Kevin Tod Smith

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

16 March 1963


16 February 2002 as a result of an accident


Geoff and Yvonne Smith


Suzanne Allison


Three sons – Oscar, Tyrone, Willard


  • Timaru Boys High School 1976-1979
  • Timaru College (final year)


After leaving school Kevin moved to Christchurch where he worked in a variety of jobs. He began his acting career at The Court Theatre in Christchurch in 1987, where he impressed the Court heatre’s artistic director Elric Hooper, with his ability and versatility. He moved to Auckland to further his career which involved television roles in programmes such as McPhail and Gadsby, Shortland Street, Gloss, City Life, Lawless, Xena:Warrior Princess, and Hercules, as well as two New Zealand films “Desperate Remedies’ and ‘Channelling Baby’. At the time of his death he was working on a joint US-China film production in Beijing. He died at the Beijing Union Hospital after suffering severe brain damage in a tragic fall. He was due to head to America to film his first Hollywood movie with famous action man actor Bruce Willis.

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021