Kurtwood Smith Biography

Kurtwood Smith is an American actor, famous for playing Red Forman, the dad, in the hit sitcom ‘That ’70s Show’. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: July 3, 1943

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 77 Years, 77 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Kurtwood Larson Smith

Born in: New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Joan Prickle (m.1988), 1964 – 1974), Cecilia Souza (June 26

father: George Smith

mother: Mabel Annette Lund - Larson

children: Lauren Garner, Shannon Smith

U.S. State: Wisconsin

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education: San José State University, Stanford University

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Kurtwood Smith is an American actor, famous for playing Red Forman, the dad, in the hit sitcom ‘That ’70s Show’. In fact, the role is so synonymous with the actor, that his Twitter bio defines him as “Dad from ‘That’ show”. Besides that, the actor has had an illustrious career, including winning three ‘Drama-Logue Awards’, two ‘Behind the Voice Actors Awards’, and an ‘Independent Spirit Award’ at the ‘Garden Street Film Festival’. Smith is equally famous for portraying Clarence Boddicker in the movie ‘RoboCop’. Some of his best movies include, ‘Citizen Ruth’, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’, and ‘Regular Show: The Movie’. Not being limited to movies, Kurtwood Smith has achieved even more success when it comes to appearing on TV. ‘24’, ‘The Ranch’, ‘Agent Carter’, and ‘Patriot’ are some of his best-known TV shows.

Career & Fame
  • Like many other actors, Kurtwood Smith started his career on stage. He has the distinction of winning three ‘Drama-Logue Awards’ for his outstanding acting, in on-stage productions of ‘Billy Budd’, ‘Idiot’s Delight’, and ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’. In 1980 he made his movie debut with ‘Roadie’ where he had a minor role as a security guard. The same year he also made his TV debut with roles in the series’ ‘Soap’ and ‘Me and Maxx’. He followed this pattern for working simultaneously on TV and in movies successfully, throughout his career.
  • He continued auditioning for roles and in the next few years established himself as an actor with movies like ‘Going Berserk’ (1983) and ‘Flashpoint’ (1984), etc. It was his relative ease of playing both the bad guy in movies and also comedic characters, which slowly garnered the attention of the industry. Simultaneously, he continued his TV journey with, ‘Lou Grant’ (1980 – 1981) and ‘Renegades’ (1983). In the next years, Kurtwood Smith was cast in series, such as ‘The A-Team’, and movies like ‘Stir Crazy’ and ‘Deadly Messages’.
  • Kutwood Smith continued on a successful trajectory with roles in TV shows like ‘Stingray’ and the ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ nominated miniseries ‘North and South’ in 1986. In 1987, he landed his first major role as Clarence Boddicker in the sci-fi classic movie ‘RoboCop’. He followed that up with appearances in blockbusters like ‘Rambo III’ (1988) and the ‘Academy Award’ winning ‘Dead Poets Society’ (1989).
  • Consequently, in the next few years, Smith continued building on his movie legacy with roles in movies like ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991), ‘The Crush’ (1993), and ‘Heart and Souls’ (1993). He also made several TV appearances both as an actor and voice actor in shows like ‘The Famous Teddy Z’ (1990) and ‘Eek! The Cat’ (1993 – 1996). In 1996, he made his return to the sci-fi universe with amazing performances in ‘The X Files’, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, ‘Men in Black: The Series’, and ‘Star Trek: Voyager’.
  • Needless to say, by 1998 Kurtwood Smith was a name to be reckoned with, in Hollywood. In 1998, he landed the role of Red Forman in the cult-classic sitcom ‘That ’70s Show’ (1998 – 2006). It made him a sitcom star. In the next few years, Smith was seen more in TV shows like ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ (1999), ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (2002), and ‘Malcolm In The Middle’ (2004).
  • He also lent his voice to ‘Batman Beyond’ (2001) and ‘Robot Chicken’ (2005). Kurtwood Smith simultaneously continued his successful run in movies, with roles in ‘Broken Arrow’ (1996), ‘Deep Impact’ (1998), and ‘Girl, Interrupted’ (1999), to name a few.
  • In 2011, he appeared in the critical hit ‘Cedar Rapids’ and followed that up with ‘Hitchcock’ (2012). In 2015, he voice acted the role of Gene in the animated ‘Regular Show: The Movie’. He won twice at the 2016 ‘Behind the Voice Actors Awards’ for his performance. Smith has also won critical acclaim for his performances on TV shows like ‘Resurrection’ (2014 – 2015), ‘Patriot’ (2015 – present), ‘Pig Goat Banana Ranch’ (2016 – present), and ‘The Ranch’ (2017- 2018).
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Personal Life
  • Kurtwood Larson Smith was born on July 3, 1943, in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA, to George Smith and Mabel Annette Lund – Larson. Smith graduated from ‘Canoga Park High School’, California in 1961 and then studied B.A. in ‘San José State University’ from 1965. In 1969, he went on to study MFA from Stanford University.
  • Smith was married to Cecilia Souza from 1964 to 1974. He then married his current wife, Joan Prickle, on November 5, 1988. He has a daughter, Lauren Garber (born August 30, 1971) and a son Shannon Smith.

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