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“ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN” ACTOR WILLIAM SMITH PASSES AWAY AT AGE 88

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Actor William Smith recognized for appearing in a series of television shows and hit movies, has passed away at age 88.

Smith was a constant presence on screen in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s, amassing nearly 300 credits.

He played bareknuckle boxer Jack Wilson, who fought with Clint Eastwood in an epic brawl in “Any Which Way You Can,” one of the top-grossing movies of 1980.

Smith starred as Texas Ranger Joe Riley in both seasons of the NBC Western “Laredo” from 1965 to 1967.

He served in the Korean War and acted in bit parts in television shows throughout the 1950’s.  He would next cast in a regular role as a police sergeant in the 1961 ABC series “The Asphalt Jungle.”

He also played Anthony Falconetti, the nemesis of the central family in the 1976 ABC miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man,” and returned for its sequel. Smith portrayed Detective James “Kimo” Carew in the final season of the original “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS in 1979 and 1980.

He played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian,” after being considered for the title role, and a Soviet general in 1984’s “Red Dawn.”


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