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Robert Earl Buckley (born May 2, 1981) is an American actor, known for his roles as Kirby Atwood on NBC's comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle and Clay Evans on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill. Buckley also starred as Brian Leonard on ABC's horror drama series 666 Park Avenue, and has portrayed Major Lilywhite on The CW's comedy-drama series iZombie from 2015 until 2019.

Robert Buckley
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Buckley at WonderCon in April 2015
Robert Earl Buckley

(1981-05-02) May 2, 1981 (age 38)
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego (BS)
OccupationActor, Model
Years active2006–present
Jenny Wade (m. 2018)


Early lifeEdit

Buckley was born in Claremont in Los Angeles County, California.[1] He earned a degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, graduating in 2003.[2] As a college student, Buckley appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right.[3][4] After working for a year as an economic consultant, he moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.[5]


In 2006, Buckley made his acting debut as a series regular on the MyNetworkTV primetime telenovela Fashion House, playing the role of Michael Bauer.[6] Buckley then made his feature film debut in the horror When a Killer Calls, released in February 2006. He subsequently joined the cast of another MyNetworkTV telenovela, portraying the role of Matthew Wakefield in American Heiress. In 2007, Buckley guest starred on an episode of Ghost Whisperer. Also in 2007, he was cast in the recurring role of Kirby Atwood on NBC's comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle.[7]

The following year, Buckley signed on to play surf instructor Kyle Hamilton in the Lifetime film Flirting with Forty, alongside Heather Locklear.[8] He then co-starred as Nik in the horror comedy Killer Movie, alongside Kaley Cuoco, Leighton Meester, and Paul Wesley, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008.[9] In 2009, The CW announced that Buckley would appear in a two-episode guest arc on the comedy-drama series Privileged as David Besser.[10]

In June 2009, it was announced that Buckley had signed to star as a series regular on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill.[11] He played the role of sports agent Clay Evans and remained with One Tree Hill until the series' ending in April 2012.[12] In February 2010, Buckley was reported to be in the running for the title role in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, but the part ultimately went to Chris Evans.[13]

From 2012 to 2013, Buckley starred in the short-lived horror drama series 666 Park Avenue, portraying struggling playwright Brian Leonard who moves into a haunted building with his wife.[14] In 2013, he was cast in a two-episode guest arc on season three of The CW's comedy-drama series Hart of Dixie.[15] The following year, he co-starred in the Veronica Mars web spin-off series Play It Again, Dick, featuring Ryan Hansen in the central role.[16] In 2015, he began starring as Major Lilywhite on The CW's comedy-drama horror series iZombie.[17] In June 2016, Buckley was cast to star in the first episode of the Hulu anthology series Dimension 404, alongside Lea Michele and Joel McHale.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

In May 2018, Buckley married actress Jenny Wade.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Killer Calls Matt Video
2006 Petrified Agent Tanner Video
2006 Capturing Q Dillon Short
2007 Archer House Lance Short
2008 Killer Movie Nik
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Bacas Mitchell
2011 Z Wyatt Short


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Michael Bauer Main role
2007 American Heiress Matthew Wakefield Main role
2007 Ghost Whisperer Brandon Bishop "Unhappy Medium"
2008 Flirting with Forty Kyle Hamilton TV movie
2008–09 Lipstick Jungle Kirby Atwood Main role
2009 Privileged David Besser "All About Betrayal", "All About a Brand New You!"
2009–12 One Tree Hill Clay Evans Main role (season 7–9)
2012–13 666 Park Avenue Brian Leonard Main role
2013–14 Hart of Dixie Peter "Help Me Make It Through the Night", "Back in the Saddle Again"
2014 Play It Again, Dick Gaston "1.1", "1.4", "1.5", "1.8"
2015–2019 iZombie Major Lilywhite Main role
2017 Powerless Dan "Emily Dates a Henchman"
2017 Dimension 404 Adam "Matchmaker"
2018 The Christmas Contract Jack TV movie


  1. ^ "We Are Tritons – Robert Buckley '03". University of California, San Diego. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Abrams, Sean (April 23, 2015). "Outfitted: Robert Buckley". Maxim. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fashion House Star Robert Buckley Says That He Is The "Nice Guy"". September 22, 2006. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Robert Buckley: 'Privileged' Gets a New Hunk". Entertainment Tonight. February 24, 2009. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Schoels, Kris (January 18, 2009). "Q&A With Robert Buckley: New Addition To 'One Tree Hill' & Economics Consultant?". Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  6. ^ De Leon, Kris (July 14, 2007). "What Are They Up To? Fashion House's Robert Buckley". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (July 31, 2007). "The Futon's First Look: "Lipstick Jungle" (NBC)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Bierly, Mandi (December 9, 2008). "'Flirting With Forty' is my new favorite Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Killer Movie – TFF 2008". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt (January 3, 2009). "Exclusive: Jungle Boy Toy Has "Write Stuff" for Privileged". TV Guide. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 10, 2009). "Robert Buckley joins 'One Tree Hill'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 11, 2012). "'One Tree Hill's' Final Season 'Will Be Dark,' Says Creator Mark Schwahn". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  13. ^ Mason, Ian (February 21, 2010). "Robert Buckley linked to 'Captain America'". Digital Spy. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 7, 2012). "'The Finder's' Mercedes Masohn, 'One Tree Hill's' Robert Buckley Join ABC's '666 Park Ave' Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Gelman, Vlada (August 22, 2013). "Hart of Dixie Casts One Tree Hill's Robert Buckley – Will He Charm a Bluebell Resident?". TVLine. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  16. ^ Holman, Jordyn (August 12, 2014). "'Veronica Mars': Cast, Date Announced for Web Spinoff". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 7, 2014). "'One Tree Hill's' Robert Buckley to Co-Star in CW's 'iZombie'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 8, 2016). "Lea Michele, Robert Buckley to Star in Hulu Anthology 'Dimension 404'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ Swertlow, Meg (May 8, 2018). "Surprise! iZombie's Robert Buckley Marries Jenny Wade". E! News.

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