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Lane Smith, full name Walter Lane Smith (April 29, 1936June 13, 2005) was a U.S. character actor. He is best known for his performance in My Cousin Vinny, as Perry White in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as well as playing Richard Nixon in The Final Days for which he received a Golden Globe award nomination for best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television in 1990. April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American movie, released on Friday, 13 March, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. ... Perry White is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comics, and is the editor-in-chief of the Metropolis newspaper the Daily Planet. ... Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a live-action television series based on the Superman comic books. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The Final Days is arguably the best of all non - fiction, and journalistic accounts of an American presidency under crisis. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... This article is about the year. ...


Career

Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1936. He graduated from The Leelanau School, a boarding school in Glen Arbor, Michigan (where he is enshrined in that school's Hall of Fame) and spent one year boarding at The Hill School before going off to study at the Actors Studio in the late 1950s and early 1960's along with Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino. After his graduation, he found steady work in New York theater before making his film debut in Maidstone in 1970. During the 1970's, he regularly made appearances in small film roles including Rooster Cogburn in 1975 and Network in 1976. He also acted on television, notably playing a U.S. Marine in Vietnam in the made for television miniseries A Rumor of War. Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... The Leelanau School is a coed boarding high school located in Glen Arbor Michigan. ... A boarding school is a school where some or all students not only study but also live, amongst their peers but away from their home and family. ... Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Hill School (The Hill) is an American boarding school for boys and girls in grades nine through twelve. ... The Actors Studio is a theatrical school and workshop located in the Old Labor Stage on 44th Street in New York City. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Reuben J. Rooster Cogburn is a fictional wild west character who first appears in the Charles Portis novel True Grit. ... Network is a 1976 satirical film about a fictional television network named Union Broadcasting System (UBS) and its struggle with poor TV ratings. ... A Rumor of War is a 1977 autobiography by Philip Caputo about his service in the United States Marine Corps in the early years of American involvement in the Vietnam War. ...


He made a major breakthrough in 1984 with significant roles in Red Dawn, Places in the Heart and the television series V. Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Richard Nixon in the 1989 docudrama The Final Days. He also appeared in the original stage production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross enjoying a lengthy run. Approximate map of the events described in the movie Red Dawn is a 1984 film by John Milius about an invasion of the United States by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and the resulting guerrilla actions of a group of American high school students in the town of Calumet, Colorado. ... Places in the Heart is a 1984 film which tells the story of a Southern widow who tries to keep her farm together with the help of a blind man and an African-American man. ... V was a 1983 U.S. science fiction television miniseries written and directed by Kenneth Johnson and first shown on NBC. It starred Jane Badler, Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, Michael Durrell, Jenny Sullivan, Richard Herd, Peter Nelson, David Packer, Blair Tefkin, Diane Civita and Robert Englund. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, poet, essayist and novelist. ... Glengarry Glen Ross is the title of a 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet. ...


In 1990, he appeared in Air America playing a corrupt U.S. Senator. He played a small-town district attorney opposite Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny in 1992 followed by a role as Coach Jack Reilly in The Mighty Ducks. Smith played Perry White in Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman between 1993 and 1997. His final film appearance was in The Legend of Bagger Vance in 2000. Air America is a 1990 film starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr as Air America pilots in Vietnam War era Laos. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... Joe Pesci as Nicky Santoro in Casino. ... The Legend of Bagger Vance DVD cover The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 1995 book by Steve Pressfield (ISBN 0380817446), transporting the story of The Bhagavad Gita to the world of Georgia in the 1920s. ...


Smith was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in April 2005 and died of the disease at his home in Northridge, California on June 13, 2005. He was 69 years old. The motor neurone diseases (MND) are a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy motor neurones, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in April • 26: Augusto Roa Bastos • 24: Ezer Weizman • 23: Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen • 23: John Mills • 16: Marla Ruzicka • 9: Andrea Dworkin • 6: Prince Rainier III • 5: Dale Messick • 5: Saul Bellow • 2: Pope John... Northridge is a community in the City of Los Angeles. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Roles

Smith played nearly 80 roles in film and television productions between 1970 and 2003. His most notable roles include:

V was a 1983 U.S. science fiction television miniseries written and directed by Kenneth Johnson and first shown on NBC. It starred Jane Badler, Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, Michael Durrell, Jenny Sullivan, Richard Herd, Peter Nelson, David Packer, Blair Tefkin, Diane Civita and Robert Englund. ... The Final Days is arguably the best of all non - fiction, and journalistic accounts of an American presidency under crisis. ... My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American movie, released on Friday, 13 March, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. ... The Mighty Ducks alludes to a trilogy of movies released in the 1990s, written by Steven Brill, who also created the characters. ... Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a live-action television series based on the Superman comic books. ... From the Earth to the Moon was a twelve-part HBO television miniseries (1998) co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick detailing the landmark Apollo expeditions to the Moon during the 1960s and early 1970s. ...

References

  • Leonard Maltin et al Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of more than 2,000 Actors and Filmmakers Past and Present Plume Books 1995 ISBN 0452270588
  • Lane Smith at the Internet Movie Database
  • Biography
  • All Movie Guide article on Lane Smith
  • San Jose Mercury News report on his death
  • ABC Television Southern California obituary of Lane Smith
  • Moviehole news story

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Lane Smith Bio - Lane Smith Biography - Lane Smith Stories (349 words)
Smith was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Walter Smith, a civil engineer, and his mother Margaret Smith, a homemaker.
Smith went on to appear on Broadway, and picked up his first film roles in Man on a Swing and Network.
Smith's portrayal of Richard Nixon in the television mini series The Final Days was among his most satisfying and earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor.
Lane Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (413 words)
Lane Smith, full name Walter Lane Smith (April 29, 1936 - June 13, 2005) was a U.S. character actor.
Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1936.
Smith was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in April 2005 and died of the disease at his home in Northridge, California on June 13, 2005.
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