Lane Smith died Monday, June 13, at his home in Los Angeles. The 69-year-old actor lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's disease, and left behind his wife, siblings, son, and stepson.
Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and discovered his talent for acting while enrolled in a Michigan prep school. He served in the army in his early 20s, then resumed pursuit of his chosen career by attending the Actor's Studio school of drama in New York City. His first television role was in the 1980 miniseries Gideon's Trumpet.
Smith was known for his portrayal of Daily Planet editor Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as well as for his turn as Richard Nixon in the TV movie The Final Days. However, Smith was also an accomplished stage and film actor. His most recent appearance was in the 2000 Robert Robert-directed movie The Legend of Bagger Vance.