|Born||March 9, 1925|
|Died||September 1, 2003 (aged 78)|
|Occupation||Theatre director, film director, film producer|
His film credits include Harper (1966), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), The Traveling Executioner (1970), Rabbit, Run (1970), Airport 1975 (1974), Midway (1976), Damnation Alley (1977), Loving Couples (1980), and the Columbo episode "Dead Weight".
He joined the Army Air Forces, flying missions in the Pacific during World War II, before earning his degree at the University of Minnesota. He then sought work as an actor. He worked as a radio actor and had a bit part in a stage production of Anna Lucasta.
He became stage manager for TV's The Good Egg of the Week and then assistant director on The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Dennis Day Show. He said a big break was working on Visit to a Small Planet with Cyril Ritchard.
In 1959, he won an Emmy for his direction of the hour-long play Eddie, which starred Mickey Rooney. He directed the 1960 Broadway play The 49th Cousin. He directed episodes for The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Smight then signed a contract with Warners to make six films at one a year. He produced and directed The Third Day (1965) and then directed the Paul Newman starring vehicle Harper (1966), a big hit. He was meant to follow it with Kaleidescope with Warren Beatty but ended up not directing.
In 1966 he signed a three-picture deal with the Mirisch Brothers and bought the rights to the novel The Illustrated Man. In 1968, he directed the cult classic comedic thriller No Way to Treat a Lady, starring Rod Steiger and George Segal. Other notable films directed by Smight include Airport 1975 (1974) and Midway (1976).
Smight's last film was a US-Swiss co-production, The Favorite (1989), also known as La Nuit du serail.
Smight died from cancer in Los Angeles in 2003. Smight's wife of more than 50 years, actress Joyce Cunning, died the year before. He is survived by two sons, Tim and Alec; a sister; and four grandchildren.
|1964||I'd Rather Be Rich|
|1965||The Third Day|
|1968||The Secret War of Harry Frigg|
|1968||No Way to Treat a Lady|
|1969||The Illustrated Man|
|1969||Strategy of Terror|
|1970||The Traveling Executioner|
|1987||Number One with a Bullet|
|1949||One Man's Family||TV series|
|1955||Repertory Theatre||2 episodes|
|1955||Goodyear Playhouse||2 episodes|
|1956-58||General Electric Theater||2 episodes|
|1957||The Seven Lively Arts||Episode: "The Sound of Jazz"|
|1957-58||Studio One in Hollywood||4 episodes|
|1958||Alcoa Theatre||Episode: Eddie|
|1959||Oldsmobile Music Theatre||Episode: "A Nice Place to Hide"|
|1959||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||2 episodes|
|1959-61||The Twilight Zone||4 episodes|
|1960||The United States Steel Hour||Episode "Shadow of a Pale Horse"|
|1960-61||Art Carney Special||2 episodes|
|1960-61||Sunday Showcase||2 episodes|
|1960-61||Our American Heritage||4 episodes|
|1961||Naked City||Episode: "Dead on the Field of Honor"|
|1961||Route 66||Episode: "Goodnight Sweet Blues"|
|1961||The Law and Mr. Jones||Episode: "Lincoln"|
|1962||The Defenders||2 episodes|
|1962||The DuPont Show of the Week||5 episodes|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Episode: "Broken Year"|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||4 episodes|
|1963||East Side/West Side||2 episodes|
|1963||Arrest and Trial||5 episodes|
|1963-64||Dr. Kildare||3 episodes|
|1964-65||Kraft Suspense Theatre||4 episodes|
|1971||Columbo||Episode: "Dead Weight"|
|1986||Code of Vengeance||2 episodes|
|1958||Victor Borge's Comedy in Music III||TV movie|
|1959||The Ten Commandments||TV movie|
|1959||The Sound of Miles Davis||TV movie|
|1960||Destiny, West!||TV movie|
|1961||Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage||TV movie|
|1961||The Enchanted Nutcracker||TV movie|
|1962||Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going||TV movie|
|1972||The Screaming Woman||TV movie|
|1972||The Longest Night||TV movie|
|1973||Partners in Crime||TV movie|
|1973||Double Indemnity||TV movie|
|1973||Frankenstein: The True Story||TV movie|
|1973||Legend in Granite||TV movie|
|1974||The Man from Independence||TV movie|
|1978||Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry||TV movie|
|1982||Remembrance of Love||TV movie|
Awards & Nominations
|1959||Primetime Emmy Awards||Directing for a Drama Series||Alcoa Theatre Episode: Eddie||Won|||
|1962||Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage||Nominated|
|1970||Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation||The Illustrated Man||Nominated|
- Bergan, Ronald (September 19, 2003). "Jack Smight. Down-to-earth director whose stars included Bacall, Steiger and Newman". The Guardian.
- "Jack Smight". The New York Times.
- Myers, JP (March 8, 2018). "This is the story of Director Jack Smight's life in entertainment written by himself". Medium.
- Variety Staff (December 31, 1969). "Review: 'The Traveling Executioner'". Variety.
- Canby, Vincent (October 19, 1974). "Airport 1975 (1974) Screen:'Airport 1975' Is a Silly Sequel With a 747". The New York Times.
- Obituary: Jack Smight ; Director specialising in the macabre: [FOREIGN Edition] Vallance, Tom. The Independent 16 Sep 2003: 16.
- Hollywood Kind to TV Directors Los Angeles Times 17 May 1966: c9.
- Smight makes best of both: Go anywhere By Kimmis Hendrick. The Christian Science Monitor 3 Aug 1965: 6.
- MOVIE CALL SHEET: Jack Smight Signs Contract Los Angeles Times 12 Dec 1966: D25.