DOLPHIN TALE 2
CHARLES MARTIN SMITH (Director/Screenwriter) is a veteran filmmaker and actor
with a broad range of credits on both sides of the camera.
He previously directed the 2011 family hit "Dolphin Tale," starring Harry
Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Morgan Freeman. The film, which
first brought the story of Winter the dolphin to the big screen, earned a
Genesis Award nomination from the Humane Society of the United States. He
earlier directed and wrote the historical drama "Stone of Destiny," for which he
won the Best Director Award at the 2009 Palm Beach International Film Festival.
The film was also chosen to be the Closing Night Gala at the 2008 Toronto Film
Festival, and went on to earn a BAFTA Scotland Award nomination for Best
Picture, and six Leo Award nominations, including three for Smith for Best
Director, Best Screenwriting and Best Picture.
Smith first came to prominence as an actor, as part of the ensemble cast of
George Lucas' seminal 1973 film "American Graffiti." His early film credits also
include "The Buddy Holly Story," Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the
Kid," John Carpenter's "Starman," and Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables." Smith
also earned praise for his portrayal of the late Farley Mowat, the real-life
researcher who braved Canada's frozen tundra to study wolves, in Carroll
Ballard's 1983 dramatic adventure "Never Cry Wolf."
In 2003, he wrote and directed the feature "The Snow Walker," based on Mowat's
book Walk Well My Brother and starring Barry Pepper. In addition, he directed
the family hit "Air Bud," and directed and co-starred in both "Fifty/Fifty" and
the 1986 satirical horror film "Trick or Treat."
Smith has also helmed a number of television projects, including the two-hour
inaugural episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which launched the hit series;
episodes of the Canadian series "Da Vinci's Inquest," in which he also had a
regular role; and such longform projects as the miniseries "Icon" and "Roughing
It." He also wrote and executive produced the telefilm "The Clinic."
His additional acting credits include such films as "I Love Trouble," "Deep
Cover," "Speechless," "Perfect Alibi," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Deep Impact,"
"Touching Wild Horses" and "Lucky You," as well as the indies "Dead Heat" and
"Here's to Life," which he also executive produced.
On television, Smith has appeared on dozens of series over the past 40 years,
recently including "Psych," "Fringe," "Leverage," "Drive," "Law & Order: SVU"
and "Ally McBeal." He has also been seen in such long-form projects as "Still
Small Voices," "The Triangle," "The Apartment Complex," "P.T. Barnum," "The
Beast," "Streets of Laredo," "And the Band Played On," and "Roswell," among many
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