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Also Known As: William Smitrovich Died:
Born: May 16, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, director, acting instructor, lab technician, restaurant manager, waiter, bouncer, bartender, cab driver

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Bill Smitrovich is tall, somewhat brawny, and looks like the average working guy--just the part he played in the ABC series "Life Goes On" (1989-93), which followed an American family trying to make ends meet and make a better life for themselves. Smitrovich's character, Drew Thacher, went from the assembly line to owning his own restaurant, only to see it burn to the ground.The actor was in his twenties when he discovered acting. While attending the University of Bridgeport, he played Lennie in a Stamford, CT, production of "Of Mice and Men" (1992) and was hooked. He then attended the prestigious Smith College Masters Program in Theatre and taught acting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before heading to New York in 1978 to appear Off-Broadway in the No Theatre Company's production of "The Elephant Man." After struggling for more work, he was chosen to understudy all 28 male roles for the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" at the Spoleto Festival. When the actor playing the lead became ill following the first night's performance, Smitrovich went on for three nights and so impressed Miller that he was chosen to play the lead in the Broadway run of the play. While TV...

Bill Smitrovich is tall, somewhat brawny, and looks like the average working guy--just the part he played in the ABC series "Life Goes On" (1989-93), which followed an American family trying to make ends meet and make a better life for themselves. Smitrovich's character, Drew Thacher, went from the assembly line to owning his own restaurant, only to see it burn to the ground.

The actor was in his twenties when he discovered acting. While attending the University of Bridgeport, he played Lennie in a Stamford, CT, production of "Of Mice and Men" (1992) and was hooked. He then attended the prestigious Smith College Masters Program in Theatre and taught acting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before heading to New York in 1978 to appear Off-Broadway in the No Theatre Company's production of "The Elephant Man." After struggling for more work, he was chosen to understudy all 28 male roles for the world premiere of Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" at the Spoleto Festival. When the actor playing the lead became ill following the first night's performance, Smitrovich went on for three nights and so impressed Miller that he was chosen to play the lead in the Broadway run of the play. While TV and film work followed, Smitrovich returned to the New York stage in 1989 as the restaurant worker beaten down by life in Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune."

For TV, Smitrovich made a pilot/TV-movie in 1980 called "The Day the Women Got Even," but his first role of note was in the pilot of "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984) as Scott Wheeler, Don Johnson's former partner who has gone sour in order to earn more money to help his crippled son. The pathos of the role helped build Smitrovich's profile in Hollywood and led to his casting as Detective Danny Krychek, one of the squad of zealous, hard-bitten cops, in "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88). "Life Goes On" followed and, despite a time slot opposite "60 Minutes" that kept it from every really being a ratings winner, lasted four season thanks to a loyal following and a host of strong storylines. The series also helped Smitrovich break into TV-movies. He was the father who wishes to adopt a boy who is divorcing his real parents in "Gregory K," the TV-movie based on the real-life case (ABC, 1993). Also that year, Smitrovich was Ann Jillian's stalwart husband who watches as she becomes pregnant with her son-in-law's sperm in order to give her daughter a baby in "Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story" (CBS). Smitrovich later co-starred in the miniseries "Texas Justice" (ABC, 1995). During the first season (1996-97), he was cast as the task force leader ferreting out criminals of the future on Fox's "Millennium."

His feature film work has not been as lasting. Smitrovich made his debut in 1983 playing the small role of a police officer in "Without a Trace." He had bits in "Splash" (1984) and "Maria's Lovers" (1985), as a bartender, before playing a co-starring role in "Band of the Hand" (1986). In 1989, he was a corrupt cop in "Renegades," was Uncle Dave to "The Phantom" (1996) and co-starred in David Koepp's directorial debut "The Trigger Effect" (also 1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Ted 2 (2015)
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 Ted (2012)
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 Rum Diary, The (2011)
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 Black Widow (2009)
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 Seven Pounds (2008)
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 Flash of Genius (2008)
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 Iron Man (2008)
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 Eagle Eye (2008)
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Played Lennie in a Stamford, CT, production of "Of Mice and Men"
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Taught acting at the University of Massachusetts
1978:
Made New York theatre debut in No Theatre Company production of "The Elephant Man"
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Was understudy for Spoleto Festival production of "The American Clock", then starred in Broadway production
1980:
Made first TV pilot, "The Day the Women Got Even"
1983:
Made film debut with small role in "Without a Trace"
1984:
Had key role in TV-movie pilot of "Miami Vice"
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Co-starred on "Crime Story"
1989:
Returned to the New York stage in "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune"
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Starred on "Life Goes On" (ABC)
1993:
Starred in TV-movie "Gregory K"
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Returned to series TV in "Millennium" (Fox)
2000:
Had featured role in the historical drama "Thirteen Days"
2000:
Appeared as Inspector Cramer on A&E's "Nero Wolfe"
2001:
Played recurring role of District Attorney Kenneth Walsh on ABC's "The Practice"
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Education

University of Bridgeport: Bridgeport , Connecticut - 1972
Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts - 1976

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wife:
Shaw Smitrovich.

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son:
Alexander John Smitrovich. Born c. 1987.
daughter:
Maya Smitrovich. Named for Maya Angelou; born c. 1991.

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