Douglas Smith (actor)

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Douglas Smith
Born Douglas Alexander Smith
(1985-06-22) June 22, 1985 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)

Douglas Alexander Smith (born June 22, 1985) is a Canadian-American actor most notable for his work on the HBO series, Big Love as Ben Henrickson, the eldest son of polygamist Bill Henrickson.[1]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Terrea (née Oster), an American-born teacher, and Maurice Smith, a producer of low-budget films originally from the United Kingdom.[2] Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. He is the younger brother of actor Gregory Smith. He is of mostly English and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.[3]


Smith has been acting since he was cast as Malvolio in his 4th grade production of Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night. Audiences first saw him on the big screen as a young Brendan Fraser in Blast from the Past, opposite Alicia Silverstone, Sissy Spacek, and Christopher Walken. As a teenager, he went to Australia to play the lead role as an American boy living in Australia in a series called Out There. Early in his career, Smith honed his craft through appearances on some of television's most notable procedurals, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Close to Home, Family Law, The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, and Cold Case, among many others.

Most known for his regular role as Bill Paxton's son on Big Love, Smith co-starred in the films Sleepover, Rock the Paint, Santa's Slay and State's Evidence. He also played the pivotal role of Edward Porris in Brandon Cronenberg's directorial debut, Antiviral. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and took home the award for Best First Canadian Feature at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

In late 2012, Smith began filming the musical/comedy/horror film, Stage Fright. He played the roles of both Metal Killer and Buddy, in addition to performing two musical numbers in the film. One of the songs was alongside Grammy winning artist, Meat Loaf. Stage Fright premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures.[citation needed]

2013 saw Smith star as Tyson, the cyclops half-brother of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), in the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He also began production for his lead role alongside Olivia Cooke in the horror film Ouija for Universal/Platinum Dunes at the end of 2013.

An alumni of RADA's Shakespeare Summer School, Smith made his off Broadway debut in 2014, starring in the New York premiere of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village. He played William Carlisle, a role originated by Tom Sturridge at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2010. The production and Smith's performance received favorable reviews. It was listed among The Guardian's and The New York Times' "Best of 2014" lists - David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "In such an exemplary cast, it's unfair to single out any one of the seven principal actors for special praise. But Smith, best known for HBO's Big Love, is sad, scary and transfixing. Whatever you get out of the play, Cullman's taut production serves as a knockout ensemble showcase for a new generation of gifted stage actors."[4] The production was nominated for both OBIE and Drama League Awards.[5]

In 2015, Smith was seen in a cameo role in Terminator Genisys.[6] He will make his first appearance on HBO since wrapping Big Love in a significant arc on Martin Scorsese's Vinyl, opposite Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and Ray Romano. [7] Vinyl premiered on February 14, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, at the age of 18, Smith traveled to Morocco with the U.K. based charity Peace Child International as the member of a cast of actor/delegates promoting peace and tolerance through musical and dramatic performances. The show was performed in English, French, and Arabic - over the course of their eight week tour they performed in all provinces of the country.

After completing the 5th and final season of Big Love, Smith traveled to Europe. He rented an apartment in Paris and studied French at Alliance Francaise for six months. He returned to North America to work on the film Treading Water, opposite Zoë Kravitz, at the end of 2011.

Smith purchased a home in New Orleans after falling in love with the city while filming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 2012.

He is a citizen of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The X-Files The Pitcher Episode: Home
1997 The Death Game Tristan
1998 The Outer Limits Douglas Episode: In to Zone
1999 Blast from the Past Adam (age 11)
2001 Family Law Patrick Samson Episode: Sex,Lies, and Internet
2002 Trancers 6 Punk #1
2002 Partners in Action Teddy Credited as Doug Smith
2003 Lock her Room Johnny Short
2003 Out There Reilly Evans
2003 Hangman's Curse Elijah Springfield
2003 Stuck in the Movie with You Sam TV movie
2003 Cold Case Ryan Bayes Episode: Churchgoing People
2004 Everwood Gavin Curtis Episode: Controlling Interest
2004 Joan of Arcadia Daniel Shoalar Episode: State of Grace
2004 The Guardian Jay Episode: Without Consent
2004 CSI: Miami Jason Henderson Episode: Invasion
2004 Sleepover Gregg
2005 Rock the Paint Josh
2005 Santa's Slay Nicolas Yuleson
2006 Crossing Jordan Steven Reynolds Episode: Mysterious Ways
2006 Close to Home Colin Parks Episode: The Shots
2006 Citizen Duane Duane Balfour
2006 State's Evidence Scott
2006–2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marlon West
2006–2011 Big Love Ben Henrickson
2007 Remember the Daze Pete
2009 Someday We Will Get Married James Short
2009 Hawthorne Curtis Episode: Night Moves
2010 Flashpoint Carlton Hayward Episode: Whatever it Takes
2011 Margene's Blog Ben Henrickson Episode: Girls Gotta Dance
2012 Antiviral Edward Porris
2013 The Boy who Smells like Fish Mica
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Tyson
2013 Rookie Blue Chuck Episode: You Are Here
2014 Hard Drive Ditch
2014 Stage Fright Buddy Swanson
2014 Ouija Pete
2015 Terminator Genisys Eric Thompson
2016 The Bye Bye Man Elliot Filming
2016 Vinyl Gary Giombetta
2017 Miss Sloane Alex Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film Sleepover Nominated


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