Brian J. Smith
|Brian J. Smith|
Smith in November 2010
|Born||Brian Jacob Smith
October 12, 1981
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Other names||Brian Smith
Brian J Smith
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA 2007)|
|Height||6' 0½" (1.84 m)|
Brian J. Smith (born October 12, 1981) is an American actor who is known for his role as Trey in the 2005 independent film Hate Crime, as series regular Lt. Matthew Scott in the military science fiction television series, Stargate Universe, and most recently as Will Gorski in the Netflix-produced series Sense8.
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 studied one year at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. Smith then 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.
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. Smith also portrayed 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.
Most recently he recurred on 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 has also guest-starred on the Emmy Award-winning series, 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.
Now he is a lead cast member on the Netflix Original series Sense8.
|2005||Hate Crime||Trey McCoy|
|2009||The War Boys||George|
|2011||Red Faction: Origins||Jake Mason||TV film|
|2009||Law & Order||Derek Sherman||Season 19, Episode 13: "Crimebusters"|
|2009–2010||SG·U Stargate Universe KINO||Matthew Scott||Main role|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Hector MacQueen||Season 12, Episode 3: "Murder on the Orient Express"|
|2011||Gossip Girl||Max Harding||Recurring guest star (season 5, episode 1,2,7-10)|
|2012||Warehouse 13||Jesse Ashton||Season 4, Episode 3: "Personal Effects"|
|2012||Coma||Paul Carpin||Season 1, Episode 1,2: "Part One" & "Part Two"|
|2012||The Good Wife||Ricky Waters||Season 4, Episode 6: "The Art of War"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Shayn Coleman||Season 2, Episode 10: "Shadow Box"|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Robert Carter||Season 3, Episode 21: "Devil's Breath"|
|2013||Defiance||Gordon McClintlock||Season 1, Episode 9: "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"|
|2013||Unforgettable||John Curtis||Season 2, Episode 5: "Past Tense"|
|2015||Sense8||Will Gorski||Main role|
|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
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|
- Sumner, Darren (January 15, 2009). "Brian J. Smith cast in Stargate Universe". GateWorld. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- Brantley, Ben (January 25, 2008). "So Quiet You Can Hear a Heart Stop". New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- Brian J. Smith at the Internet Movie Database
- GateWorld: Brian J. Smith cast in Stargate Universe
- "Boldly Going From Collin County Community College to SciFi's New Stargate Series" Unfair Park, the Dallas Observer blog