Kevin Smith (New Zealand actor)

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Kevin Tod Smith (16 March 1963 – 15 February 2002) was a New Zealand actor best known for playing the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in its two spin-offsXena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules. He was also a Rock musician.

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Early life

Kevin Smith was born in Auckland in 1963.[1] His mother was of Tongan ancestry and his father (of British descent) hailed from New Zealand. Smith's family moved to the South Island town of Timaru when he was eleven. He attended Timaru Boys' High School from 1976 to 1979. He was involved in the drama club at his high school.

Smith played in rock and roll bands during high school, working out each morning at the gym and watching television in the afternoon.[2] He enjoyed painting and loved rugby and hoped to become a member of New Zealand's world-famous rugby team, the All Blacks.

At the age of 17, Smith moved to Christchurch, where he lived in a flat above a fruit shop, worked at various jobs, and considered joining the police in order to help children, before enrolling in Canterbury University at the age of 20.[2] In 1986 he married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne (Sue), with whom he had three sons: Oscar, Tyrone and Willard.

Career

After suffering a concussion while playing university rugby union in 1987, Smith was forced to sit on the sidelines for almost three weeks. His wife saw a casting call advertisement for the touring musical tribute to Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight, and signed up Kevin for an audition. He got the role of bodyguard JoJoe and was the lead understudy. Later that year, Smith joined Christchurch's Court Theatre and performed on stage for the next three years in a variety of roles including Don Pedro in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

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