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William Smith

1933 - 2021

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William Emmett Smith (March 24, 1933 – July 5, 2021) was an American actor. In a Hollywood career spanning more than 79 years, he appeared in almost three hundred feature films and television productions in a wide variety of character roles, often villainous or brutal, accumulating over 980 total credits, with his best known role being the menacing Anthony Falconetti in the 1970s television mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Smith has received more than 167,330 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). William Smith is the 3,269th most popular actor (down from 3,060th in 2019), the 5,069th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,907th in 2019) and the 1,545th most popular American Actor.

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  • 170k

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  • 49.29

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  • 18

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  • 2.24

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  • 3.36

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, William Smith ranks 3,269 out of 9,996Before him are Dorothy Gish, William Hickey, Ruby Dee, Freddie Bartholomew, Caroline Goodall, and Brie Larson. After him are Marga López, Lupita Tovar, Ethel Merman, John Shrapnel, Burt Ward, and Brian Thompson.

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Among people born in 1933, William Smith ranks 252Before him are Chen Jingrun, C. Odumegwu Ojukwu, Brad Harris, Ercole Baldini, Javier Lozano Barragán, and Jean Becker. After him are Tsuneko Okazaki, Meena Kumari, Romuald Klim, Tamás Vásáry, John Taylor, and Elly Ameling. Among people deceased in 2021, William Smith ranks 367Before him are Lester Bird, Walter Taibo, Tormod Knutsen, Johnny Pacheco, Gustavo Peña, and Bunny Wailer. After him are Donald Kagan, Richard Marcinko, Jack Angel, Chris Barber, Nikolai Slichenko, and Momčilo Vukotić.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Smith ranks 5,069 out of 18,182Before him are William Hickey (1927), Ruby Dee (1922), Charlie Mariano (1923), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Brie Larson (1989), and Eric S. Raymond (1957). After him are Patti Scialfa (1953), Nate Dogg (1969), James Thurber (1894), Jim Walton (1948), Saul Alinsky (1909), and Bob Gale (1951).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, William Smith ranks 1,545Before him are Zooey Deschanel (1980), Jon Hamm (1971), Dorothy Gish (1898), William Hickey (1927), Ruby Dee (1922), and Brie Larson (1989). After him are Ethel Merman (1908), Burt Ward (1945), Brian Thompson (1959), Titus Welliver (1962), Luke Wilson (1971), and Amanda Peet (1972).

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