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John Smith

Highest Rated:   88% Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Lowest Rated:   25% The High and the Mighty (1954)
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Actor John Smith may best be remembered for starring in the television westerns Cimarron City (1958-60) and Laramie (1959-63), but he also played supporting roles in numerous feature films. Smith was born Robert Earl Van Orden in Los Angeles. He began his career singing with the Bob Mitchell Choir Boys. The musical group appeared in two Bing Crosby efforts Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1946). While one might think a distinguished-sounding name such as Robert Van Orden has as star quality all its own, the actor himself didn't agree and partially as a jest decided to change his name to the more generic John Smith. Accompanied by agent Henry Willson (the man who provided Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson with their stage names), Van Orden went before a skeptical judge. When asked why he would adopt such a plain-jane name, Van Orden claimed that he would be the only actor in Hollywood with that name. Thus far, he has been right. As John Smith, his film credits include The Kettles on Old Mac Donald's Farm (1957), Circus World (1964) and Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1981).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cimarron City
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet City2City
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Barman
1988
No Score Yet Legacy of Blood
  • Carl Isenburg
1971
40% Circus World
  • Steve McCabe
1964
No Score Yet Island of Lost Women
  • Joe Walker
1959
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown
  • Miley Sutton
1957
No Score Yet The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
  • Brad Johnson
1957
No Score Yet Quincannon, Frontier Scout
  • Lt. Phil Hostedder
1956
No Score Yet Rebel in Town
  • Wesley Mason
1956
No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave
  • Smith
1956
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Caleb
1956
No Score Yet Hot Rod Girl
  • Jeff Northrup
1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands
  • Rex Tyle
1955
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Jim Earp
1955
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Milo Buck
1954
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction
  • Boy
1950

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