• Charles Martin Smith is an American actor and director
• He is best remembered for his role in "The Untouchables"
• He has been nominated for numerous BAFTA and other awards for his directing work
• He is a musician, playing piano and guitar and composing music
• His net worth is estimated at $1.5 million as of 2020

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Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 30, 1953
FactIs also an accomplished musician/songwriter, director of stage plays and screenwriter.

Charles Martin Smith is an American actor who is iconically remembered for his role in the star-studded film “The Untouchables”. However, in recent years, the 66-year-old veteran actor has turned his attention to writing and directing films. Despite having played in a long list of filming credits, Charles’ talents clearly lie in directing, since plenty of his work afforded him numerous BAFTA and other award nominations. Charles is a talented person and has more interests than films. Feel free to read more about his life and success as we discuss his career and interests.

Early life and family

Charles was born on 30 October 1953 in Van Nuys, California USA. There is no public information about his mother, but his father, Frank Smith, was a famous cartoonist and animator, as was his uncle Paul J. Smith, who worked for Walter Lantz Productions Studios. His cousin Sheryl Ann Smith also pursued a career in animation, like her father Paul.

During his childhood years, Charles spent four years in Paris, France, where his father was the manager of the English branch of a French animation studio. Charles later returned to the States to finish his high school career and attend university.

Educational background

Charles attended the Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, California, from which he matriculated. While there, Charles participated in several school plays, and it was while performing in one such school play that a talent scout noticed his acting skills.

Following high school, Charles attended the California State University in Northridge, graduating with a BA degree in Theatre.


Charles’ career as an actor began at the age of eighteen in 1971, when he was cast in a guest role in the popular TV series “The Brady Bunch”.

Charles Martin Smith

His career took off, and the following year he gained several more roles, including in the films “The Culpepper Cattle Co” and “Fuzz”, and starred in the television show “Room 222”.

He continued his success throughout the seventies, starring in several films that included “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”, the George Lucas classic “American Graffiti”, through which Charles acquired considerable fame, “The Buddy Holly Story” and others.

He later reprised the role of Terry the Toad Fields for the sequel film, “More American Graffiti”. During this time, he also made appearances in numerous television shows, including “Chase”, “The Rookies” and “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams”.

His career progressed through the eighties, during which time he landed several more prominent roles, such as in “Never Cry Wolf”, and one of his most iconic films which starred several familiar names, including Shaun Connery, Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia and Kevin Costner, “The Untouchables”. His television repertoire for the eighties includes “The Twilight Zone” and “When the Whistle Blows”.

In the nineties, Charles began to focus more on a career behind the camera, but nonetheless continued to act in films. His debut directorial was in the 1986 film “Trick or Treat”, in which he also had a role.

Despite debuting this early, his career as a writer/director only took off in the nineties, including “Air Budd” which Charles only directed. He starred in several films in the same era, including “Perfect Alibi” and “Deep Impact”. He also appeared in the popular television series “The X-files”.

Some other movies that Charles directed and wrote include “The Snow Walker” and “Stone of Destiny”, and  he was also responsible for giving the world “Dolphin Tale” and its sequel.

His most recent work is “A Dog’s Way Home” in 2019, based W. Bruce Cameron’s novel of the same name.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

As much as Charles is in love with filmmaking and acting, he is also a capable musician. He plays the piano and guitar and also composes music. In an interview, Charles stated that he had been familiar with playing the bass guitar before the filming of “The Buddy Holly Story”, in which he portrayed the Crickets’ band bass player. He began learning to play the piano at the age of eight, and fell in love right then. Charles also fell in love with Canadian landscapes while filming “Never Cry Wolf”, and has since relocated to live in Canada.


Charles was reportedly married to actress Ursula Martin, but it is said that the relationship had ended in divorce – no record of any dates exist, so it is not widely known when they married and divorced. It can be suggested that the two possibly met on the set of “Air Bud”, but may require confirmation.

They do have a child together, a daughter by the name Anna, who has accompanied her father to several gala events and film premieres.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 30 October 1953
  • Hair colour: Bald
  • Eye colour: Blue
  • Height:  5ft 5ins (1.65m)
  • Weight: 171lbs (78kgs)
  • Shoe Size: 8 (US)
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net worth

Charles’ net worth accumulated as both an actor and director is estimated at $1.5 million as of 2020

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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