R. David "Dave" Smith is an American actor and stunt performer who played the Predator in the 1990 film Predator 2, although he was not credited for the role. Other notable films Smith has appeared in include A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).
The first one-armed Hollywood stuntman, having been born missing his left arm just below the elbow, Smith portrayed the Predator after the creature's arm is sliced off by Harrigan (Danny Glover). Aside from his acting work, he is the executive director of the non-profit organization Stunts-Ability. In 1998, Smith was awarded "The Governor's Trophy", the highest honor given to a Californian with a disability, for outstanding achievement in the workplace by making a significant contribution to increase public awareness of the experience of disability, automatically inducting into the California Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities. Smith has also been honored with a "Cable Ace Award", "The A&E City Video Award" and two Emmy nominations for his work as the executive producer of Outlook on the Physically Challenged.
In Predator 2, Smith, who was living in San Diego at the time, portrayed the Predator as it slid down the 12 to 13-story building after Harrigan sliced its arm off with the Predator's disc weapon. During the stunt, which the crew considered "a high-risk situation", Smith did not use an airbag and the only thing keeping him from crashing to the ground was a device called a descender rig, which consisted of a thin wire.
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