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Charles Martin Smith, from Toad to dolphins
Charles Martin Smith, from Toad to dolphins

Charles Martin Smith would have walked over hot coals for George Lucas during the filming of the seminal 1973 hit "American Graffiti," in which he was sweetly endearing as the nerdy Terry "the Toad" Fields. And even 41 years later, the actor-director believes that he and the rest of the cast, which included Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark and Paul Le Mat, would still be willing to hot-foot it for the director. "We had so much respect for him," said Smith during a recent interview. "We were happy to be doing that movie, because the script was so good." The camaraderie on the low-budget film was especially...

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