Roger Guenveur Smith Bio - A Different World Star

BY EWON Updated on 19 March, 2021

Roger Guenveur Smith is a well-known actor and director. Image Source: Social Media.

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Birth Name Roger Guenveur Smith
Birth Day 07/27/1955
Birth place Berkeley, California, USA
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nationality American
Profession Actor, Director, Writer
Parents Sherman Smith, Helen Guenveur
Husband/Wife Carolina Smith (Ex-wife), LeTania Kirkland
Net Worth $1 million
College/University Yale University
Children Luna Rae, CY Smith, Zollie Ray Smith, and Zora Smith. 
Height 6 ft. 2 inches
Eye color Brown
Hair Color White

The talented American actor and director, Roger Guenveur Smith, is not a stranger in the film industry. He is best known for his collaborations with Spike Lee and the recurring roles in the hit HBO series, Oz.

Well, Smith has starred in tons of TV series and movies. No doubt, the actor has gained recognition from the audiences and from critics too. He also succeeded in making a promising and considerable fortune out of his career.

There are many fans who are interested in knowing about Roger Guenveur Smith, so stick with this article until the end to find out more.

Early Life, Family, And Education

Smith was born to Sherman Smith and Helen Guenveur on July 27, 1955. His dad was a judge, and his mother, a dentist. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and American Studies at Occidental College.

Roger Guenveur Smith's family

Roger switched from his pursuit of a graduate degree in History to successfully auditioning for the Drama School at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to that, he studied at the Keskidee Arts Centre in London.

Roger Guenveur Smith's Net Worth And Career

The talented, Roger Guenveur Smith's net worth is accumulated at $1 million, which he succeeded to gather from his career as an actor, director, and writer. Smith has collaborated with Spike Lee on several works in film

He appeared in films including School Daze, Do the Right Thing, King of New York, Get On The Bus, Deep Cover, Panther, American Gangster, etc. In the 1990s, he also had a recurring role on A Different World.

Smith continues to work and support independent film projects in addition to his performances in major studio productions. In 2003, he read in the HBO documentary film, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives.

He played the role of 'Isiah' in the film The Birth of a Nation in 2016. He also had a recurring role in the HBO series, Oz. Some of his films with box office collection as given on Rotten Tomatoes are listed down:

Movies Box Office
All About the Benjamins $25.5 million
American Gangster $130.2 million
Fighting $23.1 million
Abduction $27.7 million
The Birth of a Nation $15.9 million

He also starred in the 2020 Netflix miniseries, Self Made, which is based on the life of Madame C.J. Walker. The actor's salary per episode must be an impressive one.

We can say that Roger Guenveur Smith's net worth of $1 million comprises the majority of earnings from movies and TV series only.

Two Marriages And Father Of Four Children

Roger Guenveur Smith is a married man, and Smith's current wife is none other than LeTania Kirkland. The married couple is parents to three children named CY Smith, Zollie Ray Smith, and Zora Smith. He seems to be very private about his kids, as he has not revealed their names publicly.

Before Roger was married to LeTania, he was in a married relationship with his ex-wife, Carolina. Roger and his ex-wife, Carolina, are also parents to their daughter, Luna Rae. It's been a mystery why the two divorced each other. But they probably had issues when they were together that led to the separation.


  • Roger Guenveur Smith won the LA Weekly's award for Best Two Person Show for Inside the Creole Mafia.
  • He also won two NAACP awards for Best Playwright and Best Actor for A Huey P. Newton Story in 1995.
  • He also received an Obie Award for A Huey P. Newton Story.

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Published on 06 September, 2020

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