Charles Martin Smith

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Charles Martin Smith

Born

10/30/1953, Van Nuys, California

Birth Name

Charles Martin Smith

Gender

Male

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Charlie Martin Smith
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Charles Martin Smith, son of film cartoonist and animator Frank Smith VI, was born on Friday, October 30, 1953 in Van Nuys, California. While portraying Sancho Panza in his high school's production of Man of La Mancha, he was discovered by a talent agent, and appeared in his…more

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  • Trivia

    • Charles Martin Smith had appeared in four movies by the time he was a senior in college.

    • Charles Martin Smith says that one of the best things about his character in Starman (1984) is that he does not bother with the bureaucratic red tape.

    • In American Graffiti (1973), when Charles Martin Smith's character Terry is introduced and drives up on his scooter, he has trouble parking it. This actually happened because Charles Martin Smith did not know how to drive a stick shift.

    • In addition to acting, writing, and directing, Charles Martin Smith is also a musician and songwriter.

    • Charles Martin Smith's father, Frank Smith VI, is a film cartoonist and animator.

    • Charles Martin Smith graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelors' degree in Theater.

    • In 2004, Charles Martin Smith won The Method Fest Independent Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Feature for his film The Snow Walker (2003).

    • Charles Martin Smith's agent is David Saunders.

    • Charles Martin Smith is 5'5" (1.65 m) tall.

    • Charles Martin Smith lives in Canada part-time, while still maintaining a home in Los Angeles.

    • Charles Martin Smith graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, California in 1970.

    • Charles Martin Smith lived in Paris, France for three years of his childhood while his father, Frank Smith, managed the English-language branch of a French animation studio.

    • Charles Martin Smith was discovered by a talent agent while acting in Man of La Mancha, which was being performed by his high school.

    • Charles Martin Smith was married to Ursula Martin. They had one child together, but are currently divorced.

  • Quotes

    • Charles Martin Smith: (Regarding working with director John Carpenter) I think John is one of the easiest directors to work with. He's very gentle and good-humored, and I think a lot of the humor in the film comes out of John's own niceness. I had great fun on Starman.

    • Charles Martin Smith: (Regarding Never Cry Wolf (1983)) 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.

    • Charles Martin Smith: (Regarding Starman (1984)) I've always wanted to do a picture that had at least some elements of science fiction. Even though Starman is a romantic-adventure, there are some aspects of the film that are sci-fi. I've always wanted to get in there with the special effects and the space ships coming down. It looked like a lot of fun to me, and I had a great time doing it.

    • Charles Martin Smith: (Regarding Never Cry Wolf (1983)) 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.

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