Tucker Smallwood was commissioned an Army Infantry Officer in June '68, served as a TAC Officer at Ft. Benning, Ga. for six months, then attended Benning's Jump School, MATA at Ft Bragg’s JFK/SWC and Vietnamese Language School at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He commanded MAT-36 (a five-man Army Advisory Team to Vietnamese Regional Force troops) in 1969. After recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed, he taught patrolling, ambush, escape and evasion to Engineer OCS Candidates at Ft. Belvoir, Va, then resigned his commission in 1970 and moved to NYC to study acting, first with Sanford Meisner and later with Stella Adler.
For the past 41 years, he has worked on and off Broadway in more than 40 theatrical productions, appeared in more than 30 feature films, along with hundreds of hours of episodic television. He is the author and narrator of the book, RETURN TO EDEN, an anthology of essays recounting his experiences as an Army Advisor, how his life as an artist was affected by PTSD and his return to Vietnam in 2004. He is also an accomplished blues guitarist/singer and a member of Rogue Machine, a theater group in Los Angeles. He has performed for Rogue Machine in THE SUNSET LIMITED by Cormac McCarthy, WHERE THE GREAT ONES RUN by Mark Roberts and most recently, FRATERNITY by Jeff Stetson at Ebony Rep. He is an advocate for veteran care, particularly treatment for PTSD and serves on the board for The Soldiers Project.