Dick Smothers

Comedian, Actor, Musician
The younger, "smarter," and according to brother and longtime performing partner Tom, the "one that Mom always liked best," Dick Smothers was one half of the popular music-comedy duo, The Smothers Brothers. Launched as ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1939 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

Judge Harold Baker (Actor)

The Simpsons 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life With Bonnie 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin: A Comic Life 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Abbott and Costello Meet Biography 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

This Was America... 1968 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (07/09/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

And If I'm Elected... 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Fitz & Bones 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Very First Glen Campbell Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Organic Prime Time Space Ride 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of the Smothers Brothers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1966 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Marineland Carnival 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Actor

Terror at Alcatraz (TV Show)

Actor

Timmy's Special Delivery (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

The younger, "smarter," and according to brother and longtime performing partner Tom, the "one that Mom always liked best," Dick Smothers was one half of the popular music-comedy duo, The Smothers Brothers. Launched as a folk act in 1959, Dick and Tom soon won over audiences by adding comic bits between the songs, usually focused around their alleged sibling rivalry. Their popularity on stage led to appearances on television and their own network series, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS, 1965-66). But it was their next TV attempt that elevated the brothers from mainstream comedians to political satirists and counterculture heroes. "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-1969) was earmarked by fierce jabs at all manner of social and political ills, which raised the hackles of their parent company. The brothers' choice of musical guests, which were culled from the cream of the rock and folk movements of the period, put them in deeper hot water with the powers that be. "The Comedy Hour" was eventually cancelled by the network, and the duo would spend much of the next 20 years attempting to recapture that series' lightning-in-a-bottle energy in subsequent efforts. In between guest appearances and live dates with his brother, Dick Smothers also enjoyed a career as a solo actor, which included a fine supporting turn in Martin Scorsese's "Casino" (1995) as a crooked Nevada senator, as well as an amateur drag racer. His lasting legacy, however, was as both a popular entertainer and one of the most active supporters of free speech and political discourse in television history.

Relationships

Denby Franklin

Wife
Married in 1997

Lorraine Martin Makeup Artist

Wife
Married in 1986

Linda Miller

Wife

Tom Smothers Actor

Brother
One half of the musical comedy team "The Smothers Brothers" appeared together on the shows, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS) from 1965-1966 and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS) from 1967-1969

Thomas Smothers

Father
A West Point graduate and Army officer who died during WWII, while being transported from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Fukuoka, Japan, to a POW camp in Mukden, Manchuria in 1945

Ruth Smothers

Mother
Died of emphysema in 1988

Sarah Smothers

Daughter
Born in June 1987 mother, Lorraine Martin

Susan Smothers

Daughter
Mother, Linda Smothers

Dick Smothers

Son
Born April 26, 1964 mother, Linda Smothers

Remick Smothers

Son
Born October 16, 1989 mother, Lorraine Martin

Sherry Smothers

Sister

EDUCATION

San José State University

San Jose, California

Redondo Union High School

Redondo Beach, California

Milestones

2005

Appeared in "The Aristocrats" documentary, produced by comedians Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza

2002

Was the subject of the Bravo documentary "Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

1995

Appeared in a rare dramatic role as a crooked Nevada senator in Martin Scorcese's "Casino"

1990

Lent (uncredited) singing voice to "Tom and Tom, the Brothers Brothers" a sketch on the FOX comedy show "In Living Color"

1988

Returned to CBS for a brief but successful run in "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

1988

Took part in the CBS special "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 20th Reunion Show" (aired 21 years after the debut of the series)

1986

Began appearing in a series of commercials for Magnavox

1981

Returned to NBC with the short-lived "Fitz and Bones" an hour-long comedy/drama show about a mis-matched TV news team

1980

Re-teamed for the "The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Specials" I and II (NBC)

1977

Appeared on Broadway and toured in the play "I Love My Wife"

1975

Debuted on NBC with the low-rated "The Smothers Brothers Show"

1969

Appeared on the short-lived ABC variety show "Smothers Brothers Summer Show"

1967

Again collaborated with his brother for the controversial CBS variety show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"; when the show was abruptly canceled due to issues of censorship, the Brothers filed a successful breach of contract suit against the network

1965

Co-starred with brother, Dick, in the CBS comedy "The Smothers Brothers Show"

1961

Appeared regularly on "The New Steve Allen Show" (ABC)

1961

Released their successful debut album, <i>Live at the Purple Onion</i>

1959

Made their debut as a duo of folk singers, with Tom on acoustic guitar and Dick on stand-up bass

Bonus Trivia

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The Smothers Brothers operate the Remick Ridge Vineyards (Remick was their mother's maiden name) in Sonoma County, California and continue to tour.

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