T. Ryder Smith

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T. Ryder Smith
Born 1958

T. Ryder Smith (born 1958) is an American actor. A native of New York state and long-time resident of New York City, he has appeared frequently on stage, particularly in avant-garde theatre works, and in film, sometimes as a voice actor.


Smith has appeared on Broadway in the original American company of War Horse (play), at Lincoln Center, and in the 2009 revival of Equus.[1] opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. Other work in New York includes the 2010 production of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play as well as her Dead Man's Cell Phone at Playwrights Horizons, Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination of Outstanding Solo Performer, and Israel Horovitz' 3-actor Lebensraum, for which he shared a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast. In 2007, he took part in a collaboration with artist/activist Paul Chan, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and the public-arts presenters Creative Time to perform Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in the outdoor areas of New Orleans which had been most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He has appeared in world premiere productions of plays by Richard Foreman, David Greenspan, Tanya Barfield, and Doug Wright.

Film, television and voice[edit]

Film and TV work includes appearances on Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU and the PBS American Experience series The Abolitionists; playing "The Trickster" in the cyber-horror film Brainscan; the experimental feature Horrible Child; Marie Losier's experimental short film The Ontological Cowboy, shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and as himself in MindFLUX, a documentary about theatre-artist Richard Foreman. He supplies the voices of Baron Ünderbheit and Otto Aquarius on the cartoon TV series The Venture Bros., the voice of Sander Cohen in the videogame BioShock, and appears in the annual Bloomsday readings of James Joyce's novel Ulysses on radio station WBAI. Ryder returned to the BioShock franchise, providing additional voices for BioShock Infinite., and eventually reprising the role of Sander Cohen for the story DLC "Burial at Sea."


  • He shared a 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast as a member of the 3-actor, 50-role Off-Broadway play Lebensraum by Israel Horowitz.[2]
  • He was nominated for a 2001 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Solo Performer for Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel.[3]
  • He received a 2006 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in the world-premiere of John Strand’s play Lincolnesque at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater.[4]
  • He received a 2005 Charles Bowden Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Theatrical Community, presented by NYC’s New Dramatists.[5]


  1. ^ Equus on Broadway 2008-09[dead link]
  2. ^ Drama Desk 2007
  3. ^ Drama Desk 2001
  4. ^ San Diego Theatre Critic's Circle
  5. ^ Charles Bowden Award

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