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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)

Born and raised on his families' Quarter Horse Ranch, Riley Smith grew up just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his senior year of high school, a modeling scout at the local mall discovered Smith and he subsequently moved to New York City. He began to do campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and used the money to study his true passion: acting.

Within three months Smith was flown to Los Angeles to screen test for his first Pilot, Warner Brothers' "Minor Threat". He booked the pilot, and that was the beginning.

In the seventeen years Smith has called Los Angeles home he has managed to complete more than sixty-nine projects: thirteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest stars including notable recurring roles on Judd Apatow's "Freaks and Geeks," and Emmy award-winning "24."

Some of Smith's more notable 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 "Gallowalker" (Wesley Snipes) and "Weapons", the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee. More recently, Smith starred along side Andy Garcia and Mary-Louis Parker in the film "Christmas in Conway".

Smith's body of work not only showcases his versatility, but with each project comes an even more alluring performance than the last. This can be seen in recent years by observing Smith's rugged charm on HBO's "True Blood", Nicholas Sparks' "Deliverance Creek", and the much-anticipated second season of "True Detective".

Riley finished filming the Pilot based on Krista Vernon's real life story, titled "Studio City". It is produced by Warner Bros for FOX.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Siri Garber

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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