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Bob Smith (I) (1917–1998)

Beloved pioneer TV kids' show host, Buffalo Bob Smith was the co-creator and host of TV's Howdy Doody (1954) for almost its entire thirteen-year run (NBC: 1947 - 1960), being sidelined for a little less than a year by a near-fatal heart attack in 1954. With his open, friendly personality, combined with the antics of the show's puppet and human ... See full bio »

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Revolutionary Road Soundtrack
Man on the Moon Soundtrack
The Howdy Doody Show Buffalo Bob / Howdy Doody / Himself - Host


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 1991 Problem Child 2
Father Flanagan (as 'Buffalo' Bob Smith)
 1982 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
 1976 The New Howdy Doody Show (TV Series)
Buffalo Bob Smith (1976-1977)
 1975 Happy Days (TV Series)
Buffalo Bob Smith
- The Howdy Doody Show (1975) ... Buffalo Bob Smith (as Robert E. Smith)
 1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #5.4 (1971) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Episode #5.1 (1971) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1967 Track of Thunder (uncredited)
 1947-1960 The Howdy Doody Show (TV Series)
Buffalo Bob / Howdy Doody
- Clarabell's Big Surprise (1960) ... Buffalo Bob
- Episode dated 9 July 1960 (1960) ... Buffalo Bob
- Episode dated 14 May 1960 (1960) ... Buffalo Bob
- Episode dated 5 March 1960 (1960) ... Buffalo Bob
- Episode dated 13 February 1960 (1960) ... Buffalo Bob
 1956 Howdy Doody (TV Series)
Buffalo Bob Smith
- Untitled (1956) ... Buffalo Bob Smith
 1951 Howdy Doody's Christmas (Short)
Buffalo Bob Smith / Voice of Howdy Doody (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (30 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Tootsie Roll Pops (as Buffalo Bob, with Howdy Doody) (1950s)

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Alternate Names:

'Buffalo' Bob Smith | Buffalo Bob Smith | Robert E. Smith

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Personal Quote:

[on Howdy Doody (1954)] We do constructive things. We talk about safety and good manners and encourage the kids to go to their place of worship on Sunday. And the show is an emotional outlet for children. They like to see Clarabell chase me with a seltzer bottle because it's something they'd like to do.


The reason given on the show for his costume was that he was the last part-descendant of the Native American chieftain who had once worn that costume. See more »

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