Mel Smith

Actor, Director, TV writer
Mel Smith was a popular British comic actor, writer and director of TV and character actor of film who began his career as a busy and versatile stage director. Smith gained some notoriety on the trend-setting comedy ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1952 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (18)

Dancing on the Edge 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sittaford Mystery 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

Sir Toby Belch (Actor)

Art Deco Detective 1994 (Movie)

Peter Wood (Actor)

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

Rocco Melonchek (Actor)

Father Christmas 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Smith and Jones 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilt 1990 (Movie)

Inspector Flint (Actor)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase 1989 (Movie)

Mr Grimshaw (Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

The Albino (Actor)

Restless Natives 1986 (Movie)

Pyle (Actor)

Morons From Outer Space 1985 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

Number One 1984 (Movie)

Billy Evans (Actor)

Slayground 1984 (Movie)

Terry Abbat (Actor)

Bullshot 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Not the Nine O'Clock News 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Babylon 1979 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)
Director (6)

Blackball 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

National Lampoon´s Blackball 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

High Heels and Low Lives 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tall Guy 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

Blackball 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tough Target 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Morons From Outer Space 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Mel Smith was a popular British comic actor, writer and director of TV and character actor of film who began his career as a busy and versatile stage director. Smith gained some notoriety on the trend-setting comedy "Not the Nine O'Clock News" (BBC, 1979-1982) with Griff Rhys Jones and Rowan Atkinson. Not unlike the early "Saturday Night Live," the series was an irreverent satirical revue that ran the gamut from purely tasteless to memorably brilliant. Smith teamed with Jones to write and star in the top-rated sketch-comedy program "Alas Smith and Jones" (BBC, 1984-1998). He acted in the stage versions of both series and directed "Not in Front of the Audience," based on "Not the Nine O'Clock News," and remained a key influence on later generations of British comedians. He died in 2013.

EDUCATION

New College, Oxford University

graduated; member of Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS)

Milestones

2013

Appeared in the BBC series "Dancing on the Edge"

2001

Helmed "High Heels and Lowlifes"

1997

Directed the hit comedy film "Bean"

1989

Film directorial debut, "The Tall Guy" (also played six uncredited parts)

1987

US feature debut, Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"

1985

Feature screenwriting debut (with Rhys-Jones), "Morons From Outer Space"; also starred and provided theme song

1984

First substantial film role, playing a reformed crook in the British thriller, "Slayground"

1981

"Not the Nine O'Clock News" syndicated on US TV

1980

Feature acting debut, "Babylon", a British drama about black working-class life

1979

First acting success on BBC-TV series, "Not the Nine O'Clock News" (also writer)

First professional job, as assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre, London

Toured the US with the Oxford/Cambridge Sshakespeare Company; played Touchstone in "As You Like It"

Began performing while at Oxford

Awarded an Arts Council grant to direct plays at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

American TV directing debut, "Dream On"

Star and writer of British TV series, "Alas Smith and Jones" (with partner Griff Rhys-Jones); toured Great Britain and Australia with stage show based on series

Directed stage show, "Not in Front of the Audience," based on "Not the Nine O'Clock News"

Became associate director at the Old Vic

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