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Also Known As: Kurtwood Larson Smith Died:
Born: July 3, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher

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Supporting actor Kurtwood Smith initially gained recognition as cold-blooded killer Clarence Boddicker in the sci-fi action movie "RoboCop" (1988), although it was for his portrayals of gruff, no-nonsense fathers - most notably "Red" Foreman on "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006) - that Smith would be best known for. After earning acclaim on the theater stages of California for a number of years, Smith gradually began to break into film and television with minor roles in features such as "Zoot Suit" (1981) and "Staying Alive" (1983), as well as the miniseries "North & South: Book II" (ABC, 1986). Audiences sat up and took notice, however, with his deliciously evil turn as the sociopathic Boddicker in "RoboCop" - a role that provided Smith with some of the best lines of dialogue in the movie. He convincingly played stern patriarchs in the films "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "To Die For" (1995), effectively laying the groundwork for the other major role of his career. Smith struck just the right balance as the hard-as-nails dad with the heart-of-gold on the period sitcom "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006), opposite young rising stars Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Post "'70s Show" Smith...

Supporting actor Kurtwood Smith initially gained recognition as cold-blooded killer Clarence Boddicker in the sci-fi action movie "RoboCop" (1988), although it was for his portrayals of gruff, no-nonsense fathers - most notably "Red" Foreman on "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006) - that Smith would be best known for. After earning acclaim on the theater stages of California for a number of years, Smith gradually began to break into film and television with minor roles in features such as "Zoot Suit" (1981) and "Staying Alive" (1983), as well as the miniseries "North & South: Book II" (ABC, 1986). Audiences sat up and took notice, however, with his deliciously evil turn as the sociopathic Boddicker in "RoboCop" - a role that provided Smith with some of the best lines of dialogue in the movie. He convincingly played stern patriarchs in the films "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "To Die For" (1995), effectively laying the groundwork for the other major role of his career. Smith struck just the right balance as the hard-as-nails dad with the heart-of-gold on the period sitcom "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006), opposite young rising stars Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Post "'70s Show" Smith worked steadily in efforts like the comedy feature "Cedar Rapids" (2011), remaining one of the more sought after, dexterous character actors in the industry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Turbo (2013)
2.
 Hitchcock (2012)
3.
 Cedar Rapids (2011)
4.
 Entry Level (2009)
5.
 Hard Scrambled (2006)
6.
 Teddy Bear's Picnic (2002) Secretary Of Transportation William Easler
7.
 Lonely Place (2001)
8.
 Girl, Interrupted (1999) Doctor Crumble
9.
 Deep Impact (1998) Otis Hefter
10.
 Bright Shining Lie, A (1998) General William Westmoreland
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Raised in the San Fernando Valley
1969:
Taught acting at Canada College in Redwood, CA
:
Performed leading roles with California Shakespeare Festival (including "Hamlet" and "The Taming of the Shrew")
:
Was a company member of the California Actors Theatre in Los Gatos, CA
1980:
Made screen debut as a security guard in "Roadie"
1981:
TV-movie debut, "Murder in Texas" (NBC)
1983:
Appeared as skeptical police captain on ABC series "The Renegades"
1986:
Made miniseries debut in "North and South: Book II" (ABC)
1987:
Played the diabolical Mr. Sue on "The New Adventures of Bean Baxter" (Fox)
1988:
Had key villainous role in "Robocop"
1989:
Played the anal retentive father to Robert Sean Leonard in "Dead Poets Society"
1993:
Cast as regular on "Big Wave Dave's" (CBS)
1995:
Portrayed Nicole Kidman's father in "To Die For"
1998:
Cast as Red Forman on the popular Fox sitcom "That '70s Show"
1999:
Played a psychiatrist in "Girl, Interrupted"
2006:
Landed recurring guest role on "Medium" (NBC, CBS)
2009:
Cast as Senator Blaine Mayer on Fox action drama "24"
2012:
Cast in biographical drama "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins
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Education

San Jose State College: San Jose , California - 1966
Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1969

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wife:
Cecilia Souza. Married on June 10, 1964; divorced in 1974.
wife:
Joan Pirkle. Actor. Married on November 5, 1988.

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father:
George Smith.
mother:
Mabel Annette Lund.
child:
Shannon Smith. Mother, Cecilia Souza.
daughter:
Laurel Smith. Mother, Cecilia Souza.
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