Captain E.J. Smith - Film Portrayals


Captain Smith's legendary status was affirmed with a series of iconic portrayals, most notably the following:

Otto Rippert, "In Night and Ice" (1912)

German actor Otto Rippert (1869-1940), in the German version of the Titanic story in a short film released in August 1912 entitled "In Night and Ice",
only 4 months after the tragedy.

German actor Otto Rippert as the "Kaptain", in the wireless room. (Click to enlarge)

For more information on this film, the first to portray Captain Smith, check this article, including a full version of the film remastered in English and with a new score here:
In Nacht und Eis - "In Night and Ice" - 1912 German Titanic film



Otto Wernicke, "Titanic" (1943)

German actor Otto Wernicke (centre), the 1943 Nazi version of the Titanic story.



Brian Aherne, "Titanic" (1953)

Brian Aherne (left) was an Oscar-nominated Anglo-American stage and screen actor, seen here in the 1953 Twentieth Century-Fox production of "Titanic"



Clarence Derwent (1956) — "A Night to Remember" (TV)

Clarence Derwent as Captain Smith (left) with Lightoller in the
Kraft Television Theatre live TV show "A Night to Remember" (American TV).



Laurence Naismith "A Night to Remember"(1958)

British actor Laurence Naismith (left) is the only actor to receive approval from the Smith family in his portrayal of Captain Smith. Smith's daughter Mel visited the set during its production and was apparantly particularly pleased with Lawrence Naismith’s portrayal
of her father in the film.

Actor Laurence Naismith talks with the daughter
of the real Captain Smith, Helen Russell-Cooke,
on the set of A Night to Remember, 1958
(Click image to enlarge)



Harry Andrews, "S.O.S. Titanic - TV Movie" (1979)

British character actor, Harry Andrews, wearing glasses, in the 1979 TV movie.

British character actor, Harry Andrews (centre), in the 1979 TV movie.



George C. Scott, "Titanic" - TV Miniseries (1996)

Possibly the most famous actor to play the role - George C. Scott (right) gives an over-the-top theatrical version of the captain.



Bernard Hill, "Titanic" (1997)

British actor Bernard Hill's performance of the Captain in James Cameron's record breaking and award winning 1997 film renewed the legend to a new generation.

The 1997 "Titanic" version also showed Captain Smith dying in the wheelhouse inside the bridge.



David Calder, "Titanic" - TV series/4 episodes (2012)

David Calder played the role of Captain Smith in Julian Fellows' (of writer of Downton Abbey) verion of the tragedy.



Captain Smith can also be seen in two "Virtual Reality" games:

Titanic VR (2018)

An Ireland based company, Immersive VR Education created an 360/VR educational interactive story and game including the sinking and wreck, and a recreation of Captain Smith.

The VR/360 recreation of Captain Smith even went so far as to get a look alike
for Captain Smith to be captured digitally.



Titanic: Honor & Glory (In Development)

"Honor and Glory "is a video game currently under development by Vintage Digital Revival(Four Funnels Entertainment) that will feature the most accurate digital representation of the RMS Titanic to date, as well as a model of the city
of Southampton in 1912.