William Smith

Biography

Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1934, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he was eight, through young adulthood, Bill appeared in many movies as an extra (uncredited). After high school, he joined the Air Force and served during the Korean War and flew secret ferret missions over Russia while in the NSA. He studied at the University of Munich, and Syracuse University. He graduated cum laude at UCLA. Bill would go on to become one of Hollywood's best-known character actors, with over 300 TV and movie credits. On TV he played in many westerns (did his own horseback riding), cop and sci-fi shows. He's best remembered for appearing in "Batman" (1966) as, appropriately, Adonis in the last episode. He was a series regular in "Hawaii Five-O" (1968), where he played Det. James "Kimo" Carew (the episode with Cathy Lee Crosby, "The Kahuna," drew particularly high ratings). On the big screen, Bill is legendary for biker flicks (he does his own motorcycle riding). His first biker flick, Run, Angel, Run! (1969), was shot in 13 days for under $100,000--and made $13 million! This was followed by Angels Die Hard (1970). These early, ground-breaking features defined the genre, and would be imitated endlessly (but never duplicated). In the early 1970s, Bill got into horror films--playing a vampire slayer in Grave of the Vampire (1972)--and science fiction, in the camp classic Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), where he fought killer insect-women wearing sunglasses. Just about everybody's favorite William Smith movie, though, is Any Which Way You Can (1980), where as a bare-knuckle brawler he had a knock-down, drag-out fight with Clint Eastwood that wrecked about half the town. Tougher than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill played his dad in Conan the Barbarian (1982), and was one of the few actors in the wildly popular, but critically lambasted, youth-oriented Red Dawn (1984) to receive any recognition from critics. He was in what could be called a textbook example of low-budget, campy sci-fi, Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988). Just about everybody who has ever worked with Bill speaks highly of him. He's educated, intelligent and energetic. A true legend in the business, Bill's acting career is still going strong in 2006, well into the 64th year of his career.

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Any Which Way You Can

Jack Wilson

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Uncle Sam

Major

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Invasion Of The Bee Girls

Neil Agar

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Grave of the Vampire

James Eastman

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Fast Company

Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson

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Piranha

Caribe

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Spirit of the Eagle

Hatchett

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Hell Comes to Frogtown

Captain Devlin / Count Sodom

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Seven

Drew Savano

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The Losers

Link Thomas

Starring In
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What Is a Woman?

Matt Walsh Son

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I FORGIVE

Special needs client

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Doses of Horror

(segment "Prescription 1: A Dose of Bee Stings") (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Pure Country 2: The Gift

Guy at Restaurant

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Daniel Boone - Season One

Amos Martin / ... (5 episodes, 1967-1970)

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Fall Guy: The Jon Stewart Story

Man with Machine Gun

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Rapturious

Sheriff

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Inner Rage

Sam

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Hell To Pay

Emil Brax

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Zombiegeddon

Lord Zombie

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God Has a Rap Sheet

Devil

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Piranha

Caribe

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The Elite

Colonel Shaw

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Inspector Gadget

'Little Man' - Party Guest

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Heat of Las Vegas

Mario Verelli

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Deadly Shooter

Jerry Krants

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La Isla de la Traición

L. E.

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Uncle Sam

Major

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Maverick

Riverboat Poker Player

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Road to Revenge

Normad

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American Me

Deacon, 1st A.B. Enforcer

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A Mission to Kill

Boris Catuli

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Spirit of the Eagle

Hatchett

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Cybernator

Colonel Peck

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The Last Riders

Hammer

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Shredder Orpheus

Fiber Glass Ensemble

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The Final Sanction

Maj. Galashkin

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Cartel

Mason

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Memorial Valley Massacre

Gen. Mintz

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Terror in Beverly Hills

U.S. President

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Deadly Breed

Captain

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Jungle Assault

General Mitchell

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L.A. Vice

Capt. Joe Wilkes

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B.O.R.N.

Dr. Farley

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Empire of Ash III

Lucas

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Action U.S.A.

Conover

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Evil Altar

Reed Weller

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Hell Comes to Frogtown

Captain Devlin / Count Sodom

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Phantom Empire

Dr. Chambers (uncredited)

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Maniac Cop

Captain Ripley

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Hell on the Battleground

Col. Meredith

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Platoon Leader

Major Flynn

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Commando Squad

Morgan Denny

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Moon in Scorpio

Burt

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Bulletproof

Russian Major (as Bill Smith)

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Eye of the Tiger

Blade

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The Mean Season

Albert O'Shaughnessy

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Red Dawn

Strelnikov

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The Jerk, Too

Suicide

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Rumble Fish

Patterson the Cop

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The Outsiders

Store Clerk

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Conan the Barbarian

Conan's Father

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Any Which Way You Can

Jack Wilson

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The Frisco Kid

Matt Diggs

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Seven

Drew Savano

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The Rockford Files - Season Five

Jerry Grimes

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Fast Company

Lonnie 'Lucky Man' Johnson

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Twilight's Last Gleaming

Hoxey

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CHiPs - Season 1

Michael Adams / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)

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Scorchy

Carl Henrich

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The Ultimate Warrior

Carrot

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Dr. Minx

Gus Dolan

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The Swinging Barmaids

Lt. Harry White

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Black Samson

Johnny Nappa

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Kolchak: Crackle of Death

Shaman Jim Elkhorn (segment: "The Energy Eater") (archive footage)

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Grave of the Vampire

James Eastman

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Policewomen

Karate Instructor

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Boss

Jed Clyton

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The Last American Hero

Kyle Kingman, Driver (as William Smith II)

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The Deadly Trackers

Schoolboy

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Invasion Of The Bee Girls

Neil Agar

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Camper John

Camper John Allen

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Hammer

Brenner

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The Thing with Two Heads

Hysterical Condemned Man

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Darker Than Amber

Terry

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C.C. and Company

Moon

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Crowhaven Farm

Patrolman Hayes

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The Losers

Link Thomas

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The Over-the-Hill Gang

Amos (as Bill Smith)

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Run, Angel, Run!

Angel

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The Guns of Will Sonnett: Season 1

Deputy / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

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36 Hours

Guy (uncredited)

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Mail Order Bride

Lank

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Atlantis: The Lost Continent

Captain of the Guard

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Go Naked in the World

Undetermined Secondary Role (as Bill Smith)

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Never So Few

MP Officer #1 (uncredited)

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Immer die verflixten Frauen

Young Man (uncredited)

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The Gazebo

Actor who trips over camera (uncredited)

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The Mating Game

Barney (as Bill Smith)

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High School Confidential

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Saturday's Hero

Minor Role (uncredited)

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The Boy With Green Hair

Boy (uncredited)

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Gilda

Man (uncredited)

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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Boy (uncredited)

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Little Boy (uncredited)

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Going My Way

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The Song of Bernadette

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The Ghost of Frankenstein

Village Boy (uncredited)

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Follow the Fleet

Ensign Gilbert (uncredited)

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Within Our Gates

Detective Philip Gentry

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East LA Warriors

Martelli

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