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Also Known As: C.M. Smith, Charles M Smith, Charlie Martin Smith Died:
Born: October 30, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Van Nuys, California, USA Profession: actor, director, musician, composer

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Air Bud (1997) Director
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  Fifty/Fifty (1993) Director
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  Boris and Natasha (1992) Director
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  Trick or Treat (1986) Director
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  Clinic, The (2004) Creator
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
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 Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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 Lucky You (2007)
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 Touching Wild Horses (2002) Charles
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 Here's To Life (2000)
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 Apartment Complex, The (1999) Gary Glumley
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 Deep Impact (1998) Marcus Wolf
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 Blackout Effect (1998) Henry Drake
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 Dead Silence (1997) Roland W Marks
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1972:
Made screen debut in "The Culpepper Cattle Company"; billed as Charlie Martin Smith
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"
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"
1979:
Reprised role of Terry in the sequel "More American Graffiti"
1981:
Co-starred on TV series "Gabe and Walker"
1983:
Won critical praise for his leading role in "Never Cry Wolf"; also narrated the film
1986:
Made feature directing debut with the campy horror "Trick or Treat"; also co-starred
1987:
Earned good reviews for his work in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables"
1994:
Played a major role in the controversial HBO film "And the Band Played On"
1995:
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'"
1995:
Directed episodes of the Fox sci-fi TV series "Space: Above and Beyond"
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"
1999:
Appeared in the A&E mini-series "P.T. Barnum"
2003:
Wrote and directed the Canadian feature film "The Snow Walker"; garnered nine Genie Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Smith
2004:
Appeared in "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC), a 13-episode miniseries developed by horror writer Stephen King
2007:
Cast opposite Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You"
2008:
Produced, directed, and wrote the U.K.-released film "Stone of Destiny"
2011:
Directed Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"
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Education

California State University, Northridge: -
Grover Cleveland High School: Reseda , California - 1970

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wife:
Ursula Smith. Married c. 1985.

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father:
Frank Smith. Animator.

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