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Riley Smith was discovered in 1997 at a mall in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by a local talent scout who invited him to compete at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention in New York City. At IMTA, he was signed to appear in a Tommy Hilfiger modeling campaign, and then used the money he earned to pay for acting classes. Just three months later, Smith was in Los Angeles at a screen test for the 1998 WB pilot "Minor Threat". He landed that first audition and, although the pilot was not picked up, Smith's acting career was established.
Riley's acting career has spanned both film and television over the past decade. Notable film roles include Disney's Motorcrossed, Eight Legged Freaks opposite David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson, Not Another Teen Movie, Radio opposite Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr., New York Minute alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury nominee Weapons opposite Paul Dano and Nick Cannon.
Riley's television credits include Drive, Freaks and Geeks, 24, Joan of Arcadia, Raising Dad, The Closer, The Glades, Leverage, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, 7th Heaven and Once and Again.
Also an accomplished musician, Riley formed the band "The Life of Riley," in 2006. The Los Angeles based group has released 4 albums: The Life of Riley (2007), Long Way Home EP (2009), Live in Hollywood at the Hotel Cafe (2010) and By The Way (2012). They have performed around in the world in clubs from New York to London.
Riley was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised in Marion, Iowa on his family's horse ranch. Riley currently resides in Los Angeles.
- Was the President of the AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) in 1996 - 1997. It is the largest single breed horse youth association in the world, with over 25,000 members.
- Had to learn how to ride a dirtbike for Motocrossed (2001) (TV).
- He was Ashton Kutcher's roommate in 1997 in New York City at the IMTA convention after knowing each other in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, their hometown. Josh Duhamel also attended the same year.
- He was offered the role in Spring Break Shark Attack (2005) (TV), after screen-testing and almost landing the title role of Elvis (2005) (TV) for CBS.
- Is the lead singer/guitarist for the band "The Life of Riley", which he started with musician Henri O'Connor.
- Was in a relationship with Danneel Ackles for 4 years before they broke up.
- His character in 90210 is in a wheelchair. Ironically, his character from Joan of Arcadia was responsible for someone in a wheelchair.