Character actor William Smith, RIP

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by RickH, Jul 11, 2021.

  1. RickH

    RickH Senior Member Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC
  2. Hanglow

    Hanglow ...hangin' out with your mom

    Saratoga New York

    Remember him well,great character actor he had a long impressive career,not to mention his military service ....he mostly played the heavy- anti -hero protagonist .He could kick some butt.
  3. PianoMangler

    PianoMangler Forum Resident

    Had a few uncredited roles in the 1940s. Did not know that. Thanks, IMDB! :D

    EDIT: Yeah, and that Falconetti was evil back then.
  4. FritzL

    FritzL Adrift & Dumbfounded

    Costa Mesa, CA
    I remember William Smith from a Rockford Files 2 parter in Season 1. I thought he played a terrific bad guy.
  5. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

    Long Island
    One of the greatest screen villains ever. Falconetti has to be in Top 10 all-time.
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  6. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    William in Red Dawn:

  7. Kyle B

    Kyle B Forum Resident

    He replaced James MacArthur on the original Hawaii Five O when it was in its death throes.
  8. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    Invasion of the Bee Girls!
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  9. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV - US
    R.I.P. William
  10. geetar_await

    geetar_await This space for rent.

    remember him from his scrapping scenes with clint eastwood in any which way you can. didn't know his career went back to the 40s wow.
  11. timoteus

    timoteus Forum Resident

    That was the the two part pilot episode. William Smith's character had a lot of swagger but Rockford definitely got the better of him in the awesome bathroom scene.
  12. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    great character actor. R.I.P.
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  13. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    Great career. RIP William...
  14. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
  15. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    He's been acting since 1942.. nobody will have a career like his.. ever again..
    The last of tough guy actors r.i.p
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  16. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    The Cosmos
  17. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Just the best - one of the most reliable heavies in the business and always fun to see him get the occasional good guy role too, as seldom as it was. Recently saw him as the lead Bad/Good Guy in 'Seven', Andy Sidaris' take on The Magnificent Seven, which, if you are familiar with Andy, is more like The Magnificent Seven Goes Hawaiian and with Boobs. Fun stuff.

    Such an essential fixture in 70's exploitation and action cinema; it is always fun to see his name pop up in the credits, and that's a kind of immortality I guess. He will be missed.
  18. twicks

    twicks Forum Resident

    I've been wondering for years if "Rich Man Poor Man" is worth watching. Maybe this will finally push me over the edge.
  19. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

    I was especially fond of his co-starring role in The Last American Hero, a semi-fictional look at NASCAR racer & moonshiner Junior Johnson & his starring role in Grave Of The Vampire, where he acted so well against Michael Pataki. He was always reliable & good in about everything he did though.

    The latter film I mentioned was based on the novel The Still Life, written by David Chase, who later created The Sopranos. Chase also wrote the screenplay.

    RIP William.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2021
  20. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

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    smilin ed Forum Resident

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  22. spencer1

    spencer1 Great Western Forum Resident

    Tough guy character actor who looked like he could and would beat the **** out of you with little or no provocation.
    Wonderful and believable. RIP.
  23. disaac

    disaac Forum Resident

    The first movie I ever saw him in was "The Frisco Kid" (1979) with Gene Wilder playing a rabbi making a transcontinental trip to become the leader of a congregation in San Francisco and Harrison Ford (!) as the bank robber with the heart of gold who befriends and helps protect him on his journey. What a great bad guy Smith was! He will be missed.
  24. Dirkwkirk

    Dirkwkirk Forum Resident

    Remember watching him play a "bad guy" on TV in the 60s & 70s. One of the actors who I recognized but did not know their name. R.I.P. Another bad guy actor was Leo Gordon.
  25. artfromtex

    artfromtex Honky Tonkin' Metal-Head

    Fort Worth, TX
    Fine actor and a physical specimen. That dude was fit as heck without any chemical enhancement.

    Rest in peace, and may God bring his family comfort.
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