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Date of Birth 16 March 1963Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Death 15 February 2002Beijing, China  (Injury due to a fall on the set)
Birth NameKevin Tod Smith
Nickname Smithy
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (2)

He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his early childhood there. His family moved to the small rural town of Timaru in New Zealand's South Island when he was 11. During high school, he began playing in rock-and-roll bands, but never aspired to a career as an actor. He had a passion for rugby and his dream was to play for the All Blacks, New Zealand's world-famous rugby team. At 17, Smith moved to Christchurch and worked at various jobs before enrolling in Canterbury University at the age of 20. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sue, and stumbled into acting literally by accident when he suffered a concussion playing college rugby in 1987. He was forced to sit on the sidelines for nearly three weeks and during that period, Sue saw a casting call ad for the touring company of Are You Lonesome Tonight, the musical tribute to Elvis Presley, and signed Kevin up for an audition. He landed the part of one of the bodyguards and was understudy to the lead. He played in a number of alternative rock bands in New Zealand, including being one of the lead singers of The Wide Lapels, a local band which inspired rave reviews and a devoted following for its camp renderings of the worst songs of the '70s -- songs like Take a Letter, Maria, Tell Laura I Love Her and Billy, Don't be a Hero -- which qualify for the group's repertoire on the basis of having bad lyrics that don't get better with time. Kevin and his wife Sue resided in Auckland. They had three sons together: Oscar, Tyrone and Willard.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Kevin died in Beijing, China after suffering a severe head injury in a fall. He had just finished work on Warriors of Virtue 2: Return to Tao (2002) at Beijing Film Studio. Kevin was eager to work on the film because of the opportunity to work with a stuntman from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) (a.k.a. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). Kevin was injured on February 6, 2002, the day after he had finished work on the film. Some sources have said that he fell from a height possibly as great as six storeys. His injuries were critical and he was put on life-support. He passed away 10 days later in his sleep. His wife Suzanne, and parents Geoff and Yvonne were with him. At the time of his death, he left 3 sons: Oscar, 11, Tyrone, 9, and Willard, 3. In March 2002 he was due to begin filming in Hawaii for the action film Tears of the Sun (2003) (which at the time was known as "Man of War") starring Bruce Willis. This would have been his first role in a major Hollywood film and could have finally put him on the US movie map. Kevin was an extremely popular attraction at numerous Xena/Hercules conventions in the US. He was extremely talented and an accomplished singer and musician.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: salena

Spouse (1)

Suzanne (1986 - 15 February 2002) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (5)

Got into acting when his wife saw a casting call while he was sidelined by a concussion during the rugby season.
Children, Oscar, Tyrone, Willard
His mother is Tongan and his father is a white New Zealander
For his last film appearance as Valdemar in the adaptation of Phillip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld", his voice was overdubbed.
From 1998 to 1999, he played the same recurring character, Ares, on three different series simultaneously: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Young Hercules (1998).

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