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Overview (2)

Born in Breckenridge, Texas, USA
Birth NameFinis Dean Smith

Mini Bio (1)

Dean Smith was raised in Eliasville, Texas, and currently lives between Graham and Breckenridge, Texas, where he raises horses and longhorn cattle. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he competed in track and football. He won an Olympic gold medal for the 400-meter relay in the 1952 Helsinki games and finished fourth in the 100-dash in the closest race in Olympic history. He was the lead-off man on the University of Texas world record relay team, 1954-55, and AAU national champion in the 100-meter dash. He played with the Los Angeles Rams during exhibition season and was traded to the Pittsburg Steelers at which time he decided to enter the movie business. He has also won amateur rodeo championships for bareback bronco riding and calf roping. He is an honorary member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, has been inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame (2006), the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (1985), Stuntman's Hall of Fame (1980), and the University of Texas Hall of Fame (1980). He has been awarded the American Culture Award for Western Movies and Television (2000), the Golden Boot Award in 1998, the Ben Johnson Award in 1993, the All American Cowboy Award in 1997 and the Head of the Class Alvin Davis Award in 2002. In 2002, he put together the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the Cowboy Cancer Crusade tribute to Ben Johnson, the Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute honoring John Wayne and in 2006, Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute honoring The Singing Cowboys in Abilene, Texas, the third weekend in October. On April 8, 2006, the John Wayne Cancer Institute honored him with the "Duke" award for his contributions to cancer research.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mark Engebretson

Spouse (2)

Debra L Stoker (26 October 1996 - ?) ( 1 child)
Abigail Gowan (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (10)

Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics for the 4x100-meter relay; ran leadoff leg.
As of April 2006, he was raising longhorn cattle and quarter horses on his ranch near Ivan, TX.
Played with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers after college, but never appeared in a regular season game.
Inducted into the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor in 1980.
Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame in 1980.
Induced into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2006.
Inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
While doubling for Robert Culp in the Outer Limits episode "Demon With A Glass Hand," he broke both his ankles when he jumped down a flight of stairs.

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