William Smith from ‘Any Which Way You Can’ and ‘Red Dawn’ dead at 88


William Smith, an action star from classic films like "Any Which Way You Can" and "Red Dawn," has died. He was 88.

William Smith, an action star from classic films like “Any Which Way You Can” and “Red Dawn,” died on Monday. He was 88.

Joanne Cervelli Smith, his wife of 31 years, confirmed the actor’s death to USA TODAY on Friday. She did not disclose his cause of death.

According to IMDb, Smith starred in several films and television series from 1942 to 2020, including 1942’s “The Ghost of Frankenstein,” 1943’s “The Song of Bernadette” and 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” In the 1970s, his fame grew playing the villainous Falconetti in “Rich Man, Poor Man,” an early and extremely popular TV miniseries.

The 6-foot-2 actor’s career saw him tussle onscreen with some of the most rugged leading men in Hollywood, including Clint Eastwood, Rod Taylor, Richard Harris, Yul Brynner and Nick Nolte.



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