Lane Smith

Actor
Handsome stage leading man who matured into character and co-starring roles on the big and small screens in his vigorous middle-age. Smith's career began in the New York theater in the late 1950s with a slew of ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Practice 2001 (Tv Show)

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WW3 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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King of the Hill 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1989, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

Grantland Rice (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Steve Shaw (Actor)

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 1998 (Movie)

Ezra Grahme (Actor)

Getting Personal 1997 (Movie)

Dr Maddie (Actor)

Dweebs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Scout 1994 (Movie)

Ron Wilson (Actor)

The Spy Within 1994 (Movie)

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Son-In-Law 1993 (Movie)

Walter Warner (Actor)

Good & Evil 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

Jim Trotter III (Actor)

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Dick Dodge (Actor)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

Coach Reilly (Actor)

Good Sports 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Air America 1990 (Movie)

Senator Davenport (Actor)

Killer Instinct 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Night Games 1989 (Movie)

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Race For Glory 1989 (Movie)

Joe Gifford (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Prison 1988 (Movie)

Ethan Sharpe (Actor)

A Place to Call Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Kay O'Brien 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Native Son 1986 (Movie)

Britton (Actor)

V: The Series 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

Albert Denby (Actor)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

Commander Markel (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Mayor Bates (Actor)

The Member of the Wedding 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Frances 1982 (Movie)

Dr Symington (Actor)

Prime Suspect 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Big Easy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Thou Shalt Not Kill 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

Tug Barnes (Actor)

The Georgia Peaches 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

Brag (Actor)

Resurrection 1980 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

Crash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

Sloan (Actor)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

Clarence Hill (Actor)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

Roy Walsh (Actor)

On the Yard 1977 (Movie)

Captain Blake (Actor)

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 (Movie)

Officer Mackie (Actor)

Network 1976 (Movie)

Robert McDonough (Actor)

Rooster Cogburn 1975 (Movie)

Leroy--Hawk Gang Member (Actor)

Man on a Swing 1974 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

The Last American Hero 1972 (Movie)

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A Death in Canaan (TV Show)

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A Rumor of War (TV Show)

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Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues (TV Show)

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Blind Vengeance (TV Show)

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Bridge Across Time (TV Show)

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Challenger (TV Show)

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City in Fear (TV Show)

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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Show)

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Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Show)

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Dress Gray (TV Show)

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Duplicates (TV Show)

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False Arrest (TV Show)

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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

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Gideon's Trumpet (TV Show)

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Hollywood Beat (TV Show)

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Inherit the Wind (TV Show)

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Legacy (TV Show)

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Mark, I Love You (TV Show)

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Something About Amelia (TV Show)

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Special Bulletin (TV Show)

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The Final Days (TV Show)

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The Solitary Man (TV Show)

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Biography

Handsome stage leading man who matured into character and co-starring roles on the big and small screens in his vigorous middle-age. Smith's career began in the New York theater in the late 1950s with a slew of forgettable productions on-and-off Broadway until he finally achieved a breakthrough in the late 60s as McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", a role which he performed some 650 times. Better stage parts followed including David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1984), for which Smith received a Drama Desk Award.

Smith made his film debut in the drama "The Last American Hero" (1973) and, throughout the 70s, went on to make regular screen appearances in small supporting roles. His credits include the mediocre Katharine Hepburn-John Wayne starring "Rooster Cogburn" (1975), Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's edgy satirical drama "Network" (1976), and Paul Schrader's directing debut, "Blue Collar" (1978).

Gradually, Smith began getting better roles and featured billing, showing up in the well-received teen drama "Over the Edge" (1979), Sidney Lumet's take on police corruption "The Prince of the City" (1981), and the biopic "Frances" (1982), where Smith played a doctor treating the mentally troubled screen star Frances Farmer. Other big screen credits included the prison drama "Weeds" (1987), playing an embezzler opposite Nick Nolte; and in his first feature film starring role he played the warden in Renny Harlin's horror thriller "Prison" (1988).

On TV, Smith appeared in a number of TV-movies including "A Death in Canaan" (1978), "Gideon's Trumpet" (1980), and "Something About Amelia" (1884). Smith received his greatest acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of disgraced President Richard M. Nixon in the docudrama "The Final Days" (1989).

Smith landed his first regular role on TV with "V: The Series" (NBC, 1984-85), a spin-off from the popular sci-fi miniseries, and went on to appear in several other series. As Perry White, the seasoned editor of the Daily Planet on the TV series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97), Smith seemed to have found some small screen longevity, and added some maturity to the youthful ensemble series.

After appearing in the disastrous "Air America" (1990), the 90s shaped up nicely for Smith. In 1992 he co-starred in the features "The Mighty Ducks", as the coach of a peewee league hockey team; "My Cousin Vinny", as a gentlemanly lawyer opposite Joe Pesci; and the Eddie Murphy vehicle "The Distinguished Gentleman", as a Washington politician. In the baseball comedy "The Scout" (1994), Smith played the Yankees general manager who tries to thwart the efforts of his own scout, played by Albert Brooks.

Relationships

Debbie Benedict

Wife
engaged married on September 24, 2000

Mariette Hartley Actor

Companion
no longer together

Robertson Smith

Son
born c. 1986

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
school name changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

1988

First starring role in a feature, "Prison"

1984

TV series debut as regular, "V: The Series"

1980

TV miniseries debut, "A Rumor of War"

1978

TV-movie debut, "Crash"

1973

Feature film debut, "The Last American Hero"

Regular on the CBS TV comedy series, "Good Sports"

Regular on the short-lived medical series, "Kate O'Brien"

Began his long New York career in the late 1950s

Regular in a TV detective series, "Hollywood Beat"

Played role of McMurphy in the off-Broadway production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" for 650 performances

Regular role of Perry White on series, "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

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