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Dean Smith (athlete)

Dean Smith
Smith at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
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Full name Finis Dean Smith
Born January 15, 1932 (1932-01-15) (age 84)
Breckenridge, Texas, U.S.

Finis Dean Smith (born January 15, 1932) is an American former track and field athlete and stuntman, winner of the gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Born in Breckenridge, Texas, Smith won the Amateur Athletic Union championships in 100 m in 1952. At the Helsinki Olympics, he was fourth in the 100 m and ran the leadoff leg for American gold medal winning 4 × 100 m relay team. As a sprinter on the Longhorn track team, Smith ran a 100 yard dash in 9.4 seconds; one tenth of a second off the world record at the time.

After graduating from University of Texas at Austin where he ran track and was a member of the Silver Spurs, Smith played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but never played in a regular season game. After his sports career, Smith performed as a professional rodeo cowboy and stuntman in various Western movies as The Alamo, The Comancheros, How The West Was Won, McLintock!, Rio Conchos, Big Jake, and El Dorado. He also appeared in such Western TV shows as Tales of Wells Fargo, Maverick, Gunsmoke, Lawman, Have Gun Will Travel, The Iron Horse and Walker, Texas Ranger.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame

Dean Smith is a member of the Stuntman's Hall of Fame. In 1997 he was named "All American Cowboy" and in 1998 he received a Golden Boot Award. In 2007 he received the Silver Spur award for his contribution as a stuntman (one of the best) in the film business.

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