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Charles Martin Smith is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Executive producer American born on 30 october 1953 at Van Nuys (USA)

Charles Martin Smith

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Nationality USA
Birth 30 october 1953 (70 years) at Van Nuys (USA)

Charles Martin Smith (born October 30, 1953) is an American film actor, writer, and director. He is best known for his roles in American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf, Starman, and The Untouchables and for writing and directing the films Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.


Early life
Smith was born in Van Nuys, California. His father, Frank Smith, was a film cartoonist and animator, while his uncle Paul J. Smith was an animator as well as a director for the Walter Lantz Studios. Smith spent three years of his youth in Paris, where his father managed the English-language branch of a French animation studio. He received his high school diploma from Grover Cleveland High School, Reseda, California. He attended California State University, Northridge and was awarded a B.A. in Theatre.

Acting background
Smith was discovered by a talent agent while acting in a school play, Man of La Mancha. After a few years of working in film and television, he landed the role of Terry "The Toad" Fields in George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti, a role he would reprise in the film's 1979 sequel, More American Graffiti.

In 1973, he and American Graffiti co-star Cindy Williams did an episode of Love, American Style entitled "Love and the Time Machine".

In 1974 he starred with Ron Howard again in The Spikes Gang, filmed in Spain, along with Lee Marvin and Gary Grimes; and in 1978 he earned a starring role in 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. His work in Starman, as Mark Shermin, the SETI member sympathetic to the Starman's situation—where Richard Jaeckel's character of George Fox, who wanted to capture the Starman, was not—was also lauded. In 1979 Smith was cast alongside Barney Martin as the lead in Norman Lear's last TV series concept, McGurk: A Dog's Life, which never progressed beyond the pilot.

One of his other starring roles was in "Banshee (Ray Bradbury Theater)," an episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater where he starred with Peter O'Toole and Jennifer Dale and also in "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! (Ray Bradbury Theater)". One of his latter starring roles was in "The Beacon (The Twilight Zone)," an episode of The New Twilight Zone where he starred with Martin Landau and Giovanni Ribisi in an early role.

He received good reviews for his work in The Untouchables. After this he co-starred in The Hot Spot and Deep Cover, and in the mid-1990s in films such as Speechless, I Love Trouble, and Perfect Alibi.

Smith played a major role in the controversial HBO film And the Band Played On, then turned in a well-regarded performance in the TV miniseries Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo.

He also appeared in The Beast in (1996) and in a minor role in the big budget Deep Impact in 1998. He played a major character in the made-for-television movie Blackout Effect.

More recently he has 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 played a featured role, Sheriff Golightly, on Fringe's second episode.

Never Cry Wolf
Smith devoted almost three years to filming Never Cry Wolf. Smith said, "I was much more closely involved in that picture than I had been in any other film. Not only acting, but writing and the whole creative process." He also found the process difficult. "During much of the two-year shooting schedule in Canada’s Yukon and in Nome, Alaska, I was the only actor present. It was the loneliest film I’ve ever worked on," Smith said. During the filming, he became so enamored of the Northwest that he decided to relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has resided since the mid-1980s.

Carroll Ballard, director of Never Cry Wolf, asked Smith to write much of the narration for the film. Smith also performed in a lengthy scene with wolves and caribou in which he was entirely naked. While working on this production, Smith formed a solid friendship with the author, Farley Mowat, and the two remained friends until Mowat's death in 2014.

Along with his acting career, since the mid-1990s Smith has increasingly focused on his work behind the camera both as a writer and director. His first film as director was the camp horror film Trick or Treat (1986) for Dino De Laurentiis. In 1992, Charles Martin Smith directed and at the same time acted in Fifty/Fifty, a movie filmed in Malaysia which also starred Robert Hays and Peter Weller. Fifty/Fifty is an action packed movie about Tengarra, a nation ruled by a cruel dictator. He was one of the directors of the TV series Space: Above and Beyond (1995) as well as the director of the initial episode ("Welcome to the Hellmouth") that launched the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). He next directed the hugely successful feature film Air Bud (Disney, 1997), and two TV miniseries for Hallmark Entertainment, Roughing It, starring James Garner as Mark Twain, (2001) and Icon (2005), starring Patrick Swayze, Michael York and Patrick Bergin. He directed numerous episodes of the respected Canadian television series DaVinci's Inquest, and wrote and executive produced The Clinic, a 2 hour movie about a veterinary clinic for Animal Planet in 2003.

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.

He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and also in Los Angeles, California since the 1980s and continues to add to production, directing, acting and writing credits in a career that has spanned more than 40 years.

In 2007, Smith wrote and directed the British/Canadian co-production Stone of Destiny for Mob Films, and Infinity Features, starring Charlie Cox, Robert Carlyle and Kate Mara. Stone of Destiny was the closing Gala Presentation for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. His next film was Dolphin Tale for Alcon Entertainment. The hit film, based on a true story, stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and was released on September 23, 2011 by Warner Bros. To date, the film has grossed over $70 million at the domestic box office and over $100 million world-wide.

He returned to write and direct the sequel, Dolphin Tale 2. He based his original script on various true-life events that have occurred at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, including the dramatic rescue of a baby dolphin named "Hope" that coincidentally happened during the wrap party of the first film, with many of the film's cast and crew watching. The entire cast returned to take part, and the movie was released by Warner Bros on September 12, 2014.

Best films

American Graffiti (1973)
Dolphin Tale (2011)
The Untouchables (1987)
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

Usually with

George Lucas
George Lucas
(3 films)
William Vince
William Vince
(6 films)
Denis Arndt
Denis Arndt
(5 films)
Daryn Okada
Daryn Okada
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Charles Martin Smith (50 films)

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Dolphin Tale 2, 1h47
Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Actors Harry Connick, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman
Roles George Hughes
Rating64% 3.209433.209433.209433.209433.20943
Four years after saving Winter, a CMA dolphin who lost her tail, a now 15-year-old Sawyer gets a chance at a scholarship to attend an elite SEA Semester program which involves three months at sea to do marine mammal research after impressing the council with a show where Bethany Hamilton comes and swims with Winter.
Touching Wild Horses
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Mark Rendall, Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, James McGowan
Roles Charles Thurston
Rating64% 3.2371453.2371453.2371453.2371453.237145
Mark, un petit garçon de 12 ans, est envoyé chez sa tante Fiona, une naturaliste qui étudie les chevaux sauvages de l'île de Sable. Fiona reprend l'éducation de l'enfant traumatisé par le coma de ses parents, et lui impose des règles strictes dues à son métier, dont l'interdiction de toucher les chevaux sauvages. Mark brise cette règle en sauvant un poulain orphelin.
Jack and Jill vs. The World, 1h29
Directed by Vanessa Parise
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Freddie Prinze, Jr., Taryn Manning, Robert Forster, Kelly Rowan, Peter Stebbings, Vanessa Parise
Roles Carlin
Rating54% 2.7495552.7495552.7495552.7495552.749555
Jack (Prinze Jr.) is a thirty-something New York City advertising executive, living a life forged from routine. He is successful and stylish... and extremely bored. Jack meets Jill (Manning) by chance on a rooftop. Jill is looking for an apartment and asks Jack for directions. Jack suggests Jill's name for an ad shoot. Later he drives Jill to her apartment and realizes the neighborhood may not be all that safe. He helps Jill move out of her place and the two move in together by week's end. The pair pieces together a playful manifesto of "rules to live by." Jack's best friend and business partner, George (Stebbings), notices a more playful side to Jack's usual cynicism, and wants to meet the cause.
Lucky You
Lucky You (2007)
, 2h2
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Jeu, Poker
Actors Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing, Jean Smart, Joey Kern
Roles Roy Durucher
Rating58% 2.948612.948612.948612.948612.94861
Set in 2003, Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a young and talented poker player in Las Vegas haunted by his relationship with his estranged father, L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall), a two-time World Series of Poker Champion. Huck is a regular in Vegas poker rooms but needs $10,000 to get a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Still Small Voices, 1h30
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller
Actors Catherine Bell, Mark Humphrey, Eugene Clark, George Buza, Mimi Kuzyk, Lawrence Dane
Roles Burton Hayes
Rating66% 3.342363.342363.342363.342363.34236
Michael, une jeune femme âgée de trente ans, standardiste à Police Secours, perd son bébé à la naissance. Depuis, elle ne cesse de faire des cauchemars, entend des voix et souffre d'hallucinations. Un jour, elle reçoit un appel d'urgence d'une petite fille prisonnière d'un incendie, mais l'adresse qui s'affiche sur l'écran est inconnue et l'on ne trouve aucune trace de l'appel dans la base de données. Michael, convaincue que cette petite fille existe et court un grand danger, part à sa recherche.
Left Behind: World at War, 1h40
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Louis Gossett Jr., Kirk Cameron, Gordon Currie, Brad Johnson, Jessica Steen, Chelsea Noble
Roles Vice President John Mallory
Rating44% 2.201022.201022.201022.201022.20102
Set 18 months after the events of the second film, an attack takes place. United States President Gerald Fitzhugh videotapes his confession. Afterwards, he looks out the window as a shadowy figure arrives in the background.
The Triangle
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bruce Davison, Sam Neill, Michael E. Rodgers
Roles Captain Jay
Rating64% 3.2478153.2478153.2478153.2478153.247815
Une équipe d'experts venus d'horizons différents est chargée par un richissime homme d'affaires de découvrir la vérité sur le triangle des Bermudes où ont disparu plusieurs de ses navires. Leur enquête les mènera à rencontrer des réalités alternatives perturbantes pour chacun d'entre eux.
The Last Casino, 1h32
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Charles Martin Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Julian Richings, Normand D'Amour, Jacques Godin
Roles Barnes
Rating69% 3.49423.49423.49423.49423.4942
Doug Barnes, un professeur de mathématique, est interdit de casino après avoir été repéré en train de tricher au black jack. L'homme, criblé de dettes, doit rembourser une importante somme d'argent à un investisseur. Pour y parvenir, Barnes repère trois étudiants dotés d'une excellente mémoire et d'une puissante capacité de calcul.
Dead Heat
Dead Heat (2002)
, 2h
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Actors Kiefer Sutherland, Anthony LaPaglia, Radha Mitchell, Lothaire Bluteau, Daniel Benzali, Kay Panabaker
Roles Morty
Rating52% 2.607072.607072.607072.607072.60707
A cop forced into retirement by ill health is persuaded by his brother to buy a race horse. It all goes a bit wrong when the horse is stolen by a local mob boss. He is chasing after a guy that took his "buy" money.
The Apartment Complex, 1h49
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Chad Lowe, Tyra Banks, Fay Masterson, Obba Babatundé, Patrick Warburton, Amanda Plummer
Roles Gary Glumley
Rating53% 2.663292.663292.663292.663292.66329
The film involves a man named Stan who becomes the manager of an apartment complex with strange tenants, after the previous manager disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Things go downhill after he discovers a corpse in the complex's pool and is accused of murder. More bizarre events occur until he finds his life (and his sanity) in danger, and the tenants just may be his only hope.
Deep Impact, 2h
Directed by Mimi Leder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Disaster, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Politique, Films about religion, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, American disaster films, White House in fiction
Actors Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Leelee Sobieski, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell
Roles Dr. Marcus Wolf (uncredited)
Rating61% 3.0999953.0999953.0999953.0999953.099995
On May 10, 1998, teenage amateur astronomer Leo Biederman discovers an unusual object near the stars Mizar and Alcor at a star party in Richmond, Virginia with his school's astronomy club. His teacher alerts astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, who realizes that the object is a comet on a collision course with Earth. Wolf dies in a car accident before he can alert the world.
Blackout Effect, 1h30
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Eric Stoltz, Charles Martin Smith, Leslie Hope, Denis Arndt, Lorraine Toussaint, Andy Comeau
Roles Henry Drake
Rating57% 2.8588052.8588052.8588052.8588052.858805
Eric Stoltz plays John Dantley, an NTSB officer sent to O'Hare Airport in Chicago to investigate a collision between Global Airlines Flight 1025 (a Boeing 757-200 from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.) and PDO Cargo flight 342 (a Boeing 727-200F flying westbound cargo plane).
Creature (1998)

Directed by Stuart Gillard, Jeff Bleckner
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about sharks, Natural horror films
Actors Craig T. Nelson, Ronald Guttman, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore, Karen Sillas, Cress Williams
Rating50% 2.5006952.5006952.5006952.5006952.500695
The film starts with Richland (Feore), who was sent to visit a government facility on a remote island. He follows Peniston (Esposito) into the facility. The head scientist Dr.Bishop (Reineke) shows them the projects he is working on, including a shark and dolphin hybrid with the ability to adapt to any environment, as well as a human and shark hybrid (the creature). It breaks free from its tank and kills Dr. Bishop. Richland orders Peniston to kill it, but Peniston instead traps the Creature in a containment unit and dumps it in the sea.
Hoods (1998)

Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Jay Brazeau, Joe Mantegna, Kevin Pollak, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, Sharlene Martin
Roles Gun Dealer (uncredited)
Rating49% 2.4733552.4733552.4733552.4733552.473355
Angelo, together with a group of five other people, is ordered by his father, an Italian mobster, to kill the son of an enemy of his, who has destroyed one of his buildings with a bomb. The problems grow bigger when they discover that the person they have to kill is really a nine-year-old.
Wedding Bell Blues, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Illeana Douglas, Paulina Porizkova, Julie Warner, John Corbett, Jonathan Penner, Charles Martin Smith
Roles Oliver
Rating51% 2.5609652.5609652.5609652.5609652.560965
Jasmine (Illeana Douglas) is a young woman with men in and out of her apartment, Tanya (Pauline Porizkova) is about to be married, and Micki (Julie Warner) is pregnant; these three women share an apartment, but when Micki is jilted and Tanya's boyfriend does NOT pop the question, the women set out to Las Vegas in search of men who WILL marry them, on the spot.