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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 April 1978Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Birth NameRiley Bryant Smith
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Riley Smith is an immensely talented actor whose body of work comes to life in diverse roles across television and film. With a promising new series, Riley's star is quickly on the rise.

Smith is currently in production on CW's new fall drama Frequency, which will premiere on October 5, 2016. In this reimagining of the 2000 New Line film, Peyton List plays a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (Smith), also a detective, but who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case. However, unintended consequences of the butterfly effect wreak havoc in the present day.

In 2015, Smith was seen in a strong arc in Season 4 of the popular ABC musical series Nashville. Playing Markus Keen, an artist signed to Rayna's Highway 65 label, Smith merged his love for music and acting, recording singles, such as "In the Name of Your Love" and "I Want To (Do Everything For You," for the Nashville soundtrack. Also in 2015, Smith scored a recurring role as Rachel McAdam's boyfriend, Sheriff's deputy Steve Mercier, on HBO's True Detective, the second installment in the crime franchise. This role followed his previous stint on the pay cable network as a vampire on the seventh and final season of HBO's True Blood. Smith played Keith, a rugged, rock 'n' roll vampire with a romantic side and story line opposite Arlene, played by Carrie Preston.

Previously, Smith had recurring roles in the Emmy-nominated CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the highly acclaimed Fox show 24, the WB series Summerland, and Judd Apatow's master creation for NBC Freaks and Geeks. He was a main character in the Fox show Drive and appeared in seven episodes of the fifth season of CW's 90210 as Riley Wallace, a paraplegic opposite Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds. He can also be seen in television movies including Disney Channel's Motocrossed and Nicholas Sparks' Deliverance Creek.

Smith's other credits were in films as diverse as Radio (Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.), Eight-Legged Freaks, Not Another Teen Movie, New York Minute, as well as Gallowwalkers (Wesley Snipes), Weapons, the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee, and Christmas in Conway (Andy Garcia, Mary-Louis Parker). Over the past twenty years since Smith has called Los Angeles home, he has managed to complete more than seventy projects: fourteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest star roles.

In his free time, Smith fronts the band "The Life of Riley" as the guitarist and lead singer. The Los Angeles-based group has released three albums to date. Born and raised on his families' Quarter Horse Ranch outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Smith remains involved with his hometown supporting the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. This non-profit after school arts organization, created for K-12th grade students, offers classes in art, music, drama, dance, cultural arts, and creative writing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ID PR

Trivia (6)

Was the President of the AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) in 1996 - 1997. It is the largest single breed horse youth association in the world, with over 25,000 members.
Had to learn how to ride a dirtbike for Motocrossed (2001).
He was Ashton Kutcher's roommate in 1997 in New York City at the IMTA convention after knowing each other in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, their hometown. Josh Duhamel also attended the same year.
He was offered the role in Spring Break Shark Attack (2005), after screen-testing and almost landing the title role of Elvis (2005) for CBS.
Is the lead singer/guitarist for the band "The Life of Riley", which he started with musician Henri O'Connor.
Was in a relationship with Danneel Ackles for 4 years before they broke up.

Personal Quotes (5)

I've always been a blue collar guy, and I think it shows in my body of work and the way my career has developed.
Acting is perception, and as long as I'm honest with myself in my work, someone will appreciate it.
"I like romantic comedies, New York Minute (2004) is not as romantic of a movie as I would like to be in someday, but it's a step in the right direction".
When he gets stressed out by the business: "I go home to Iowa. I call it defrosting my heart. Everyone in Iowa is so simple a genuine. In this business, sometimes you can get cold-hearted. When I go, even if it's 20 below and snowing, I come back with a warm heart."
When he's not working: "I have way too many hobbies. I play guitar, and my buddies and I record music in a studio in my house. I have a couple of vintage Jeeps I'm always working on, fixing up. And I ride horses-I grew up on a horse ranch-and play basketball. I need to cut back on my hobbies so I can work more."

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