Charles Martin Smith

Actor, Director, Musician
A prolific character actor since the early 1970s, Charles Martin Smith essayed bookish, often socially awkward but enthusiastic men in such hit films as "American Graffiti" (1974), "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), "Never ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1953 in Van Nuys, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

George Hatton (Actor)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

Teddy Boy In Car (Actor)

Jack and Jill vs. the World 2008 (Movie)

Carlin (Actor)

Drive 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Roy Durucher (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Law 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frederick Forsythe's Icon 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1993 - 1995, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mark Twain's Roughing It 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1993 - 1995, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Heat 2001 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Touching Wild Horses 2001 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

P.T. Barnum 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Graffiti: Then and Now 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's To Life 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Marcus Wolf (Actor)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

Final Cut 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Benchley's The Beast 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Take Out the Beast 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road Home 1995 (Movie)

Merriman (Actor)

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Rick Medwick (Actor)

Perfect Alibi 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Kratz (Actor)

Fifty/Fifty 1993 (Movie)

Martin Sprue (Actor)

Boris and Natasha 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

Jerry Carver (Actor)

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

Lon Gulik (Actor)

Experts 1989 (Movie)

Bob Smith (Actor)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

Oscar Wallace (Actor)

Banshee 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Trick or Treat 1986 (Movie)

Mr Wimbley (Actor)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

Mark Shermin (Actor)

Never Cry Wolf 1983 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

Gabe and Walker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

Davie Johns-- (Actor)

A Dog's Life 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Terry The Toad (Actor)

Speed Buggy 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

Ray Bob Simmons (Actor)

No Deposit, No Return 1976 (Movie)

Longnecker (Actor)

The Hazing 1976 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

The Spikes Gang 1973 (Movie)

Tod Hayhew (Actor)

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

Child Vandal (Actor)

The Culpepper Cattle Company 1972 (Movie)

Tim Slater (Actor)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout Effect (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Candy (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Go Ask Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Law of the Land (TV Show)

Actor

Roswell (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Actor)

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor
Director (10)

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Man's Gun 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Space: Above and Beyond 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Snow Walker 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Air Bud 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Fifty/Fifty 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Boris and Natasha: The Movie 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Trick or Treat 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Clinic 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Heat 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dead Heat 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Here's To Life 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (3)

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stone of Destiny 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Snow Walker 2003 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Editor (1)

The Latino List: Volume Two (TV Show)

Editor

Biography

A prolific character actor since the early 1970s, Charles Martin Smith essayed bookish, often socially awkward but enthusiastic men in such hit films as "American Graffiti" (1974), "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), "Never Cry Wolf" (1983), "Starman" (1984) and "The Untouchables" (1987) while maintaining a secondary career as a film and television director. In the early years of his career, Smith was a go-to for untested young men, many of whom met grisly fates in films like "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) and "The Spikes Gang" (1974); after essaying a near-perfect cinematic nebbish in Lucas' "American Graffiti," he showed enormous range as a biologist who explored his own humanity by studying Arctic wolves in Walt Disney Pictures' "Never Cry Wolf." The late 1980s saw Smith hit his stride as an actor with meaty turns in John Carpenter's "Starman" and Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables," while also honing his directorial skills. He struck box office gold with 1997's "Air Bud" for Disney, and bounced between American and Canadian features while maintaining a regular presence as an actor. Throughout all phases of his career, Smith's sympathetic and thoughtful presence held enormous appeal for audiences, who looked to his appearance in projects as a sign of quality and honesty.

Relationships

Ursula Smith

Wife
married c. 1985 divorced

Frank Smith

Father

EDUCATION

California State University, Northridge

California

Grover Cleveland High School

Reseda , California 1970

Milestones

2011

Directed Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"

2008

Produced, directed, and wrote the U.K.-released film "Stone of Destiny"

2007

Cast opposite Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You"

2004

Appeared in "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC), a 13-episode miniseries developed by horror writer Stephen King

2003

Wrote and directed the Canadian feature film "The Snow Walker"; garnered nine Genie Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Smith

1999

Appeared in the A&E mini-series "P.T. Barnum"

1997

Directed the initial episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth" that launched the hit TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, UPN)

1997

Directed the hugely successful feature film "Air Bud"

1995

Directed episodes of the Fox sci-fi TV series "Space: Above and Beyond"

1995

Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'"

1994

Played a major role in the controversial HBO film "And the Band Played On"

1987

Earned good reviews for his work in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables"

1986

Made feature directing debut with the campy horror "Trick or Treat"; also co-starred

1983

Won critical praise for his leading role in "Never Cry Wolf"; also narrated the film

1981

Co-starred on TV series "Gabe and Walker"

1979

Reprised role of Terry in the sequel "More American Graffiti"

1978

Earned a starring role in "Cotton Candy," directed by Ron Howard

1978

Gained notice as one of Buddy Holly's bandmates in "The Buddy Holly Story"

1973

Made TV-movie debut in "Go Ask Alice" (ABC)

1973

Landed voiceover role on the animated "Speed Buggy" (CBS)

1973

Cast in breakthrough screen role as Terry 'The Toad' Fields in the George Lucas' directed "American Graffiti"

1972

Made screen debut in "The Culpepper Cattle Company"; billed as Charlie Martin Smith

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