Kent Smith


Actor
Kent Smith

About

Also Known As
Frank Kent Smith
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
March 19, 1907
Died
April 23, 1985

Biography

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 horr...

Family & Companions

Edith Atwater
Wife
Actor. Second wife, married 1962.

Biography

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."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Die Sister Die (1978)
Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974)
General Enright
Murder or Mercy (1974)
Judge
The Cat Creature (1973)
Frank Lucas
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
Father Keating
Search (1972)
Dr Laurent
The Crooked Hearts (1972)
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972)
The Snoop Sisters (1972)
The Night Stalker (1972)
The Last Child (1971)
The Games (1970)
Kaverley
Assignment To Kill (1969)
Mr. Eversley
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
Andrew Oxley
Kona Coast (1968)
Akamai
The Money Jungle (1968)
Paul Kimmel
A Covenant With Death (1967)
Parmalee
Games (1967)
Harry
The Trouble With Angels (1966)
Uncle George
Youngblood Hawke (1964)
Paul Winter, Sr.
The Young Lovers (1964)
Dr. Shoemaker
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Secretary of War
The Balcony (1963)
General
Moon Pilot (1962)
Secretary of the Air Force
Susan Slade (1961)
Dr. Fain
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Stanley Baxter
This Earth Is Mine (1959)
Francis Fairon
The Badlanders (1958)
Cyril Lounsberry
The Mugger (1958)
Dr. Pete Graham
Imitation General (1958)
Brig. Gen. Charles Lane
Party Girl (1958)
Jeffrey Stewart
Sayonara (1957)
General Webster
Comanche (1956)
Quanah Parker
Paula (1952)
John Rogers
This Side of the Law (1950)
David Cummins, also known as Malcolm Taylor
My Foolish Heart (1950)
Lew Wengler
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Martin Blackford
The Fountainhead (1949)
Peter Keating
Design for Death (1948)
Narrator
One for the Book (1948)
Kenneth Bartlett
Nora Prentiss (1947)
Dr. Richard Talbot
Magic Town (1947)
Hoopendecker
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Dr. [Brian] Parry
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1945)
American working for the Nazis
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
Oliver Reed
Youth Runs Wild (1944)
Danny Coates
Three Russian Girls (1944)
John Hill
Forever and a Day (1943)
Gates T. [Trimble] Pomfret
Hitler's Children (1943)
Professor Nichols
This Land Is Mine (1943)
Paul Martin
Cat People (1942)
Oliver Reed
The Garden Murder Case (1936)
Woode Swift

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

The Quiet American (2002)
Newspaper seq Designer

Cast (Special)

Another Part of the Forest (1972)
Secrets of the Old Bailey (1958)
Richard II (1954)
Bollingbroke

Life Events

Photo Collections

Nora Prentiss - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' Nora Prentiss (1947), starring Ann Sheridan. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Cat People (1942) - That's What Makes Me Dangerous Increasingly troubled newlywed immigrant Irina (Simone Simon) is unaware that friend Alice (Jane Randolph) has nothing but benevolent intentions toward her worried husband Oliver (Kent Smith), thus a famous sequence from director Jacques Tourneur, in the original Cat People, 1942.
Nora Prentiss (1947) - The Little Woman's Away Finishing her number, night club singer Ann Sheridan (title character), with her straight-laced new physician Talbott (Kent Smith), grows skeptical, then apologetic, introducing her boss (Robert Alda), then sampling a tune by M.K. Jerome and Jack Scholl, in Nora Prentiss, 1947.
Nora Prentiss (1947) - There's A Certain Dignity San Francisco Dr. Talbott (Kent Smith), established as an upright family man and model professional, rebukes his partner in practice (Bruce Bennett) then, working late, meets Ann Sheridan, the title character, quite by chance, in Vincent Sherman’s Nora Prentiss, 1947.
Nora Prentiss (1947) - I Don't Have To Dance Before an evening out, mild Dr. Talbot (Kent Smith) expresses frustration to his wife (Rosemary DeCamp) then, working on the weekend, is surprised when singer Ann Sheridan (title character), whom he treated after a minor accident, stops by to consult, in Nora Prentiss,1947.
Hitler's Children (1943) - Let Freedom Ring Leaping forward to 1939 Germany, Kent Smith narrating as “Nicky,” teacher at the American ex-pat school, has noted Memorial Day, and his top student, German-born Anna (Bonita Granville), now his assistant, arrested then meeting her former playmate Karl (Tim Holt), in Edward Dmytryk’s Hitler’s Children, 1943.
Hitler's Children (1943) - German Blood Runs Deep American teacher Nichols (Kent Smith) is trying to find his German-born American assistant in 1939 Germany, arrested by the Nazis, encountering Hans Conreid, Otto Kruger as a smarmy Colonel, and Tim Holt as his former friend, now a top functionary, in Edward Dmytryk’s Hitler’s Children, 1943.
Hitler's Children (1943) - It Is Our Birthright To Rule Polemics in 1933 Germany, as Schmidt (Erford Gage) teaches his proto-Nazi pupils, Tim Holt his distracted star student, and Kent Smith as teacher “Nicky” Nichols, Anna (Bonita Granville) his standout at the neighboring “American Colony” school, in the surprise hit RKO propaganda vehicle Hitler’s Children, 1943.
One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle) -- (1948) - You're Not In Love With Me Director Irving Rapper’s second scene, in wartime Manhattan, distinguished married playwright Ken (Kent Smith) is dumping his girlfriend, actress Sally (Eleanor Parker) because she’s fallen too hard, the final parting at her apartment, in One For The Book (a.k.a. Voice Of The Turtle), 1948, from the hit play by John Van Druten.
Fountainhead, The (1949) - Opening, Roark Hero Howard Roark (Gary Cooper) is introduced through encounters with a dean (Paul Stanton), fellow student Keating (Kent Smith) and architect Cameron (Henry Hull) in the opening to King Vidor's The Fountainhead, 1949, from the Ayn Rand novel.
Spiral Staircase, The (1946) - Say "I Do" Dr. Parry's (Kent Smith) passionate departure sends mute servant Helen (Dorothy McGuire) into a tortured romantic fantasy, upon which Professor Warren (George Brent) intrudes, in Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase, 1946.
Spiral Staircase, The (1946) - Go Straight Home Not too concerned about the murderer at large in their New England town, Dr. Parry (Kent Smith) and his new patient, lovely but mute Helen (Dorothy McGuire), are waylaid by youngster Freddy (Dickie Tyler) with an emergency, in Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase, 1946.
This Land Is Mine (1943) - The Sound Of The Mob Nazi occupiers, supervised by Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), raiding the underground printing press, the mayor (Thurston Hall) in support, when heretofore easy-going local Paul (Kent Smith) throws a grenade, in Jean Renoir's This Land Is Mine, 1943.

Companions

Edith Atwater
Wife
Actor. Second wife, married 1962.

Bibliography