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Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith is a veteran actor with a long list of film and television credits. He first gained attention for his role in George Lucas' seminal 1973 film American Graffiti. Smith later earned praise for his portrayal of Farley Mowat, the real-life researcher who braved Canada's frozen tundra to study wolves, in Carroll Ballard's Never Cry Wolf. His earlier film credits also include The Buddy Holly Story, Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, John Carpenter's Starman and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables.

Smith has also been working behind the camera. He directed the family hit Air Bud, and more recently wrote and directed the indie film The Snow Walker, starring Barry Pepper and James Cromwell. He also directed and appeared in the films Fifty/Fifty and Trick or Treat. In addition, Smith executive produced and starred in Dead Heat and Here's to Life! His film acting credits also include Touching Wild Horses, Wedding Bell Blues, Perfect Alibi, The Final Cut and Speechless.

On television, Smith has guest starred on numerous series going back more than 30 years. He has also been seen in such network and cable longform projects as Still Small Voices, Kingdom Hospital, The Triangle, The Apartment Complex, P.T. Barnum, Dead Silence, Streets of Laredo and Roswell, to name only a few.

He also directed multiple episodes of the Canadian series Da Vinci's City Hall, Da Vinci's Inquest, and Intelligence, as well as the telefilms Icon and Mark Twain's Roughing It. His directing work also includes Welcome to the Hellmouth, the episode that launched the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Additionally, he wrote and executive produced the 2004 telefilm The Clinic.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Charles Martin Smith Facts

BirthdayOctober 30, 1953 (70)
BirthplaceVan Nuys, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Left Behind (2005)
Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo (1995)
The Hot Spot (1990)
The Untouchables (1987)
Starman (1984)
Never Cry Wolf (1983) user recommendation
American Graffiti (1979)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
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