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Algee Smith (born November 7, 1994)[1] is an American actor and singer. After appearing in several small television roles in 2017, Smith first rose to fame portraying Ralph Tresvant in BET's The New Edition Story miniseries. The same year, he garnered critical acclaim as Larry Reed in Kathryn Bigelow's film Detroit.[2][3] Most recently, he starred in the film, The Hate U Give.

Algee Smith
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Smith in 2016
Born (1994-11-07) November 7, 1994 (age 24)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, Singer, Musician
Years active2012–present


Early lifeEdit

Smith was born in Saginaw, Michigan.[1] At the age of 8, he and his family moved from Michigan to Atlanta where he started his acting career.[2] Having a musician for a father and a fashion designer for a mother, Smith was well immersed in the arts and also completed his first rap recording at the age of 9. During this time, he attained several minor television roles; those of which he credits for "perfecting his craft."[2] Smith moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20.[2] He has a half sister name Makyla Wallace .


After appearances in projects such as Disney Channel's Let It Shine and Earth to Echo, Smith landed his first major acting role playing real-life singer Ralph Tresvant in The New Edition Story. Smith also starred in Kathryn Bigelow's film Detroit, about the Algiers Motel incident. His performance was praised by critics. He was also cast to appear alongside Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give, a film adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name.[4] On June 22, 2017, Smith released his first EP entitled Listen, featuring a blend of R&B and Hip hop tracks. He also performed a song for the Detroit film soundtrack, called "Grow."[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 How to Rock Spencer television series
2012 Army Wives Sam television series
2012 Let it Shine Da Boss television film
2014 Earth to Echo Marcus Simms
2015 Complications Theo television series
2016 The Infamous Dante television film
2016 Here We Go Again Warren television series
2016 Saints & Sinners E.J.
2017 The New Edition Story Ralph Tresvant television miniseries
2017 Detroit Larry Reed
2018 The Hate U Give Khalil
2018 The Bobby Brown Story Ralph Tresvant television miniseries



List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
  • Released: November 8, 2018
  • Format: Digital download


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details
Flight Delayed[7]
  • Released: July 19, 2018
  • Format: Digital download


  1. ^ a b "Saginaw native Algee Smith brings New Edition role to lif e". Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e Lindsay, Benjamin. "Algee Smith, Detroit's Magnetic Breakout, Has Swag to Spare". HWD. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  3. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (23 July 2017). "Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit". Variety.
  4. ^ "YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' Adds 'Detroit' Star Algee Smith (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  5. ^ "Listen - EP by Algee Smith". iTunes. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "24 by ALGEE SMITH". SoundCloud. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Flight Delayed by ALGEE SMITH". SoundCloud. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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