Brian J. Smith
Brian J. Smith
Smith in November 2010
Brian Jacob Smith
October 12, 1981
|Other names||Brian Smith|
Brian J Smith
Juilliard School (BFA)
Brian J. Smith (born October 12, 1981) is an American actor, known for his role as Will Gorski in the Netflix-produced series Sense8, Lieutenant Matthew Scott in the military science fiction television series Stargate Universe, and his Tony Award-nominated role as Jim O'Connor (The Gentleman Caller) in the 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie.
Early life and education
Smith is a native of Allen, Texas. He studied at the Quad C Theatre program at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. After he was an apprentice for one year at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, Smith moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School Drama Division's four-year acting program (Group 36: 2003–2007), where one of his classmates was Nicole Beharie. Smith graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
While enrolled at Collin College, Smith worked as theatre technician. He was later cast as Alex in A Clockwork Orange in a Quad C Theatre production to great reviews. In 2005, he portrayed Trey, a gay man facing intolerance from the son of a fundamentalist preacher, in Hate Crime, an independent film that featured at multiple gay and lesbian film festivals around the United States.
Upon graduating from Juilliard, Smith briefly considered joining the US Army due to several setbacks in his career.
Smith eventually received acting roles in two more independent films, Red Hook and The War Boys. In 2008, he appeared on Broadway in the play Come Back, Little Sheba as the character Turk. Smith was cast as Lieutenant Matthew Scott, a lead role in the 2009 Stargate television series, Stargate Universe, until its cancellation in 2010.
In 2011, Smith recurred on The CW's Gossip Girl and starred in the SyFy original film Red Faction: Origins. In April 2012, he began his run as Andrei in the hit Broadway show, The Columnist, which ended in July 2012. His next projects include the mini-series Coma from producer Tony Scott and Warehouse 13 for SyFy. He also guest-starred on Law & Order.
In September 2013, he starred in a much-praised production on Broadway of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. This role earned him 2014 Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
|2005||Hate Crime||Trey McCoy|
|2009||The War Boys||George|
|2011||Red Faction: Origins||Jake Mason||Television film|
|2016||The Passing Season||Sam Alden|
|2009||Law & Order||Derek Sherman||Episode: "Crimebusters"|
|2009–11||Stargate Universe||Matthew Scott||Main role; 40 episodes|
|2009–10||Stargate Universe Kino||Matthew Scott||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Hector MacQueen||Episode: "Murder on the Orient Express"|
|2011||Gossip Girl||Max Harding||6 episodes|
|2012||Warehouse 13||Jesse Ashton||Episode: "Personal Effects"|
|2012||Coma||Paul Carpin||2 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Ricky Waters||Episode: "The Art of War"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Shayn Coleman||Episode: "Shadow Box"|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Robert Carter||Episode: "Devil's Breath"|
|2013||Defiance||Gordon McClintlock||2 episodes|
|2013||Unforgettable||John Curtis||Episode: "Past Tense"|
|2015–2018||Sense8||Will Gorski||Main role|
|2015||Quantico||Eric Packer||Episode: "Run"|
|2019||Treadstone||Doug McKenna||Upcoming television series|
|TBA||World on Fire||Webster||Upcoming television series|
|2008||Come Back, Little Sheba||Turk||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2008||Good Boys and True||Brandon||Second Stage Theatre|
|2008||Three Changes||Gordon||Playwrights Horizons|
|2012||The Columnist||Andrei||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2013||The Glass Menagerie||The Gentleman Caller||American Repertory Theater|
|2013||The Glass Menagerie||The Gentleman Caller||Booth Theatre|
|2017||The Glass Menagerie||The Gentleman Caller||Duke of York's Theatre|
|2017||Sweet Bird of Youth||Chance Wayne||Chichester Festival Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Elliot Norton Award||Outstanding Ensemble||The Glass Menagerie||Won|
|2014||Tony Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Choice Award||Favorite Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)||Nominated|
|BroadwayWorld.com Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
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