Kurtwood Larson Smith (born July 3, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop and stern parental characters (That ’70s Show, Dead Poets Society, Worst Week), and for his appearances in the genre of science fiction (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24.
Smith was born in New Lisbon, Wisconsin and he is 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” (“she just tacked it on to the end”, he said). Smith has said that he is likely the only Kurtwood.
Before That ‘70s Show his other roles included playing Mr. Sue on Fox’s “espionage comedy” The New Adventures of Beans Baxter from 1987-89. He also co-starred as the strict father of Robert Sean Leonard’s Neil in 1989’s Dead Poets Society. He made a number of appearances… read more