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


Actor (10)

Riverworld 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


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


Xena: Warrior Princess 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Jubilee 2000 (Movie)

Max Seddon (Actor)

Channelling Baby 1999 (Movie)

Geoff DaSilva (Actor)

Young Hercules 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Desperate Remedies 1994 (Movie)

Lawrence Hayes (Actor)

Mon Desir 1991 (Movie)


Young Hercules (TV Show)



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".


Suzanne Smith

were childhood sweethearts married from 1983 until his death

Geoff Smith

survived him

Yvonne Smith

part Tongan survived him

Oscar Smith

born in spring 1991 survived him

Tyrone Smith

born on September 23, 1993 survived him

Willard Smith

born on October 6, 1997 survived him


Timaru Boys' High School



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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Starred onstage as a male stripper in "Ladies Night"


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


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


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


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

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

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

Family settled in Timaru, New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

Bonus Trivia


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


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


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