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Kurtwood Smith was born on July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA as Kurtwood Larson Smith. He is an actor, known for Broken Arrow (1996), RoboCop (1987) and Deep Impact (1998). He has been married to Joan Pirkle since November 5, 1988. He was previously married to Cecilia Souza.
Interesting Facts about Kurtwood Smith
- 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 M.D. (2004).
- 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”).
- Received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from San Jose State College in San Jose, California (1965).
- 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).
- Presented Barbara Bain with the California Lottery’s “Hero in Education” Award on “The Big Spin” show on December 18, 2004.
- 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.
- 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).
- Received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Stanford University in Stanford, California (1969).
- 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.
- 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).
- “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. His mother because she felt there already too many people named Kurt.
Personal Quotes by Kurtwood Smith
I really miss the rehearsal process of theater.- Kurtwood Smith
We have a great time on that show, and we enjoy one another’s company on stage and off. And sitcoms don’t have bad schedules. We started out working five days a week, but now we’re down to three.- Kurtwood Smith
More of him came from my step-dad, who is now passed away. The initial creators of the show kind of based the character on their dads and then I added my dad.- Kurtwood Smith
We did this film in 13 days, mind you. And 13 days is not very long for a feature film. Nobody in their right mind would argue that. Nobody in their right mind would do that.- Kurtwood Smith
Peter Boyle on Everybody Loves Raymond is more of an insane Dad.- Kurtwood Smith