Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor.

He played Robert Griggs in Rambo III. Smith worked again with Sylvester Stallone in 1991's "Oscar".


He is known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987) and Red Forman in That '70s Show, as well as for his many appearances in science fiction films and television programs (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24. Kurtwood Smith is known as a character actor, playing similar roles in many different films and television shows. Other roles he is known for include Dead Poets Society, Blue Thunder, Staying Alive, The Crush, To Die For, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, A Time to Kill, Broken Arrow, Deep Impact, Girl, Interrupted, Hitchcock and Turbo. On television, he was on shows like The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Malcom in the Middle, House, M.D., and Worst Week. He also appeared in the short film 12:01 PM.


Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Mabel Annette Lund (née Larson) and George Smith. Smith's mother was a fan of a country singer named Kurt (or Curt) in the early 1940s. However, she thought "Kurt Smith" was too short a name, so she added "wood" tacked onto the end. Smith has said that he is likely the only Kurtwood. Smith grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Canoga Park High School of Canoga Park, California in 1961; he was class president in his senior year. Smith graduated from San Jose State College in 1965 with a B.A. and Stanford University in 1969 with an MFA. Smith married Cecilia Souza in 1964. The couple divorced in 1974. Smith then married Joan Pirkle in 1988. Smith has one daughter, Laurel Garner, and one son, Shannon Smith. Smith now lives in Glendale, California.

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