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Date Of BirthOctober 30, 1953
FactCousin of Sheryl Ann Smith.

Charles Martin Smith is an American actor, writer, and director. He was born in Van Nuys, California, on October 30, 1953, the son of Charles Smith and his wife, Marjorie (Martin) Smith. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters, Pamela and Susan. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1971. He attended Los Angeles Valley College for one year before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts in 1975.

Smith began his acting career in the late 1970s with guest appearances on television shows such as “The Waltons” and “Eight Is Enough.” He made his film debut in the 1979 comedy “The In-Laws,” starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. He went on to appear in a number of films throughout the 1980s, including “Starman” (1984), “The Untouchables” (1987), and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988).

In 1989, Smith starred in the coming-of-age film “Field of Dreams” as Ray Kinsella, a Iowa farmer who hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Smith’s performance earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.

He continued to act in films throughout the 1990s and 2000s, appearing in such films as “The Mighty Ducks” (1992), “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “Air Bud” (1997), and “The Snow Walker” (2003). In addition to his acting career, Smith has also directed several films, including “Dolphin Tale” (2011) and “A Dog’s Way Home” (2019).

Smith has been married twice. His first marriage was to Nancy Lewis, with whom he has two sons, Tyler and Dylan. His second marriage is to Deborah Quinn, with whom he has a daughter, Molly.

As of 2020, Charles Martin Smith’s net worth is $3 million. He has earned his wealth through his successful career as an actor and director.

General Info

Full NameCharles Martin Smith
Date Of BirthOctober 30, 1953
Height1.63 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Television Director
EducationCleveland High School, California State University, Northridge


ParentsFrank Smith


NominationsAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction
MoviesDolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2, The Untouchables, American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf, Starman, Air Bud, The Snow Walker, The Buddy Holly Story, Trick or Treat, Stone of Destiny, The Spikes Gang, Herbie Goes Bananas, Deep Cover, The Hot Spot, Fifty/Fifty, Deep Impact, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Anim...
TV ShowsDrive, Da Vinci's City Hall, Streets of Laredo, Left Behind

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1[on 'Dolphin Tale'] A lot of this is far-fetched kid fantasy. But I wanted to bring an element of magic to it, and let us enter this kids' world where things were a little scary and magical at the same time. I think people talk down to kids too much. I think kids' movies can be great and carry the (weight) and (pathos) of an adult drama. They tend to get short shrift, but the kids are smarter than we give them credit for.
2I intend to do things of artistic integrity. I grew up thinking that every movie should be The Graduate (1967). I don't want to do something just because it might be commercially popular--it's more important to do something that has meaning.


1Cousin of Sheryl Ann Smith.
2Nephew of Paul J. Smith and Hank Smith.
3Attended Cal State Northridge.
4Plays piano, guitar and enjoys writing songs.
5Attended Grover Cleveland High School with fellow classmate Morgan Brittany (Suzanne Cupito at the time), They performed in school musicals and dramas such as "The Crucible", "The Pajama Game", "Look Homeward, Angel" and others. They were both strong performers for the school and went on to achieve fame.
6Is also an accomplished musician/songwriter, director of stage plays and screenwriter.
7Lived for three years in Paris, France, as a youth where his film cartoonist and animator father Frank Smith managed the English-language branch of a French animation studio.
8Son of Frank Smith.
91970 - Was discovered by talent agent while appearing as "Sancho Panza" in high school production of "Man of La Mancha".
101970 - Graduate of Grover Cleveland High School, Reseda, California.




Motive2015TV SeriesRick Wyatt
Dolphin Tale 22014George Hughes
Psych2010TV SeriesRoy Kessler
Fringe2009TV SeriesSheriff Golightly
Leverage2009TV SeriesGlenn Leary
Jack and Jill vs. the World2008Carlin
Lucky You2007Roy Durucher
Drive2007TV SeriesMr. Bright
Still Small Voices2007Burton Hayes (as Charles Martin-Smith)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2006TV SeriesSheriff Bartley
Da Vinci's City Hall2005-2006TV SeriesJoe Friedland Mike Franklin
The Triangle2005TV Mini-SeriesCaptain Jay
Left Behind III: World at War2005Vice President John Mallory
Icon2005TV MovieDoctor
The Last Casino2004TV MovieBarnes
Kingdom Hospital2004TV SeriesEarl Swinton
Touching Wild Horses2002Charles Thurston
Dead Heat2002Morty
Roughing It2002TV MoviePlatt
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesMayor Horn
Family Law2000-2001TV SeriesMr. Chilton
Here's to Life!2000Ned
The Apartment Complex1999TV MovieGary Glumley
P.T. Barnum1999TV MovieBeach
Streets of Laredo1999TV Mini-SeriesNed Brookshire Neil Brookshire
The New Woody Woodpecker Show1999TV SeriesMarty
Hoods1998Gun Dealer (uncredited)
Deep Impact1998Dr. Marcus Wolf (uncredited)
Blackout Effect1998TV MovieHenry Drake
Dead Silence1997TV MovieRoland W. Marks
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996Video GameRenfield (voice)
Wedding Bell Blues1996Oliver Napier
The Beast1996TV Mini-SeriesSchuyler Graves
The Final Cut1996Capt. Weldon Mamet
Brothers' Destiny1995TV MovieMerriman
Take Out the Beast1995TV ShortThe biorobot
Perfect Alibi1995Franklin Dupard
The X-Files1995TV SeriesDr. Osbourne
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesSpencer Deighton
Northern Exposure1994TV SeriesRoger Brewster (Satan)
Roswell1994TV MovieSheriff Wilcox
I Love Trouble1994Rick Medwick
L.A. Law1994TV SeriesDale Hardy
Picket Fences1993TV SeriesLyman Pike
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesColin
The Untouchables1993TV SeriesSpecial Prosecutor Thomas Dewey
Partners1993TV Short'Grave Squad' Lawyer
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieDr. Harold Jaffe
Fifty/Fifty1992Martin Sprue
Boris and Natasha1992TV MovieHotel Clerk
Deep Cover1992Carver
The Hot Spot1990Lon Gulick
The Ray Bradbury Theater1986-1989TV SeriesHugh Fortnum / Douglas Rogers
The Experts1989Mr. Smith
The Untouchables1987Agent Oscar Wallace
Trick or Treat1986Mr. Wimbley
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesDr. Dennis Barrows (segment "The Beacon")
Starman1984Mark Shermin
Never Cry Wolf1983Farley Mowat / Tyler
Gabe and Walker1981TV MovieGabe Peterson
Herbie Goes Bananas1980D.J.
When the Whistle Blows1980TV SeriesJimmy
More American Graffiti1979Terry the Toad
A Dog's Life1979TV MovieTucker
Cotton Candy1978TV MovieGeorge Smalley
The Buddy Holly Story1978Ray Bob
The Hazing1977Barney (as Charlie Martin Smith)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams1977TV SeriesTheodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt
Baretta1976TV SeriesHarold
Law of the Land1976TV MovieDudley (as Charlie Martin Smith)
No Deposit, No Return1976Longnecker (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins1975Alan Boone (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Lucas Tanner1975TV SeriesRod Jernigan
Petrocelli1974TV SeriesFrankie
The Rookies1974TV SeriesBobby Lewis
The Spikes Gang1974Tod (as Charlie Martin Smith)
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesRussell Jamison
Chase1973TV SeriesLittle Bits
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesJulius (segment "Love and the Time Machine")
American Graffiti1973Terry (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid1973Bowdre (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Go Ask Alice1973TV MovieJim (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Room 2221972TV SeriesPaul Harris (Harpo)
Fuzz1972Baby (as Charlie Martin Smith)
The Culpepper Cattle Co.1972Tim Slater (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Monty Nash1971TV SeriesBellhop
The Brady Bunch1971TV SeriesRonnie


Motive2013-2016TV Series 3 episodes
Dolphin Tale 22014
Dolphin Tale2011
Stone of Destiny2008
Intelligence2006TV Series 1 episode
Da Vinci's City Hall2005-2006TV Series 3 episodes
Icon2005TV Movie
Da Vinci's Inquest2004TV Series 1 episode
The Snow Walker2003
Roughing It2002TV Movie
Air Bud1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1997TV Series 1 episode
Space: Above and Beyond1995-1996TV Series 3 episodes
Boris and Natasha1992TV Movie
Trick or Treat1986


Dolphin Tale 22014written by
Stone of Destiny2008written by
The Clinic2004TV Movie written by
The Snow Walker2003written by
Never Cry Wolf1983narration written by - as C.M. Smith


Stone of Destiny2008executive producer
The Clinic2004TV Movie executive producer
Dead Heat2002executive producer
Here's to Life!2000executive producer

Music Department

Cotton Candy1978TV Movie composer: songs


Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary special thanks
Mergers & Acquisitions1989Short thanks


Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2014TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
1st Look2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The 11th Annual Leo Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Feature length Drama, Nominee: Best Direction in a Feature Length Drama, Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Drama
The Immortal Beaver2008TV Movie documentaryTyler
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Untouchables: Production Stories2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Untouchables: Re-Inventing the Genre2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Untouchables: The Classic2004Video documentary shortHimself
Make the Movie Live the Movie2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'American Graffiti'1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guns of the Civil War1993TV Movie documentaryHosted
The Making of 'Never Cry Wolf'1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Untouchables: The Script, the Cast2004Video documentary shortHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1982TV SeriesDetective Longnecker


Won Awards

2009Best DirectorPalm Beach International Film FestivalFeature FilmStone of Destiny (2008)
2009Audience FavouriteVictoria Independent Film & Video Festival, CanadaBest FilmStone of Destiny (2008)
2004Audience AwardMethod FestBest FeatureThe Snow Walker (2003)

Nominated Awards

2016LeoLeo AwardsBest Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesMotive (2013)
2009LeoLeo AwardsBest Direction in a Feature Length DramaStone of Destiny (2008)
2009LeoLeo AwardsBest Feature Length DramaStone of Destiny (2008)
2009LeoLeo AwardsBest Screenwriting in a Feature Length DramaStone of Destiny (2008)
2008BAFTA Scotland AwardBAFTA Awards, ScotlandBest Feature FilmStone of Destiny (2008)
2005GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesThe Last Casino (2004)
2004GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionThe Snow Walker (2003)
2004GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedThe Snow Walker (2003)
2004LeoLeo AwardsFeature Length Drama: Best DirectionThe Snow Walker (2003)
2004LeoLeo AwardsFeature Length Drama: Best ScreenwritingThe Snow Walker (2003)
2001LeoLeo AwardsBest Feature Length DramaHere's to Life! (2000)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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