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Steve Smith is the creator of one of Canadian television's best-loved, and most enduring, comic characters - Red Green.
Perpetually dressed in a hunting cap, plaid shirt and suspenders, the Red Green character is a slightly misguided handyman who believes everything can be fixed with a little duct tape.
Green's lack of understanding of how things work is ironic, given that Smith studied engineering at the University of Waterloo. The Toronto-born actor and writer worked a variety of jobs, including touring in a rock band called Jason. In 1974, he and his wife Morag left the band to form the comedy duo Smith & Smith. Their comedy sketch show, also titled Smith & Smith, debuted in 1979 and ran for six seasons. It was on this show that Smith first conceived the Red Green character.
The Red Green Show debuted in 1991 and ran for 15 seasons, the last eight of which were carried on CBC. In all, 300 episodes were produced, making The Red Green Show one of the most successful Canadian comedy shows ever. It even spawned the 2002 feature film spin-off Duct Tape Forever.
Now Red Green's homespun wisdom is available in book form. How To Do Everything is Green's guide to both do-it-yourself and self-help.