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Old 02-19-2016, 00:01   #1
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The Most Interesting Man in the World

Watching Red Dawn (the original, NOT the remake piece of crap) on AMC for the umpteenth time (gotta keep my skills up) and am always amazed at the actor who plays the Russian Spetsnaz commander, and how flawless his Russian was when he was giving the briefing of just what WOLVERINES !!!!!! ... sorry .... on what they are fighting against.

So I looked up the actor's bio. His name is William Smith and this is what I found .....

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The Most Interesting Man In The World: Actor William Smith

THE Dos Equis guy has nothing on actor, William Smith. No – I didn’t say Will Smith. We’re not talking about the Fresh Prince here, folks. I’m talking about William Smith the world’s biggest badass and Renaissance Man.

Never heard of him? Although he’s been in over 300 movies and TV shows, William Smith was never much of a headline actor – usually playing a supporting role as the stereotypical tough-guy villain. You may recognize his face since he’s played everything from Conan the Barbarian’s father to the Russian commander in Red Dawn. But he’s by no means a household name.

Yet, Mr. Smith has earned the right to be declared Hollywood’s Dos Equis man. He’s not only a human weapon that could eat Chuck Norris for breakfast, but he’s also an accomplished scholar, poet, and all around Übermensch. In fact, I’d go as far as to say he’s an Über-Übermensch. To see why, let’s take a look into his background. But be prepared to feel like you’ve done absolutely nothing with your life.

William Smith served in the US Air Force during the Korean War where he was a Russian Intercept Interrogator and flew secret missions over Russia.

William Smith at one time had both CIA and NSA clearance. He would have obtained a classified position within the US government, but was barred when he married a mysterious French actress known only as Michelle.

Has a master’s degree in Russian Studies from UCLA.

Currently is the world record holder for reverse-curling his own body weight.

We could stop right there, and that’d be pretty impressive. But it keeps going…

Smith was an amateur boxer with a 31-1 record. (I would love to know the story behind that one loss.) He also competed at the amateur level in downhill skiing and motorcross.

He taught Russian at UCLA while working on his PhD, but abandoned it to work as a stunt man for Tarzan movies.

Was the final Marlboro Man before cigarette advertising was discontinued on television.

Has been the Arm Wrestling World Champion… twice.

Okay, this is getting ridiculous. I’d be content with being a boxer and Marlboro Man…. that’s surely enough cool points to get you laid for a lifetime. But it keeps on coming….

Growing up, William Smith was a cattle rancher.

William Smith is fluent in English, Russian, German, French, and Serbo-Croatian.

Served as a volunteer fireman in the 1950s, putting out California wildfires.

He holds a Black Belt in martial arts (Kung Fu and Kenpo Karate).

Now it has transcended from being interesting trivia to a biography that’s making me question whether I’ve really done anything with my life. It’s like he’s rubbing it in at this point. Why couldn’t he be satisfied with English, Russian, German and French? He just had to go and become fluent in Serbo-Croatian too. Bastard.

And it keeps going…

William Smith is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone.

He was a lifeguard on the French Riviera.

William Smith also fancies himself a poet. His verse can be found in a published collection: The Poetic Works of William Smith.

William Smith is the most skilled bull whip master known today.

Are you f***ing kidding me? He’s the the world’s most skilled bull whip master? How does that even happen? Did he practice during his down time as a French Riviera lifeguard? Or perhaps he perfected his bull whip mastery in between putting out California wild fires…. or during his top secret reconnaissance missions across the Iron Curtain.

Russian scholar, lifeguard, fireman, pilot, stuntman, poet, bodybuilder, Black Belt… and I haven’t even mentioned his acting!

William Smith appeared in everything from biker films (Angels Die Hard, 1970) to a plethora of Westerns (Laredo, 1965-1967). He was the main villain (Adonis) in the final episode of Batman and fought Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can (1980). He was a child actor in The Song of Bernadette (1943) and became a B-Movie king, appearing in Invasion of the Bee Girls in 1973 and The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula in 2001, with a ton of drive-in movie camp in between.

We could then go into his social life – his racing competitions against Steve McQueen and his drunken exploits with the Rat Pack. If ever there was a life that cried out for an autobiography it’s this one.

In my own life, I would be proudly satisfied just to have been a French Riviera lifeguard during the 1960s. Oh, the stories of debauchery I would have. Add to that, a Black Belt in Kung Fu would have been the cherry on top.

But, no. William Smith had to go and do a billion other amazing things, making me feel like a complete slouch. So, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go learn Serbo-Croatian.

http://www.anorak.co.uk/398012/celeb...am-smith.html/
Here is his official site ...

http://www.williamsmith.us/index.shtml


Most impressive if you ask me.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:26   #2
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I know you'll probably find this hard to believe, but just because you read it on the internet, doesn't make it true.
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This is in contrast with Christopher Lee who supposedly did secret stuff during WWII. Many years later he was asked by a reporter exactly his job etc.Mr Lee quietly leans over and asked the reporter if he could keep a secret. The reporter gave an excited yes. Lee smiled and said,"so can I".
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My favorite role of Smith's was as the rival fighter in "Any Which Way You Can".
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Need to look this one up???

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Currently is the world record holder for reverse-curling his own body weight..
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Air Force?

Didn't Chuck Norris serve in the Air Force?

I associate William Smith with TV show "Laredo", which I watched as a kid.
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I associate him with all those roles he played in those "B" motorcycle gang flicks back when I was a teen.

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I associate him with all those roles he played in those "B" motorcycle gang flicks back when I was a teen.

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And the Beach movies crossover: Eric von Zipper!

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Didn't Chuck Norris serve in the Air Force?

I associate William Smith with TV show "Laredo", which I watched as a kid.
Yes he did. When he was stationed over seas he started studying Karate.
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William just posted this on his FB page ...
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Here’s a poem I wrote for our VIETNAM VETS

In Seventeen the guns of the Huns called my Dad across the sea
He and a million other Yanks were as brave as any could be
And in Eighteen when some would come home and others never would
Our nation welcomed them as heroes; as victors always should

In Forty the roar of Teutonic cannons was heard once more
But this time Yankee ears were deaf ‘til bombs fell on Oahu’s shore
So GIs bled in the Pacific and fought the Nazi horde
Our young lads gave of life and limb, some returned to be adored

Fifty found us in Korea to still the Commie menace
Like patriotic Yanks we fought not knowing why they sent us
Those who survived came proudly back home and got the GI Bill
After Korea came Vietnam, again we went to kill

None can deny that against the Cross and Sun we had cause
And that boys involved certainly deserve the nation’s applause
But it seems that our guys in Vietnam got the royal shaft
Somewhere in this disgrace there had to be economic graft

Though like their Dads they served and died for the same House of White
Their country came to believe that they weren’t doing it quite right
So citizens blamed these innocent youths for politician’s greed
All they did was fight and die for the same ancient warrior’s creed

Students by the thousands questioned the wars morality
Nam’s grunts didn’t moralize but sure knew war’s brutality
These guys didn’t understand why the hateful, loud media blitz
News from the US that they heard and read gave them jungle fits

Talk about media, Manson received kinder press than they
These guys had to wait almost thirteen years for their Nam day
The government felt their emotional stress was drug inspired
But senators never breathed the noxious orange they aspired

But the speech Jane Fonda made in Hanoi broke their will to win
When they got kicked like that, hell they didn’t want to go home again
These boys had a bunch of heart and soul when they were seventeen
Jane Fonda should have checked her values when she was a teen queen

These guys believed in love and humanity like all the rest
They gave everything they had, but we sure’s hell didn’t do our best
WAR IS WAR
A VET’S A VET
LET US NOT FORGET
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