MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE ROLE(S): Col. Strelnikov, the Russian officer who shoots Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn; and Jack Wilson, the bare-knuckle brawler who joins forces with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can
THE INTEL: All-around tough guy (he was featured on the covers of countless bodybuilding magazines and was the final “Marlboro Man” to appear on TV) and character-actor staple (playing the heavy in dozens of B-movies and TV shows), Smith was born with a real gift for languages. Following a B.A. from Syracuse, he earned a master’s in Russian studies from UCLA, where he later taught (while pursuing his Ph.D.) before trading a career in academia for one in Hollywood. Smith also took courses at both the Sorbonne and the University of Munich — and is fluent in Russian, French, German and Serbo-Croatian.
CELEBRITY-BRAINIAC RATING, ON A “1” (SNOOKI) to “10” (COLLEGE PROFESSOR) SCALE: 8
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