William Smith

William Smith

  • Birthday: 1933-03-24
  • Deathday: 2021-07-05
  • Place of birth: Columbia, Missouri, USA
  • Also know as: William E. Smith

Biography

William Smith was an American film and television actor who 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 held 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".

Filmography

The Outsiders

1983

As Store Clerk

Rumble Fish

1983

As Patterson the Cop

Red Dawn

1984

As Strelnikov

The Ghost of Frankenstein

1942

As Boy (uncredited)

L.A. Vice

1989

As Capt. Joe Wilkes

Jungle Assault

1989

As General Mitchell

Spirit of the Eagle

1991

As Hatchett

Hell Comes to Frogtown

1988

As Captain Devlin / Count Sodom

The Ultimate Warrior

1975

As Carrot

Maverick

1994

As Riverboat Poker Player

Conan the Barbarian

1982

As Conan's Father

Uncle Sam

1996

As Major

Boss Nigger

1975

As Jed Clayton

Invasion of the Bee Girls

1973

As Neil Agar

Eye of the Tiger

1986

As Blade

Zombiegeddon

2003

As Lord Zombie

Deadly Memories

2002

As Sheriff Taggart

The Phantom Empire

1987

As Dr. Chambers

Feast

1992

As Det. George Bordelli

Grave of the Vampire

1972

As James Eastman

Rapturious

2007

As Sheriff

The Thing with Two Heads

1972

As Hysterical Condemned Man

The Swinging Barmaids

1975

As Harry

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

1961

As Captain of the Guard

Voices from the Graves

2006

As Lester Jiggs

Moon in Scorpio

1987

As Burt

Big Sister 2000

1995

As The Man

Hollywood Cops

1997

As Rinaldi

Hollywood Man

1976

As Rafe Stoker

Angels Die Hard

1970

As Tim

Fast Company

1979

As Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson

The Frisco Kid

1979

As Matt Diggs

Any Which Way You Can

1980

As Jack Wilson

Darker Than Amber

1970

As Terry

Inner Rage

2006

As Sam

C.C. and Company

1970

As Moon

Blackjack

1978

As Andy Mayfield (as Bill Smith)

Hammer

1972

As Brenner

Black Samson

1974

As Johnny Nappa

The Final Sanction

1990

As Maj. Galashkin

Memorial Valley Massacre

1989

As Gen. Mintz

Run, Angel, Run!

1969

As Angel

Sweet Jesus, Preacherman

1973

As Martelli

Action U.S.A.

1989

As Conover

Piranha

1972

As Caribe

The Roller Blade Seven

1991

As Pharoah

Seven

1979

As Drew

Scorchy

1976

As Carl Henrich

GetEven

1993

As Normad

The Losers

1970

As Link Thomas

Empire of Ash III

1990

As Lucas

Backtrack!

1969

As Texas Ranger Joe Riley (archive footage)

Terror In Beverly Hills

1989

As President

Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'

2000

As Conan's Father (archive footage)

The Deadly Trackers

1973

As Schoolboy

Cybernator

1991

As Colonel Peck

Mail Order Bride

1964

As Lank

Dr. Minx

1975

As Gus Dolan

God Has a Rap Sheet

2003

As Lucifer

Commando Squad

1987

As Morgan Denny

Blood & Guts

1978

As Dan O'Neil

Instant Karma

1990

As Pop

Bulletproof

1988

As Russian Major

The Shooter

1997

As Jerry Krants

Maniac Cop

1988

As Captain Ripley

Hell to Pay

2005

As Emil Brax

Never So Few

1959

As MP Officer #1

Hell on the Battleground

1987

As Colonel Meredith

B.O.R.N.

1989

As Dr. Farley

The Mating Game

1959

As Barney

Runaway, Runaway

1971

As Frank

American Me

1992

As Deacon

Taken Alive

1994

As L.E.

The Last Riders

1992

As Hammer

The Rock 'n Roll Cops

2003

As Rinaldi

Deadly Breed

1989

As Captain

The Man Hunter

1972

As Clel Bocock

Evil Altar

1988

As Reed Weller

The Last American Hero

1973

As Kyle Kingman

Broken Vessels

1998

As Bo

Kiss and Be Killed

1991

As Det. Murdoch

Cartel

1990

As Mason

Merchant of Evil

1991

As Victor Fortunetti

Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story

2007

As Man with Machine Gun

Three Guns for Texas

1968

As Texas Ranger Joe Riley

Platoon Leader

1988

As Major Flynn

Killer Story

2004

As Monty

Red Nights

1988

As Phillip

Shadow of the Dragon

1992

As Eric Brunner

The Mean Season

1985

As Albert O'Shaughnessy

The Badd One

1987

As Badd

Wasteland Justice

1999

As Moon

Vice

2005

As Spooky Harlow

Never Look Back

2000

As Lee Clayton

Heat of Las Vegas

1998

As Mario Verelli

Doses of Horror

2018

As Neil Agar ("A Dose of Bee Stings" segment) (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Jerk, Too

1984

As Suicide

Raw Energy

1996

As Sam Stompkins

Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang

1982

As Monk Hardwick

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

1945

As Boy (uncredited)

Manosaurus

1994

As Sheriff Todd

The Boneyard Collection

2008

As Bill, the First Director (segment "Her Morbid Desires")

Dark Secrets

1992

As Robert

Crackle of Death

1976

As Shaman Jim Elkhorn

Irresistible

2020

As Hofbrau Bar Fly

Prologue to Wounded Knee

1973

As Camper John Allen

Slow Burn

1989

As Antonio Scarpelli

The Over the Hill Gang

1969

As Amos (as Bill Smith)

The Boy with Green Hair

1948

As Boy (uncredited)

Neon Signs

1996

As Clyde

Eagle's Law

1988

As

Fever Pitch

1985

As Panama Hat

East L.A. Warriors

1989

As Martelli

The Sex Symbol

1974

As Butch Wischnewski

Rock n' Roll Cops Lite

2014

As Rinaldi (archive footage)

Policewomen

1974

As Karate Instructor

The Colony

1996

As Theo Maxwell

Gilda

1946

As Man (uncredited)

The Rebels

1979

As John Waverly

Meet Me in St. Louis

1944

As Little Boy (uncredited)

Going My Way

1944

As Choir Member (uncredited)

Y.M.I.

2004

As Cal

Girls Town

1959

As Man (uncredited)

Forgotten Heroes

1990

As General Gregori Zelenkov

36 Hours

1964

As Guy (uncredited)

Production

Prologue to Wounded Knee

1973

As Producer

Hollywood Man

1976

As Writer

Hollywood Man

1976

As Producer

Nam a la caza del tigre

0000

As Director

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