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Mike Smith (born August 27, 1972) is a Canadianmarker actor and musician, most famous for playing Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys.

Biography

Personal life

Smith was born in New Glasgowmarker, Nova Scotiamarker, and grew up in Thorburnmarker, Nova Scotiamarker. He earned a degree in English from St. Francis Xavier Universitymarker in Antigonish, Nova Scotiamarker. He played hockey for the Pictou County Weeks of the Nova Scotia Midget AAA Hockey League when he was in high school. For a short time in 2006 he was engaged to actress Nichole Hiltz.

Musical Interest

Smith showed early signs of musical talent, after learning how to play the guitar at age seven. Before becoming involved in Trailer Park Boys, he was a guitarist in the rock band Sandbox, and signed a record deal with EMI in Canada, and Nettwerk in the United States. Sandbox released two albums with EMI and Nettwerk, entitled "Bionic" and "A Murder in the Glee Club." Sandbox was nominated for a Juno Award, East Coast Music Awards, and a CASBY Award.

Smith has worked on such films as The Weight of Water and Serendipity.

Later, Smith performed as part of Bubbles & the Shit Rockers, a band featuring himself, Alex Lifeson and Tom Wilson, for the original song "Liquor & Whores" featured on Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Soundtrack. Also while on the Trailer Park Boys he got to play "Closer to the Heart" with Alex Lifeson.

Introduction to acting

Smith had been a long-time friend of Trailer Park Boys director Mike Clattenburg, and met Robb Wells (Ricky) and John Paul Tremblay (Julian) while sound mixing on the original TPB feature. Smith was "messing" around on the set one day and slipped into his Cart Boy character from the Mike Clattenburg short "The Cart Boy". Clattenburg apparently realised the depth this character held, and the Cart Boy, now known as Bubbles, was written into the show. Bubbles was never intended to be a main character, but the more outrageous he behaved, the more audiences loved him. Bubbles then became one of the three main protagonists, having established that he knew Julian and Ricky from school back in the late 70s to high school in the late 80s.

Smith made a cameo appearance as Bubbles in Snow's (to whom he is related) 2002 music video Legal, but his swearing remains censored. He was also featured in Country Star George Canyon's video for "Drinkin Thinkin", which showed Bubbles going after his real life girl friend Joanne. He has appeared in character as Bubbles at several Guns N' Roses 2006 Canadian tour dates and dates in Australia and Japan in 2007. Bubbles, along with Ricky and Julian, hosted the 2006 and the 2007 East Coast Music Awards, in Charlottetownmarker, Prince Edward Islandmarker and Halifaxmarker, Nova Scotiamarker respectively.

Smith has opened his own bar "Bubbles' Mansion", located in Downtownmarker Halifaxmarker, Nova Scotiamarker.

Also in March 2008 Smith along with three others opened a sports bar in Halifax called "Bubba Ray's".

References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1034266/bio
  2. Winnipeg Sun, Entertainment Section, 4 April 2006
  3. SEE Magazine: Issue #671: October 5, 2006
  4. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1034266/
  5. YouTube - SNOW "Legal"
  6. http://www.thecoast.ca/Articles-i-2008-03-13-151808.114125_Bubba_Rays.html


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