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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 was raised on his families Quarter Horse Ranch in Rural Iowa. The day after he graduated from high school, Riley took a modeling opportunity and moved to New York City. Using the money he earned while modeling, Riley enrolled in acting classes.

A mere three months after Riley started taking acting classes, he was flown from New York to Los Angeles to screen test for the 1998 WB pilot "Minor Threat". He landed his first role and relocated to the west coast.

The pilot never made it to air, but Riley did. He's gone on to do several network pilots, series, and more than a dozen guest-stars including notable recurring roles on the Judd Apatow's Cult favorite,"Freaks and Geeks", Emmy Award winning, "24", and "Joan of Arcadia" and many others. In 2007 he was one of the leads in FOX's series "Drive". On the feature side, he's starred in "Eight Legged Freaks" with David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson, in "Radio" opposite Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr., and as Ashley Olsen's love interest in Warner Bros's "New York Minute". More recently, he stars in the independent features "Graduation", Sundance Grand Jury Nominee, "Weapons" alongside Nick Cannon and Mark Webber, "GallowWalker" with Wesley Snipes and "Make it Happen" opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

In 2013, Riley wrapped the feature films "Shirin in Love," "The Circle" and "Christmas in Conway" along with Mary Louise Parker, Mandy Moore, and Andy Garcia. He also had a recurring arc on the CW's "Beauty and the Beast" and is currently filming the backdoor pilot "Deliverance Creek" from Nicholas Sparks Productions and Warner Horizon.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Siri Garber

Trivia (7)

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.
Roommates with Ashton Kutcher (1997).
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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