John Smith

Highest Rated: 100% Wichita (1955)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
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



No Score Yet City2City Director 2006
No Score Yet Boulevard of Broken Dreams Barman 1988
No Score Yet Mesmerized Jury Foreman 1986
No Score Yet The Big Bet Thomas 1985
No Score Yet Justin Morgan Had a Horse Mr. Ames 1981
No Score Yet Legacy of Blood Carl Isenburg 1971
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches Actor 1967
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 Tomahawk Trail Pvt. Reynolds 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
100% Wichita Jim Earp 1955
25% The High and the Mighty Milo Buck 1954
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction Boy 1950


No Score Yet Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Xena: Warrior Princess
Shepherd Bloomer Boat Captain
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • 1971
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1959
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
  • 1956


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