Robert Buckley

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Robert Buckley
Robert Buckley April 2015.jpg
Buckley at WonderCon, April 2015
Born Robert Earl Buckley
(1981-05-02) May 2, 1981 (age 34)
West Covina, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2006–present

Robert Earl Buckley (born May 2, 1981) is an American actor, known for his roles on the television series Lipstick Jungle and One Tree Hill. In 2012, he joined the cast of the ABC supernatural drama series 666 Park Avenue as Brian Leonard.[1][2] Buckley currently stars in the CW comedy horror crime drama iZombie as Major Lilywhite.

Personal life[edit]

A native of West Covina, California in Los Angeles County, Buckley earned an economics degree from the University of California, San Diego. As a college student that year, Buckley appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right. One of his bids was for $1 less than another contestant.[3][4] After working a year as an economic consultant,[5] he moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


Television career[edit]

In 2006, Buckley made his acting debut as a series regular playing the role of Michael Bauer on the soap opera Fashion House, which premiered on September 5, 2006 to 1.3 million viewers. The series dipped in ratings dramatically and ended on December 5, 2006, as per the MyNetwork thirteen-week format.

In 2006, he signed a deal with MyNetworkTV to again appear in another soap opera. He portrayed the role of Matthew Wakefield in the series American Heiress. The series, which consisted of 65 episodes, premiered on March 13, 2007, in two-hour installments. It switched to one-hour slots in further broadcasting and was cancelled on July 18, 2007. 39 episodes remained unaired in America but were broadcast worldwide. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has no plans to release the series on DVD. In 2007, Buckley also appeared on an episode of Ghost Whisperer.

In 2008, he successfully auditioned for the recurring role of Kirby Atwood on the television series Lipstick Jungle as an "up and coming photographer who becomes infatuated with Kim Raver's character Nico Rielly". The series premiered to a relatively low 7.5 million viewers on February 7, 2008 and received a mixed critical reception from critics. Although it slipped in ratings dramatically, the show was renewed for a second season in April 2008. The second season premiered on September 24, 2008. With ratings downsliding to the 3-4 million mark, the series was cancelled in March 2009.

In 2009, The CW announced that Buckley signed on to appear in a two-episode arc on the television series Privileged as David Besser. In June 2009, it was announced that Buckley signed on as a series regular on One Tree Hill as Clay Evans. The series' seventh season premiered on September 14, 2009, to 2.45 million viewers. He remained with One Tree Hill until the show's ninth and final season.

From 2012 to 2013, he starred in the television series 666 Park Avenue as struggling playwright Brian Leonard.

Currently, he plays Major Lilywhite on The CW's iZombie.

Film career[edit]

In late 2005, Buckley played Matt in his feature film debut, When a Killer Calls, released in February 2006.

In 2007, he played Nik in the film Killer Movie. The film which suffered distribution problems originally had various push-backs. A proposed theatrical release was cancelled and was released straight-to-DVD on February 3, 2009. The film starred Kaley Cuoco, Leighton Meester and Torrey DeVitto. In 2008, Buckley signed on to play Kyle in the Lifetime film, Flirting with Forty, alongside Heather Locklear, the film premiered on December 6, 2008 to mixed to negative reviews. The series was a ratings success with 3.6 million viewers in its premiere.

Buckley played Bacas Mitchell in the 2011 independent film The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, starring alongside Jenna Dewan and One Tree Hill co-star James Lafferty.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Killer Calls Matt Video
2006 Petrified Agent Tanner Video
2006 Capturing Q Dillon Short film
2007 Archer House Lance Short film
2008 Killer Movie Nik
2011 Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, TheThe Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Bacas Mitchell
2011 Z Wyatt Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Michael Bauer Main role, 70 episodes
2007 American Heiress Matthew Wakefield Main role, 36 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Brandon Bishop Episode: "Unhappy Medium"
2008 Flirting with Forty Kyle Hamilton TV film
2008–09 Lipstick Jungle Kirby Atwood Main role, 20 episodes
2009 Privileged David Besser Episodes: "All About Betrayal", "All About a Brand New You!"
2009–12 One Tree Hill Clayton Evans Main role (seasons 7–9), 57 episodes
2012 One Tree Hill: Always & Forever Clayton Evans / Himself TV film
2012–13 666 Park Avenue Brian Leonard Main role, 13 episodes
2013–14 Hart of Dixie Peter Episodes: "Help Me Make It Through the Night", "Back in the Saddle Again"
2014 Play It Again, Dick Gaston Episode: 1.1, 1.4, 1.8
2015 iZombie Major Lilywhite Main role


  1. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (March 8, 2012). "Pilot News: The Finder's Mercedes Masöhn, Tree Hill's Robert Buckley Join 666 Park Avenue". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wightman, Catriona (March 8, 2012). "'The Finder' Mercedes Masohn, 'Tree Hill' star join '666 Park Avenue'". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fashion House Star Robert Buckley Says That He Is The "Nice Guy"". September 22, 2006. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Robert Buckley: 'Privileged' Gets a New Hunk". Entertainment Tonight. CBS Television Distribution. February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2008's Sexiest Men Alive – Robert Buckley". People. Time. November 19, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 

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