Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith

Highest Rated: 100% The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 30, 1953

Birthplace: Van Nuys, California, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

Never Cry Wolf
The Buddy Holly Story
American Graffiti
Deep Cover
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Starman The Untouchables
The Hot Spot




79% 55% A Gift From Bob Director - 2021
59% 71% A Dog's Way Home Director $42.0M 2019
66% 72% Dolphin Tale 2 George Hatton (Character),
$42.0M 2014
82% 80% Dolphin Tale Director $72.3M 2011
53% 58% Stone of Destiny Director,
- 2008
25% 30% Jack and Jill vs. the World Carlin (Character) - 2007
28% 28% Lucky You Roy (Character) $5.8M 2007
No Score Yet 50% Frederick Forsyth's Icon Director - 2005
No Score Yet 67% Left Behind: World at War Vice President John Mallory (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Clinic Screenwriter - 2004
No Score Yet 62% The Last Casino Barnes (Character) - 2004
86% 79% The Snow Walker Director - 2003
0% 71% Touching Wild Horses Charles Thurston (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's to Life! Ned (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackout Effect Henry Drake (Character) - 1998
45% 38% Air Bud Director $24.6M 1997
No Score Yet 31% Dead Silence Roland W. Marks (Character) - 1997
40% 47% Wedding Bell Blues Oliver Napier (Character) $22.0K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories From the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 80% The Road Home Merriman (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 57% The Beast Schuyler Graves (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 100% The Final Cut Capt. Weldon Mamet (Character) - 1995
10% 34% Speechless Kratz (Character) $19.6M 1994
No Score Yet 12% Perfect Alibi Franklin Dupard (Character) - 1994
20% 31% Fifty/Fifty Martin Sprue (Character),
$125.4K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners "Grave Squad" Lawyer (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 31% Boris and Natasha Director - 1992
87% 77% Deep Cover Carver (Character) $16.6M 1992
73% 49% The Hot Spot Lon Gulick (Character) $1.2M 1990
No Score Yet 29% The Experts Mr. Smith (Character) $89.1K 1989
81% 89% The Untouchables Agent Oscar Wallace (Character) $74.5M 1987
75% 62% Trick or Treat Director $6.3M 1986
85% 70% Starman Mark Shermin (Character) - 1984
100% 83% Never Cry Wolf Farley Mowat/Tyler (Character) - 1983
40% 37% Herbie Goes Bananas D.J. (Character) - 1980
20% 33% More American Graffiti Terry the Toad (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 33% The Hazing Barney (Character) - 1978
100% 77% The Buddy Holly Story Ray Bob (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cotton Candy George Smalley (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 65% No Deposit, No Return Longnecker (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Land Dudley (Character) - 1976
60% 40% Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins Alan Boone (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 44% The Spikes Gang Tod (Character) - 1974
86% 83% Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Charlie Bowdre (Character) - 1973
96% 84% American Graffiti Terry "The Toad" Fields (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 59% The Culpepper Cattle Company Tim Slater (Character) - 1972


No Score Yet 80% Motive Director 2013
90% 77% Fringe Sheriff Golightly (Guest Star) 2009
92% 88% Leverage Glenn Leary (Guest Star) 2009
65% 0% Drive Mr. Bright (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000-2001
84% 93% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Director 1997
74% 86% The X-Files Dr. Osbourne (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet 83% Northern Exposure Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater Douglas Rogers (Character) 1986 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Russell Jamison (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monty Nash Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
78% 0% The Brady Bunch Unknown (Guest Star) 1971