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Paul L. Smith



Massive, heavily bearded American actor Paul L. Smith had been a professional athlete before gravitating to films in the late '70s. His first important role was as the brutal, depraved Turkish prison guard Hamidou in Midnight Express (1978). Consigned by his size and weight to play villains (or at the very least, bullies), Smith was cast as Bluto, eternal nemesis to Popeye the Sailor and Olive Oyl, in the 1980 film/musical misfire Popeye. After several years of giving his all in abnormal roles in such films as Dune (1984) (as Beast Rabban), Red Sonya (1985) (as Falkon) and Caged Fury (1986) -- with a few side trips to Europe to make spaghetti westerns -- Smith gradually began to get parts that allowed him to play a recognizable human being. Paul L. Smith's appeared in 1994's Maverick as a Russian prince who travels to America for the express purpose of shooting Indians. The performance might have been broad and overstated, but at least Smith was believable -- and, despite the gross political incorrectness inherent in the role, he was even likable.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sonny Boy
  • Slue
2011
50% A Letter to True
  • Actor
2004
67% Maverick
  • The Archduke
1994
No Score Yet Desert Kickboxer
  • Santos
1992
20% Crossing the Line
  • Joe Kapinski
1990
No Score Yet Caged Fury
  • Head Guard
1990
No Score Yet Chase
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Ten Little Indians
  • Elmo Rodgers
1989
No Score Yet Crossing the Line
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Gor
  • Surbus
1988
No Score Yet Terminal Entry
  • Stewart
1987
No Score Yet Outlaw Force
  • Inspector Wainwright
1987
No Score Yet Death Chase
  • Steele
1987
25% Haunted Honeymoon
  • Dr. Paul Abbot
1986
No Score Yet Sno-Line (Death Line)(Texas Godfather)
  • Duval
1986
No Score Yet Crimewave
  • Faron Crush
1986
No Score Yet Scream Play
  • Sgt. Flaherty
1986
No Score Yet Platypus Cove
  • Actor
1986
33% The Protector
  • Mr. Booar
1985
15% Red Sonja
  • Falkon
1985
100% Eleni
  • Actor
1985
57% Dune
  • The Beast Rabban
1984
No Score Yet Jungle Warriors
  • Cesar Santiago
1984
30% Pieces
  • Willard
1983
No Score Yet Sadat
  • Faruk
1983
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Fire in the Stone
  • Ernie
1983
92% Montenegro
  • Cab Driver
1981
No Score Yet Masada
  • Gideon
1981
No Score Yet Mortuary
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • The Surgeon
1981
59% Popeye
  • Bluto
1980
No Score Yet Return of the Tiger
  • Actor
1979
90% The In-Laws
  • Mo
1979
89% Going in Style
  • Radio Announcer
1979
95% Midnight Express
  • Hamidou
1978
No Score Yet Storm Boy
  • Hunter
1976
No Score Yet We Are No Angels (Noi Non Siamo Angeli)
  • Raphael McDonald
1975
No Score Yet The Gospel Road
  • Peter
1973
No Score Yet Now You See Him, Now You Don't
  • Road-Block Officer
1972
No Score Yet Madron
  • Gabe Price
1970
74% The Great Race
  • Employee
1965
No Score Yet Bikini Beach
  • First Officer
1964
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Lieutenant
1964
100% The Left Handed Gun
  • Smith
1958
No Score Yet Loving You
  • Skeeter
1957
38% The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
  • Corporal
1957
87% Funny Face
  • Steve
1957
No Score Yet There's Always Tomorrow
  • Bellboy
1956
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • Store Clerk
1955
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron)
  • Ensign Dispatcher
1954
No Score Yet The Battle at Apache Pass
  • Ross
1952
No Score Yet Retreat, Hell!
  • Andy Smith
1952
No Score Yet I Want You
  • Draftee
1951
100% The Third Man
  • MP
1949
No Score Yet Tornado Range
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Shadow Valley
  • Actor
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Artie Knab

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