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Character actor Bill Smitrovich takes his turn in 'American Buffalo'
Character actor Bill Smitrovich takes his turn in 'American Buffalo'

This is one in a series of occasional articles about the careers and lives of character actors in Hollywood. Bill Smitrovich remembers the day when "everything exploded in my head" and he decided to become an actor. Smitrovich, 65, had worked at various odd jobs in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn., until he decided he wanted a college education. So he saved enough money to go the University of Bridgeport, where he majored in business education and "dabbled in theater." Acting became his primary focus when a friend recommended he audition for the role of the tragic Lenny in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times...

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