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Riley Smith (1978)

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Riley Smith is an American film and television actor and singer for the band The Life of Riley.

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 career
Three months after the Hilfiger campaign, Smith flew to Los Angeles to do a screen test for the 1998 WB pilot Minor Threat, but the pilot was not picked up. Subsequently, he went on to do eight prime time network pilots, more than a dozen guest-starring roles, and rescuuring character roles in three television series.

  Film

Smith has appeared in the film Eight Legged Freaks, Not Another Teen Movie, Radio, New York Minute and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury nominee Weapons.

For the film New York Minute, he and co-star Jared Padelecki were hand picked for their roles by stars Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen. After his role as Jim, the love interest for Ashley's character of Jane, he admitted that he could not tell the sisters apart.

In Radio, Smith had the role of Johnny Clay, team star and ringleader of the group pulling nasty pranks on Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character of Radio. For their work in the film, key production members were awarded a 2005 CAMIE Award; These included executive producer Todd Garner, director Michael Tollin, screenwriter Mike Rich, and actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Riley Smith, Alfre Woodard, Brent Sexton, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sarah Drew.

  Television

Smith had recurring roles in the Emmy-nominated CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the highly acclaimed Emmy Fox show 24 season 3 as Kyle Singer, the short-lived WB series Summerland and the acclaimed Judd Apatow creation for NBC Freaks and Geeks. He was also a main cast member in the short lived Fox show Drive. Riley also played Dean Talon in the Disney Channel movie Motocrossed. He played a love interest and mentor to Andy Carson on the race track.

He played Russ, the love interest of Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character in the dancing film Make it Happen.

In 2008 Smith joined in collaboration with The Academy of Cinema and Television to create an online educational series for children and teens interested in the entertainment industry, and in 2009 he appeared in one episode of Ghost Whisperer, a paranormal TV series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

  Music
Smith took up the guitar to fill downtime while on film sets, and in 2006, he and Henri O'Connor formed the band "The Life of Riley", of which he is guitarist and lead singer. His original idead was to write music that could be used in his films, but when he and his bandmates had written 16 songs, they picked 11 and cut an album. The song most important to Riley is "Forget about me". He describes the lyrics as clear and simple and yet very deep and emotional. As of August 2010, the Los Angeles based group has released 3 CDs: The Life of Riley , Long Way Home EP and Live In Hollywood At The Hotel Cafe .
They have also performed at such music festivals as the New Bohemia Music Festival.

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