William Smith

William Smith

Mar. 24th, 1933
Born in
Columbia, Missouri, USA
6' 2

William Smith's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction TV Show
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Laredo TV Show
Movin' On TV Show
Movin' On
Logan's Run TV Show
Logan's Run
Planet of the Apes TV Show
Planet of the Apes
Rich Man, Poor Man TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers TV Show
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Guns of Will Sonnett TV Show
The Guns of Will Sonnett
Death Valley Days TV Show
Death Valley Days
Wildside TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II
The Second Hundred Years TV Show
The Second Hundred Years
Mr. Lucky TV Show
Mr. Lucky
The Farmer's Daughter TV Show
The Farmer's Daughter
Bronk TV Show
Supercarrier TV Show
The Asphalt Jungle TV Show
The Asphalt Jungle
Zero One (UK) TV Show
Zero One (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1934, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he was eight, through young adulthood, Bill appeared in many movies as an extra (uncredited). After high school, he joined the Air Force and served during the Korean War and received a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in action. He studied at the University of Munich, and Syracuse University. He graduated cum laude at UCLA. Bill would go on to become one of Hollywood's best-known character actors, with over 300 TV and movie credits. On TV he played in many westerns (did his own horseback riding), cop and sci-fi shows. He's best remembered for appearing in "Batman" (1966) as, appropriately, Adonis in the last episode. He was a series regular in "Hawaii Five-O" (1968), where he played Det. James "Kimo" Carew (the episode with Cathy Lee Crosby, "The Kahuna," drew particularly high ratings). On the big screen, Bill is legendary for biker flicks (he does his own motorcycle riding). His first biker flick, Run, Angel, Run! (1969), was shot in 13 days for under $100,000--and made $13 million! This was followed by Angels Die Hard (1970). These early, ground-breaking features defined the genre, and would be imitated endlessly (but never duplicated). In the early 1970s, Bill got into horror films--playing a vampire slayer in Grave of the Vampire (1974)--and science fiction, in the camp classic Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), where he fought killer insect-women wearing sunglasses. Just about everybody's favorite William Smith movie, though, is Any Which Way You Can (1980), where as a bare-knuckle brawler he had a knock-down, drag-out fight with Clint Eastwood that wrecked about half the town. Tougher than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill played his dad in Conan the Barbarian (1982), and was one of the few actors in the wildly popular, but critically lambasted, youth-oriented Red Dawn (1984) to receive any recognition from critics. He was in what could be called a textbook example of low-budget, campy sci-fi, Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988). Just about everybody who has ever worked with Bill speaks highly of him. He's educated, intelligent and energetic. A true legend in the business, Bill's acting career is still going strong in 2006, well into the 64th year of his career.

  • Competed as a downhill skier in AAU events at Mammoth Mountain
  • 'Bruce Lee (I)' (qv) personally offered Smith the co-lead in _Enter the Dragon (1973)_ (qv), but another film went over schedule and 'John Saxon' (qv) stepped into the role.
  • Direct descendant of Western figures Kit Carson and Daniel Boone.
  • Worked as a trainer at Bert Goodrich's Hollywood Gym
  • He was the Marlboro Man in the final televised Marlboro commercial.
  • Graduated UCLA Cum Laude.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Academy of Bodybuilding and Fitness
  • Threw the discus 151 feet at a time when the top AAU distance was 150.6 feet.

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