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Russell Smith

Actor

Russell Smith still gets recognised for his portrayal of milk-obsessed vampire Count Homogenized. Smith first played the affro-haired vamp on late 1970s series A Haunting We Will Go, before starring in spin-off show It is I, Count Homogenized. Smith's screen career is a study in adaptability. After early work in children's television — including co-hosting Play School — he joined the cast of pioneering show A Week of It, one of many comedy roles. In the late 80s he played a hard-bitten detective in Wellington cop show Shark in the Park. Smith has also directed on childrens shows Bumble and Mel's Amazing Movies.

People either loved it or hated it. And it didn’t seem to matter which, they still recognised you. It was one of those programmes which created a response. It doesn’t happen a lot with television. Russell Smith on playing Count Homogenized, in a 1991 Listener interview

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Interview

Russell Smith: The man behind Count Homogenized...

Interview, 2012

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Two Little Boys

2012, As: Des - Film

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The Insiders Guide to Love

2005, As: Ted - Television

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The Insiders Guide to Love - Who Taught You Love (Episode Six)

2005, As: Ted - Television

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Letter to Blanchy

1994 - 1997, As: Scaley - Television

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Letter to Blanchy - A Dinner Down Under

1994, As: Scaley - Television

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Letter to Blanchy - Unofficial Channels

1994, As: Scaley - Television

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Letter to Blanchy - A Serious Undertaking

1994, As: Scaley - Television

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Typhon's People

1993, As: Forbes - Television

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Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1997, As: Kevin Lorrigan - Television

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Ruby and Rata

1990, As: Social Worker - Film

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Shark in the Park - Diversions (Series Two, Episode Four)

1990, As: Bernie - Television

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Shark in the Park - Prospects (Series Two, Episode One)

1990, As: Bernie - Television

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Shark in the Park - Lamb to the Slaughter (Series One, Episode Three)

1989, As: Bernie - Television

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Never Say Die

1988, As: Pilot - Film

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Shark in the Park

1988 - 1991, As: Detective Bernie Gregory - Television

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Tales of the Mist - The Girl in the Cabbage Tree

1986, As: Charlie - Television

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It is I Count Homogenized - Episode

1983, As: Count Homogenised - Television

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Rabbiter's Rest - A Fair Cop

1983, As: Russell - Television

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It is I Count Homogenized

1983, As: Count Homogenized - Television

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Woolly Valley - Series One Compilation

1982, As: Tussock - Television

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Hang on a Minute Mate

1982, As: Doug Pettigrew - Television

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A Haunting We Will Go - Cellar Ghost

1980, As: Count Homogenized - Television

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McPhail and Gadsby - First Episode

1980, Actor - Television

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Play School - Presenter Compilation

1980 - 1987, Presenter - Television

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A Haunting We Will Go

1979 - 1980, As: Count Homogenized - Television

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A Week of It - Christmas Special

1979, As: Various roles - Television

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A Week of It - Series Two, Episode 15

1978, As: Bar manager, various roles - Television

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A Haunting We Will Go - Pilot Episode

1977, As: Count Homogenized - Television

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A Week of It - First Episode

1977, Actor - Television

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A Week of It

1977 - 1979, Actor - Television

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Play School

1976 - 1977, Presenter - Television