Notable Homes – Bethesda, MD

What do Edward R Murrow, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a Bethesda Mansion have in common? …Howard K. Smith

Howard K. Smith, for those of you who don’t know, was one of the original “Murrow Boys,” as well as being a famous journalist, commentator, and later- a movie actor. As one of the original Murrow Boys, Mr. Smith was one of the journalists who were closely associated with Edward R. Murrow at CBS during the years prior to and during World War II. As an associate of Murrow, Smith covered Pre-war Europe and Pearl Harbor. He later moved to commentator and anchor, most notably when he made a move to ABC. Besides having cameos on various TV shows, Smith also had roles in several films, most notably The Candidate, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (

The Smith’s lived on this remarkable estate from 1958 until his death in 2002. The estate has fantastic spaces inside and out and is situated on over four acres of plush greenery overlooking the Potomac River.

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