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J.W. Smith

J.W. Smith is a producer and actor with more than 40 years of entertainment experience in motion pictures and television. J.W. grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his acting career at The Karamu House Community Theater. In the early 1970s, J.W. moved to New York City where he became a student in Uta Hagen's acting class at HB Studio and at The Henry Street Playhouse. During his stint in New York City, J.W. met and became close friends with Morgan Freeman and Bill Duke. More than four decades later, J.W. remains close friends with both Morgan and Bill, often collaborating on scripts and potential projects.J.W. spent several successful years performing on Broadway and Off Broadway in plays including, "We Interrupt This Program," Public Theater's production of "On the Goddam Lock-in," and "So Nice, They Named It Twice." In addition to acting, J.W. produced shows in and around New York City for the Amas Repertory Theater Company.In the early 1980s, J.W. moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in film and television where he immediately landed his first job in television on "Palmerstown, U.S.A." He was selected to be a part of Paramount Pictures Associate Producers Training Program, working on several ground-breaking series for television including, "The Best of The West," "Taxi," and "Cheers." J.W. has also appeared in numerous television shows including, "L.A. Law," "Cagney and Lacey," "Reno 911," "The X-Files," and "Hill Street Blues."Showing his range and depth of talent, J.W. has appeared in many popular feature films including, "Red Heat" (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), "Johnny Handsome" (starring Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, and Morgan Freeman), "Undisputed" (starring Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames), "Beetlejuice" (starring Michael Keaton), "Hoodlum" (starring Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth, and directed by Bill Duke), "The Warriors" (cult classic directed by Walter Hill), to name a few.J.W. is President of 3000 Realms Entertainment, a production company he co-founded with friend and business partner, Bryan Behuniak. J.W.'s project in development with 3000 Realms Entertainment is "Dead Wrong," executive produced by Morgan Freeman, with producers Bryan Behuniak, James Dyer, and writer Matt Benjamin.

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Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Knots Landing 1979-12-27
Latest Project:
Series Reno 911! 2003-07-23
Known For
Poster of Sister, Sister
Poster of The X-Files
Poster of Family Matters
Poster of Tales from the Crypt
Reno 911! Unknown 2003-07-23
The Wayans Bros. Unknown 1995-01-11
Sister, Sister Unknown 1994-04-01
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Martin Unknown 1992-08-27
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Quantum Leap Unknown 1989-03-26
Family Matters Unknown 1989-09-22
Max Headroom Unknown 1987-03-31
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
The Atlanta Child Murders Nathaniel Carter 2 episodes, 1985 1985-02-10
Airwolf Unknown 1984-01-22
Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1981-10-08
Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27