Cinema’s Quintessential Tough Guy William Smith has Passed Away at 88

By: John M Jerva

Cinema’s main man of bad has sadly passed away. Deadline is confirming that William Smith, who made a career of playing tough guys and bad guys, has died at the age of 88.

Smith starred in numerous memorable movies like Any Which Way You Can with Clint Eastwood as well as action flicks like Red Dawn, Action U.S.A, Terror in Beverly Hills, Jungle Assault, Maniac Cop as well as Platoon Leader with Michael Dudikoff. Smith was most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s farther in Conan The Barbarian.

Smith in a scene from Red Dawn

Per Deadline: His wife Joanne Cervelli Smith confirmed that her husband died July 5 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. No cause or date of death was given

For me, it was Smith’s voice that made him as his gravel laced voice was immediately recognized in film. Smith was made to play bad and did it it numerous times in TV shows as well like Batman, I Dream of Jeannie, Kung Fu, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, Six Million Dollar Man, and Knight Rider.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Smith’s family.

RIP Mr. Smith…

Source: Deadline

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