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John Smith (Robert Errol Van Orden)

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Biography

Los Angeles, California, USA
Actor John Smith was born Robert Errol Van Orden in Los Angeles. He began his career singing with The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir, a group which appeared in two Bing Crosby films, Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945).

His agent Henry Willson, who also gave Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson their names, changed Van Orden's name to "John Smith". Robert Hofler, author of "The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson", reports that an actress identified as Pocahontas Crowfoot was in the courtroom when the name change was granted. Read more...

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The High and the Mighty 1954

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We're No Angels 1955

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Wichita 1955

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Desert Sands 1955

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Friendly Persuasion 1956

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Quincannon, Frontier Scout 1956

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Circus World 1964

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Waco 1966

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I Spy 1965

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Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969

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Police Woman 1974

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Emergency! 1972

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Adam-12 1968

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Frontier 1955

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