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Cotter Smith is a Actor American born on 29 may 1949 at Washington, D.C. (USA)

Cotter Smith

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Birth name Joseph Cotter Smith
Nationality USA
Birth 29 may 1949 (69 years) at Washington, D.C. (USA)

Cotter Smith (born May 29, 1949) is an American stage, film, and television actor.


He was born Joseph Cotter Smith in Washington, D.C., the son of Madeline (née Cotter) and John Lewis Smith, Jr., who was a federal judge. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1968. In 1972, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

He began his acting career in New York in 1978, studying with Stella Adler and at the Actors Studio. His New York theater credits include the Broadway premiere of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter); Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive; Lanford Wilson's Burn This; Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play; Athol Fugard's Blood Knot and the premiere of Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul, among many others. He spent ten years as a member of the Circle Repertory Company working exclusively on the premiere productions of new American plays, and is currently a member of the Vineyard Theatre Company in New York. He co-starred with Judd Hirsch in the National Tour of Art.

He is currently appearing in the premiere of Michael Weller's two-character play SIDE EFFECTS with Joely Richardson at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York, directed by David Auburn and produced by MCC Theater Company. He recently completed a run of the new play KIN by Bathsheba Doran, directed by Sam Gold, at Playwrights Horizons in New York. He also appeared in the new play NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts for the Naked Angels Theatre Company, which completed its critically acclaimed off-Broadway run in the summer of 2009 and moved to Broadway, opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre in March 2010, where it played for six months. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play of the Year.

He spent five summers as a member of the Playwrights Lab at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and four at the New York Stage and Film Company working on the development of new American plays. Along with Joseph Stern he co-founded The Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he has appeared in The Seagull, The Homecoming, Endgame, Mad Forest, and Habeas Corpus. Other Los Angeles performances include Romeo and Juliet, Love Letters, and Raft of the Medusa, as well as the West Coast premieres of A Soldier's Play and How I Learned to Drive at the Mark Taper Forum.

With Heidi Mueller Smith, he founded and served as Artistic Director from 2001-2007 of the Cornerstone Theatre Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he directed and taught acting. Among his directing credits for the company are Edward Albee's The American Dream, Harold Pinter's Night School, and Lanford Wilson's The Gingham Dog. Some of his acting credits there include 12 Angry Men, Betrayal, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Educating Rita.

Smith has been nominated four times by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, receiving the Outstanding Performance Award. He has received four Drama-Logue Awards and two Ovation Award nominations.

His television and film work ranges from his debut 25 years ago co-starring as Robert Kennedy (opposite Robert Blake's Jimmy Hoffa) in the mini-series Blood Feud, to his role as the President of the United States in the 20th Century Fox film, X2. His most recent film roles have been in the upcoming BURNING BLUE and FRIENDS WITH KIDS. Over the years he has appeared in many television shows, from his regular roles on the ABC series Equal Justice and Night Stalker to his recurring roles on Judging Amy, Tru Calling, Courthouse, and Orleans. His most recent television role was on the series White Collar.

Personal life
Cotter Smith has been married three times. His first marriage was to radio documentary producer Christina Egloff from 1972-1980. He was then married to actress Mel Harris from 1988 to 1996. Their daughter, Madeline (born 1990), is a student at Barnard College in New York.

He and his third wife, Heidi Mueller Smith, have been married since 2001, and reside in New York City. He has four stepchildren: Brianne, Christopher, Evan and Byron.

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Filmography of Cotter Smith (15 films)

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The Post
The Post (2018)
, 1h56
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about journalists
Actors Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford
Roles Under Secretary William Macomber
Rating71% 3.597673.597673.597673.597673.59767
En 1965, l'analyste Daniel Ellsberg se rend sur le front de la guerre du Viêt Nam pour y observer l'avancement des troupes américaines, pour le compte du secrétaire à la Défense, Robert McNamara. En 1971, Daniel Ellsberg travaille désormais pour RAND Corporation. Il décide de photocopier secrètement des rapports sur le progrès du conflit au Viêt Nam, depuis la présidence de Harry S. Truman à 1967, révélant le double discours des différentes administrations américaines sur les chances de victoire des États-Unis au Vietnam. Les gouvernements successifs ont ainsi caché au peuple américain la réalité de l'enlisement du conflit. Daniel Ellsberg divulgue alors des informations au New York Times. Le journal est cependant mis en garde par la justice, sous la pression du président Richard Nixon, sur les conséquences de la publication d'informations nationales classées secrètes. D'abord sur la touche, le Washington Post va récupérer le scoop grâce à la motivation de son rédacteur en chef, Benjamin Bradlee. Ce dernier va inciter la directrice du journal, Katharine Graham, à publier les fameux Pentagon Papers. Mais cette dernière doit aussi faire face à son conseil d'administration et à la future entrée en bourse de son journal. Le film s'achève sur l'arrêt de la Cour Suprême New York Times Co. v. United States, dans lequel les équipes du Washington Post s'alignent avec celles du New York Times parmi les parties convoquées, ce qui ouvre la voie sur la scène finale, montrant le Watergate de nuit, théâtre du scandale du Watergate, démarré en 1972 et qui mettra fin à la présidence Nixon en 1974.
Burning Blue, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Aviation films, LGBT-related films, United States Armed Forces in films, LGBT-related film
Actors Trent Ford, Rob Mayes, Tammy Blanchard, William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty
Roles Admiral Lynch
Rating58% 2.90422.90422.90422.90422.9042
US Navy pilots Lts. Daniel Lynch (Trent Ford) and Will Stephensen (Morgan Spector) are best friends hoping to both become the youngest pilots to be accepted into the space program. After two accidents, one of which is due to Will's failing eyesight, their unit is subject to an NCIS investigation led by John Cokely (Michael Sirow). At the same time, a third pilot, Matt Blackwood (Rob Mayes) arrives on the carrier and quickly develops a close friendship with Dan, driving a wedge in between Dan and Will. Cokely's investigation leads to him uncovering rumours about Dan and Matt's relationship just as they both begin to fall in love. When Matt decides to leave his wife and move in with Dan there is a third accident and Cokely's investigation ramps up the pressure on Dan.
Friends with Kids, 1h47
Directed by Jennifer Westfeldt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd
Roles Phil Fryman
Rating60% 3.0490953.0490953.0490953.0490953.049095
Jason (an advertising executive) and Julie (a charitable investment advisor), longtime best friends now in their mid-30s live in the same building in Manhattan. Not romantically involved, they are close friends with two childless married couples, the placid Alex and Leslie and the sex-obsessed Ben and Missy. During the next four years, after both couples have children, their marriages suffer. Following a chaotic birthday party for Jason at Alex and Leslie's place in Brooklyn, Jason and Julie discuss how it would be better to have children first, to 'get it out of the way' since 'time is running out', and only then meet the person that you wanted to marry. After more discussion, they decide to have a child together, despite never having had romantic feelings for each other, and then to continue to date other people, to find 'their one'. Although their friends predict disaster, Jason and Julie adjust to their new relationship with baby Joe far better than their friends had imagined.
You Don't Know Jack, 2h14
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about euthanasia, Medical-themed films, Films about suicide
Actors Al Pacino, Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Eric Lange, Brenda Vaccaro
Roles Dick Thompson
Rating76% 3.8470953.8470953.8470953.8470953.847095
The film focuses on the life and work of physician-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who advocated the idea of doctor assisted suicide. His aim was to help the hopeless patients who are suffering debilitating pain to commit suicide effortlessly.
X2 (2003)
, 2h14
Directed by Bryan Singer
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, White House in fiction
Actors Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden
Roles President McKenna
Rating74% 3.7462353.7462353.7462353.7462353.746235
At the White House, brainwashed teleporting mutant Nightcrawler tries to assassinate the President of the United States but fails and escapes, leaving a note demanding "mutant freedom now." At Alkali Lake, X-Men member Wolverine finds nothing left of the military base from the previous movie. He returns to Professor Xavier's school for mutants, while fellow X-Men Storm and Jean Grey find Nightcrawler with the help of Xavier and the mutant-tracking machine Cerebro.
Armed and Innocent, 2h
Directed by Jack Bender
Origin USA
Actors Kate Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Eric Lively, Zachary Bostrom, Cotter Smith, Jan Hoag
Rating57% 2.866212.866212.866212.866212.86621
Une nuit, un adolescent abat deux cambrioleurs qui tentaient de s'introduire chez lui par effraction. Ivres de vengeance, les complices des malfrats vont s'employer à détruire la famille en terrorisant le jeune garçon.
A Place to Be Loved
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Richard Crenna, Rhea Perlman, Linda Kelsey, Tom Guiry, Cotter Smith, Cyril O'Reilly
Roles Mike Caldwell
Rating67% 3.357523.357523.357523.357523.35752
Gregory Kingsley is a boy, abused by his father, who is placed with social services by his mother. The foster family he is put into proves to be the type of nurturing environment he needs. He ends up taking his mother to court, to have her parental rights revoked, in hopes of being adopted by his foster family. The story is based on a real life case of child abuse.
K-9 (1989)
, 1h35
Directed by Rod Daniel
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Chien de flic
Actors James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill, Daniel Davis, Cotter Smith
Roles Gilliam
Rating59% 2.998772.998772.998772.998772.99877
San Diego Police Detective Michael Dooley leaves his car to contact his girlfriend, Tracy, when a helicopter suddenly appears and opens fire on his car, which ignites. Presuming him dead, the assassins leave the scene. At the police station, Dooley argues with his captain, refusing to take a partner; instead, he decides to get a police dog. At home, he finds Tracy with another man and spends the night in his new car. The next day, Dooley coerces Freddie, an informant, into revealing that the drug lord Ken Lyman is responsible for the attack. Dooley is assigned a German Shepherd named Jerry Lee, whom he dislikes.
Cameron's Closet, 1h27
Directed by Armand Mastroianni
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Actors Scott Curtis, Cotter Smith, Mel Harris, Tab Hunter, Kim Lankford, Leigh McCloskey
Roles Sergeant Sam Taliaferro
Rating49% 2.461652.461652.461652.461652.46165
10-year-old Cameron Lansing (Scott Curtis) is an introverted, solitary boy with telekinetic and telepathic abilities who lives with his father, Owen Lansing (Tab Hunter), a research scientist. Owen has subjected Cameron to intense psychological testing from a young age in an effort to unbury the hidden powers of the human mind. During a series of mysterious and bizarre circumstances in their rural house one night, Owen is decapitated by a machete, yet the authorities can find no evidence of foul play and rule it out as an accidental death believing he simply fell on it. Cameron goes to live with his mother Dory Lansing (Kim Lankford) and her obnoxious actor boyfriend Bob Froelich (Gary Hudson) in Los Angeles. Both Dory and Bob are unaware of Cameron's paranormal abilities.
Lady Beware, 1h48
Directed by Karen Arthur
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Diane Lane, Cotter Smith, Michael Woods, Tyra Ferrell
Roles Mac Odell
Rating60% 3.0020153.0020153.0020153.0020153.002015
Katya Yarno is a window dresser for Horne's department store who specializes in displays with sexy, slightly kinky themes. Surrounded by the equipment of her trade — mannequins and lingerie — Katya lives in a loft apartment in downtown Pittsburgh. She spends her evenings taking her bath by candlelight and thinking up new and more provocative window displays.
The Rape of Richard Beck, 1h40
Directed by Karen Arthur
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Richard Crenna, George Dzundza, Meredith Baxter, Pat Hingle, Frances Lee McCain, Cotter Smith
Roles Lt. Hugo
Rating64% 3.243313.243313.243313.243313.24331
Richard Beck (Richard Crenna) is a police detective who believes that rape victims are "asking for it". When he himself is raped by two suspects he is chasing, however, he comes to question that belief.
A Bunny's Tale, 1h44
Directed by Karen Arthur
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Comedy-drama
Actors Kirstie Alley, Cotter Smith, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Joanna Kerns, Lisa Pelikan, Delta Burke
Roles Ned Holcomb
Rating60% 3.005483.005483.005483.005483.00548
Engaged by a magazine to write an investigative article on publisher Hugh Hefner's nightclub chain, Ms. Steinem (Kirstie Alley) poses as a young girl named "Marie" and enters the Bunny training program at the New York Playboy Club. Outfitted with phony ears, fuzzy tail and revealing costume, Gloria learns the proper method of serving drinks (the "bunny dip") and how to fend off customers who ignore Hefner's "look but don't touch" policy. She also concludes that being a sex object, even a chaste one, is depressingly demeaning—an "awakening".
Nickel Mountain, 1h28
Directed by Drew Denbaum
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Heather Langenkamp, Patrick Cassidy, Michael Cole, Julia Montgomery, Harry Northup, Ed Lauter
Roles Trucker
Rating70% 3.5037253.5037253.5037253.5037253.503725
Henry Soames owns a rural diner, and has befriended Willard Freud and Callie Wells. One day Willard and Callie get the news that Callie is pregnant, and Willard splits. Henry takes in Callie, and helps her through the pregnancy. They fall in love and get married. All is going well until Willard is back from the road and wants the baby.
Blood Feud
Blood Feud (1983)
, 3h30
Directed by Mike Newell
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about families
Actors Robert Blake, Cotter Smith, Forrest Tucker, Ernest Borgnine, Danny Aiello, Brian Dennehy
Roles Robert F. Kennedy
Rating70% 3.522053.522053.522053.522053.52205
It is the mid-1950s. Wealthy young Robert F. Kennedy is beginning to make a name for himself in Washington, D.C., as is older brother John F. Kennedy, a United States senator from Massachusetts.
Run the Wild Fields, 1h41
Origin USA
Actors Joanne Whalley, Sean Patrick Flanery, Alexa Pena, Cotter Smith
Roles Silas Green

A North Carolina woman and her daughter take in a mysterious drifter to work their farm while the woman's husband is missing in action during World War II.