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'My Cousin Vinny' Actor Lane Smith Dies

Lane Smith (search), a longtime character actor who played a small-town district attorney who clashed with Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny (search)," died Monday. He was 69.

Smith, who also played Richard Nixon in the TV movie "The Final Days (search)" and Daily Planet editor Perry White in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (search)," died at his home in Los Angeles, according to his wife, Debbie Benedict Smith.

Born in Memphis, Smith appeared in numerous films and television shows. Most recently, he appeared in the 2000 movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance," starring Will Smith and Matt Damon.

Lane Smith also appeared in the original stage production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" and the revival of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Film credits include "The Distinguished Gentleman," "Son in Law," "The Mighty Ducks" and "The Hi-Lo Country."

Besides his wife, Smith is survived by his son Robbie, 18, and a brother and sister. He also has a 19-year-old stepson.