Kevin Smith

Actor, Singer, Comedian
While his swarthy, dark good looks allowed him to convincingly play everything from cads to outright villains on screen, New Zealand native Kevin Smith was also an accomplished musician and stage performer who amassed ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1963 in New Zealand

Filmography

Actor (10)

Riverworld 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1994 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Xena: Warrior Princess 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jubilee 2000 (Movie)

Max Seddon (Actor)

Channelling Baby 1999 (Movie)

Geoff DaSilva (Actor)

Young Hercules 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Remedies 1994 (Movie)

Lawrence Hayes (Actor)

Mon Desir 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Hercules (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While his swarthy, dark good looks allowed him to convincingly play everything from cads to outright villains on screen, New Zealand native Kevin Smith was also an accomplished musician and stage performer who amassed an eclectic resume over a career that spanned more than two decades. The son of a career naval officer, Smith spent part of his early life moving around his native land (and even passed a year in Sydney, Australia) before his family finally settled in Timaru, New Zealand. His interest in performing was stoked by the school's drama club, but the athletic youth also harbored a desire to play professional sports. When his nascent career in pro rugby was derailed by an injury, though, he turned to his other love and auditioned for a touring production of the stage musical "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" in 1987. Cast as one of Elvis Presley's bodyguards, Smith was also tapped to understand the lead role, but he never got to go on as The King as the show failed to find an audience and the tour was curtailed. Other stage roles followed before the actor landed his first TV gig on the serial "Gloss" in 1989. On this sort of Kiwi "Dynasty," Smith was cast as the caddish lover of the daughter of a publishing magnate. He got to stretch his comedic muscles two years later playing Joe Blow, a character no one can understand because of his use of slang and his penchant for telling stories with no point, in the sketch series "Away Laughing."

Relationships

Suzanne Smith

Wife
were childhood sweethearts married from 1983 until his death

Geoff Smith

Father
survived him

Yvonne Smith

Mother
part Tongan survived him

Oscar Smith

Son
born in spring 1991 survived him

Tyrone Smith

Son
born on September 23, 1993 survived him

Willard Smith

Son
born on October 6, 1997 survived him

EDUCATION

Timaru Boys' High School

Milestones

2001

Appeared in the mockumentary "Love Mussel", directed by Hurst

2001

Starred opposite Danielle Cormack on stage in "The Blue Room" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" with the Auckland Theatre Company

2000

Had pivotal role as a rugby player in "Jubilee", a feature directed by "Hercules" co-star Michael Hurst

1999

Starred as a Vietnam veteran opposite Danielle Cormack in the feature "Chanelling Baby"

1999

Created the role of undercover cop John Lawless in the telefilm "Lawless"; reprised the role in two sequels, "Lawless - Dead Evidence" (2000) and "Lawless - Beyond Justice" (2001)

1998

Again played Ares, this time on "Young Hercules" (Fox Family Channel)

1996

Co-starred in the Australian TV-movie "McLeod's Daughters"

1996

Played a sexually ambiguous character for a limited run on the New Zealand soap "City Life"; had the first male-to-male kiss on New Zealand television

1995

Starred in "Othello", directed by Hurst; performed at the Watershed Theatre

1994

Had dual roles of Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf in a New Zealand staging of "Into the Woods"

1993

Had starring role in the feature "Desperate Remedies"; released in the USA in 1994

1992

Appeared in "Cabaret" on stage, under the direction of future "Hercules" co-star Michael Hurst

1992

Joined cast of the New Zealand serial "Shortland Street" in the recurring role of an aerobics instructor

1992

In March, on the closing night of "Ladies Night" was attacked and beaten by a group of thugs

1991

Demonstrated his comic abilities as Joe Blow in the series "Away Laughing"

1991

Starred onstage as a male stripper in "Ladies Night"

1989

Appeared in the New Zealand TV soap opera "Gloss"; first teaming with Lucy Lawless

1989

First played Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Court Theatre in Christchurch

1987

Appeared in a touring production of the stage musical "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"; played a bodyguard and understudied the lead role of Elvis Presley

Played recurring role of Iphicles on the syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"; also appeared as Ares; had been asked to audition for title role but declined

Moved around as a child due to father's naval service, including one year in Sydney, Australia

Reportedly was to be cast in a recurring role on ABC's "NYPD Blue" but because of immigration regulations was not cast

Made recurring appearances as the god Ares, a love interest for the title character in the syndicated series "Xena: Warrior Princess", starring Lucy Lawless

Was a regular on the New Zealand soap opera, "Marlin Bay" playing a ruthless businessman; Lucy Lawless was also in the cast

Was a professional rugby player in Christchurch until injuries curtailed his athletic career

Final film role in "Warriors of Virtue II" (lensed 2002)

Family settled in Timaru, New Zealand

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with American writer/director/producer Kevin Smith.

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With frequent co-star Joel Tobeck, he formed the band The Wide Lapels.

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