Steve Smith (comedian)

Steve Smith CM
Steve Smith as Red Green riding in the 2012 Golden Days Parade.jpg
Steve Smith as Red Green, riding in the 2012 Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, Alaska, representing Red Green local affiliate KUAC
Steven Smith Jr.

(1945-12-24) December 24, 1945 (age 74)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian
Years active 1979–present
( m. 1966)
Children 2
Awards Order of Canada

Steven Smith Jr., CM (born December 24, 1945) is a Canadian actor, writer and comedian.[1] He is best known as the co-creator and star of the sketch comedy show The Red Green Show, for which he portrayed the title character.

Early life

Smith was born in Toronto on Christmas Eve 1945. Before turning to comedy, he studied engineering at the University of Waterloo and then worked a variety of jobs. In 1979, he began to produce, write, and star in Smith & Smith, a sketch comedy series with a cast consisting of Smith and his wife, Morag Smith. The show was produced for Hamilton, Ontario's CHCH and syndicated to other television stations in Canada.


Smith as Red Green at Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, Michigan, April 5, 2014

In 1985, Smith created the family sitcom Me & Max. After the first season the Smiths went back to sketch comedy, creating the series The Comedy Mill, which ran for four years. Smith was a writer on Offside, a sports comedy series for CTV, head writer for Global's Laughing Matters, and the TV pilot of Out of Our Minds with David Steinberg. He wrote three episodes of CBS' Top Cops series.

In 1991 Smith starred in The Red Green Show. In all, 300 episodes of the series were produced. In 1997, Smith was credited as his alter-ego, Red Green, in "Pavement", an episode of the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In 2002 the full-length movie Duct Tape Forever was produced.[1] Smith writes a syndicated newspaper column as Red Green, distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association. In 2009, as a public service announcement by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Power Generation, Smith supplied his voice to a talking fish, warning of the dangers of illegal fishing near government hydro dams. In 2004, Smith hosted a show on Space called Steve Smith Playhouse.

Steve Smith has performed as Red Green on his Wit & Wisdom Tour (2013) and How to Do Everything Tour (2014).

On September 13, 2013, Steve Smith started a one-man show called How to do Everything (From the Man who Should Know). In 2014, the show also travelled to the U.S.

Steve Smith performed as Red Green on his "I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe" North American Tour (2016). The 2019 North American tour, "This Could Be It", began in March 2019 and ran until the end of October, with shows in 34 U.S. cities and 29 Canadian cities.[2]

Personal life

Smith and his wife Morag have been married since 1966 and have two sons, Dave and Max. They also have three grandchildren.

On February 17, 2006, Smith was made a Member of the Order of Canada, and on June 13, 2011, Smith received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McMaster University.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Duct Tape Forever". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Red Green - The Official Red Green Web Site". Red Green.
  3. ^ "Paul Martin, Buzz Hargrove among honorary degree recipients for Spring convocation". Archived from the original on 2011-09-29.

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