Kurtwood Smith (born July 3rd, 1943) is a veteran film actor. He portrays Red Forman on FOX comedy That '70s Show and recently portrayed Vernon Masters on Marvel's Agent Carter.[1]



Kurtwood Smith is no stranger to movies.

"Kurtwood" is his real first name. According to an interview with Smith on Caroline Rhea's syndicated television show (4/8/), his mother was a fan of a country singer named Kurt (or Curt) in the early '40s. However, she thought "Kurt Smith" was too short a name, so she added "wood" -- "she just tacked it on to the end," said Smith. He noted that he's likely the only Kurtwood. He attended Santa Clara University in California, and went on to earn an acting fellowship from Stanford.

Kurtwood was actually born in Wisconsin. He has been married to Cecilia Souza (1964-1974) and has two daughters with her, one of which is Laurel Garner, who also happened to appear on the show. Currently he is married to Joan Pirkle (1988-present).


  • Smith frequently plays characters who have personalities akin to Red's; that is, they are well-meaning but stubbornly misguided.


Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Girl Interrupted Dr. Crumble
1998 Deep Impact Otis Hefter
1996 A Time to Kill Stump Sisson
1996 Broken Arrow Secretary of Defense Baird
1996 Citizen Ruth Norm Stoney
1995 Last of the Dogmen Sheriff Deegan
1995 To Die For Earl Stone
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Federation President
1991 Oscar Lieutenant Toomey
1989 Heart Of Dixie Professor Flournoy
1989 Dead Poets Society Mr. Perry
1989 True Believer Robert Reynard
1988 Rambo III Griggs
1987 RoboCop Clarence J. Boddicker Villain
1984 Flashpoint Carson


  • That '70s Show
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
  • Squirrel Boy
  • Robot Chicken
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • 3rd Rock From the Sun
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • The A-Team
  • The Nightmare Years
  • Fillmore!
  • Gary and Mike
  • The Zeta Project
  • Justice League
  • 24

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