William smithers
William Smithers played the part of ruthless business executive/oil tycoon Jeremy Wendell, also J.R.'s nemisis, on he original "Dallas" TV series.
William Smithers
General Information
Born: (1927-07-10) July 10, 1927 (age 90)
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Jeremy Wendell
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
50 in Seasons 4-12

William Smithers (born July 10, 1927) is the character actor who played the part of villianous oil tycoon/business executive Jeremy Wendell, who served as, outside of Cliff Barnes, J.R. Ewing's biggest nemisis, in 50 episodes of the CBS-TV series Dallas in Seasons 4 through 12 of the series.


William is well-versed for playing villainous roles, and is perhaps best known for his recurring role as J.R. Ewing's arch nemesis Jeremy Wendell on the classic television series Dallas, primarily from 1984 through 1989. Prior to this, Smithers had brief stints on such popular TV shows as Young Dr. Malone (from 1962 through 1963) and Peyton Place (1965 through 1966). He was also a regular on the short-lived 1976 series Executive Suite. He also appeared in the 1980 made-for-TV movie The Return of Frank Cannon, which co-starred Diana Muldaur.

Smithers has made frequent television show guest appearances. Among the shows on which he has guest-starred are Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I., Mannix, The Invaders, Star Trek-TOS, The Mod Squad (starring Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews), Ironside, Barnaby Jones (with Lee Meriwether), Quincy, M.E., and Walker, Texas Ranger. Smithers only has a few feature films to his credit, however. Among these are 1972's Trouble Man, the 1973 films Scorpio, and Papillon, and 1978's Deathsport.

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