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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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We're No Angels
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 1978 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Ed Keller
 1971-1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Ben Grant / Dr. McManus / Doc Hunter
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
Russ Hawkins
 1972 Emergency! (TV Series)
Capt. Hammer
 1972 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Mr. Ames
 1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Mr. Ames
 1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Ron McKee
 1971 Will to Die
Dr. Carl Isenburg
 1968-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Dee Garvey / Caine Ellis
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Ed Dow
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series)
Noble Vestry
 1966 Waco
Joe Gore
 1964 Circus World
Steve McCabe
 1959-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Slim Sherman
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Irving Randall
 1958-1959 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Deputy Sheriff Lane Temple / Sheriff Lane Temple / Deputy Lane Temple
 1959 Island of Lost Women
Joe Walker
 1957-1958 Men of Annapolis (TV Series)
Williams / Porter
 1958 Sea Divers (TV Movie)
Mike Gilbert
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
 1958 Handle with Care
Bill Reeves
 1957-1958 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Shelby / Comanche Kid
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Philip Horton
 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
 1957 Tomahawk Trail
Pvt. Reynolds
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
 1956 The Women of Pitcairn Island
Thursday October Christian
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Caleb Cope
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
 1956 Hot Rod Girl
Jeff Northrup
 1956 Rebel in Town
Wesley Mason
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Steve Maguire
 1956 Quincannon, Frontier Scout
Lt. Phil Hostedder
 1956 The Bold and the Brave
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Lucky Swanson
 1956 Ghost Town
Duff Dailey
 1955 Desert Sands
Pvt. Rex Tyle
 1955 Frontier (TV Series)
Willie Magill aka The Colfax Kid
 1955 Wichita
Jim Earp
 1955 We're No Angels
Medical Officer Arnaud
 1953-1955 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Jim Brattle
 1955 Seven Angry Men
Frederick Brown
 1955 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
John Sontag
 1954 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Terrence Layton
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The High and the Mighty
Milo Buck
 1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
 1953 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
 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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