Gregory Smith (actor)

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Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith 2012.jpg
Gregory Smith at the InStyle Party, Toronto Film Festival, 2012
Born Gregory Edward Smith
(1983-07-06) July 6, 1983 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Gregory Edward Smith (born July 6, 1983) is a Canadian actor. He began working as a child actor in the mid-1980s, initially appearing in several made-for-video and television films. Smith has since appeared in several Hollywood films, and has become known for his role as Ephram Brown on the television series Everwood, and more recently as Dov Epstein on Rookie Blue.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Terrea (née Oster), a teacher from the USA, and Maurice Smith, a British-born, Vancouver-based producer of low-budget films.[1] Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. Smith has two brothers, Andrew and Douglas, who is also an actor, and a younger sister, Samantha. Smith grew up in Vancouver[citation needed] and is both a Canadian and a US citizen.

Career[edit]

Smith began acting when he was fourteen months old, and appeared in a Tide television commercial and in store catalogues.[citation needed] After a role in the 1994 children's film Andre, he starred in the 1995 direct-to-video release Leapin' Leprechauns and its 1996 sequel, Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns. Also in 1996, Smith appeared opposite Michelle Trachtenberg in Harriet the Spy. He subsequently starred in another direct-to-video film, Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework, and appeared in three 1998 films: Krippendorf's Tribe, playing one of the children of the title character, The Climb, a drama also starring John Hurt, and the film Small Soldiers, in which Smith had a lead role opposite Kirsten Dunst and won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film Leading Young Actor in 1999.[2] During the 2000s, Smith appeared in the Mel Gibson-led The Patriot (2000), played outlaw Jim Younger in the western American Outlaws (2001), was featured in the short-lived 2001 CBS drama series Kate Brasher, and was cast in a lead role on The WB Television Network show, Everwood, which became a success and ran from 2002 until June 2006. His role on the show was described by The Independent Weekly as "one of the best portrayals of a thoughtful, alienated teenager on television".[3] For this role, Smith won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV series (Comedy or Drama) Leading Young Actor in 2003.[4] During Everwood's filming, Smith owned a home on location in Park City, Utah.[5] In 2005, Smith appeared in the comedy-drama film Kids in America, which had a regional release in the U.S. During the film, Smith shared the longest on-screen kiss with Stephanie Sherrin, timed at almost six minutes. He also played in Zenon (Girl of the 21st Century) as Greg.

Smith next appeared in the independent film drama Nearing Grace, which received a limited theatrical release on October 13, 2006; in the film, which co-stars Ashley Johnson and Jordana Brewster, he plays Henry Nearing, a high senior in the 1970s. The News & Observer's review of the film described Smith's character as "self-deluded" and "perpetually brow-furrowing",[6] although The Seattle Times noted that Smith was "likable",[7] and HeraldNet's review specified that a "better movie will make [Smith] a star".[8]

In 2007, Smith had a small role in The Seeker: The Dark is Rising as Max Stanton. Smith next appeared in the Richard Attenborough-directed period romance Closing the Ring, playing a younger version of Christopher Plummer's character Young Jack, as well as in the thriller Boot Camp, which co-stars Mila Kunis.

In 2008, Smith produced the direct release-to-DVD film Wieners, and made a guest appearance on the series Eli Stone.[9] Smith returned to TV in the series Rookie Blue as Officer Dov Epstein. The series premiered on both ABC and Global TV in Canada on June 24, 2010.

On 18 March 2010, he was cast by Jim Sheridan for his 2011 thriller film Dream House;[10] the movie was shot in Toronto.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Andre Bobby
1995 Leapin' Leprechauns! Mikey Dennehy
1996 Big Bully Kid #2
1996 Harriet the Spy Sport
1996 Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns Mikey Dennehy
1997 Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework Jesse Hackett
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Mickey
1998 Climb, TheThe Climb Danny Himes
1998 Small Soldiers Alan Abernathy
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Greg
2000 Patriot, TheThe Patriot Thomas Martin
2001 American Outlaws Jim Younger
2004 Book of Love Chet Becker
2005 Nearing Grace Henry Nearing
2005 Kids in America Holden Donovan
2007 Closing the Ring Young Jack
2007 Seeker, TheThe Seeker Max Stanton
2008 Boot Camp Ben
2008 Edison and Leo Leo (voice)
2009 Leslie, My Name Is Evil Perry
2010 Whirligig
2011 Hobo with a Shotgun Slick
2011 In My Pocket Stephen
2011 Conception Will
2011 Something Red Guy Short film
2011 Dream House Artie
2012 Follow Gregory Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Commish, TheThe Commish Jason Episode: "Nothing to Fear But Fear..."
1991 Street Justice Joey Episode: "Kid Stuff"
1992 Jumpin' Joe Joe Dugan Jr TV movie
1992 Hat Squad, TheThe Hat Squad Brian Episode: "Pilot"
1993 Street Justice Joey Episode: "A Sense of Duty"
1994 Highlander: The Series Kid Episode: "Under Colour of Authority"
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Tim Williamson Episode: "The Tale of Train Magic"
1995 Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie, TheThe Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie Kip Schaeffer TV movie
1995 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Young Paul Episode "Dark Matters"
1995 Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space Baley TV movie
1997 M.A.N.T.I.S. Boy Episode: "Ancestral Evil"
1997 Meego Gordon Episode: "Halloween"
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Greg TV movie
2001 Kate Brasher Daniel Brasher Main role (6 episodes)
2001 Just Ask My Children Brian Kniffen (age 16-18) TV movie
2001 Touched by an Angel Patrick Lewis Episode: "A Winter Carol"
2002–2006 Everwood Ephram Brown Lead role
2003 Wrinkle in Time, AA Wrinkle in Time Calvin O'Keefe TV movie
2009 Eli Stone Todd Riley Episode: "Flight Path"
2009 Guns Bobby TV miniseries
2010 Fakers Nik Iliakis TV movie
2010 Blue Belle Jackson TV series
2010–present Rookie Blue Dov Epstein Lead role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Son Burst. People Magazine. November 18, 2002. p. 124. 
  2. ^ Young Artist Awards official site. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Smith, Zack (October 11, 2006). "Nearing Grace". The Independent Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  4. ^ Young Artist Awards official site. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Romboy, Dennis (December 24, 2006). "Star locale: Celebrities call Park City and Deer Valley home". Utah news. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  6. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. (October 13, 2006). "'Grace' but no fire". The New & Observer. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  7. ^ Fry, Ted (October 13, 2006). ""Nearing Grace": Coming-of-age pining for the wrong girl". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  8. ^ Horton, Robert (October 13, 2006). "Coming-of-age film falls pancake-flat". HeraldNet. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  9. ^ Exclusive: Everwood Alum Gregory Smith Returns to TV Which ABC show grabbed him?" TV Guide. December 1, 2008. Retrieved on December 3, 2008.
  10. ^ "'Everwood' Star Goes Punk Rock for 'Dream House'". 
  11. ^ "Everwood's Gregory Smith Finds His Dream House". 

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