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 first role as Ronnie on The Brady Bunch
the next year. His first highly notable role was in George Lucas' American Graffiti
(1973), which was nominated for five Academy Awards. Charles graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelors' degree in Theater.
Other popular movies he starred in included Never Cry Wolf
(1983) and Starman
(1984). In 1986 he began his career as a director with the horror film about a rock-and-roll singer's spirit, Trick or Treat
. After that, he continued to act and direct, most notably appearing in The Untouchables
(1987) and directing the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, a show which would become incredibly successful, running for seven seasons and spawning an almost equally successful spin-off. In 2003 he wrote and directed The Snow Walker
, a movie about two people stranded in the 1953 Canadian Arctic. The Snow Walker
was nominated for five awards, one of which it won.
Currently, Charles Martin Smith lives in Vancouver, Canada part time, still maintaining a home in Los Angeles, California. He continues to act, most recently starring in the television show Drive
and the movie Jack and Jill vs. the World
(2007), which is in post-production.