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The Most Interesting Man In The World: Actor William Smith

by | 21st, May 2014



THE Dos Equis guy has nothing on actor, William Smith.  No I didn’t say Will Smith.  We’re not talking about the Fresh Prince here, folks.  I’m talking about Will iam  Smith the world’s biggest badass and Renaissance Man.

Never heard of him?   Although he’s been in over 300 movies and TV shows, William Smith was never much of a headline actor usually playing a supporting role as the stereotypical tough-guy villain.  You may recognize his face since he’s played everything from Conan the Barbarian’s father to the Russian commander in Red Dawn But he’s by no means a household name.

Yet, Mr. Smith has earned the right to be declared Hollywood’s Dos Equis man.  He’s not only a human weapon that could eat Chuck Norris for breakfast, but he’s also an accomplished scholar, poet, and all around  Übermensch.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say he’s an Über-Übermensch.  To see why, let’s take a look into his background.  But be prepared to feel like you’ve done absolutely nothing with your life.




William Smith served in the US Air Force during the Korean War where he was a Russian Intercept Interrogator and flew secret missions over Russia.

William Smith at one time had both CIA and NSA clearance.  He would have obtained a classified position within the US government, but was barred when he married a mysterious French actress known only as Michelle.

Has a master’s degree in Russian Studies from UCLA.

Currently is the world record holder for reverse-curling his own body weight.

We could stop right there, and that’d be pretty impressive.  But it keeps going…




Smith was an amateur boxer with a 31-1 record.  (I would love to know the story behind that one loss.)  He also competed at the amateur level in downhill skiing and motorcross.

He taught Russian at UCLA while working on his PhD, but abandoned it to work as a stunt man for Tarzan movies.

Was the final Marlboro Man before cigarette advertising was discontinued on television.

Has been the Arm Wrestling World Champion… twice .

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.  I’d be content with being a boxer and Marlboro Man…. that’s surely enough cool points to get you laid for a lifetime.  But it keeps on coming….




Growing up, William Smith was a cattle rancher.

William Smith is fluent in English, Russian, German, French, and Serbo-Croatian.

Served as a volunteer fireman in the 1950s, putting out California wildfires.

He holds a Black Belt in martial arts (Kung Fu and Kenpo Karate).

Now it has transcended from being interesting trivia to a biography that’s making me question whether I’ve really done anything with my life.  

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