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Kurtwood Smith Used His Late Stepdad As Inspiration For The Role Of Red Forman

Kurtwood Smith was already a veteran screen actor when he auditioned for the part of Eric’s father, Red Forman, on That ’70s Show. Smith thought about his stepdad when he auditioned for the curmudgeonly but lovable patriarch, noting:

“I did not write any of those jokes, but when I first auditioned for the role and from then on, I always had my stepdad in mind… And he passed away just before I did the pilot. Like, a month or so before… For it to go on that long, eight years, and to have a character that meant as much to me as he did personally… well, that was special.”

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