Charles Martin Smith (Actor) - American Graffiti
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Updated: 9/12/13

Name: Charles Martin Smith

Born: October 30, 1953, Van Nuys, California, U.S.

Claim To Fame: He is best known for his roles in American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf, Starman, and The Untouchables.

Family Life: He is divorced from actress Ursula Martin. They have one child together.

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Info: Smith was acting in a school play version of Man of La Mancha when he was discovered by a talent agent. It only took a few years for him to land the role of Terry "The Toad" Fields in George Lucas' 1973 film American Graffiti. He later reprised the role in the film's 1979 sequel, More American Graffiti. Smith had a few starring roles through-out his career, inlcuding one in 1978's Cotton Candy, directed by Ron Howard.

Smith played one of Buddy Holly's bandmates in The Buddy Holly Story, a race car driver in Disney's Herbie Goes Bananas, and the starring role as a scientist in Never Cry Wolf. He received praise for his role as Mark Shermin in Starman.

Most of Smith's acting career has involved supporting roles in such films as The Untouchables, The Hot Spot, and Deep Cover. He appeared in the controversial HBO film And the Band Played On, the TV miniseries Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo, the made-for-television movie Blackout Effect, The Beast (1996) and Deep Impact (1998).

Since the mid-1990s, Smith has focused primarily on writing and directing. The first film he directed was the 1986 camp horror film Trick or Treat for Dino De Laurentiis. He directed the initial episode ("Welcome to the Hellmouth") that launched the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). He was also the director of the Disney feature film Air Bud (1997).

In 2003 he wrote and directed the acclaimed Canadian feature film The Snow Walker for Lions Gate Films, based on a story by Farley Mowat (of Never Cry Wolf fame) which marked a return to the Arctic for Smith and garnered nine Genie Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director for Smith.

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Trivia: Received his high school diploma from Grover Cleveland High School, Reseda, California.

Attended California State University, Northridge and was awarded a B.A. in Theatre.

Plays piano, guitar and enjoys writing songs.

Auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker for the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars.

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Where Are They Now: In recent years, Smith appeared in mini-series such as P.T. Barnum, Kingdom Hospital and The Triangle as well as the feature film Lucky You directed by Curtis Hanson. In 2009 he appeared on the second episode of the series Fringe as Sheriff Golightly.

Since the 1980s, he has lived in British Columbia and continues to work on producing, directing, acting and writing. He wrote and directed the British/Canadian co- production Stone of Destiny in 2007. The film was the closing Gala Presentation for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

Smith wrote and directed Dolphin Tale for Alcon Entertainment will has grossed over $100 million worldwide. The hit film, based on a true story, stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and was released on September 23, 2011 by Warner Bros.

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