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John Smith (I) (1931–1995)

Actor John Smith was born Robert Errol Van Orden in Los Angeles. He began his career singing with The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir, a group which appeared in two Bing Crosby films, Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945). His agent Henry Willson, who also gave Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson their names, changed Van Orden's name to "John ... See full bio »

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 1978 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Ed Keller
- Sighting 4009: The French Incident (1978) ... Ed Keller
 1974-1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Ben Grant / Dr. McManus
- Calculated Risk (1975) ... Dr. Ben Grant
- Hell Is Upstairs (1974) ... Dr. McManus
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Russ Hawkins
- The Chasers (1975) ... Russ Hawkins
 1972 Emergency! (TV Series)
Capt. Hammer
- Crash (1972) ... Capt. Hammer
- Hang-Up (1972) ... Capt. Hammer
 1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Mr. Ames
 1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Ron McKee
- Citizens All (1972) ... Ron McKee
 1971 Will to Die
Dr. Carl Isenburg
 1968-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Dee Garvey / Caine Ellis
- Gun Quest (1970) ... Dee Garvey
- Dark Corridor (1968) ... Caine Ellis
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
- Tag, You're It (1968) ... Oliver
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Ed Dow
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series)
Noble Vestry
- It's the Noble Thing to Do (1966) ... Noble Vestry
 1966 Waco
Joe Gore
 1964 Circus World
Steve McCabe
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Irving Randall
- A Night with the Boys (1959) ... Irving Randall
 1959 Island of Lost Women
Joe Walker
 1958-1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Deputy Sheriff Lane Temple / Sheriff Lane Temple / Deputy Lane Temple
- The Evil One (1959) ... Sheriff Lane Temple (credit only)
- The Town Is a Prisoner (1959) ... Sheriff Lane Temple
- Chinese Invasion (1959) ... Sheriff Lane Temple
- Have Sword - Will Duel (1959) ... Deputy Lane Temple (credit only)
- The Ratman (1959) ... Sheriff Lane Temple
 1958 Sea Divers (TV Movie)
Mike Gilbert
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
- Letter of the Weak (1958) ... Smitty
 1958 Handle with Care
Bill Reeves
 1957-1958 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Shelby / Comanche Kid
- Point of Honor (1958) ... Shelby
- Gallows at Granite Gap (1957) ... Comanche Kid
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Philip Horton
- The Immortal Eye (1958) ... Philip Horton
 1957-1958 Men of Annapolis (TV Series)
Williams / Porter
- The Irwin Brown Story (1958) ... Williams
- Ship's Log (1957) ... Porter
 1957 The Crooked Circle
Tommy Kelly
 1957 The Lawless Eighties
William Wesley Van Orsdel, aka Brother Van
 1957 Fury at Showdown
Miley Sutton
 1957 Conflict (TV Series)
Jeff Brady
- The Money (1957) ... Jeff Brady
 1957 Tomahawk Trail
Pvt. Reynolds
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
- The Comeback (1957) ... Howie
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- Cholera (1956) ... David
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Caleb Cope
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- Never the Twain (1956) ... Utah
 1956 Rebel in Town
Wesley Mason
 1956 Hot Rod Girl
Jeff Northrup
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Steve Maguire
- The Singing Preacher (1956) ... Steve Maguire
 1956 Quincannon, Frontier Scout
Lt. Phil Hostedder
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Lucky Swanson
- The Story of Lucky Swanson (1956) ... Lucky Swanson
 1956 Ghost Town
Duff Dailey
 1955 Desert Sands
Pvt. Rex Tyle
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
Willie Magill aka The Colfax Kid
- Paper Gunman (1955) ... Willie Magill aka The Colfax Kid
 1955 Wichita
 1953-1955 My Little Margie (TV Series)
- Mr. Uranium (1955)
 1955 Seven Angry Men
Frederick Brown
 1955 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
John Sontag
- Sontag and Evans (1955) ... John Sontag
 1954 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Terrence Layton
- The Novelist (1954) ... Terrence Layton
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- The Tryst (1954)
 1954 The High and the Mighty
Milo Buck
 1953 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
- Thanksgiving in Beaver Run (1953) ... Art
 1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Student (uncredited)
 1953 Battle Circus
Soldier (uncredited)
 1952 Carbine Williams
Robert 'Bob' Williams (uncredited)
 1951 The Guy Who Came Back
Boy (uncredited)
 1950 A Woman of Distinction
Young Man (uncredited)
 1945 The Bells of St. Mary's
Choir Member (uncredited)
 1945 Bells of Rosarita
Choirster (uncredited)
 1944 Going My Way
Choir Member (uncredited)
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