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      Kent Smith

      Kent Smith

      Highest Rated: 92% Cat People (1942)

      Lowest Rated: 50% A Distant Trumpet (1964)

      Birthday: Mar 19, 1907

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A would-be leading man, Kent Smith was a dependable actor who had a distinguished career but never really achieved star status. A venerable theater performer, he made his Broadway debut in 1932 and went on to appear in "Saint Joan" and "Antony and Cleopatra" among other productions. His film career began in 1936 with an unmemorable role in "The Garden Murder Case," but it was in the horror film "Cat People" that he first gained notice. The cult favorite from 1942 was directed by Jacques Tourneur and featured Smith as Oliver Reed, a man married to a woman who is part feline. He also starred in the less successful sequel, "The Curse of the Cat People," two years later. Smith would often play the friend of the leading man or an unsuccessful suitor, as he did in 1949's "The Fountainhead," when he was the fiancé of Patricia Neal's character. He appeared alongside many of the era's biggest stars, such as Ethel Barrymore in "The Spiral Staircase" and Susan Hayward in "My Foolish Heart." As he aged Smith became a character actor and increasingly appeared on TV. He had a recurring role on the late-'60s sci-fi series "The Invaders" and played Dr. Robert Morton on over 50 episodes of the primetime soap opera "Peyton Place."

      Highest rated movies

      92% Cat People
      89% The Curse of the Cat People
      88% The Night Stalker
      86% The Spiral Staircase
      83% Death of a Gunfighter
      83% Party Girl
      83% The Fountainhead
      71% This Land Is Mine

      Photos

      CAT PEOPLE, Simone Simon, Kent Smith, 1942 THE MUGGER, from left, Sandra Church, James Franciscus, Kent Smith, 1958 CAT PEOPLE, from left: Kent Smith, Simone Simon, 1942, catpeople1943-fsct04(catpeople1943-fsct04) CAT PEOPLE, Jane Randolph, Kent Smith, Simone Simon, 1942 NORA PRENTISS, Kent Smith, 1947 NORA PRENTISS, Kent Smith, Ann Sheridan, 1947 MOON PILOT, Kent Smith, Brian Keith, Bob Sweeney, 1962.(c) Walt Disney. PAULA, Kent Smith, 1952 THIS LAND IS MINE, Kent Smith, 1943 THIS LAND IS MINE, Kent Smith, 1943 THIS LAND IS MINE, Nancy Gates, Kent Smith, 1943 THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, Kent Smith, Joan Crawford, 1950 THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, Kent Smith, Hugh Sanders, David Brian, Joan Crawford, 1950 THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, Kent Smith, Dorothy McGuire, 1946 CAT PEOPLE, Kent Smith, Simone Simon, 1942. THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, Kent Smith, Joan Crawford, 1950 THE DAMNED DON'T CRY, Joan Crawford, Kent Smith, 1950 THE FOUNTAINHEAD, from left: Kent Smith, Gary Cooper, 1949 MY FOOLISH HEART, Gigi Perreau, Susan Hayward, Lois Wheeler, Kent Smith, 1949, mother and child HITLER'S CHILDREN, from left: Tim Holt, Otto Kruger, Kent Smith, 1943

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 36% The Companion Dr. Thorne (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 12% The Disappearance of Flight 412 General Enright (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder or Mercy Judge (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 0% The Affair Mr. Patterson (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cat Creature Frank Lucas (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Probe Dr. Edward Laurent (Character) - 1972
      67% 72% Pete 'n' Tillie Father Keating (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Female Instinct Warren Packer (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crooked Hearts James Simpson (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge and Jake Wyler Robert Dodd (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Child Gus Iverson (Character) - 1971
      88% 77% The Night Stalker District Attorney Tom Paine (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 29% How Awful About Allan Raymond (Character) - 1970
      83% 54% Death of a Gunfighter Andrew Oxley (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 12% Kona Coast Akamai (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 67% A Covenant With Death Parmalee (Character) - 1967
      57% 48% Games Harry Gordon (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 83% Youngblood Hawke Paul Winter Sr. (Character) - 1964
      50% 40% A Distant Trumpet Secretary of War (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lovers Dr. Shoemaker (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 55% Moon Pilot Secretary of the Air Force (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 53% Susan Slade Dr. Fane (Character) - 1961
      60% 55% Strangers When We Meet Stanley Baxter (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Francis Fairon (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mugger Dr. Pete Graham (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 35% The Badlanders Cyril Lounsberry (Character) - 1958
      83% 57% Party Girl Jeffrey Stewart (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Imitation General Brig. Gen. Charles Lane (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 45% Comanche Quanah Parker (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Richard II Bolingbroke (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paula John Rogers (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Side of the Law David Cummins (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 49% My Foolish Heart Lewis H. Wengler (Character) - 1949
      83% 74% The Fountainhead Peter Keating (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Design for Death Narrator - 1948
      50% 36% Magic Town Hoopendecker (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 67% One for the Book Kenneth Bartlett (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 68% Nora Prentiss Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson (Character) - 1947
      86% 78% The Spiral Staircase Dr. Parry (Character) - 1946
      89% 65% The Curse of the Cat People Oliver Reed (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 12% Youth Runs Wild Danny Coates (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 21% Hitler's Children Professor Nichols (Character) - 1943
      71% 81% This Land Is Mine Paul Martin (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 50% Forever and a Day Gates Trimble Pomfret (Character),
      Director
      - 1943
      92% 73% Cat People Oliver Reed (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 20% The Garden Murder Case Woode Swift (Character) - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      100% 79% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Harlan (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Frank Courtwright (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Peyton Place Dr. Robert Morton (Character) 1964-1969
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Everett Jason (Guest Star) 1967
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1964
      92% 86% The Outer Limits Dr. Bloch (Character) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Dakota (Guest Star) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Dr. Curtis Metcalfe (Guest Star) 1961 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Robert Vincent (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Prof. Paul Owens (Guest Star) 1957 1960
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Gilbert Hughes (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Professor Fritz Bhaer (Character) 1950