Riley Smith




Biography

Born and raised on his families’ Quarter Horse Ranch, Riley Smith grew up just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his senior year of high school, a modeling scout at the local mall discovered Smith and he subsequently moved to New York City. He began to do campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and used the money to study his true passion: acting.

Within three months Smith was flown to Los Angeles to screen test for his first Pilot, Warner Brothers’ “Minor Threat“. He booked the pilot, and that was the beginning.

In the seventeen years Smith has called Los Angeles home he has managed to complete more than sixty-nine projects: thirteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest stars including notable recurring roles on Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks,” and Emmy award-winning “24.”

Some of Smith’s more notable credits were in films as diverse as “Radio” (Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.), “Eight-Legged Freaks“, “Not Another Teen Movie“, “New York Minute“, as well as “Gallowalker” (Wesley Snipes) and “Weapons“, the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee. More recently, Smith starred along side Andy Garcia and Mary-Louis Parker in the film “Christmas in Conway“.

Smith’s body of work not only showcases his versatility, but with each project comes an even more alluring performance than the last. This can be seen in recent years by observing Smith’s rugged charm on HBO’s “True Blood“, Nicholas Sparks’ “Deliverance Creek“, and the much-anticipated second season of “True Detective“.

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Filmography

  • 2016 The HOA (TV Movie) – Shawn
  • 2016 Frequency (TV Series) – Frank Sullivan
  • 2016 Interior Night – Eddie Banks
  • 2016 Bleed – Eric
  • 2016 CSI: Cyber (TV Series) – Keith Walker
  • 2016 Urban Cowboy (TV Movie) – Wes
  • 2015/I Studio City (TV Movie) – Jax
  • 2015 Nashville (TV Series) – Markus Keen
  • 2015 The Messengers (TV Series) – Mark Plowman
  • 2015 True Detective (TV Series) – Steve Mercer
  • 2015 Margreet (Short) – Rene
  • 2014 10,000 Days – Sam Beck
  • 2014 Deliverance Creek (TV Movie) – Toby
  • 2014 True Blood (TV Series) – Keith
  • 2014 Shirin in Love – William
  • 2013 Christmas in Conway (TV Movie) – Tommy Harris
  • 2013 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series) – The Bombmaker
  • 2013 A Day in the Country (Short) – Lt. Nikl
  • 2012-2013 90210 (TV Series) – Riley Wallace
  • 2013 Untitled Bounty Hunter Project (TV Movie) – Sean Huggins
  • 2012 Gallowwalkers – Fabulos
  • 2012 Sunday’s Mother (Short) – Jason
  • 2011 Cooper and Stone (TV Movie) – Danny Kovacs
  • 2011 The Playboy Club (TV Series) – Wade
  • 2011 Universal Squadrons – Lance
  • 2011 The Glades (TV Series) – Greg Wheeler
  • 2011 The Closer (TV Series) – Trey Gavin
  • 2010 Leverage (TV Series) – Sophie’s Dr. Abernathy
  • 2010 10,000 Days (TV Series) – Sam Beck
  • 2010 Night and Day (TV Movie) – Jim Pollard
  • 2009 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series) – Sean Flannery
  • 2008 Make It Happen – Russ
  • 2008 Criminal Minds (TV Series) – Ryan Phillips
  • 2008 The Madness of Jane (TV Movie) – Dane
  • 2007 Women’s Murder Club (TV Series) – Jamie Galvan
  • 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) – Jordan Rockwell
  • 2007 Drive (TV Mini-Series) – Rob Laird
  • 2007 Graduation – Chauncey Boyd
  • 2007 White Air – Alex
  • 2007 Weapons – Jason
  • 2006 The Way (TV Movie) – Karl
  • 2005 Spring Break Shark Attack (TV Movie) – Shane Jones
  • 2004-2005 Joan of Arcadia (TV Series) – Andy Baker
  • 2004 Hawaii (TV Series) – Sheldon
  • 2004 Summerland (TV Series) – Tanner
  • 2004/I New York Minute – Jim, The Bike Messenger
  • 2004 The Plight of Clownana (Short) – Riley
  • 2003 24 (TV Series) – Kyle Singer
  • 2003 Radio – Johnny
  • 2003 Peacemakers (TV Series) – Eric Soper
  • 2003 After School Special – Jake
  • 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series) – Jack
  • 2002 Eastwick (TV Movie) – Dakota
  • 2002 Boston Public (TV Series) – Mark
  • 2002 Birds of Prey (TV Series) – 18 Year Old ‘Guy’
  • 2002 Full Ride – Matt Sabo
  • 2002 Eight Legged Freaks – Randy
  • 2002 Raising Dad (TV Series) – Jared Ashby
  • 2002 McLeod’s Daughters (TV Series) – Young Boy #1
  • 2001 Chestnut Hill (TV Movie) – Jamie Eastman
  • 2001 Not Another Teen Movie -Les
  • 2001 All About Us (TV Series) – Jeremy
  • 2001 Gideon’s Crossing (TV Series) – Derek Fitzhugh
  • 2001 Motocrossed (TV Movie) – Dean Talon
  • 2000-2001 Once and Again (TV Series) – Pace
  • 2000 Wild Grizzly (TV Movie) – Josh Harding
  • 2000 Lovers Lane – Michael Lamson
  • 2000 Hang Time (TV Series) – Dave Carter
  • 2000 Bring It On – Guy Cheerleader
  • 2000 Voodoo Academy (Video) – Christopher Sawyer
  • 2000 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) – Todd Schellinger
  • 1999 7th Heaven (TV Series) – Tyler
  • 1999 Teenage Alien Avengers (TV Movie) – Chad
  • 1998 One World (TV Series) – Riley

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Facts

  • Was the President of the AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) in 1996 – 1997. It is the largest single breed horse youth association in the world, with over 25,000 members.
  • Had to learn how to ride a dirtbike for Motocrossed (2001).
  • He was Ashton Kutcher’s roommate in 1997 in New York City at the IMTA convention after knowing each other in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, their hometown. Josh Duhamel also attended the same year.
  • He was offered the role in Spring Break Shark Attack (2005), after screen-testing and almost landing the title role of Elvis (2005) for CBS.
  • Is the lead singer/guitarist for the band “The Life of Riley”, which he started with musician Henri O’Connor.
  • Was in a relationship with Danneel Ackles for 4 years before they broke up.
  • Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen handpicked him to play a love interest in their feature film New York Minute (2004).
  • Is the front man for the band Life of Riley; the group released a CD of live performances in 2010.

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