Lionel Mark Smith, actor, dies at 62

Thes appeared in several David Mamet films

Character actor Lionel Mark Smith, who appeared in several films and plays by David Mamet, died of cancer Feb. 13 in Inglewood, Calf. He was 62.

Born in Chicago, Smith studied at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and served in the U.S. Army.

He appeared in Mamet films including “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Homicide,” “Edmond,” “Things Change” and “State and Main.”

When he was cast in the Los Angeles legit version of Mamet’s “Oleanna,” Mark Taper Forum officials caused controversy by reportedly refusing to stage the play, contending that casting a black actor would be confusing for the audience. The play was later stated at the small Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood.

Smith met Mamet while working in Chicago theaters, and he also toured in the Athol Fugard play “Sizwe Banzi is Dead.”

He appeared on numerous TV shows including “Hill Street Blues, “Lou Grant,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Seinfeld,” “Days of Our Lives” and “L.A. Law.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading