Kurtwood Smith is an American actor best known for his role as Red Forman on the television sitcom That '70s Show, from 1998-2006.
He has made many memorable appearances on television, including recurring characters on 24 and and guest roles on House, Malcolm in the Middle, X-Files, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Picket Fences.
Smith also appeared on such classic series as 21 Jump Street, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Newhart, The A-Team and Soap.
His television movie credits include A Bright Shining Lie, The Magnificent Seven, Citizen Ruth, While Justice Sleeps, Doorways, The Christmas Gift and TNT's The Nightmare Years, the latter earning him a CableACE nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
On the big screen, Smith has been featured in such successful films as the Academy Award-winning Dead Poets Society and Girl, Interrupted, as well as Deep Impact, A Time to Kill, Broken Arrow, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, To Die For, Boxing Helena, Fortress, The Crush, True Believer and in the memorable role of Clarence Boddicker in Robocop, among others.
Smith also was the star of the Oscar-nominated short 12:01 P.M. and appeared in the film Cedar Rapids.
Smith's commitment to the community includes participating each year in the Day of the Child, where he and his wife Joan met the foster child who is now a part of their family.
He brings Christmas gifts to children at United Care Group Homes and was named to the Celebrity Hall of Fame by the Winners Circle for Children for his support of Easter Seals.
In the past, he has participated in the Special Olympics and supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also appeared in a public service announcement for mentoring.
Smith studied drama at California State University at San Jose, later earning a drama fellowship for Stanford's MFA program. He worked steadily in regional theatres in California during the 1970s and re-located to Los Angeles in 1979 to pursue film and television roles.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joan. He has two children and two grandchildren.