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Douglas Alexander Smith (born June 22, 1985) is a Canadian actor most notable for his work on the HBO series Big Love as Ben Henrickson, the eldest son of polygamist Bill Henrickson,[1] as well as his role as Elliot in The Bye Bye Man.

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Smith at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival premiere of The Boy Who Smells like Fish
Douglas Alexander Smith

(1985-06-22) June 22, 1985 (age 34)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1996–present
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
RelativesGregory Smith (brother)


Early lifeEdit

Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Terrea (née Oster), an American-born teacher, and Maurice Smith, a producer of low-budget films, who is originally from the United Kingdom.[2] Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. He is the younger brother of actor Gregory Smith.


Smith has been acting since he was cast as Malvolio in his 4th grade production of Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night. Audiences first saw him on the big screen as a young version of Brendan Fraser's character in Blast from the Past (1999), opposite Alicia Silverstone, Sissy Spacek, and Christopher Walken. As a teenager, he went to Australia to play the lead role as an American boy living in Australia in a series called Out There. Early in his career, Smith practiced his craft through appearances on television procedurals, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Close to Home, Family Law, The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, and Cold Case, among many others.

Most known for his regular role as Bill Paxton's son on Big Love, Smith co-starred in the films Sleepover, Rock the Paint, Santa's Slay and State's Evidence. He also played the role of Edward Porris in Brandon Cronenberg's directorial debut, Antiviral. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and took home the award for Best First Canadian Feature at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

In late 2012, Smith began filming the musical/comedy/horror film, Stage Fright. He played the roles of both Metal Killer and Buddy, in addition to performing two musical numbers in the film. One of the songs was alongside Grammy winning artist Meat Loaf. Stage Fright premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures.[citation needed]

2013 saw Smith star as Tyson, the cyclops half-brother of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), in the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He also began production for his lead role alongside Olivia Cooke in the horror film Ouija for Universal/Platinum Dunes at the end of 2013.

An alumnus of RADA's Shakespeare Summer School, Smith made his off Broadway debut in 2014, starring in the New York premiere of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village. He played William Carlisle, a role originated by Tom Sturridge at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2010. The production and Smith's performance received favorable reviews. It was listed among The Guardian's and The New York Times' "Best of 2014" lists - David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "In such an exemplary cast, it's unfair to single out any one of the seven principal actors for special praise. But Smith, best known for HBO's Big Love, is sad, scary and transfixing. Whatever you get out of the play, Cullman's taut production serves as a knockout ensemble showcase for a new generation of gifted stage actors."[3] The production was nominated for both OBIE and Drama League Awards.[4]

In 2015, Smith was seen in a minor role in Terminator Genisys.[5] He made his first appearance on HBO since wrapping Big Love in a significant arc on Martin Scorsese's Vinyl, opposite Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and Ray Romano[6] in 2016. He then returned to the horror genre in The Bye Bye Man, where he starred in the role of Elliot alongside Lucien Laviscount, Michael Trucco and Doug Jones.

Smith's first project of 2017 was the drama Bottom of the World, a mystery thriller released on Netflix that was directed by Richard Sears and also starred Jena Malone and Ted Levine. He is currently in production on The Alienist, an 1800s-based psychological thriller crime drama series created by Cary Fukunaga and based on the 1994 novel of the same name. He will play the role of Marcus Isaacson alongside Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning.

He's now back on HBO and with Zoe Kravitz, in Season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, at the age of 15, Smith traveled to Morocco with the U.K. based charity Peace Child International as the member of a cast of actor/delegates promoting peace and tolerance through musical and dramatic performances. The show was performed in English, French, and Arabic - over the course of their eight-week tour they performed in all provinces of the country.

After completing the 5th and final season of Big Love, Smith traveled to Europe. He rented an apartment in Paris and studied French at Alliance Francaise for six months. He returned to North America to work on the film Treading Water, opposite Zoë Kravitz, at the end of 2011.

Smith purchased a home in New Orleans after falling in love with the city while filming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters there in 2012.

He is a citizen of Canada, the United States, and of the United Kingdom.

He has been married since April 2018.[7]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 The X-Files The Pitcher Episode: "Home"
1997 The Death Game Tristan Film
1998 The Outer Limits Douglas Episode: "In to Zone"
1999 Blast from the Past Adam (age 11) Film
2001 Family Law Patrick Samson Episode: "Sex, Lies, and Internet"
2002 Trancers 6 Punk #1 Film
2002 Partners in Action Teddy Film; credited as Doug Smith
2003 Lock her Room Johnny Short film
2003 Out There Reilly Evans Main role (season 1)
2003 Hangman's Curse Elijah Springfield Film
2003 Stuck in the Movie with You Sam Television movie
2003 Cold Case 16 year old Ryan Bayes Episode: "Churchgoing People"
2004 Everwood Gavin Curtis Episode: "Controlling Interest"
2004 Joan of Arcadia Daniel Shoalar Episode: "State of Grace"
2004 The Guardian Jay Episode: "Without Consent"
2004 CSI: Miami Jason Henderson Episode: "Invasion"
2004 Sleepover Gregg Film
2004 State's Evidence Scott Film
2005 Rock the Paint Josh Film
2005 Santa's Slay Nicolas Yuleson Film
2006 Crossing Jordan Steven Reynolds Episode: "Mysterious Ways"
2006 Close to Home Colin Parks Episode: "The Shots"
2006 Citizen Duane Duane Balfour Film
2006–2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marlon West Episodes: "The Unusual Suspect", "Goodbye and Good Luck"
2006–2011 Big Love Ben Henrickson Main role
2007 Remember the Daze Pete Film
2009 Someday We Will Get Married James Short film
2009 Hawthorne Curtis Episode: Night Moves
2010 Flashpoint Carlton Hayward Episode: Whatever it Takes
2011 Margene's Blog Ben Henrickson Episode: Girls Gotta Dance
2012 Antiviral Edward Porris Film
2013 The Boy who Smells like Fish Mica Film
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Tyson Film
2013 Rookie Blue Chuck Episode: You Are Here
2014 Stage Fright Buddy Swanson Film
2014 Hard Drive Ditch Film
2014 Ouija Pete Film
2015 Terminator Genisys Eric Thompson Film
2016 Vinyl Gary / Xavier Recurring role
2016 Miss Sloane Alex Film
2017 The Bye Bye Man Elliot Film
2017 Bottom of the World Alex Film
2017 When We Rise Young Man Television miniseries, 3 episodes
2018 The Alienist Marcus Isaacson Main role
2019 Big Little Lies Corey Supporting role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film Sleepover Nominated


  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (2012-02-16). "'Percy' sequel zeroes in on Smith - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ "Son Burst". People Magazine. 2002-11-18: 124.
  3. ^ "'Punk Rock': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  4. ^ Site by Athletics. "2015 Obie Award Winners Announced". Obie Awards. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  5. ^ "Douglas Smith Joins 'Terminator' Reboot & 'Evan's Crime'; 'Longmire's Bailey Chase To 'Kill For Me'". Deadline. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (2015-08-06). "'Vinyl': HBO's Rock Drama From Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger Adds Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  7. ^ "Douglas Smith on Instagram: "Wow that went fast! Can't believe it has been a year since I tied the knot with this beautiful southern flower @teeshtravis #anniversary"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-04-14.

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