Made screen debut in "The Culpepper Cattle Company"; billed as Charlie Martin Smith
Made TV-movie debut in "Go Ask Alice" (ABC)
Landed voiceover role on the animated "Speed Buggy" (CBS)
Cast in breakthrough screen role as Terry 'The Toad' Fields in the George Lucas' directed "American Graffiti"
Earned a starring role in "Cotton Candy," directed by Ron Howard
Gained notice as one of Buddy Holly's bandmates in "The Buddy Holly Story"
Reprised role of Terry in the sequel "More American Graffiti"
Co-starred on TV series "Gabe and Walker"
Won critical praise for his leading role in "Never Cry Wolf"; also narrated the film
Made feature directing debut with the campy horror "Trick or Treat"; also co-starred
Earned good reviews for his work in Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables"
Played a major role in the controversial HBO film "And the Band Played On"
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'"
Directed episodes of the Fox sci-fi TV series "Space: Above and Beyond"
Directed the initial episode "Welcome to the Hellmouth" that launched the hit TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, UPN)
Directed the hugely successful feature film "Air Bud"
Appeared in the A&E mini-series "P.T. Barnum"
Wrote and directed the Canadian feature film "The Snow Walker"; garnered nine Genie Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Smith
Appeared in "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC), a 13-episode miniseries developed by horror writer Stephen King
Cast opposite Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You"
Produced, directed, and wrote the U.K.-released film "Stone of Destiny"
Directed Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"