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Occupation  Actor
Role  Actor
Name  Kent Smith

Children  1
Years active  1936-1977
Education  Harvard University
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Full Name  Frank Kent Smith
Born  March 19, 1907 (1907-03-19) New York City, New York, U.S.
Died  April 23, 1985, Woodland Hills, California, United States
Spouse  Edith Atwater (m. 1962–1985), Betty Gillette (m. 1937–1954)
Movies and TV shows  Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People, Comanche, The Invaders, The Fountainhead
Similar People  Jacques Tourneur, Vincent Sherman, Edith Atwater, Delmer Daves, George Sherman

Kent smith


Kent Smith (March 19, 1907 – April 23, 1985) was an American actor who had a lengthy career in film, theatre and television.

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Early years

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Smith was born Frank Kent Smith in New York City and was educated at Harvard University.

Stage

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Smith's early acting experience came included productions with the Maryland Theatre in Baltimore. His professional acting debut was in 1929 in Blind Window in Baltimore. He made his Broadway acting debut in 1932 in Men Must Fight. He also appeared on Broadway in Measure for Measure, Sweet Love Remembered, The Best Man, Ah, Wilderness!, Dodsworth (1934), Saint Joan (1936), Old Acquaintance (1941), Antony and Cleopatra (1948) and Bus Stop (1956).

Film

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Smith moved to Hollywood, California, where he made his film debut in The Garden Murder Case.

His biggest successes occurred during the 1940s in films such as Cat People (1942), Hitler's Children (1943), This Land Is Mine (1943), Three Russian Girls (1943), Youth Runs Wild (1944), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), Nora Prentiss (1947), Magic Town (1947), My Foolish Heart (1949), The Fountainhead (1949), and The Damned Don't Cry! (1950). He continued acting in films such as Comanche (1956), Sayonara (1957), Party Girl (1958), The Mugger (1958), Imitation General (1958), The Badlanders (1958), This Earth Is Mine (1959), Strangers When We Meet (1960), Susan Slade (1961), The Balcony (1963), A Distant Trumpet (1964), Youngblood Hawke (1964), The Young Lovers (1964), The Trouble with Angels (1966), A Covenant with Death (1967), Games (1967), The Money Jungle (1968), Kona Coast (1968), Assignment to Kill (1968), Death of a Gunfighter (1969), The Games (1970), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), Die Sister, Die! (1972), Lost Horizon (1973) and Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977).

During WW II, Smith served as a private in the US Army, making training films covering among others, medical, dental, artillery, & electronics.

Regular cast

Smith played Edgar Scoville in the ABC science fiction series The Invaders (1967-1968) and was a host for the CBS anthology series Philip Morris Playhouse (1953-1954).:831

Guest appearances

Smith had roles in television films such as How Awful About Allan (1970), The Night Stalker (1972), The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972), The Cat Creature (1973) and The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974). His numerous television credits included a continuing role in the soap opera Peyton Place as Dr. Robert Morton; Smith's wife, actress Edith Atwater, played his character's wife on the series. He began guest-starring in television series in 1949 in The Philco Television Playhouse, and also appeared in Robert Montgomery Presents, Wagon Train, General Electric Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, Have Gun Will Travel, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Americans, Barnaby Jones, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, and the 1976 miniseries Once an Eagle. His last appearance was in a 1977 episode of Wonder Woman.

Personal life

Smith was married to actress Betty Gillette from 1937 until 1954, and to actress Edith Atwater (died March 1986) from 1962 until his death from congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 78.

He was survived by his wife and daughter.

References

Kent Smith Wikipedia


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