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RIP Bodybuilder William Smith dies at the age of 88

William Smith (March 24, 1933 - July 5, 2021), Action Star Known for His Onscreen Brawls, Dies at 88.

William Smith, an actor known for his portrayals of villains and his onscreen movie brawls, died on July 5 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 88. Mr. Smith’s wife, Joanne Cervelli Smith, said he died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Country House and Hospital. She did not specify the cause.

While Mr. Smith was best known for his roles in action movies like “Any Which Way You Can” (1980), and television shows including “Laredo,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Hawaii Five-O,” the real action came from his off-screen life.

RIP Actor William Smith

He was a polyglot, a bodybuilder, a champion discus thrower and an Air Force pilot during the Korean War, according to his website.



"Besides his movie and TV work, Bill’s accomplishments in athletics continued as well. His achievements include an Air Force Light-Heavyweight Boxing Championship; he was a champion discus thrower at UCLA; he was a two-time 200-lb. World Arm Wrestling Champion and he holds a Black Belt in martial arts (Kung Fu and Kenpo Karate). Among his outstanding feats of strength are strict reverse curl of his own body weight and 5,100 continuous sit ups. He appeared on the pages of numerous bodybuilding magazines including “Mr. America,” “Muscle Mag,” “Iron Man,” “Muscle Builder” and “Strength and Health.”" ~ website bio

Bill Smith - Strength and Health Magazine - June 1961

Fans can pay their respects to William's wife on their facebook page. If anyone would like to share stories on William, please add your comments.

I tried contacting William on facebook over a year ago to ask him about his "strict reverse curl of his own body weight" feat, but unfortunately he never responded.

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