Rex Smith

Actor, Singer
Blond handsome teen idol turned Broadway regular, singer/actor Rex Smith got his start in the mid-1970s fronting a hard rock band, moving into acting at the end of the decade, most notably in the star-making TV-movie ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1955 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Collier & Company: Hot Pursuit 2006 (Movie)

Uncle Billy (Actor)

Just Cause 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baywatch 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Passion to Kill 1994 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American Healthy Kids Quiz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Solid Gold 1980 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Transformations 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballerina and the Blues 1987 (Movie)

Rick Peterson (Actor)

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Penelope and Peter 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Be a Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pirates of Penzance 1983 (Movie)

Frederic (Actor)

Sooner or Later 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas With Flicka (TV Show)

Actor

Street Hawk (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Ballerina and the Blues 1987 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

Blond handsome teen idol turned Broadway regular, singer/actor Rex Smith got his start in the mid-1970s fronting a hard rock band, moving into acting at the end of the decade, most notably in the star-making TV-movie "Sooner or Later" (NBC). A memorable performance in Broadway's "The Pirates of Penzance" in the early 1980s proved him more than just a pretty face, and while superstardom was fleeting, Smith stayed afloat with TV guest spots before having a stage resurgence with a co-starring role in the musical version of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1999).

Thin, with somewhat androgynous features and an abundance of blond curls, Smith had the ideal 70s rock look, and first hit the big time with the band Rex, securing a deal with Columbia Records and releasing a heavy metal album that boasted tracks with such titles as "Violent Playground" and "Call Her 'Easy'". Rex toured with acts including Ted Nugent and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s. Smith found greater success as a solo artist, and in 1979, when he co-starred with Denise Miller in the TV-movie "Sooner or Later", a heartthrob was born. Here he played musician Michael Skye, a seventeen-year-old who gets involved with his fourteen-year-old guitar pupil, believing she is sixteen. While the movie was in many ways typical fare, it captured the imagination of many a teenage girl and consequently won the charming Smith a notable fan base. His album "Sooner or Later", which featured the hit single "Take My Breath Away", earned platinum sales. Subsequent releases were received less warmly, and unfortunately for Smith, his reign at the top of the teen idol pile was short-lived. In 1981, hot on the heels of "Everlasting Love", his moderately successful duet with Rachel Sweet, Smith began his run on Broadway in "The Pirates of Penzance". The high-profile nature of the musical and his substantial fame meant more press for the production than Broadway was usually afforded, and Smith remained a household name. From 1982-1983, the singer-actor was host of the pop music weekly countdown program "Solid Gold". The short-lived ABC sci-fi crime drama "Street Fighter" followed in 1985, and Smith rounded out the 1980s with unremarkable guest roles in the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote", "Houston Nights" and "Cagney and Lacey", and a co-starring turn as unlikely superhero Daredevil in the NBC TV-movie "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989).

In 1990, a much more distinguished looking Smith returned to Broadway in "Grand Hotel", substituting for an ailing David Carroll in the role of Baron Felix von Gaigern. Finer features came with age and a more mature demeanor came with the trappings of a family, and though Smith had left behind his teen idol days, he had no shortage of dedicated fans. He would win over a new batch beginning in 1990 when he signed on for a two-year stint on the popular CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns". Working steadily if less frequently throughout the 90s, Smith was featured in "Danielle Steele's 'Once in a Lifetime'", an NBC TV-movie based on the popular novelist's work. 1995 saw the actor return to the stage, treading the boards in Canada opposite Diahann Carroll in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical production of the fleeting-fame classic "Sunset Boulevard". Playing Joe Gillis gave Smith the opportunity to flex his dramatic muscles as well as stretch his vocal cords. In 1998, he replaced the venerable Terrence Mann as Chauvelin in the Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel", and he was subsequently featured in the touring production of "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2000. Poking fun at his stage seafaring past Smith hammed it up with a guest role as a pirate on the acerbic ABC sitcom "Norm" that same year.

Relationships

Carol Alt Actor

Companion
Dated 1982 No longer together

Jamie Lee Curtis Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

Dorothy Hamill Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated No longer together

Karen Lakey

Companion
Had a one-night stand in 1979 that resulted in son Brandon

Brandon MacDonald

Son
Born c. 1980 mother, Karen Lakey

Savannah Smith Actor

Daughter
Mother, Courtney Smith

Madison Smith

Daughter
Born February 10, 1990 mother, Jamie Smith

Meagan Smith

Daughter
Born August 12, 1987 mother, Jamie Smith

Courtney Smith

Wife
Met in Toronto when Smith was performing in "Sunset Boulevard"

Jamie Smith

Wife

Gatsby Smith

Son
Born in August 1999 mother, Courtney Smith

Valerie Tausch

Companion
Former member of the Joffrey Ballet reportedly lived with prior to marrying Jamie Smith no longer together

EDUCATION

Attended high school in Atlanta, Georgia

Attended elementary school in Greenvale, South Carolina

Milestones

2001

Played the leading role of Fred Grahame in the touring production of "Kiss Me, Kate"

2000

Toured as Frank Butler opposite Marilu Henner in the stage musical "Annie Get Your Gun"

2000

Had a cameo guest role as a pirate on ABC's "Norm"

1998

Replaced Terrence Mann as Chauvelin in the Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel"

1995

Starred opposite Diahann Carroll in the Canadian stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard"

1994

Featured in the TV-movie romance "Danielle Steel's 'Once in a Lifetime'" (NBC)

1994

Acted in the suspenseful Scott Bakula feature vehicle "A Passion to Kill"

1990

Returned to Broadway, playing Baron Felix von Gaigern in "Grand Hotel"

1990

Had a regular role as businessman Darryl Crawford on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

1989

Acted in the sci-fi thriller, "Transformations"

1989

Co-starred as blind man turned superhero Daredevil in the NBC TV-movie "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk"

1988

Starred in and penned lyrics for the Canadian feature production "Ballerina and the Blues"

1985

Played the eponymous crime fighter in the short-lived ABC series "Street Hawk"

1982

Reprised role in the film adaptation of "The Pirates of Penzance"

1982

Replaced Andy Gibb as host of the syndicated series "Solid Gold"

1981

Starred as Frederic on Broadway in "The Pirates of Penzance"; originated role in Central Park in the summer

1979

Played the musician crush-object of a fourteen-year-old in the TV-movie "Sooner or Later" (NBC)

1975

At age 20, moved to NYC; was subsequently signed by Columbia Records as the hard rock band Rex

Toured with Ted Nugent

Guest starred on the CBS series "Murder, She Wrote" (1986), "Houston Nights" (1987) and "Cagney and Lacey" (1988)

Bonus Trivia

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Smith on finding out in 1997 that he had a teenaged son: "There's a great many things in my life that have been a hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. This has been like that." - quoted in People Magazine, March 2, 1998

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Smith's first Band was called Tricks, they were the first band to play at The Losers in Tampa, FL, which played up and coming acts.

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