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Lane Smith

Photos Lane Smith Birth name: Lane Smith
Birth date: 1936/04/29
Date of death : 2005/06/13 (69 years old)
Birth place : Memphis, Tennessee; USA

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Biography for Lane Smith

Lane Smith is an American actor born on April 29, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, and died on June 13, 2005 in Northridge, California (United States).

Lane Smith was an American actor born on April 22, 1936 in Dallas, Texas, and died June 26, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. He was known for his work in films and television series, in particular for his role as Richard Nixon in the films forrest Gump and Mars Attacks!, As well as for his performances in series such as NyPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jag and The X-Files.

Smith began his acting career in the late 1950s, playing in theatrical productions on Broadway. He then made his cinema debut in the 1970s, appearing in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness and The Incredible Hulk. In the 1980s, he played in films such as Red Dawn and Real Genius, and also appeared in television series such as Dallas and Hill Street Blues.

In the 1990s, Smith continued to work regularly in movies and television series, playing in productions such as The Client, Jag, The X-Files and The West Wing. He also played in films such as Deep Impact and My Dog Skip. His performance in Forrest Gump in 1994 earned him critical recognition, and he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Richard Nixon in Mars Attacks! in 1996.

Smith was also a recognized voice actor, having lent his voice to many characters in animated productions such as The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Recess and Batman Beyond.

Unfortunately, Smith died in 2005 at the age of 69 following a kidney disease. His career was crowned with success and he left behind a rich heritage as a talented and versatile actor.


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Title Role
Out of Order (2003) TV mini-series Frank
Judging Amy Mr. Radford (1 episode, 2002)
The Practice Judge H. Finkel (1 episode, 2001)
WW 3 (2001) (TV) John Sullivan
DAG Agent Baxter (1 episode, 2001)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Grantland Rice
Bull Russell Dantly (1 episode)
King of the Hill Charlie Fortner / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
The Caprice (2000)
Inherit the Wind (1999) (TV) Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Walker, Texas Ranger Reverend Thornton Powers (1 episode, 1999)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998) Steve Shaw
Legacy (3 episodes, 1998)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) Ezra Grahme
Getting Personal (1998) Dr. Maddie
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) TV mini-series Emmett Seaborn
The Outer Limits Dr. Malcolm Boussard (1 episode, 1998)
Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (1997) (TV) Senator Silverthorne
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Perry White (84 episodes, 1993-1997)
Clueless Dan Hafner (1 episode, 1996)
The War at Home (1996) (uncredited)
Dweebs (1 episode, 1995)
The Scout (1994) Ron Wilson
Murphy Brown Danger Duke (1 episode, 1994)
The Flight of the Dove (1994) Stephen Hahn
Son in Law (1993) Walter Warner
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992) Dick Dodge
The Mighty Ducks (1992) Coach Jack Reilly
Duplicates (1992) (TV) Mr. Fryman
My Cousin Vinny (1992) D.A. Jim Trotter, III
False Arrest (1991) (TV) Martin Busey
Good & Evil (1991) TV series Harlan Shell (unknown episodes)
Good Sports R.J. Rappaport (2 episodes, 1991)
Blind Vengeance (1990) (TV) Col. Blanchard
Air America (1990) Senator Davenport
Challenger (1990) (TV) Larry Mulloy
Race for Glory (1989) Joe Gifford
The Final Days (1989) (TV) Richard Nixon
Night Game (1989) Witty
Murder, She Wrote Pol. Chief Miles Underwood (1 episode, 1989)
Killer Instinct (1988) (TV) Dr. Butler
In the Heat of the Night Sonny Mims (1 episode, 1988)
Prison (1988) Warden Eaton Sharpe
Weeds (1987) Claude
A Place to Call Home (1987) (TV) Sam
Native Son (1986) Britton
Kay O'Brien Doctor Robert Moffitt (13 episodes, 1986)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Robert Warren (1 episode, 1986)
If Tomorrow Comes (1986) TV mini-series Warden Brannigan
Dress Gray (1986) (TV) Col. King
The Twilight Zone Professor Joseph Fitzgerald (segment 'Profile in Silver') (1 episode, 1986)
Amazing Stories Dr. Caruso (1 episode, 1986)
Bridge Across Time (1985) (TV) Anson Whitfield
Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues (1985) (TV) Captain Max Rosenberg
Hill Street Blues Mike (1 episode, 1985)
V Nathan Bates (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Places in the Heart (1984) Albert Denby
Red Dawn (1984) Mayor Bates
Purple Hearts (1984) Cmdr. Markel
Something About Amelia (1984) (TV) Officer Dealy
Chiefs (1983) TV mini-series Hoss Spence
Special Bulletin (1983) (TV) Morton Sanders
The Member of the Wedding (1982) (TV) Mr. Addams
Frances (1982) Dr. Symington
Quincy M.E. Dr. Paul Flynn (1 episode, 1982)
Lou Grant Dr. Lawrence (1 episode, 1982)
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1982) (TV) Clarence Blake
Prime Suspect (1982) (TV) Tom Keating
Hart to Hart Roy Hamlin (1 episode, 1981)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) (TV) Harless Hocker
Dallas Prosecutor (1 episode, 1981)
Prince of the City (1981) Tug Barnes
Mark, I Love You (1980) (TV) Don Payer
The Georgia Peaches (1980) (TV) Randolph Dukane
A Rumor of War (1980) (TV) Sgt. Willliam Holgren
Resurrection (1980) Don
Honeysuckle Rose (1980) Brag, Cotton's manager
On the Nickel (1980) Preacher
Gideon's Trumpet (1980) (TV) Fred Turner
City in Fear (1980) (TV) Brian
Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1980) Smilin' Jack
Over the Edge (1979) Sloan
Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) (TV) John Carlson
The Solitary Man (1979) (TV) Jack Collins
The Rockford Files CIA Agent Donnegan / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
Crash (1978) (TV)
On the Yard (1978) Blake
A Death in Canaan (1978) (TV) Bob Hartman
Blue Collar (1978) Clarence Hill, Union Steward
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (1977) (TV)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) Officer Mackle
Between the Lines (1977) Roy Walsh
The Displaced Person (1977) (TV)
Network (1976) Robert McDonough
Valley Forge (1975) (TV) Spad
Rooster Cogburn (1975) Leroy
Kojak Clyde Regan (1 episode, 1975)
Man on a Swing (1974) Ted Ronan
Cops and Robbers (1973) Perpetrator
The Last American Hero (1973) Rick Penny, Driver
Maidstone (1970)


He was survived by his wife, son Robbie who was 18, a 19-year-old stepson, a brother and sister.

An alumnus of the Actors Studio, he appeared on the stage in such plays as the original production of David Mamet's play, "Glengarry Glen Ross", and in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Won critical praise and earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a disgraced Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989) (TV). Ardent supporters of Nixon thought the 1989 TV-docudrama was a "smear" campaign, while his worst critics felt it far too sympathetic.

Studied drama for two years at what is now named Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh but dropped out for a two-year hitch with the Army.

Earned a Drama Desk Award for his role in the Broadway play "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1984.`

Suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) in later years.

Has played President Richard Nixon, and Daily Planet Editor Perry White. Both roles have also been played by Frank Langella.



Has one son, Robby Smith, from a first marriage.

Father of actor Robby Smith.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 17/02/2009 by sériesmimi

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