Charles Martin Smith
(born October 30, 1953) is an American film actor, writer, and director.
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
. 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.
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
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
was also lauded. at the Internet Movie Database
. In 1979 Smith was cast alongside... Read More