar, Tyrone, Willard
- His mother is Tongan and his father is a white New Zealander
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