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Also Known As: Frank Kent Smith Died: April 23, 1985
Born: March 19, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A would-be leading man, Kent Smith was a dependable actor who had a distinguished career but never really achieved star status. A venerable theater performer, he made his Broadway debut in 1932 and went on to appear in "Saint Joan" and "Antony and Cleopatra" among other productions. His film career began in 1936 with an unmemorable role in "The Garden Murder Case," but it was in the horror film "Cat People" that he first gained notice. The cult favorite from 1942 was directed by Jacques Tourneur and featured Smith as Oliver Reed, a man married to a woman who is part feline. He also starred in the less successful sequel, "The Curse of the Cat People," two years later. Smith would often play the friend of the leading man or an unsuccessful suitor, as he did in 1949's "The Fountainhead," when he was the fiancé of Patricia Neal's character. He appeared alongside many of the era's biggest stars, such as Ethel Barrymore in "The Spiral Staircase" and Susan Hayward in "My Foolish Heart." As he aged Smith became a character actor and increasingly appeared on TV. He had a recurring role on the late-'60s sci-fi series "The Invaders" and played Dr. Robert Morton on over 50 episodes of the primetime soap opera...

A would-be leading man, Kent Smith was a dependable actor who had a distinguished career but never really achieved star status. A venerable theater performer, he made his Broadway debut in 1932 and went on to appear in "Saint Joan" and "Antony and Cleopatra" among other productions. His film career began in 1936 with an unmemorable role in "The Garden Murder Case," but it was in the horror film "Cat People" that he first gained notice. The cult favorite from 1942 was directed by Jacques Tourneur and featured Smith as Oliver Reed, a man married to a woman who is part feline. He also starred in the less successful sequel, "The Curse of the Cat People," two years later. Smith would often play the friend of the leading man or an unsuccessful suitor, as he did in 1949's "The Fountainhead," when he was the fiancé of Patricia Neal's character. He appeared alongside many of the era's biggest stars, such as Ethel Barrymore in "The Spiral Staircase" and Susan Hayward in "My Foolish Heart." As he aged Smith became a character actor and increasingly appeared on TV. He had a recurring role on the late-'60s sci-fi series "The Invaders" and played Dr. Robert Morton on over 50 episodes of the primetime soap opera "Peyton Place."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Die Sister Die (1978)
2.
 Disappearance Of Flight 412 (1974) General Enright
3.
 Murder or Mercy (1974) Judge
4.
 Cat Creature, The (1973) Frank Lucas
5.
 Judge and Jake Wyler, The (1972) Robert Dodd
6.
 Search (1972) Dr Laurent
7.
 Night Stalker, The (1972) Da Tom Payne
8.
 Snoop Sisters, The (1972) Warren Packer
9.
 Crooked Hearts, The (1972) James Simpson
10.
 Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) Father Keating
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge, Massachusetts -

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wife:
Edith Atwater. Actor. Second wife, married 1962.

Contributions

albatros1 ( 2007-09-27 )

Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Kent Smith (March 19, 1907 – April 23, 1985) was an American actor who had a lengthy career in film, theater and television. Born Frank Kent Smith in New York, New York, Smith made his acting debut on Broadway in 1932 in Men Must Fight and after spending a few years there, moved to Hollywood, California where he made his film debut in The Garden Murder Case. Initially he was groomed to play leading roles in "B" pictures, usually as solid and dependable types, or as the friend or rival for the heroine's affections in more prestigious films. As he aged quickly, turning grey quite young, he moved into character roles. His biggest successes occurred during the 1940s in films such as Cat People (1942), Hitler's Children (1943), This Land is Mine (1943), Youth Runs Wild (1944), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Spiral Staircase, (1946), Nora Prentiss (1947), Magic Town (1947), The Fountainhead (1949), My Foolish Heart (1949) and The Damned Don't Cry! (1950). He continued acting in supporting roles from the 1950s and made his final film appearance in Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). On Broadway he achieved success in Dodsworth (1934), Saint Joan (1936), Old Acquaintance (1941), Antony and Cleopatra (1948), and Bus Stop (1956). His numerous television credits include a continuing role in the soap opera Peyton Place as well as featured roles in the made for television movies The Night Stalker and The Snoop Sisters (both 1972). He began guest starring in television series in 1949 in The Philco Playhouse and also appeared in Robert Montgomery Presents, Wagon Train, General Electric Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, Have Gun Will Travel, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Barnaby Jones and The Invaders. His last appearance was in a 1977 episode of Wonder Woman. He was married to the actress Betty Gillette from 1937 until 1954, and to the actress Edith Atwater from 1962 until his death. He died from congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 78

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