Gary Smith, Award-winning Producer
As a partner in the television production company Smith-Hemion, Gary Smith has created many of America’s most distinguished specials and events. The team has won an unprecedented 24 Emmy Awards. From the celebration of Liberty Weekend, featuring performers at the unveiling of a newly restored Statue of Liberty, to a one-woman show for Barbra Streisand, Mr. Smith has put the “special” in television special. He produced Paul McCartney’s first and only television special, the first by Bette Midler, and the last specials by both Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley.
Gary produced President Reagan’s Inaugural Gala in 1985 and President Clinton’s in 1997. He has been executive producer of the American Film Institute’s eleven “AFI’s 100 Years…” documentaries – from AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies in 1998 to AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres in 2008 – as well as several of the Institute’s “Life Achievement” awards. He has produced Command Performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; specials for stars as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Carson, Neil Diamond, and Woody Allen; and anniversary specials such as I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special and Bob Hope’s 100 Years of Hope and Humor.
A graduate of Carnegie Tech’s Theatre Department with a degree in Scenic Design, Gary’s first television role was as producer of The Judy Garland Show in 1963. His proudest achievement is as starting catcher for twelve years in the Hollywood Celebrity Baseball Game held annually at Dodger Stadium.
Gary Smith is scheduled to sail on following voyage(s) (subject to change):