Smith in 1958.
Jack Ward Smith
November 16, 1913
|Died||July 3, 2006 (aged 92)|
|Other names||'Smilin' Jack Smith|
Victoria Stuart (m. 1936–2002)(her death)
|Relatives||Walter Reed (brother)|
Born in Seattle, Washington, Smith was in a singing trio, The Three Ambassadors, from age 15. In 1939, he became a solo crooner with a voice described as a "strong baritone with a tenor lilt"; he was billed as "The Singer with a Smile in His Voice." He also sang with the Phil Harris Orchestra in 1932, recording "Here It is Only Monday".
Establishing a radio program, The Jack Smith Show, in 1945, he went on to host such guests as Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, John Serry Sr. and Ginny Simms. In a 1945 poll of radio critics by Motion Picture Daily, Smith was voted radio's "most promising star of tomorrow."
With the television's arrival, radio saw a decline in audiences, and Smith lost his show in 1952. In 1953, Smith briefly hosted the NBC game show Place the Face, only to be replaced by Jack Bailey, who in turn was followed by Bill Cullen. Smith became the host of You Asked For It in 1958, staying with it in various roles until 1991. He also appeared as himself in the "Fearless Fonzarelli" episode of Happy Days, aired in 1975; in that episode, Smith hosted You Wanted To See It, a fictionalized version of his real show, bearing witness to Fonzie's feat of leaping 14 garbage cans on his motorcycle.
|1936||Walking on Air||Singer at Dance||Uncredited|
|1949||Make Believe Ballroom||Singer Jack Smith|
|1951||On Moonlight Bay||Hubert Wakely|
|1971||The Barefoot Executive||Clathworthy|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Announcer Jack Smith||(final film role)|