T. Ryder Smith

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T. Ryder Smith
Born (1958-03-09) March 9, 1958 (age 60)[1]
ResidenceNew York City, New York
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1990-present

T. Ryder Smith (born March 9, 1958) is an American actor. A native of New York state and long-time resident of New York City, he appears frequently on stage, particularly in avant-garde theatre works, as well as on TV, film, and as a voice actor.


Smith has appeared on Broadway in the original American company of War Horse, at Lincoln Center, and in the 2009 revival of Equus[2] opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. Other work in NYC includes the world premieres of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and of plays by Richard Foreman, David Greenspan, and Anne Washburn, and in Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. T was nominated for a Drama Desk award as Outstanding Solo Performer in Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, and shared a 2007 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast for the 3-actor, 30-role play Lebensraum,[3] by Israel Horowitz. Regional theatre work includes world premiere productions of plays by Charles Mee, Tanya Barfield and Doug Wright, and the 2007 collaboration with artist/activist Paul Chan, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and the public-arts presenters Creative Time to perform Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot in the outdoor areas of New Orleans which had been most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Film, television and voice[edit]

Film and TV work includes appearances on The Blacklist, Elementary, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU and the PBS American Experience series The Abolitionists; playing "The Trickster" in the cyber-horror film Brainscan; Marie Losier's experimental short film The Ontological Cowboy, shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and as himself in MindFLUX, a documentary about theatre-artist Richard Foreman. He supplies the voices of Baron Ünderbheit and Otto Aquarius on the cartoon TV series The Venture Bros., the voice of Sander Cohen in the videogame BioShock, (and the BioShock Infinite DLC Burial at Sea) and appears in the annual Bloomsday readings of James Joyce's novel Ulysses on radio station WBAI.


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