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Overview (4)

Born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA
Birth NameKurtwood Larson Smith
Nicknames Woody
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for RoboCop (1987), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Deep Impact (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to Cecilia Souza.

Spouse (2)

Joan Pirkle (5 November 1988 - present)
Cecilia Souza (26 June 1964 - 1974) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Authoritative voice
Bald head and bold blue eyes
Often plays leaders and authority figures
Often plays menacing, sinister villains

Trivia (22)

Has played three different characters in the Star Trek universe: the Federation President in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Thrax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and Annorax on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California.
"Kurtwood" is his real first name. According to an interview with him on Caroline Rhea's syndicated television show (April 8, 2003), his mother was a huge fan of a country singer named Kurt (or Curt) in the early 1940s. However, she thought "Kurt Smith" was too short a name, so she added "wood"--"she just tacked it on to the end", said Smith. He noted that he is likely the only Kurtwood.
His son, Shannon Smith, who goes by the stage name Dr. Sauce, hosted a radio show at Stanford University in the mid-to-late 1990s and played guitar in a band called The Vulcaneers.
Presented Barbara Bain with the California Lottery's "Hero in Education" Award on "The Big Spin" show on December 18, 2004.
Currently doing voice-over work for the Chicago White Sox in a series of radio commercials.
Tends to play well-meaning but stubbornly misguided characters, like Mr. Perry in Dead Poets Society (1989) and the Captain-Nemo-like alien Annorax on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Won the role of Red Foreman on That '70s Show (1998) when the original choice, Chuck Norris, was unavailable because of his commitment to filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993). The show is set near Milwaukee, WI, and he was the only cast member who actually was from Wisconsin (which is a Native American term for "land of red stone").
Attended and graduated from Canoga Park High School in Canoga Park, California (1961).
Father of Laurel Garner.
Has played the father of Eric Forman on That '70s Show (1998) and played the father of a patient treated by Dr. Eric Foreman on House (2004).
Attended and graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Theatre from San Jose State College in San Jose, California (1965).
Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from Stanford University in Stanford, California (1969).
His mother named him "Kurtwood" because she felt there already too many people named Kurt.
Despite being known for playing villains and generally unlikable characters, he is known to co-stars and crew members as an extremely nice and friendly man who is nothing like the characters he plays.
Originally auditioned for the role of Dick Jones in RoboCop (1987), and when he found out he had been cast, he thought that was the role he had gotten. He later found out that he would be playing Clarence Boddicker.
In the 20th-anniversary DVD release of RoboCop (1987), he claimed that the scene where he was taken into the precinct was the first scene he had done, and proposed the spitting of blood and swearing to give the scene more punch.
His second wife, Joan Pirkle, appeared opposite him in RoboCop (1987) as the secretary he flirts with at the precinct before his meeting with Ronny Cox's character, Dick Jones.
Along with Peter Weller, Ronny Cox and Miguel Ferrer, he is one of only four actors from RoboCop (1987) to appear in the "Star Trek" universe. He appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Parents are George Smith and Mabel Annette Lund.
Currently resides in Glendale, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

I love playing villains. When you're a bad guy, you get to do many real nasty things. It's a lot of fun.

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