Who is Kurtwood Smith?
Kurtwood Smith is an American actor best known for his roles in Robocop, Rambo III, and That ’70s Show, where he played a recurring character, Red Forman.
New Lisbon, Wisconsin, United States of America
The actor married Cecilia Souza in 1964 and divorced her a decade later. In 1988, he married Joan Pirkle. He has two kids.
The actor started acting on stage. He began appearing in films and on TV in 1980 with a few small roles. In 1989, the actor appeared in Dead Poets Society as the strict father of one of the young students.
He appeared in RoboCop, where he portrayed Clarence Boddicker, an iconic role in an iconic film.
Between 1998 and 2006, the actor had a central role on That ’70s Show, where he played the father of Eric Forman, the old-fashioned and grumpy Red Forman. His character was very popular.
After the end of this series, he appeared in 24, with his character Senator Blaine Mayer featured in the seventh season. He also appeared on Worst Week as Dick Clayton.
He appeared on seasons 3 to 5 on Medium as a rogue FBI agent. His character appeared as a ghost as well, thanks to the speculative elements of the series.
On Resurrection, the actor portrayed Henry Langston, one of the main characters. This series ran for two seasons. He has also appeared on Patriot, an Amazon original comedy-drama.
Smith was featured several times on Star Trek. He appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, playing three different characters. He capped that off with a voice role in Star Trek: The Lower Decks.
Smith has done extensive voice acting for video games and animated series, such as Squirrel Boy, Gary & Mike, The Regular Show, and Green Lantern: First Flight.
With Netflix, Smith has appeared on The Ranch as Mr. Peterson. He was also cast as Old Man Miller in Jupiter’s Legacy, a 2021 series that aired on the platform. It was focused on superheroes and adapted a comic by Mark Millar.
In Jupiter’s Legacy, he was seen alongside cast members Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Gracie Dzienny, Ian Quinlan, Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Matt Lanter, Tyler Mane, Tenika Davis, Mike Wade, Meg Steedle, David Julian Hirsh, Conrad Coates and Andrew Horton.
The actor is set to reprise his iconic role as Red Forman for that ’90s show, which has been announced but not yet aired.
Kurtwood Smith has a rather unique name that his mother made up, thinking Kurt to be too short and too overused but wanting to use Kurt after a country musician she liked. As a result, he is one of the few, if not the only, people named Kurtwood out there.
His father died in Europe during World War II. He was in the military.
Kurtwood Smith met Joan Pirkle, his spouse of several decades, on the set of Robocop.
Smith is known for portraying tough, no-nonsense characters, as well as villainous characters, which he reportedly quite likes. He has also had many roles in sci-fi and fantasy series and films, starting with RoboCop.
The original casting choice for Red Forman was Chuck Norris.
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