Mike Smith (actor)

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Mike Smith
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Mike Smith as Bubbles, April 2009.
Born
Michael Smith

(1972-08-27) August 27, 1972 (age 47)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, comedian, singer-songwriter
Years active1995–present
Partner(s) Nichole Hiltz (2006)

Michael Smith (born August 27, 1972) is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, comedian and musician born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and raised in Thorburn. He is best known for his portrayal of Bubbles and co-writer of the cult classic television program, films and stage production Trailer Park Boys . He was also the guitarist for the Canadian rock band Sandbox. Smith earned a degree in English from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. [1] For a short time in 2006, he was engaged to actress Nichole Hiltz.

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Musical interest

Smith showed early signs of musical talent, after learning to play the guitar at age six. Before becoming involved in Trailer Park Boys, he was a guitarist in the rock band Sandbox, [1] 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 . [2]

Later, Smith performed as part of Bubbles & the Shit Rockers, a band that also featured founding Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Tom Wilson for the original song "Liquor & Whores" featured on Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Soundtrack . A Trailer Park Boys episode also features Smith's character Bubbles playing the 1977 Rush track "Closer to the Heart" with Alex Lifeson.

Smith has performed "Liquor & Whores" with Guns N' Roses on multiple occasions on their Chinese Democracy Tour Series, in 2006, 2010 and 2011. [3]

Smith has also recorded with Emm Gryner in "Get Brave" released in 2010.

Acting career

Smith had been a long-time friend of Trailer Park Boys director Mike Clattenburg, and starred in "Cart Boy" with Robb Wells (who plays Ricky) and John Paul Tremblay (who plays Julian) in 1995.

Smith was "messing" around on the set one day and slipped into his Cart Boy character from the short "The Cart Boy". [1] Clattenburg apparently realized 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 outrageously he behaved, the more audiences loved him, developing him to become a breakout character. 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 an appearance as Bubbles in Snow's 2002 music video Legal, but his swearing remained censored. He was also featured in Country Star George Canyon's video for "Drinkin Thinkin", which showed Bubbles going after his girl friend. Mike and the rest of the Trailer park boys appeared in The Tragically Hip video, "The Darkest One". 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 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia respectively.

In March 2008, Smith, along with three others, opened a sports bar in Halifax called "Bubba Ray's". [4]

Smith also was involved in another bar, "Bubbles' Mansion", located in Downtown Halifax. The bar, partly owned by Smith, closed in March 2010 after 4 years of operation, a decision the management attributed to government hikes in the minimum wage and minimum drink prices. [5]

In 2010, Smith reunited with many of his former Trailer Park Boys castmates in the new series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour . [6]

He also performed a live version of "Closer to the Heart" with progressive rock band Rush.

On October 22, 2012, it was confirmed that Smith will return to his role as Bubbles for a third feature length Trailer Park Boys film entitled "Don't Legalize It" which concluded filming in late April 2013. The film was released on April 18, 2014.

In the spring of 2013, Smith along with his Trailer Park Boys cohorts Wells and Tremblay started Swearnet, an internet-based television network that is entirely uncensored. The trio have also produced a film that is a fictional take on their website.

Personal life

In 2016, Smith was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of misdemeanour domestic battery. The alleged victim released a statement in support of Smith, and the charges were later dropped. [7]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995 The Cart Boy DarrenShort film
1999 Trailer Park Boys Soundman
2004 A Hole in One Lobotomy Patient
2006 Trailer Park Boys: The Movie BubblesFeature film
2009 Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day BubblesFeature film
2011 Goon Production Assistant 2Feature film
2011 Lloyd the Conqueror DerekFeature film
2014 Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It BubblesFeature film
2014 Trailer Park Boys: Live in Dublin BubblesTV Movie
2014 Swearnet: The Movie HimselfFeature film
2014 Swearnet: Live Mike Smith / BubblesTV Movie
2014 Trailer Park Boys BubblesTV Movie
2015 Dude Where's My Ferret? BongShort film

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001–2008;
2014–present
Trailer Park Boys Bubbles 100 episodes
2004 The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special Bubbles / Danny Television film
2007 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Bubbles1 episode
2008 Aqua Teen Hunger Force 1 episode
2011 The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Don Brutto / Rusty Diggins / Big Dazzie Daddle / Blaise / Liza / Jolep / Captain Mega Power / Jolep F6 episodes
2011 Call Me Fitz Armin Schuller1 episode
2012 Archer Mountie / Terrorist1 episode
2014 Epic Meal Time Bubbles1 episode
2014 24 Hour Rental Paul7 episodes
2014;
2016
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Guide Double G News Network Bubbles2 episodes
2015 The Playboy Morningshow Bubbles1 episode
2016–2017 Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park Bubbles16 episodes
2019–present Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series Bubbles (voice)20 episodes

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