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Lane Smith (I) (1936–2005)


Lane Smith was born on April 29, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Walter Lane Smith. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Vinny (1992), Red Dawn (1984) and The Mighty Ducks (1992). He was married to Debbie Benedict and Sydnee Roberta Balaber. He died on June 13, 2005 in Northridge, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

My Cousin Vinny
My Cousin Vinny Jim Trotter III
(1992)
Red Dawn
Red Dawn Mayor Bates
(1984)
The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks Coach Reilly
(1992)

Filmography

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 2003 Out of Order (TV Mini-Series)
Frank
- Put Me in Order (2003) ... Frank
- Follow the Rat (2003) ... Frank
- Losing My Religion (2003) ... Frank
- The Art of Loss (2003) ... Frank
- Pilot: Part Two (2003) ... Frank
 2002 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Mr. Radford
- People of the Lie (2002) ... Mr. Radford
 2001 The Practice (TV Series)
Judge H. Finkel
- Killing Time (2001) ... Judge H. Finkel
- The Candidate (2001) ... Judge H. Finkel
 2001 WW 3 (TV Movie)
John Sullivan
 2001 DAG (TV Series)
Agent Baxter
- The Triangle Report (2001) ... Agent Baxter
 2000 The Caprice
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
Grantland Rice
 2000 Bull (TV Series)
Russell Dantly
- Amen ... Russell Dantly
 2000 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Nate Hashaway / Charlie Fortner
- Flush with Power (2000) ... Nate Hashaway (voice)
- Meet the Propaniacs (2000) ... Charlie Fortner (voice)
- Hanky Panky (2000) ... (voice)
 1999 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Reverend Jeremiah Brown
 1999 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Reverend Thornton Powers
- Power Angels (1999) ... Reverend Thornton Powers
 1998 The Hi-Lo Country
Steve Shaw
 1998 Legacy (TV Series)
Asa Winters
- Episode #1.4 (1998)
- Tango (1998) ... Asa Winters
- The Gift (1998) ... Asa Winters
 1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Ezra Grahme
 1998 Getting Personal
Dr. Maddie
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)
Emmett Seaborn
- Le voyage dans la lune (1998) ... Emmett Seaborn
- We Interrupt This Program (1998) ... Emmett Seaborn
- That's All There Is (1998) ... Emmett Seaborn
- Mare Tranquilitatis (1998) ... Emmett Seaborn
- 1968 (1998) ... Emmett Seaborn
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Dr. Malcolm Boussard
- Glyphic (1998) ... Dr. Malcolm Boussard
 1997 Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (TV Movie)
Senator Silverthorne
 1993-1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Perry White
- The Family Hour (1997) ... Perry White (credit only)
- Toy Story (1997) ... Perry White
- I've Got You Under My Skin (1997) ... Perry White (credit only)
- Voice from the Past (1997) ... Perry White
- Shadow of a Doubt (1997) ... Perry White
 1996 Clueless (TV Series)
Dan Hafner
- Romeo and Cher (1996) ... Dan Hafner
 1996 The War at Home (uncredited)
 1995 Dweebs (TV Series)
Colonel Whitmore
- The Cyrano Show (1995) ... Colonel Whitmore
 1995 The Spy Within
Stephen Hahn
 1994 The Scout
Ron Wilson
 1994 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Danger Duke
- Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio? (1994) ... Danger Duke (voice)
 1993 Son in Law
Walter Warner
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Dick Dodge
 1992 The Mighty Ducks
Coach Reilly
 1992 Duplicates (TV Movie)
Mr. Fryman
 1992 My Cousin Vinny
Jim Trotter III
 1991 False Arrest (TV Movie)
Martin Busey
 1991 Good & Evil (TV Series)
Harlan Shell
- Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Harlan Shell
- Episode #1.5 (1991) ... Harlan Shell
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Harlan Shell
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Harlan Shell
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Harlan Shell
 1991 Good Sports (TV Series)
R.J. Rappaport
- A Class Act (1991) ... R.J. Rappaport
- The Return of Nick (1991) ... R.J. Rappaport
- Bobby and Gayle Go on a Date (1991) ... R.J. Rappaport
- Love Means Never Having to Say You're Happy (1991) ... R.J. Rappaport
- The Moody Blues Swing (1991) ... R.J. Rappaport
 1990 Blind Vengeance (TV Movie)
Col. Blanchard
 1990 Air America
Senator Davenport
 1990 Challenger (TV Movie)
Larry Mulloy
 1989 Race for Glory
Joe Gifford
 1989 The Final Days (TV Movie)
Richard Nixon
 1989 Night Game
Witty
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Pol. Chief Miles Underwood
- The Search for Peter Kerry (1989) ... Pol. Chief Miles Underwood
 1988 Jake's Journey (TV Movie)
Father
 1988 Killer Instinct (TV Movie)
Dr. Butler
 1988 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Sonny Mims
- Road Kill (1988) ... Sonny Mims
 1987 Prison
Sharpe
 1987 Weeds
Claude
 1987 A Place to Call Home (TV Movie)
Sam
 1986 Native Son
Britton
 1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Robert Warren
- Happy Birthday (1986) ... Robert Warren
 1986 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Mini-Series)
Warden Brannigan
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Warden Brannigan
 1986 Dress Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Col. King
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Col. King
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Col. King
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
- Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) ... Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Dr. Caruso
- Dorothy and Ben (1986) ... Dr. Caruso
 1986 Kay O'Brien (TV Series)
Doctor Robert Moffitt
- Stop and Smell the Linen (1986) ... Doctor Robert Moffitt
- Reunion (1986) ... Doctor Robert Moffitt
- Little White Lies (1986) ... Doctor Robert Moffitt
- Wreck the Halls (1986) ... Doctor Robert Moffitt
- Behind Closed Doors (1986) ... Doctor Robert Moffitt
 1985 Terror at London Bridge (TV Movie)
Anson Whitfield
 1985 Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues (TV Movie)
Captain Max Rosenberg
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
Wes Biddles
- Pilot (1985) ... Wes Biddles
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)
Richard
- Cop Killer (1985) ... Richard
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Mike
- El Capitan (1985) ... Mike
 1984-1985 V (TV Series)
Nathan Bates
- The Rescue (1985) ... Nathan Bates
- The Betrayal (1985) ... Nathan Bates
- The Hero (1985) ... Nathan Bates
- The Conversion (1985) ... Nathan Bates
- Reflections in Terror (1984) ... Nathan Bates
 1984 Places in the Heart
Albert Denby
 1984 Red Dawn
Mayor Bates
 1984 Purple Hearts
Cmdr. Markel
 1984 Something About Amelia (TV Movie)
Officer Dealy
 1983 The American Snitch
Chuck Maxwell
 1983 Chiefs (TV Series)
Hoss Spence
- Part 3 (1983) ... Hoss Spence
- Part 2 (1983) ... Hoss Spence
- Part 1 (1983) ... Hoss Spence
 1983 Special Bulletin (TV Movie)
Morton Sanders
 1982 The Member of the Wedding (TV Movie)
Mr. Addams
 1982 Frances
Dr. Symington
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Flynn
- Science for Sale (1982) ... Dr. Paul Flynn
 1982 Chicago Story (TV Series)
Miller
- Who Needs the Truth? (1982) ... Miller
 1982 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence
- Unthinkable (1982) ... Dr. Lawrence
 1982 Thou Shalt Not Kill (TV Movie)
Clarence Blake
 1982 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Roy Hamlin
- Hart, Line, and Sinker (1982) ... Roy Hamlin
 1982 Prime Suspect (TV Movie)
Tom Keating
 1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Harless Hocker
 1981 Dallas (TV Series)
Prosecutor Ward
- Gone But Not Forgotten (1981) ... Prosecutor Ward
 1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A.
Smilin' Jack
 1981 Prince of the City
U.S. Marshal Tug Barnes
 1980 Mark, I Love You (TV Movie)
Don Payer
 1980 The Georgia Peaches (TV Movie)
Randolph Dukane
 1980 Resurrection
Don
 1980 Honeysuckle Rose
Brag--Cotton's Manager
 1980 On the Nickel
Preacher
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Fred Turner
 1980 City in Fear (TV Movie)
Brian
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Mini-Series)
Sgt. Willliam Holgren
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Sgt. Willliam Holgren
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Sgt. Willliam Holgren
 1979 Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Movie)
John Carlson
 1979 The Solitary Man (TV Movie)
Jack Collins
 1979 Over the Edge
Sloan
 1975-1979 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
CIA Agent Donnegan / Willett
- The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar (1979) ... CIA Agent Donnegan
- Claire (1975) ... Willett
 1979 Having Babies (TV Series)
Ken
- Captive (1979) ... Ken
 1978 Crash (TV Movie)
 1978 On the Yard
Blake
 1978 A Death in Canaan (TV Movie)
Bob Hartman
 1978 Blue Collar
Clarence Hill
 1977 Between the Lines
Roy Walsh
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie)
Mr. Shortley
 1976 Network
Robert McDonough
 1975 Everybody Rides the Carousel
Stage 1 (voice)
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
Spad
 1975 Rooster Cogburn
Leroy
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Clyde Regan
- Queen of the Gypsies (1975) ... Clyde Regan
 1974 Man on a Swing
Ted Ronan
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Perpetrator
 1973 The Last American Hero
Rick Penny
 1970 Maidstone
 1966 Unholy Matrimony
Partygoer (uncredited)
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Other Works:

The Leaf People (1975). Written by Dennis J. Reardon. Original Music by Xantheus Roh Leempoor. Directed by Tom O'Horgan. Booth Theatre: 20 Oct 1975- 26 Oct 1975 (8 performances + 42 performances). Cast: Tom Aldredge (as "Shaughnessy/Shaw, a compassionate man"), Raymond J. Barry, Susan Batson (as "Kreetahshay/Chicken Mother, the... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's an actor's dream to play something like this. I consider this my masterwork...Playing Nixon gave me tremendous recognition. I'd long been known in the business, but it pulled everything together. Finally people could put the name Lane Smith with my face.

Trivia:

He has two roles in common with Frank Langella: (1) Smith played US President Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989) while Langella played him in Frost/Nixon (2008) and (2) Smith played Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) while Langella played him in Superman Returns (2006). See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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