April 12, 1978|
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Home town||Marion, Iowa|
Riley Smith (born April 12, 1978) is an American actor. He is known for his roles on television, such as recurring roles in the series 24, Joan of Arcadia, 90210, True Blood and The Messengers, and starring roles on the television series Drive and Frequency.
Early life and education
Smith's parents are Russ and Roxanne Smith. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and raised in Marion, Iowa on his parents’ horse ranch. He became an accomplished rider, competing in a horse show for the first time when he was 9 years old. When he was 15, he placed 4th in 3-Year-Old Mares division at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship, and at 16 won the American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship. When he was 17, he became president of the 50,000-member youth association, becoming the youngest person to serve as president of American Quarter Horse Youth Association.
He graduated from Alburnett Junior-Senior High School in 1997, and his original intention was to earn a college degree to complement his Equine interests, but he was "discovered" at the Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids by a local talent scout and flew to New York City to compete at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention. There he was signed to a Tommy Hilfiger modeling campaign. He used the money he earned to pay for acting classes.
Three months after the Hilfiger campaign, Smith flew to Los Angeles to do a screen test for The WB's 1998 pilot Minor Threat, but the pilot was not picked up. Subsequently, he went on to do eight prime time network pilots, and more than a dozen guest-starring roles, and played recurring character roles in three television series.
Smith had recurring roles in the CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the Fox series 24 season 3 as Kyle Singer, the short-lived WB series Summerland and the Judd Apatow NBC series Freaks and Geeks. He was also a main cast member in the short-lived Fox show Drive. Smith played Dean Talon in the Disney Channel movie Motocrossed. He played a love interest and mentor to Andrea "Andy" Carson on the race track.
In 2008 Smith joined in collaboration with The Academy of Cinema and Television to create an online educational series for children and teens interested in the entertainment industry, and in 2009 he appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer, a paranormal television series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He appeared in seven episodes of the fifth season of 90210 as Riley Wallace, in 2012–2013.
In 2014 Smith played the role of Keith in the HBO series True Blood. In 2015, he played Markus Keen in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. In 2016, he stars as Frank Sullivan in the new CW drama series Frequency.
For the film New York Minute, he and co-star Jared Padalecki were hand-picked for their roles by stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. After his role as Jim, the love interest for Ashley's character of Jane, he admitted that he could not tell the sisters apart.
In Radio, Smith had the role of Johnny Clay, team star and ringleader of the group pulling nasty pranks on Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character of Radio. For their work in the film, key production members were awarded a 2005 CAMIE Award; These included executive producer Todd Garner, director Michael Tollin, screenwriter Mike Rich, and actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Riley Smith, Alfre Woodard, Brent Sexton, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sarah Drew.
Smith took up the guitar to fill downtime while on film sets, and in 2006, he and Henri O'Connor formed the band "The Life of Riley", of which he is guitarist and lead singer. His original idea was to write music that could be used in his films, but when he and his bandmates had written 16 songs, they picked 11 and cut an album. The song most important to Riley is "Forget about me". He describes the lyrics as clear and simple and yet very deep and emotional. As of August 2010, the Los Angeles-based group has released 3 CDs: The Life of Riley (2007), Long Way Home EP (2009) and Live in Hollywood at the Hotel Cafe (2010). They have also performed at such music festivals as the New Bohemia Music Festival.
|1999||Lovers Lane||Michael Lamson|
|2000||Voodoo Academy||Christopher Sawyer|
|2000||Bring It On||Tim|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Les|
|2002||Eight Legged Freaks||Randy|
|2002||Full Ride||Matt Sabo|
|2003||National Lampoon's Barely Legal||Jake|
|2004||New York Minute||Jim|
|2004||The Plight of Clownana||Riley|
|2009||Make It Happen||Russ|
|2011||The Closer||Trey Gavin|
|2014||Shirin in Love||William|
|1998||One World||Riley||1 episode|
|1999||Alien Arsenal||Chad||Television movie|
|1999||7th Heaven||Tyler||1 episode|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Todd Schellinger||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2000||Hang Time||Dave Carter||1 episode|
|2000||Wild Grizzly||Josh Harding||Television movie|
|2000–2001||Once and Again||Pace||2 episodes|
|2001||Chestnut Hill||Jamie Eastman||Unsold television pilot|
|2001||Motocrossed||Dean Talon||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2001||Gideon's Crossing||Derek Fitzhugh||3 episodes|
|2001||All About Us||Jeremy||1 episode|
|2002||Eastwick||Dakota||Unsold television pilot|
|2002||Raising Dad||Jared Ashby||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2002||Boston Public||Mark||1 episode|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Jack||1 episode|
|2003||Peacemakers||Eric Soper||1 episode|
|2003||24||Kyle Singer||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2004–2005||Joan of Arcadia||Andy Baker||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2005||Spring Break Shark Attack||Shane Jones||Television movie|
|2006||The Way||Karl||Unsold television pilot|
|2007||Drive||Rob Laird||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jordan Rockwell||1 episode|
|2007||Women's Murder Club||Jamie Galvan||1 episode|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Ryan Phillips||1 episode|
|2008||The Madness of Jane||Dane||Unsold television pilot|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Sean Flannery||1 episode|
|2010||Night and Day||Jim Pollard||Unsold television pilot|
|2010||Leverage||Dr. Wes Abernathy||1 episode|
|2011||The Glades||Greg||1 episode|
|2011||Cooper and Stone||Danny Kovacs||Unsold television pilot|
|2012–2013||90210||Riley Wallace||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2013||Christmas in Conway||Tommy Harris||Television movie|
|2014||True Blood||Keith||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014||Deliverance Creek||Toby||Television movie|
|2014||10,000 Days||Sam Beck||Television movie|
|2015||True Detective||Steve Mercier||2 episodes|
|2015||The Messengers||Mark Plowman||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2015||Nashville||Markus Keen||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2016||Urban Cowboy||Wes||Unsold television pilot|
|2016||Frequency||Frank Sullivan||Main role|
|2018||Life Sentence||Dr. Will Grant||Recurring role|
Awards and nominations
- "Riley Smith". Hollywood.com. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- Rasdal, Dave (February 6, 2001). "Marion's Riley Smith starting out strong in Hollywood". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids).
- McGlothlen, John (March 14, 2008). "Actor from E. Iowa to create online educational series for youth interested in show biz". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Lucas, Marlene (August 26, 1993). "Riley Smith proves he's a winner". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- Sauerberg, George (February 1, 1996). "More than just competition". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "Former E. Iowan Riley Smith relished 'Radio' role". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). October 23, 2003. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Thomas, Karen (February 5, 2004). "2004's letter-perfect men". USA Today. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "Riley Smith bio". filmreference.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "Riley Smith Biography". BuddyTV. April 10, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "Riley Smith – Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- Sterngold, James (May 17, 1999). "For All the TV Pilots, There's Just Not Enough Youth to Go Around". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- "Iowa native Smith adds music to his Hollywood repertoire". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). July 26, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
- "Actor Reports No Worries With Olsens". The Vindicator. Google News Archive. May 9, 2004. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "The 2005 CAMIES". CAMIE Awards. August 11, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- Doherty, Michael (August 21, 2010). "The Life of Riley: "The Life of Riley" (2007)". Suite 101. Missing or empty
- "You have options galore this Labor Day weekend". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). August 30, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Truman, Deanna (August 28, 2008). "For music fest, the show must go on". Press-Citizen. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Lloyd, Robert (September 13, 2014). "Review: Nicholas Sparks' 'Deliverance Creek' flows in a direct route". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
- Roots, Kimberly (July 25, 2015). "Nashville Adds True Blood Alum as Rayna's Hot New Highway 65 Artist". TVLine. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2015). "'Urban Cowboy' Fox Pilot Adds Riley Smith To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 13, 2017). "'Life Sentence': Riley Smith Set To Recur On the CW Dramedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 3, 2018.