Matt Shively

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Matt Shively
Born Matthew James Shively, Jr.
(1990-09-15) September 15, 1990 (age 24)
Hanford, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Matthew James "Matt" Shively, Jr. (born September 15, 1990)[1][2] is an American actor best known for his role as Ryan Laserbeam on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP.[3] Beginning in June 2011, he began appearing in the Nickelodeon series The Troop as Kirby.

Early life[edit]

Shively was born in Hanford, California.[1][4] He became interested in acting in the fourth grade after seeing Shia LaBeouf on the television program Even Stevens, and LaBeouf remains his inspiration for acting.[4] He has been a long-time fan of the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation.[5] He also had a band with his good friend Sterling Knight named Connecting Channels.[6]


Shively has had only a few roles. He had a minor part in the 2007 film Rattle Basket, and another small part on an episode of Zoey 101.[7] He auditioned several times for the part of Ryan on True Jackson, VP, and was told he didn't get it.[8] He was called back two weeks later, tested for the role, and won the part.[8] The show received positive reviews.[9] He voiced Crowned Prince Sky on Winx Club[10] and in two movies based on the series: Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom and Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure. Shively joined the cast of the The Troop in its second (and final) season as the character Kirby Bancroft-Cadworth III.[11]

Shively's film career began in 2011, when he was cast in a minor role in the horror comedy April Apocalypse.[12] Shively played one of the leads in the horror film Paranormal Activity 4. The film was released October 18, 2012. Justin Lowe, writing for the Associated Press, called Shively "likable enough", while generally panning the film.[13] Rafer Guzman of Newsday agreed.[14] Andy Webster of the New York Times found Shively's performance "delightful" and generally praised the picture.[15] Shively co-starred in the Nickelodeon comedy Noobz, which was released in theaters in late January 2013. He played one of four geeky friends who attempt to win a video gaming contest.[16]

Shively also appeared the independent feature film Bucky and the Squirrels, a 2014 mockumentary directed by Allan Katz about a wacky 1960s psychedelic rock band whose airplane crashes in snowy mountains. Frozen alive, the band is thawed out in the 21st century.[17]

Shively was also a leading role in 2014's Expelled as the main character's best friend, Danny.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Matt Shively." No date. Accessed 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ "Almanac: Monday, September 15, 2014". Anniston Star. September 15, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Toby, Mekeisha Madden. "Keke Palmer gets a job on 'True Jackson'." Detroit News. November 8, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Malkin, Marc. "Nickelodeon Star: I Owe My Career to Shia LaBeouf." E! Online. July 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "Interview: True Jackson's Matt Shively." May 27, 2011. Accessed 2011-09-12.
  6. ^ "Sterling Knight’s Band "Connecting Channels"". Disney Dreaming, a division of Unrivaled Media Group, LLC. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Matt Shively Jr." Allmovie/New York Times. 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Matt Shively Interview." 2008.
  9. ^ McNamara, Mary. "Review: 'True Jackson, VP'." Los Angeles Times. November 8, 2008.
  10. ^ Gorman, Bill. "Global Hit Animated Series 'Winx Club' Comes to Nickelodeon, Starting June 27." June 9, 2011. Accessed 2011-06-09.
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Matt Shively and Malese Jow are Joining The Troop!" October 15, 2010. Accessed 2011-09-12.
  12. ^ "True Jackson VP's Matt Shively Cast In Romantic Zombie Film." October 10, 2011. Accessed 2012-07-19.
  13. ^ Lowe, Justin. "Even Satan Can't Resurrect This Franchise." Associated Press. October 19, 2012.
  14. ^ Guzman, Rafer. "A Youthful Energy Creeps Into 'Paranormal Activity 4'." Newsday. October 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Webster, Andy. "Watch Out for Swaying Chandeliers and Rogue Knives." New York Times. October 19, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-20.
  16. ^ "Go Behind The Scenes of Noobz With Matt Shively." January 8, 2013, accessed 2013-02-11; McKinney, Luke. "Five Reasons to Just Say 'No' to Noobz." January 24, 2013, accessed 2013-02-11.
  17. ^ Nyman, Shane (October 27, 2014). "'Bucky and the Squirrels' to Get Weyauwega Premiere". Appletone Post-Crescent. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
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