Lane Smith

Performer

Male

Born: April 29, 1936
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Died: June 13, 2005
Los Angeles, California, USA

Lane Smith, the character actor who played James Lingk in the 1984 Broadway production of Glengarry Glen Ross, and would later play editor Perry White in a "Superman" TV series, died June 13, 2005, in Los Angeles of complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Variety reported. He was 69 and was also known for playing Richard M. Nixon in the 1989 docudrama "The Final Days." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the work, based on a book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Mr. Smith also appeared on Broadway in Dennis Reardon's 1975 play The Leaf People, produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival.

His most visible role was playing gruff but lovable Perry White, editor of The Daily Planet, on ABC's "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1993-97).

On screen, Mr. Smith played a hockey coach in "The Mighty Ducks," and was a lawyer in "My Cousin Vinny," among many credits for films and TV.

The Memphis native studied theatre in Pittsburgh at the precursor to Carnegie Mellon University and moved to New York to study at the Actors Studio after a stint in the Army.

Off-Broadway, he played McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. For his work in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway in 1984, he earned a Drama Desk Award.

According to Variety, he is survived by his wife Debbie, a son and a stepson.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Glengarry Glen Ross Glengarry Glen Ross
Mar. 25, 1984 - Feb. 17, 1985
James Lingk Performer
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Playbill Cover - The Leaf People The Leaf People
Oct. 20, 1975 - Oct. 26, 1975
P. Sigmund Furth Performer
(Original)
 
 

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