Gregory Smith (actor)

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Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith 2012.jpg
Gregory Smith at the InStyle Party, Toronto Film Festival, 2012
BornGregory Edward Smith
(1983-07-06) July 6, 1983 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
 
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Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith 2012.jpg
Gregory Smith at the InStyle Party, Toronto Film Festival, 2012
BornGregory Edward Smith
(1983-07-06) July 6, 1983 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present

Gregory Edward Smith (born July 6, 1983) is a Canadian actor. He began working as a child actor in the mid-1980s, initially appearing in several made-for-video and television films. Smith has since appeared in several Hollywood films, and has become known for his role as Ephram Brown on the television series Everwood, and more recently as Dov Epstein on Rookie Blue.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Terrea (née Oster), a teacher from the USA, and Maurice Smith, a British-born, Vancouver-based producer of low-budget films.[1] Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. Smith has two brothers, Andrew and Douglas, who is also an actor, and a younger sister, Samantha. Smith grew up in Vancouver[citation needed] and is both a Canadian and a US citizen.

Career[edit]

Smith began acting when he was fourteen months old, and appeared in a Tide television commercial and in store catalogues.[citation needed] After a role in the 1994 children's film Andre, he starred in the 1995 direct-to-video release Leapin' Leprechauns and its 1996 sequel, Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns. Also in 1996, Smith appeared opposite Michelle Trachtenberg in Harriet the Spy. He subsequently starred in another direct-to-video film, Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework, and appeared in three 1998 films: Krippendorf's Tribe, playing one of the children of the title character, The Climb, a drama also starring John Hurt, and the film Small Soldiers, in which Smith had a lead role opposite Kirsten Dunst and won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film Leading Young Actor in 1999.[2] During the 2000s, Smith appeared in the Mel Gibson-led The Patriot (2000), played outlaw Jim Younger in the western American Outlaws (2001), was featured in the short-lived 2001 CBS drama series Kate Brasher, and was cast in a lead role on The WB Television Network show, Everwood, which became a success and ran from 2002 until June 2006. His role on the show was described by The Independent Weekly as "one of the best portrayals of a thoughtful, alienated teenager on television".[3] For this role, Smith won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV series (Comedy or Drama) Leading Young Actor in 2003.[4] During Everwood's filming, Smith owned a home on location in Park City, Utah.[5] In 2005, Smith appeared in the comedy-drama film Kids in America, which had a regional release in the U.S. During the film, Smith shared the longest on-screen kiss with Stephanie Sherrin, timed at almost six minutes. He also played in Zenon (Girl of the 21st Century) as Greg.

Smith next appeared in the independent film drama Nearing Grace, which received a limited theatrical release on October 13, 2006; in the film, which co-stars Ashley Johnson and Jordana Brewster, he plays Henry Nearing, a high senior in the 1970s. The News & Observer's review of the film described Smith's character as "self-deluded" and "perpetually brow-furrowing",[6] although The Seattle Times noted that Smith was "likable",[7] and HeraldNet's review specified that a "better movie will make [Smith] a star".[8]

In 2007, Smith had a small role in The Seeker: The Dark is Rising as Max Stanton. Smith next appeared in the Richard Attenborough-directed period romance Closing the Ring, playing a younger version of Christopher Plummer's character Young Jack, as well as in the thriller Boot Camp, which co-stars Mila Kunis.

In 2008, Smith produced the direct release-to-DVD film Wieners, and made a guest appearance on the series Eli Stone.[9] Smith returned to TV in the series Rookie Blue as Officer Dov Epstein. The series premiered on both ABC and Global TV in Canada on June 24, 2010.

On 18 March 2010, he was cast by Jim Sheridan for his 2011 thriller film Dream House;[10] the movie was shot in Toronto.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994AndreBobby
1995Leapin' Leprechauns!Mikey Dennehy
1996Big BullyKid #2
1996Harriet the SpySport
1996Spellbreaker: Secret of the LeprechaunsMikey Dennehy
1997Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My HomeworkJesse Hackett
1998Krippendorf's TribeMickey
1998Climb, TheThe ClimbDanny Himes
1998Small SoldiersAlan Abernathy
1999Zenon: Girl of the 21st CenturyGreg
2000Patriot, TheThe PatriotThomas Martin
2001American OutlawsJim Younger
2004Book of LoveChet Becker
2005Nearing GraceHenry Nearing
2005Kids in AmericaHolden Donovan
2007Closing the RingYoung Jack
2007Seeker, TheThe SeekerMax Stanton
2008Boot CampBen
2008Edison and LeoLeo (voice)
2009Leslie, My Name Is EvilPerry
2010Whirligig
2011Hobo with a ShotgunSlick
2011In My PocketStephen
2011ConceptionWill
2011Something RedGuyShort film
2011Dream HouseArtie
2012FollowGregoryShort film
2014SprnvaNolan WilanderShort film, completed

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Commish, TheThe CommishJasonEpisode: "Nothing to Fear But Fear..."
1991Street JusticeJoeyEpisode: "Kid Stuff"
1992Jumpin' JoeJoe Dugan JrTV movie
1992Hat Squad, TheThe Hat SquadBrianEpisode: "Pilot"
1993Street JusticeJoeyEpisode: "A Sense of Duty"
1994Highlander: The SeriesKidEpisode: "Under Colour of Authority"
1995Are You Afraid of the Dark?Tim WilliamsonEpisode: "The Tale of Train Magic"
1995Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie, TheThe Other Mother: A Moment of Truth MovieKip SchaefferTV movie
1995Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsYoung PaulEpisode "Dark Matters"
1995Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, TheThe Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer SpaceBaleyTV movie
1997M.A.N.T.I.S.BoyEpisode: "Ancestral Evil"
1997MeegoGordonEpisode: "Halloween"
1999Zenon: Girl of the 21st CenturyGregTV movie
2001Kate BrasherDaniel BrasherMain role (6 episodes)
2001Just Ask My ChildrenBrian Kniffen (age 16-18)TV movie
2001Touched by an AngelPatrick LewisEpisode: "A Winter Carol"
2002–2006EverwoodEphram BrownLead role
2003Wrinkle in Time, AA Wrinkle in TimeCalvin O'KeefeTV movie
2009Eli StoneTodd RileyEpisode: "Flight Path"
2009GunsBobbyTV miniseries
2010FakersNik IliakisTV movie
2010Blue BelleJacksonTV series
2010–presentRookie BlueDov EpsteinLead role
2013Franklin & BashCoach KassoEpisode: "Control"
2014Working the EngelsJohnnyTV series, post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Son Burst. People Magazine. November 18, 2002. p. 124. 
  2. ^ Young Artist Awards official site. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Smith, Zack (October 11, 2006). "Nearing Grace". The Independent Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  4. ^ Young Artist Awards official site. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Romboy, Dennis (December 24, 2006). "Star locale: Celebrities call Park City and Deer Valley home". Utah news. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  6. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. (October 13, 2006). "'Grace' but no fire". The New & Observer. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  7. ^ Fry, Ted (October 13, 2006). ""Nearing Grace": Coming-of-age pining for the wrong girl". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  8. ^ Horton, Robert (October 13, 2006). "Coming-of-age film falls pancake-flat". HeraldNet. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  9. ^ Exclusive: Everwood Alum Gregory Smith Returns to TV Which ABC show grabbed him?" TV Guide. December 1, 2008. Retrieved on December 3, 2008.
  10. ^ "'Everwood' Star Goes Punk Rock for 'Dream House'". 
  11. ^ "Everwood's Gregory Smith Finds His Dream House". 

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