Gregory Smith (actor)

Gregory Edward Smith is a Canadian actor, writer, and director. Smith has appeared in several Hollywood films, and is known for his roles as Alan Abernathy in Small Soldiers, Ephram Brown on the television series Everwood, and as Dov Epstein on the police drama series Rookie Blue.

Gregory Smith
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Born
Gregory Edward Smith

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Citizenship
  • Canadian
  • American
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)
Taylor McKay
(m. 2018)
Children1
RelativesDouglas Smith (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Terrea (née Oster), a teacher from the United States, and Maurice Smith, a producer of low-budget films originally from the United Kingdom.[1] Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. Smith has two brothers, including fellow actor Douglas Smith, and a sister.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

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.

Smith 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 for which he 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. Making his television directing debut, he also directed five episodes.

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

He played Slick, the sadistic psychopath, in the 2011 independent film Hobo with a Shotgun.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 18, 2018, Smith married Canadian actress and model Taylor McKay.[12] In 2021, the couple welcomed their first child, a son.[13]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Andre Bobby
1995 Leapin' Leprechauns! Mikey Dennehy
Mega Man: Appearance in Japan Mega Man
1996 Big Bully Kid #2
Harriet the Spy Sport
Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns Mikey Dennehy
1997 The Climb Danny Himes
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework Jesse Hackett
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Mickey
Small Soldiers Alan Abernathy
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Greg
2000 The Patriot Thomas Martin
2001 American Outlaws Jim Younger
2003 A Wrinkle in Time Calvin O'Keefe
2004 Book of Love Chet Becker
2005 Kids in America Holden Donovan
Nearing Grace Henry Nearing
2007 Closing the Ring Young Jack
The Seeker Max Stanton
2008 Boot Camp Ben
Edison and Leo Leo (voice)
2009 Leslie, My Name Is Evil Perry
2010 Whirligig
2011 Conception Will
Dream House Artie
Hobo with a Shotgun Slick
In My Pocket Stephen
Something Red Guy Short film
2012 Follow Gregory Short film
2014 Sprnva Nolan Wilander Short film

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Commish Jason "Nothing to Fear But Fear..."
Street Justice Joey "Kid Stuff"
1992 The Hat Squad Brian "Pilot"
Jumpin' Joe Joe Dugan Jr. TV film
1993 Street Justice Joey "A Sense of Duty"
1994 Highlander: The Series Kid "Under Colour of Authority"
Mega Man Mega Man
1995 The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space Baley TV film
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Tim Williamson "The Tale of Train Magic"
The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie Kip Schaeffer TV film
The Outer Limits Young Paul "Dark Matters"
1997 M.A.N.T.I.S. Boy "Ancestral Evil"
Meego Gordon "Halloween"
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Greg TV film
2001 Just Ask My Children Brian Kniffen (age 16–18) TV film
Kate Brasher Daniel Brasher Main role
Touched by an Angel Patrick Lewis "A Winter Carol"
2002–2006 Everwood Ephram Brown Main role
2003 A Wrinkle in Time Calvin O'Keefe TV film
2009 Eli Stone Todd Riley "Flight Path"
Guns Bobby TV miniseries
2010 Blue Belle Jackson
Fakers Nik Iliakis TV film
2010–2015 Rookie Blue Dov Epstein Main role
Nominated – Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[14]
2013 Franklin & Bash Coach Kasso "Control"
2014 Working the Engels Jonny "The Book Club", "Jenna vs. Big Pastry Parts 1 & 2"
2017 Designated Survivor Will Griffin "Two Ships"

DirectorEdit

Year Title Episode
2012 Rookie Blue "The Rules"
2013 Rookie Blue "Under Fire"
2014 Rookie Blue "Heart Breakers, Money Makers"
Saving Hope "En Bloc"
2015 Rookie Blue "Uprising", "Home Run"
Saving Hope "Trading Places", "Fearless", "Emotional Rescue"
2016 Arrow "Nanda Parbat" (S3, E15); "Taken" (S4, E15); "Genesis" (S4, E20); "A Matter of Trust" (S5, E3)
Legends of Tomorrow "Marooned (S1, E7)"; "Leviathan" (S1, E13); "Invasion!" (S2, E7)
Saving Hope "Not Fade Away"
2017 Arrow "Who Are You" (S5, E10); "Reversal" (S6, E4)
The Flash "Into the Speed Force" (S3, E16)
Legends of Tomorrow "Crisis on Earth X (4)"
Saving Hope "Birthday Blues", "Tested and Tried", "Gutted"
2018 The Detail "Pilot" (S1, E1); "Off The Path" (S1, E10)
The Flash "Enter Flashtime" (S4, E15)
Riverdale "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt" (S2, E20)
Supergirl "Fort Rozz" (S3, E11)
2019 Arrow "Star City Slayer" (S7, E13)
God Friended Me "Que Sera Sera" (S1, E20)
The Flash "Legacy" (S5, E22); "Into the Void" (S6, E1)
Riverdale "Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia" (S3, E11); "Chapter Sixty: "Dog Day Aftenoon" (S4, E3)
Unspeakable "Contraction" (E2); "Heat-Treatment" (E3); "Unsafe" (E4)
2020 God Friended Me "Almost Famous" (S2, E18)
Katy Keene "Chapter Seven: Kiss of the Spider Woman" (S1, E7)
Legends of Tomorrow "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five" (S5, special episode)
Supergirl "The Bodyguard" (S6, E14)
2021 Superman & Lois "The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower" (S1, E3); "A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events" (S1, E11)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Son Burst". People Magazine: 124. November 18, 2002.
  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 Archived 2014-09-05 at WebCite. 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. ^ Miska, Brad (March 18, 2010). "'Everwood' Star Goes Punk Rock for 'Dream House'".
  11. ^ "Epix Sized Clips from Roger Corman's Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader". Dread Central. August 16, 2012.
  12. ^ "Everwood Star Gregory Smith Is Married! See His Stunning Wedding Photos". PEOPLE.com.
  13. ^ @taylormckaysmith (10 March 2021). "Birth Announcment" – via Instagram.
  14. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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