Kurtwood Smith stars in PERPETUAL GRACE, LTD. as “Uncle Dave,” the devoted brother of Ma (Jacki Weaver), who’s shunned in the community after a wrongful conviction drastically upends his humdrum way of life. But if ever restored in freedom and in reputation, he would have the ability to expose James and Paul’s entire scheme.
Kurtwood Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin where he lived until he was ten years old. He studied drama at California State University at San Jose, later earning a drama fellowship for Stanford’s MFA program. He worked steadily in regional theatres in California during the seventies, and re-located to Los Angeles in 1979 where he has consistently worked in film and television for the last four decades.
Smith spent eight seasons playing the hugely popular Red Foreman on “That 70’s Show” and then moved on to play Dick Clayton on the critically acclaimed sitcom “Worst Week” that aired on CBS. He has made many memorable appearances in television series that include: long recurring arcs on “Agent Carter” and “24”, a recurring role on “Medium”, and lead guest roles on “House”, “Malcolm In The Middle”, “The X-Files,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine,” and “Picket Fences”. He also appeared on such classic series as “21 Jump Street,” “It’s Gary Shandling’s Show,” “Newhart,” “The A-Team” and “Soap.” He’s been seen in such telefilms as “A Bright Shining Lie,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “While Justice Sleeps,” “Doorways,” “The Christmas Gift” and “The Nightmare Years” for which he received a Cable Ace Award nomination for best supporting actor. On network television he was most recently a regular on the ABC drama, “Resurrection” and followed that with the Amazon streaming series “Patriot” which has it’s second season debut this November.
Smith has also made quite a name for himself on the big screen. He has been featured in such successful films as the Academy-Award winners “Dead Poets Society” and “Girl, Interrupted,” as well as ”Cedar Rapids”, “Hitchcock”, “Deep Impact,” “Citizen Ruth,” “A Time to Kill,” “Broken Arrow,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “To Die For,” “Boxing Helena,” ”Fortress’” “The Crush” “True Believer,” and in the memorable role of Clarence Boddicker in “Robocop” among others. Smith was also the star of a Oscar nominated short film, “12:01 P.M.” about a man caught in a time warp.
Mr. Smith’s distinct voice has been heard on many animated series including “Pig, Goat, Banana, Cricket”, “Regular Show”, “Beware the Batman”, “Neighbors From Hell”, “Squirrel Boy” and The Zeta Project” to name a few.
Smith’s commitment to the community keeps him busy. He participates annually in the Day of the Child, where he and his wife Joan met the foster child who is now a part of their family. He brings Christmas gifts to the children at Dream Catcher Group Homes. He was also named to the Celebrity Hall of Fame by the Winners Circle for Children for his support of Easter Seals. In the past, he has participated in the Special Olympics and supported Make-A-Wish Foundation.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joan. He has two children and two wonderful grandchildren.