Justice Smith

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Justice Smith
Justice Smith (32517668231) (cropped1).jpg
Born (1995-08-09) August 9, 1995 (age 25)
Years active2012–present
Notable work
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Get Down
Detective Pikachu

Justice Smith (born August 9, 1995) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Franklin Webb in the 2018 science fiction film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tim Goodman in Detective Pikachu and Theodore in All the Bright Places alongside Elle Fanning.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Anaheim, California. His father is African-American and his mother is of European descent. He is the fifth of nine siblings.[1][2][3] Smith graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2013 and has performed in shows around Orange County.


In 2014, Smith appeared in Nickelodeon's superhero comedy series The Thundermans, playing Angus in two episodes.[4] He also appeared in the HBO's documentary series Masterclass and some VlogBrothers videos.[4] In 2015, Smith had a supporting role as Marcus "Radar" Lincoln in Paper Towns.[4][5] The film was directed by Jake Schreier and released on July 24, 2015, by 20th Century Fox.[6] In 2016, Smith broke out in the lead role of Ezekiel Figuero in Netflix's musical drama series The Get Down, during which Smith employed the technique known as method acting by taking up residence in a dilapidated Bronx apartment.[7] The Get Down premiered in August 2016 and concluded in April 2017, being cancelled shortly thereafter.[8]

In 2017, Smith was on Forbes 30 under 30 List.[9] Smith also appeared in New York, opposite Lucas Hedges, in the Off-Broadway stage production of Yen by playwright Anna Jordan. The production ran at the Lucille Lortel Theater starting January 2017 and closed on March 4, 2017.[10] In February 2018, Smith co-starred in Every Day as Justin, the boyfriend of lead character Rhiannon.[11] A few months later, in June 2018, he had a major role in the science fiction blockbuster sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.[12]

Smith starred in the 2019 blockbuster Pokémon Detective Pikachu, a live-action film based on the video game of the same name.[13] He starred alongside Elle Fanning in All the Bright Places, directed by Brett Haley from a screenplay by Liz Hannah and Jennifer Niven, the latter of whom authored the novel upon which the film is based. Filming commenced in the fall of 2018.[14]

Justice Smith participated in a live reading adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan with Acting for a Cause, a live classic play and screenplay reading series, created, directed and produced by Brando Crawford during the 2020 pandemic to help raise funds for non-profit charities including Mount Sinai Medical Center .

Personal life[edit]

Smith came out as queer in an Instagram post on June 5, 2020, and said he is in a romantic relationship with actor Nicholas L. Ashe.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Trigger Finger Boy at school
2015 Paper Towns Marcus "Radar" Lincoln
2016 An Exploration in Blue Theo Short film
2018 Every Day Justin
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Franklin Webb
2019 Detective Pikachu Tim Goodman
2020 All the Bright Places Theodore Finch
Query Jay Short film
2021 The Voyeurs Thomas Post-production
2022 Jurassic World: Dominion Franklin Webb Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Masterclass Himself 1 episode
2016–2017 The Get Down Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero Lead role; 11 episodes
2019 Drunk History Ptolemy XIII Episode: "Bad Blood"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Yen Nominated
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
2019 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Nominated [17]


  1. ^ "Justice Smith Parent Details: From Father To Dating Status – Explained!". Live RampUp. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Justice Smith Almost Lost Himself in The Get Down". Vulture. September 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Hsiao, Cassandra (March 29, 2015). "Meet Justice Smith who plays Radar in John Green's 'Paper Towns' Movie + Trailer". latimes.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 23, 2015). "Who Plays Radar In 'Paper Towns'? Justice Smith Is A Rising Star with a Killer Next Role in the new juristic world". bustle.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Ge, Linda (October 9, 2014). "John Green's 'Paper Towns' Adding Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith (Exclusive)". thewrap.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Paper Towns (2015)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.vulture.com/2016/09/justice-smith-conversation.html
  8. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (April 9, 2015). "Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Series Finds Its Leads". variety.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Justice Smith". Forbes. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Review: ‘Yen’ Is a Den of Family Dysfunction Ben Brantley. New York Times. January 31, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017
  11. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 7, 2017). "Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jacob Batalon & More Join 'Every Day' From MGM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (December 1, 2016). "'Jurassic World 2' Casts 'Get Down' Star Justice Smith (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (November 17, 2017). "The Get Down's Justice Smith Stars in Legendary's Live-Action Pokémon film". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 23, 2018). "'All The Bright Places' Movie Ramps Up With Justice Smith To Star With Elle Fanning, Brett Haley Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (June 6, 2020). "Justice Smith Comes Out as Queer, Voices Support for Black Queer and Trans Lives". Variety. United States: Variety Media, LLC. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  16. ^ Mauch, Ally (June 6, 2020). "Justice Smith Comes Out as Queer, Calls for More LGBTQ Inclusion in Black Lives Matter Movement". People. United States: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  17. ^ "RAZZ NEWZ – The Razzies!". Golden Raspberry Awards. January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.

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