Cederic Smith was born on September 21, 1943 in Bournemouth, England. Smith moved Canada when he was about ten years old.
In 1961, Smith dropped out of high school to become a full-time folk singer. He was a member of the folk group Perth County Conspiracy, and wrote several songs that were performed and recorded by the band. In 1963, he performed at the "Lemon Tree" a Dayton, Ohio coffee house for an extended time. Between sets he would read from a giant volume of Shakespeare. As a folk singer he sang at the "Ebony Knight" coffee house on Main Street in Hamilton in the mid '60s; he also performed at the "Black Swan" Theatre in Stratford, Ontario in 1967 and 1968. He sang on Loreena McKennitt's album "Elemental" in 1985.
Smith won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 1993 for his part in Road to Avonlea. He appeared on the syndicated program Mutant X in it's first season, as well as on the cult hit Forever Knight, along side his then-wife, Catherine Disher.
He also provided the voice of Mentor on the short-lived Silver Surfer animated series, also on the Fox network. Smith also provided marration for Canada's History Television's series, Turning Points in History.
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