Rex Smith (born September 19, 1955) is an American actor and singer. Smith made his acting debut in the Broadway play Grease in 1978. He is noted for his role as Jesse Mach in the 1985 television series Street Hawk; being the first actor to play the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil in live action; and being a singer and stage actor. During the late 1970s, Smith was popular as a teen idol. He was featured regularly in 16 Magazine and Tiger Beat. He also had a gold Top 10 single, "You Take My Breath Away" in 1979.
Rex Smith signing autographs in 2012
|Born||September 19, 1955|
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Genres||Soft rock, pop|
In 1979, he had a hit single from the television movie Sooner or Later, entitled "You Take My Breath Away", which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is on the platinum-selling album Sooner or Later, which is also named for the movie. The music for this song was written by Stephen J. Lawrence and the lyrics were written by Bruce Hart. For many years, it was a staple on the play lists of FM radio stations with a soft rock or "lite" format.
In 1981, Smith hit the top 40 again with a remake of "Everlasting Love", in a duet with singer Rachel Sweet. Peaking at No. 32, the song is Smith's last charting hit to date. The song also became Smith's only hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 35.
His latest album was released in 2000 and entitled Simply...Rex. It was re-released in 2006 and re-titled You Take My Breath Away.
Smith is best known for his role as motorcycle police officer Jesse Mach in the short-running 1985 television series Street Hawk, but he has also made guest appearances on a variety of television shows, such as The Love Boat, Baywatch, Caroline in the City and JAG. Smith has been a celebrity spokesperson for a number of corporate entities.
Smith also starred as Frederic in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of The Pirates of Penzance. In 1981, Smith won the Theatre World Award for his role in Pirates. Smith reprised the role of Frederic in the 1983 film adaptation, along with fellow Broadway cast members Kevin Kline as the Pirate King and Linda Ronstadt as Mabel.
Smith has appeared in other Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grand Hotel, The Human Comedy, and Annie Get Your Gun. He played Joe Gillis opposite Diahann Carroll as Norma Desmond in the 1995 Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard.
In 2005, Smith again starred in The Pirates of Penzance, this time playing the role of the Pirate King.
Smith has been married twice:
- Jamie Buell, married on February 28, 1987, and divorced in 1995. The couple had two daughters, Meagan Elizabeth (born 1987) and Madison Marie (born 1990).
- Courtney Schrage, married in 1998 and divorced a few years later. She later became her husband's manager. The couple have a son, Gatsby Richard (born 1999), and a daughter, Savannah.
Smith also has a son by Karen Lakey, a record-company representative with whom he had a weekend affair. Their son, Brandon, was born in 1980. Father and son met for the first time in 1997, during Smith's appearance in the musical Sunset Boulevard when he was signing autographs.
|1977||Where Do We Go from Here||Columbia|
|1979||Sooner or Later||Columbia|
|1981||The Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Cast Album)||Elektra|
|1995||Sunset Boulevard (Original Canadian Cast Recording)||Polydor|
|1997||The Human Comedy (Original Broadway Cast Recording)||Kilmarnock Records|
|1999||The Scarlet Pimpernel: Encore! (1998 Broadway Revival Cast)||Atlantic|
|2000||Simply…Rex (re-titled You Take My Breath Away, 2006)||MCA/Universal|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1979||"You Take My Breath Away"||10||11||3||Sooner or Later|
|"Never Gonna Give You Up"|
|"Let's Make a Memory"|
|1981||"Everlasting Love" (with Rachel Sweet)||32||35||Everlasting Love|
|"Love Will Always Make You Cry"|
|1980||Headin' for Broadway||Fast Eddie|
|1983||The Pirates of Penzance||Frederic|
|1988||Transformations||Wolfgang Shadduck||Alternate title: Alien Transformations|
|1994||A Passion to Kill||Ted||Alternate title: Rules of Obsession (UK)|
|1998||Richie Rich's Christmas Wish||Rudy||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Pope Dreams||Don||Alternate title: Music for My Mother|
|2006||Collier & Co.||Uncle Billy||Alternate title: John Schneider's Collier & Co.: Hot Pursuit!|
|2015||Cats Dancing on Jupiter||Rex Katz|
|2016||Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel||Cube|
|1979||Sooner or Later||Michael Skye||Movie|
|1980||The Love Boat||Mark Redding||Episode: "Vicki's First Love"|
|1980||Saturday Night Live||Frederic / Musical Guest||The cast of The Pirates of Penzance|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre||The Prince||Episode: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"|
|1985||Street Hawk||Jesse Mach||Lead role (13 episodes)|
|1986||New Love, American Style||Rookie||Episode: "Love and Dear Penelope"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Stew Bennett||Episode: "If a Body Meet a Body"|
|1986||Dear Penelope and Peter||Ben Berlin||Pilot|
|1987||Shades of Love: The Ballerina and the Blues||Rick Peterson||Movie|
|1987||Houston Knights||Jake Bodine||Episode: "Desperado"|
|1988||Cagney & Lacey||Jerry Wickes||Episode: "Old Flames"|
|1989||The Trial of the Incredible Hulk||Matt Murdock/ Daredevil||Movie|
|1990||Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer||Andy Sacks||Movie|
|1990–92||As the World Turns||Darryl Crawford||Daytime serial|
|1993||Silk Stalkings||Bob Johnson||Episode: "Night Games"|
|1994||Once in a Lifetime||Jeffrey Fields||Movie|
|1994||Cobra||Mark Dante||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|1997||The Sentinel||Galileo / Frank Rachins||Episode: "Dead Drop"|
|1997||JAG||Sgt. Max Frankl||Episode: "The Court-Martial of Sandra Gilbert"|
|1997||Caroline in the City||Dr. David Engel||Episode: "Caroline and the Free Cable"|
|1998||Pacific Blue||Hudson Miller||Episode: "Caretakers"|
|1998||Baywatch||Gavin||Episode: "Friends Forever"|
|1999||Malibu, CA||Jesse Mercer||Episode: "Jason's Song"|
|2000||The Norm Show||Pirate #1||Episode: "Norm vs. Jenny"|
|2002||Just Cause||Keith Temple||Episode: "Fading Star"|
|2007||City Girls||Ben Morgan||Pilot|
|The Pirates of Penzance||Frederic||January 8, 1981 – November 28, 1982||Broadway: Uris Theatre / Minskoff Theatre, New York City|
|The Human Comedy||Spangler||April 5–15, 1984||Broadway: Royale Theatre, New York City|
|West Side Story||Tony||September 3–21, 1985||Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.|
|Brownstone||Stuart||October 8 – December 6, 1986||Off-Broadway: Union Square Theatre, New York City|
|Anything Goes||Billy Crocker||October 18, 1988 – January 15, 1989||US National Tour|
|Grand Hotel||Felix Von Gaigern (replacement)||April – May 1990||Broadway: Martin Beck Theatre, New York City|
|Grease||Danny Zuko||September 24, 1994 – 1995||US National Tour|
|Sunset Boulevard||Joe Gillis||October 15, 1995 – August 18, 1996||Canadian Tour: Toronto|
|December 1, 1996 - April 9, 1997||Canadian Tour: Vancouver|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel||Chauvelin (replacement)||October 10, 1998 – May 30, 1999||Broadway: Minskoff Theatre, New York City|
|Annie Get Your Gun||Frank Butler||July 11 - October 29, 2000||US National Tour|
|Frank Butler (replacement)||April 17 – May 6, 2001||US National Tour|
|Kiss Me, Kate||Fred Graham / Petruchio||June 19, 2001 – June 16, 2002||US National Tour|
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- "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
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- Richard Gerome (March 2, 1998). "Face to Face". People. Vol. 49 no. 8.
- "Starz singer Michael Lee Smith posts rough mix of new song "Runaway Jane"". Sleaze Roxx. September 30, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
- Rex Smith - Billboard