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.
Name: Riley Smith
Known for: Radio
BirthDay: 12, Apr ,1978