Kurtwood Smith

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Kurtwood Smith
Kurtwood Smith by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Smith at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
BornKurtwood Larson Smith
(1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 71)
New Lisbon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materSan Jose State University
Stanford University
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Cecilia Souza (m. 1964–74) (divorced),
Joan Pirkle (m. 1988)
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Kurtwood Smith
Kurtwood Smith by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Smith at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
BornKurtwood Larson Smith
(1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 71)
New Lisbon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materSan Jose State University
Stanford University
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Cecilia Souza (m. 1964–74) (divorced),
Joan Pirkle (m. 1988)

Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop and Red Forman in That '70s Show, and for his appearances in the genre of science fiction (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Mabel Annette Lund (née Larson) and George Smith, whom Mabel Lund married after Kurtwood Smith's biological father died serving in World War II.[citation needed][1] Smith's mother was a fan of a country singer named Kurt (or Curt) in the early 1940s. However, she thought "Kurt Smith" was too short a name, so she added "wood" ("she just tacked it on to the end", he said). Smith has said that he is likely the only Kurtwood.[2] Smith grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Canoga Park High School of Canoga Park, California in 1961; he was class president in his senior year.[1] Smith graduated from San Jose State College in 1965 with a B.A. and Stanford University in 1969 with an M.F.A.[3]


Onstage, Smith won three Drama-Logue Awards for his performances in Billy Budd, Idiot's Delight, and Green Grow the Lilacs. In his film career, he portrayed Clarence Boddicker, the villain in Paul Verhoeven's science fiction action movie RoboCop and the father role as Red Forman on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. After That '70s Show ended, Smith played Senator Blaine Mayer in the seventh season of the action thriller 24, and portrayed Dick Clayton in the CBS series Worst Week. He enjoyed a recurring role as a rogue FBI agent in Seasons 3-5 of the NBC (later CBS) series Medium, appearing in later episodes as a ghost after his character's death.

Before That '70s Show his other roles included playing Mr. Sue on Fox's "espionage comedy" The New Adventures of Beans Baxter from 1987-89. He also co-starred as the strict father of Robert Sean Leonard's Neil in 1989's Dead Poets Society. He made a number of appearances in the Star Trek franchise, playing the President of the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Cardassian named Thrax in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Things Past", and a Krenim scientist named Annorax in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Year of Hell".

He also has an extensive voice acting résumé, appearing in computer games such as Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, and FreeSpace 2, and on a number of animated series. He played a recurring role on the claymation series Gary & Mike as the vengeful Officer Dick and voiced the dinosaurian military commander character General Galapagos in the Savage Steve Holland produced Fox animated series Terrible Thunderlizards. He played the voice of Bob Johnson on Squirrel Boy and provided the voice of Kanjar Ro in Green Lantern: First Flight and starred as the sheriff in Last of the Dogmen.

Personal life[edit]

Smith married Cecilia Souza in 1964. The couple divorced in 1974. Smith then married Joan Pirkle in 1988. Smith has one daughter, Laurel Garner, and one son, Shannon Smith. Smith now lives in Glendale, California.



1981Zoot SuitSergeant Smith
1982The RenegadesCaptain Scanlon
1983Going BerserkClarence
1983Staying AliveChoreographer
1984The A-TeamVillain 1
1984Blue ThunderBill Spradley
1986The Delos AdventureArthur McNeil
198721 Jump StreetFederal Agent Spencer Phillips
1987RoboCopClarence Boddicker
1988Rambo IIIRobert Griggs
1988Two Idiots in HollywoodDistrict Attorney
1989True BelieverRobert Reynard
1989Heart of DixieProfessor Flournoy
1989Dead Poets SocietyMr. Perry
1990Quick ChangeRuss Crane/Lombino
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryFederation President
1991OscarLt. Toomey, Chicago PD
1991Company BusinessElliot Jaffe, CIA
1992Shadows And FogVogel's Follower
1992FortressPrison Director, Poe
1993The CrushCliff Forrester
1993Heart and SoulsBankrupt Businessman
1993Boxing HelenaDoctor Alan Palmer
1993Big Wave DavesJack Lord
1994Dead on SightJulian Thompson
1995To Die ForEarl Stone
1995Last of the DogmenSheriff Deegan
1995Under Siege 2: Dark TerritoryGeneral Stanley Cooper
1996A Time to KillStump Sisson
1996Broken ArrowSecretary of Defense, Baird
1996Citizen RuthNorm Stoney
1997PrefontaineCurtis Cunningham
1998ShelterTom Cantrell
1998Deep ImpactOtis Hefter
1999Girl, InterruptedDr. Crumble
2002Teddy Bears' PicnicSecretary of Transportation, William Easter
2004Evil RemainsDr. Theodore Rosen
2005The Trouble with Dee DeeWilliam Rutherford
2009Green Lantern: First FlightKanjar Roanimated
2009All in the BunkerAdolf Hitlershort film
2011Cedar RapidsOrin Helgesson
2012HitchcockGeoffrey Shurlock
2013TurboThe CEO


1980Soap (TV series)Man in laundromat
1980RenegadesCaptain Scanlon
1984RiptideMerle Wilson
1986North and SouthCol. Hiram Berdanminiseries
1987The New Adventures of Beans BaxterMr. Sue
1989The Nightmare YearsDr. Joseph Goebbelsminiseries
199012:01 PMMyron CastlemanTV movie
1993–1997The Terrible ThunderlizardsGeneral Galapagos
1996The X-FilesAgent Bill Patterson
1997Star Trek Deep Space NineThrax
1997Men In Black: The SeriesForbus, Agent H
1997Star Trek: VoyagerAnnorax
1998A Bright Shining LieGeneral WestmorelandTV Film
1998–2006That '70s ShowRed Forman
19993rd Rock from the SunJacob Solomon
2001Gary and MikeOfficer Dick
2001Batman BeyondAgent James BennetSeason 3 Episode 12
2001-2002The Zeta ProjectAgent James Bennet
2002Everybody Loves RaymondFamous Baseball Player
2005ChalkzoneHimselfwith Stephen Colbert
2004The Grim Adventures of Billy and MandyGrim's Dad
2004Malcolm in the MiddlePrincipal Block
2004Justice LeagueGalactic Court Judge
2005Robot ChickenVarious voices
2006Squirrel BoyRobert "Bob" Johnson
2006MediumAgent Edward Cooper
2007Handy MannyMr. Noodlander
2007PsychCaptain Conners
2007House MDDr. Obyedkov
2008Worst WeekDick Clayton
200924Senator Blaine Mayer
2009Green Lantern: First FlightKanjar Ro
2009Family GuyHimself (Cameo)
2010Neighbors from HellDon Killbride
2010Childrens HospitalBen Hayflick
2011CHAOSH.J. Higgins
2012Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesShyir Rev
2012Regular ShowGene
2012Dan Vs.Mechanic Mike
2012Robot and MonsterMr. Wheelie
2013Beware the BatmanLt. James Gordon
2014-PresentResurrectionHenry Langston


  1. ^ a b "Kurtwood Smith biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ According to an interview with Smith on Caroline Rhea's syndicated television show
  3. ^ "Kurtwood Smith". TVGuide.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 

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