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Justice Elio Smith (born August 9, 1995) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Radar in the film Paper Towns (2015) and Ezekiel in the Netflix television series The Get Down (2016-2017).

Justice Smith
Born Justice Elio Smith[1]
(1995-08-09) August 9, 1995 (age 22)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality African American
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Notable work Paper Towns and The Get Down


Early lifeEdit

Smith was born in Los Angeles, California, to an African-American father and a mother of Italian and French-Canadian descent.[2][3] Smith graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2013, and has performed in shows around Orange County.[citation needed]


In 2014, Smith appeared in Nickelodeon's superhero comedy series The Thundermans, playing Angus in two episodes.[4] He also appeared in the HBO's documentary series Masterclass and VlogBrothers.[4] In 2015, Smith had a supporting role as Marcus "Radar" Lincoln, in Paper Towns.[4][5] The film was directed by Jake Schreier and released on July 24, 2015 by 20th Century Fox.[6]

In 2016, Smith broke out in the lead role of Ezekiel Figuero in Netflix's musical drama series The Get Down, which premiered in August 2016 and concluded in April 2017, being cancelled shortly thereafter.[7] In 2017, Smith was on Forbes 30 under 30 List.[citation needed]

Smith also appeared in New York, opposite Lucas Hedges, in the Off-Broadway stage production of Yen by playwright, Anna Jordan. The production ran at the Lucille Lortel Theater starting January 2017 and closed on March 4, 2017.[8]

In February 2018, Smith will appear in Every Day as Justin, boyfriend of Rhiannon.[9] A few months later, in June 2018, Smith will appear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.[10]

In November 2017, it was announced that Smith would star in Detective Pikachu, a live-action film based off the game Great Detective Pikachu.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Trigger Finger Boy at school
2015 Paper Towns Marcus "Radar" Lincoln
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Post-production
Every Day Justin Post-production
2019 Detective Pikachu Tim Goodman Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Masterclass Himself 1 episode
2014–2015 The Thundermans Angus 2 episodes
2014–2015 VlogBrothers Himself 3 episodes
2016–2017 The Get Down Ezekiel Figuero Lead role


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  3. ^ Hsiao, Cassandra (March 29, 2015). "Meet Justice Smith who plays Radar in John Green's 'Paper Towns' Movie + Trailer". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 23, 2015). "Who Plays Radar In 'Paper Towns'? Justice Smith Is A Rising Star with a Killer Next Role in the new juristic world". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Ge, Linda (October 9, 2014). "John Green's 'Paper Towns' Adding Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith (Exclusive)". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Paper Towns (2015)". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (April 9, 2015). "Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Series Finds Its Leads". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Review: ‘Yen’ Is a Den of Family Dysfunction Ben Brantley. New York Times. January 31, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017
  9. ^ "Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jacob Batalon & More Join 'Every Day' From MGM". Deadline. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (December 1, 2016). "'Jurassic World 2' Casts 'Get Down' Star Justice Smith (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ "The Get Down's Justice Smith Stars in Legendary's Live-Action Pokémon film". Anime News Network. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 

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