Smith was finishing work on his latest movie, the psychological thriller Wasatch, when he suffered a stroke. No further details were provided.
Born in Monterey, CA, raised in the Midwest and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Smith began his entertainment career working for commercial and music video director Bob Giraldi. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career.
After a stint working at Panavision Hollywood, Smith saw his first script land at Fox 2000. It was Men of Honor, a biopic about Carl Brashear, the first African American Navy diver. Cuba Gooding Jr. played Brashear alongside De Niro, and George Tillman Jr. directed the film, which was released in 2000. His next screenplay became Paramount’s The Score, the 2001 crime drama directed by Frank Oz and starring De Niro, Marlon Brando, Edward Norton and Angela Bassett.
Smith worked on more than 40 screenplays at the major studios during his career, with credits also including the 2014 Thomas Carter football drama When the Game Stands Tall. His made his directorial debut in Camera Store, a passion project he wrote and also produced (Smith worked at a camera store while he was in film school). The indie drama starred John Larroquette and John Rhys-Davies and screened at the 2017 Palm Springs Film Festival.
Smith is survived by his children Dylan, Lauren and Carly.
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