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Lane Smith is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 29 april 1936 at Memphis (USA)

Lane Smith

Lane Smith
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Birth name Walter Lane Smith
Nationality USA
Birth 29 april 1936 at Memphis (USA)
Death 13 june 2005 (at 69 years) at Northridge (USA)

Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith (April 29, 1936 – June 13, 2005), was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor Bates in the film Red Dawn, newspaper editor Perry White in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Coach Jack Reilly in The Mighty Ducks, district attorney Jim Trotter III in My Cousin Vinny and American President Richard Nixon in The Final Days, for which he received a Golden Globe award nomination.

Best films

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)

Usually with

Josef Sommer
Josef Sommer
(4 films)
Ralph Waite
Ralph Waite
(1 films)
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lane Smith (48 films)

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The Legend of Bagger Vance, 2h6
Directed by Robert Redford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films based on mythology, Sports films, Golf films, Children's films
Actors Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch
Roles Grantland Rice
Rating66% 3.348843.348843.348843.348843.34884
Promising golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia and a noteworthy golfer; Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) was his girlfriend before he went off to war and is from a rich family. While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle. Though he earns the Medal of Honor, he returns to Georgia and lives a shadowy life as a drunk, golf being just a distant memory.
The Hi-Lo Country, 1h54
Directed by Stephen Frears
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser, Penélope Cruz, Sam Elliott
Roles Steve Shaw
Rating60% 3.048173.048173.048173.048173.04817
Just after World War II best friends Big Boy Matson (Woody Harrelson) and Pete Calder (Billy Crudup) return home to find half of their town employed by cattle baron Jim Ed Love (Sam Elliott). Hanging on to the mythic ideals of the American West Big Boy and Pete team up with an old time rancher Hoover Young (James Gammon) to raise cattle the cowboy way and life in Hi-Lo, New Mexico becomes a volatile powder keg.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love, 1h56
Directed by Gregory Nava
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Documentary, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate, Paul Mazursky, Pamela Reed
Roles Ezra Grahme
Rating64% 3.200463.200463.200463.200463.20046
Lymon was thirteen years old when the teenage group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers erupted from radios and jukeboxes with their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and appeared in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock (1956).
Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy, 1h30
Directed by Kenneth Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Themes Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland, Jenny Gago, Peggy McCay
Roles Senator Silverthorne
Rating66% 3.340623.340623.340623.340623.34062
The plot introduces the idea that among the Tenctonese slaves, there was a resistance movement called the Udara who were implanted with hypnotic suggestions to act as sleeper agents. Now, here on Earth, someone has found a way to activate these sleeper agents, and send them out as assassins.
The War at Home, 1h59
Directed by Emilio Estevez
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Documentary
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Corin Nemec, Ann Hearn
Roles oncle Howe
Rating69% 3.4981153.4981153.4981153.4981153.498115
Estevez plays Jeremy Collier, a returning Vietnam War hero whose experiences leave him unable to adjust to the quiet realities of small town life. The film discusses the hidden costs of war on those who fight.
The Scout
The Scout (1994)
, 1h41
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Anne Twomey, Lane Smith, Michael Rapaport
Roles Ron Wilson
Rating54% 2.700262.700262.700262.700262.70026
Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) is a Major League Baseball scout with the New York Yankees who attends a game at a small college to see pitching phenom Tommy Lacy (Michael Rapaport). Al happens to be a fan of the film King Kong and he remarks to his fellow scouts sitting in the crowd that he is looking for the next King Kong.
Son in Law
Son in Law (1993)
, 1h35
Directed by Steve Rash
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Carla Gugino, Pauly Shore, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, Tiffani Thiessen, Mason Adams
Roles Walter Warner
Rating58% 2.901162.901162.901162.901162.90116
Rebecca Warner moves from her small farm town in South Dakota to attend college in Los Angeles at UCLA. On her first day, she and her parents Walter and Connie meet Crawl; the resident advisor of Becca's coed dormitory. After they leave, the clash of cultures drives Becca into seriously considering returning home, but Crawl advises her to give it a chance and she soon begins to acclimate; cutting and dyeing her hair, dressing in a more Californian manner, and even getting a tattoo of a butterfly on her ankle. When Thanksgiving break approaches, Becca realizes that Crawl has nowhere to go, and she invites him to visit her family.
My Cousin Vinny, 2h
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Lane Smith, Fred Gwynne
Roles Jim Trotter III
Rating75% 3.7994753.7994753.7994753.7994753.799475
While driving through the fictional Beechum County, Alabama, NYU students and friends Billy Gambini (Ralph Macchio) and Stan Rothenstein (Mitchell Whitfield) accidentally shoplift a can of tuna while stopping at a convenience store. After they leave the store, the clerk is shot and killed, and Billy and Stan are arrested in connection with the murder. Due to circumstantial evidence and a confession to shoplifting misconstrued as one to the shooting, Billy is charged with murder, and Stan is charged as an accessory. The pair call Billy's mother, who tells her son that there is an attorney in the family, his cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci). Vincent LaGuardia Gambini travels to Beechum County accompanied by his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei). Although he is willing to take the case, Vinny is a personal injury lawyer from Brooklyn, New York, newly admitted to the bar (after six attempts in six years) with no trial experience.
The Mighty Ducks, 1h40
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Themes Sports films, Ice hockey films, Children's films, Sports d'hiver
Actors Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Josef Sommer, Heidi Kling, Joshua Jackson
Roles Jack Reilly
Rating64% 3.249953.249953.249953.249953.24995
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is a successful Minneapolis defense attorney of the Ducksworth, Saver & Gross firm, who never loses a case but whose truculent courtroom antics have earned him no respect among his peers. After successfully defending a client resulting in his 30th win, Bombay is called into his boss's office to be congratulated, but also chastised for embarrassing the judge. Regardless, he celebrates by going out drinking and is subsequently arrested for drunken driving. Bombay is sentenced to community service by coaching the local "District 5" PeeWee hockey team. Bombay has a history with the sport, although his memories are far from pleasant: Years ago, Bombay was the star player on the Hawks, but he missed a penalty shot in the championship game, costing his team the title for the first time and disappointing his hyper-competitive coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith).
The Distinguished Gentleman, 1h52
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Politique, L'usurpation d'identité, Political films, Escroquerie
Actors Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, James Garner, Victoria Rowell
Roles Dick Dodge
Rating59% 2.950732.950732.950732.950732.95073
A Florida con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson uses the passing of the longtime Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson (who died of a heart attack while having sex with his secretary), to get elected to the United States Congress as a freshman Congressman, where the money flows from lobbyists. Omitting his first name, and abbreviating his middle name, he calls himself "Jeff" Johnson. He then manages to get on the ballot by pitching a seniors organization, the Silver Foxes, to nominate him as their candidate for office.
Air America, 1h52
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Michael Dudikoffi, Ken Jenkins
Roles Senator Davenport
Rating57% 2.898942.898942.898942.898942.89894
In late 1969, Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.) works as a helicopter traffic pilot for a Los Angeles radio station, but after breaking several safety regulations on the job, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration suspends his pilot's license. His piloting skills, bravery and disregard for the law are noticed by a mysterious government agent, who tells Billy that he can get his license back if he accepts a job in Laos, working for a "strictly civilian" company called Air America. The stranger indicates the air mission in Laos is "Top Secret" and the fact that American soldiers are stationed in Laos is a cover-up.
Challenger (1990)

Genres Drama, Documentary
Actors Karen Allen, Barry Bostwick, Richard Jenkins, Joe Morton, Keone Young, Brian Kerwin
Roles Larry Mulloy
Rating58% 2.9093952.9093952.9093952.9093952.909395
In the film, NASA managers and Thiokol engineers argue back and forth about whether the data Thiokol has is adequate to support the risk they claim. In a teleconference, Morton Thiokol engineer Roger Boisjoly describes to the NASA team the soot from prior O-ring "blow-by" incidents on prior launches as "black", trying to communicate the severity of the malfunction, and says "it looked bad". A NASA director challenges him, asking "What does the black color mean?" Boisjoly, played by Boyle, is unable to put into words a concrete logical argument for concern about what is to him obviously a serious problem, and he just replies with something like, "I'm telling you, if you'd seen it, you'd know it isn't good." The NASA manager demands proof before he will ground the shuttle, and the call ends leaving Boisjoly frustrated and baffled at their attitude. Unable to prove their case with certainty, Thiokol managers cave in to direct pressure and reverse their recommendation, finally recommending launch.
Night Game
Night Game (1989)
, 1h35
Directed by Peter Masterson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Roy Scheider, Lane Smith, Karen Young, Richard Bradford, Paul Gleason, Carlin Glynn
Roles Whitty
Rating49% 2.4640352.4640352.4640352.4640352.464035
A number of young women are found dead on or around the beaches of Galveston and the one thing they all have in common is that they were murdered when Houston Astros ace pitcher Silvio Baretto (an amalgamation of real-life pitchers Bob Knepper and Juan Agosto) pitches and wins a night game at the Astrodome. Additionally, each victim had her throat slashed by some sort of knife or hook.