Julie K Smith sits among a select class of actors with a devoted following throughout a career that began in the mid-1970s. Such is the way of the B-movie actor who finds herself in cult classics that often draw the most diehard fans. Starting as a child actor at the age of 9, Smith has a long history in the film industry that has often taken interesting turns along the way.
Julie K Smith’s Early Beginnings
The first film credit to Smith’s name comes as a noncredit in the 1976 film Bugsy Malone with a cast entirely consisting of children. However, it was more than 10 years before she starred in another film, the 1987 sex comedy Pretty Smart, which also starred Patricia Arquette and Joely Fisher. That same year, she also found roles in the comedy Disorderlies and the action film Mankillers. She followed these films with roles in Angel III: The Final Chapter and an uncredited role as a dancer in The Last Boy Scout.
The L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies Series
Things turned around for Smith around 1994. That year, she starred as Cobra in the Dallas Connection, the ninth installment of the L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies film series. The action film that follows a group of assassins on the trail of a scientist from handing over a valuable computer chip to the IWAR headquarters while secret agents protect him and the chip. In her more visible role as Cobra, audiences took in Smith’s voluptuous figure in the popular B-film series that put her career on the launching pad.
Smith followed up with Score with Chicks and the television remake of The Wasp Woman. However, by 1995, she returned to the Skinamax soft-core world with Midnight Tease II. As Cherry, she put her physical assets to good use in the film set in the underworld of the strip club. However, the film had more of an impact on her career than this role. Fans with a good eye can look for Jim Wynorski portraying a drunk at the bar. Wynorski’s role was not the turning point here. The fact that he served as executive producer of the film was.
Smith reprised her role as Cobra the next installment of the L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies series working with director Andy Sidaris. She also famously performed a reenactment of the Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape that made the rounds in the mid-90s. By 1998, she had also branched out into more mainstream fair such as the Ernie Reyes, Jr. vehicle The Process. However, that same year, she again portrayed Cobra in the last of the L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies series, Return to Savage Beach.
Julie K Smith and Jim Wynorski
What started in the mid-90s with Wynorski would extend throughout Smith’s career. Julie Smith and Jim Wynorski had maintained a good professional relationship from the mid-90s to the string of softcore films she performed in throughout the 2000s and 2010s. Wynorski was often the executive producer of her films such as Sorceress II: The Temptress (1999) as well as directed many including The Witches of Breastwick (2005). In fact, Smith is featured in the documentary, Popatolis, chronicling Wynorski’s attempt to shoot the latter film in three days.
Julie K Smith briefly retired from films in 2005, but she returned in 2007 to work again with Wynorski. Through films such as the Bare Wench series and the 2013 work Hynoptika, Smith has made an indelible presence in the film world and become an essential feature in the B-movie world. Perhaps her tattoo of an Emiliano Zapata quote, which states that it is better to die standing than live kneeling, sums up her career best.