Paul L. Smith

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Paul L. Smith
GlossuRabban-1984.jpg
Smith as Glossu Rabban
BornPaul Lawrence Smith
(1936-06-24)June 24, 1936
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 25, 2012(2012-04-25) (aged 75)
Ra'anana, Israel
Cause of death
Unspecified
Body discovered
Ra'anana, Israel
Resting place
Unspecified
NationalityAmerican
Other namesPaul Smith
Paul Lawrence Smith
Alma materBrandeis University
OccupationActor, singer, comedian
Years active1963–1999
Height6' 4" (1.93 m)
ReligionJewish
Spouse(s)Eve Smith (?–2012; his death)
 
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Paul L. Smith
GlossuRabban-1984.jpg
Smith as Glossu Rabban
BornPaul Lawrence Smith
(1936-06-24)June 24, 1936
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 25, 2012(2012-04-25) (aged 75)
Ra'anana, Israel
Cause of death
Unspecified
Body discovered
Ra'anana, Israel
Resting place
Unspecified
NationalityAmerican
Other namesPaul Smith
Paul Lawrence Smith
Alma materBrandeis University
OccupationActor, singer, comedian
Years active1963–1999
Height6' 4" (1.93 m)
ReligionJewish
Spouse(s)Eve Smith (?–2012; his death)

Paul Lawrence Smith (June 24, 1936 – April 25, 2012), better known as Paul L. Smith, was an American stand-up comedian, actor, singer, and comedian, best known for generally portraying villains and "heavies". His most notable roles include Hamidou, the vicious prison warden in Midnight Express (1978), Bluto in Popeye (1980), Gideon in Masada (1981), and Glossu Rabban in Dune (1984). Smith was sometimes credited as Paul Smith.

On April 25, 2012, Smith died in Ra'anana, Israel. Currently, his cause of death is unconfirmed.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born Paul Lawrence Smith in Everett, Massachusetts on June 24, 1936. He attended Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida and graduated in 1954. Afterwards, Smith attended Brandeis University for a short time and transferred to Florida State University on a football scholarship graduating in 1959 with a B.S. degree in Philosophy.

Rumors have stated that Smith was born on February 5, 1939 and died on April 24, 2012. Shortly after his death, these have been confirmed to be false information.

At age 12, Smith weighed 200 pounds and was 6 ft. tall.[1]

Career[edit]

Smith's first acting role was in Exodus, which was filmed in Israel. This was his first visit to the country. In 1967, Smith returned to Israel as a Mahal volunteer in the Six-Day War and stayed there until 1973. In that time, he participated in 5 productions filmed in Israel.

Afterwards, he moved to Italy where, due to his resemblance to Bud Spencer, he made a series of films with Terence Hill lookalike Michael Coby (pseudonym of Antonio Cantafora). One of these films Convoy Buddies was picked up for American release by Film Ventures International where producer by Edward L. Montoro changed Smith's name to Bob Spencer and Cantafora's name to Terrance Hall. Smith sued[2] successfully arguing that the only thing an actor has is his name and if that's taken away, he has nothing. The judicial system agreed with him and ruled against FVI who paid Smith damages and court costs.[3]

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In 1977, Smith moved to Hollywood, making appearances in such films as 21 Hours at Munich (1976), Midnight Express (1978), as Bluto in Popeye (1980), and as Glossu Rabban in Dune (1984).

Personal life[edit]

Smith was of Jewish religion.

Smith married Eve Smith. In February 2006, they emigrated to Israel, adopting Ra'anana as their new home. After taking Israeli citizenship, the couple adopted Hebrew names: Adam and Aviva Eden.

Death[edit]

On April 25, 2012, Smith died in Ra'anana, Israel.[4] The cause of death is unconfirmed.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973The Gospel RoadPeter
1974Moses the LawgiverRebel
1978Midnight ExpressHamidou
1979The In-LawsMo
Disaster on the CoastlinerJim Waterman
1980PopeyeBlutoCredited as Paul Smith
1981MasadaGideon
1983PiecesWillard
1984Return of the TigerPaul
DuneGlossu Rabban
1985Red SonjaFalkon
CrimewaveFaron Crush
1986Haunted HoneymoonDr. Paul Abbot
1988GorSurbus
1989Sonny BoySlue
Caged FuryHead Guard
Ten Little IndiansElmo Rodgers
1994MaverickArchduke
2008Paul Smith: The Reddest HerringHimselfExtended interview with star Paul L. Smith featured on the North American DVD release of Pieces, where he discusses the film, his life, and career

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0809544
  2. ^ "648 F2d 602 Smith v. L Montoro". OpenJurist. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  3. ^ Bad Movie Planet Jim Bertgets Interview'FVI: What You Didn't Know
  4. ^ Tom B. (2013-02-13). "Boot Hill: RIP Paul Smith". Westernboothill.blogspot.nl. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 

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