Gordon Smith was born November 25, 1943 in Tropic, Utah. His family moved to Hawthorne, Nevada, in 1947. In 1955 he and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith went to Rancho High School. After high school, he went to barbering college and then was drafted and was a medic in the United States Army taking care of soldiers who had been critically wounded in the Vietnam War. After he got out of the Army, Smith opened a McDonalds and then worked full time as a barber.