Paul L. Smith

1936 - 2012

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Paul Lawrence Smith (June 24, 1936 – April 25, 2012) was an American-Israeli actor and director. Burly, bearded and imposing, he appeared in feature films and occasionally on television since the 1960s, generally playing "heavies" and bad guys. His most notable roles include Hamidou, the vicious prison guard in Midnight Express (1978), Bluto in Robert Altman's Popeye (1980), Gideon in the ABC miniseries Masada (1981), Glossu "Beast" Rabban in David Lynch's Dune (1984) and Falkon in Red Sonja (1985). He was most frequently credited as Paul Smith or Paul L. Smith, but was also billed as P. L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul L. Smith has received more than 972,042 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 44 in 2019). Paul L. Smith is the 1,035th most popular actor (down from 893rd in 2019), the 1,813th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,637th in 2019) and the 493rd most popular American Actor.

Smith was most famous for portraying the character of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, who is a retired British Army Officer, for the duration of the TV show M*A*S*H.

Memorability Metrics

  • 970k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 58.61

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 42

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.97

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Paul L. Smiths by language

Over the past year Paul L. Smith has had the most page views in the with 150,610 views, followed by Italian (30,993), and German (16,573). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Galician (113.68%), Breton (89.34%), and Afrikaans (74.20%)


Among actors, Paul L. Smith ranks 1,035 out of 13,578Before him are Jim Caviezel, Bill Pullman, Taron Egerton, Billy Zane, Al Lettieri, and Gino Cervi. After him are Rossana Podestà, Idris Elba, Bob Fosse, Marcheline Bertrand, Yuen Biao, and Eric Bana.

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Among people born in 1936, Paul L. Smith ranks 103Before him are A. B. Yehoshua, Wolf Biermann, Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, Wilfried Martens, Roy Emerson, and Ken Mattingly. After him are Nicos Poulantzas, Théo Sarapo, Henry Lee Lucas, Glenda Jackson, Aleida March, and Didier Ratsiraka. Among people deceased in 2012, Paul L. Smith ranks 78Before him are Gustav Leonhardt, Omar Suleiman, Teófilo Stevenson, Haji Mohammad Chamkani, Carl Johan Bernadotte, and Santiago Carrillo. After him are Kathryn Joosten, Miguel de la Madrid, Maurice Herzog, Neslişah Sultan, Galina Vishnevskaya, and Maurice André.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Paul L. Smith ranks 1,813 out of 20,380Before him are Christopher A. Sims (1942), Sonny Rollins (1930), Al Lettieri (1928), Paul Wolfowitz (1943), Philip Abelson (1913), and Charles Duke (1935). After him are Cole Porter (1891), Floyd Patterson (1935), Bob Fosse (1927), Robert C. Merton (1944), Marcheline Bertrand (1950), and Joan Rivers (1933).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Paul L. Smith ranks 493Before him are Clara Bow (1905), Elizabeth Montgomery (1933), Jim Caviezel (1968), Bill Pullman (1953), Billy Zane (1966), and Al Lettieri (1928). After him are Bob Fosse (1927), Marcheline Bertrand (1950), Wallace Shawn (1943), Dean Cain (1966), Mary Steenburgen (1953), and Marcia Cross (1962).

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