William Smith, an action star from classic movies like “Any Which Way You Can” and “Red Dawn,” died Monday. He was 88.
Joanne Cervelli Smith, his wife of 31 years, confirmed the actress’ death to the United States TODAY this Friday. She did not reveal the cause of his death.
According to IMDb, Smith starred in several movies and television series from 1942 to 2020, including 1942’s “The Ghost of Frankenstein,” 1943’s “The Song of Bernadette,”
The 6-foot-2 actor’s career made him fight on screen with some of the most robust leading men in Hollywood, including Clint Eastwood, Rod Taylor, Richard Harris, Yul Brynner and Nick Nolte.
Recently, Smith appeared as a regular in the final season of the original “Hawaii Five-0” from 1979 to 1980 and in the Western series “Wildside” in 1985. His last role was in the 2020 film “Irresistible”, written and written directed by Jon Stewart.
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In addition to his acting career, Smith enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War in 1951 and was recruited by the National Security Agency because of his fluency in several languages. He flew on secret missions over the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries, according to a statement shared by his wife.
Smith was also a talented athlete, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Bodybuilding and Fitness in 1995. He was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in 2010 and became an honorary member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, his son William E. Smith III and his daughter Sherri Anne Cervelli.
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