Douglas Alexander Smith
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Relatives||Gregory Smith (brother)|
Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Terrea (née Oster), an American-born teacher, and Maurice Smith, a producer of low-budget films who is originally from the United Kingdom. Smith's mother appeared in several of the films that his father produced during the 1980s. He is the younger brother of actor Gregory Smith.
Smith has been acting since he was cast as Malvolio in his fourth grade production of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night. Audiences first saw him on the big screen as a young version of Brendan Fraser's character in Blast from the Past (1999). As a teenager, he went to Australia to play the lead role as an American boy living in Australia in a series called Out There. Early in his career, Smith made several appearances on television procedurals, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Close to Home, Family Law, The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, and Cold Case.
Smith is known for his regular role as Ben Henrickson on the HBO series Big Love, which aired for five seasons. He also played the role of Edward Porris in Brandon Cronenberg's directorial debut, Antiviral. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and took home the award for Best First Canadian Feature at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
In late 2012, Smith filmed the musical/comedy/horror film Stage Fright. He played the roles of both Metal Killer and Buddy, performing two musical numbers in the film. Stage Fright premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures.
2013 saw Smith star as Tyson, the cyclops half-brother of Percy Jackson in the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. He also began production for his lead role in the horror film Ouija for Universal/Platinum Dunes at the end of 2013.
An alumnus of RADA's Shakespeare Summer School, Smith made his off Broadway debut in 2014, starring in the New York premiere of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the West Village. He played William Carlisle. The production and Smith's performance received favorable reviews. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "In such an exemplary cast, it's unfair to single out any one of the seven principal actors for special praise. But Smith, best known for HBO's Big Love, is sad, scary and transfixing." The production was nominated for both OBIE and Drama League Awards.
In 2015, Smith was seen in a minor role in Terminator Genisys. He had a significant arc on HBO's Vinyl in 2016. He then returned to the horror genre in The Bye Bye Man, where he starred in the role of Elliot.
In 2017, Smith portrayed real-life friend and colleague Dustin Lance Black in When We Rise , an eight-part docudrama based on the memoirs of LGBT activist Cleve Jones directed by Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black, Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme. Soon after, Smith joined the cast of The Alienist, a 19th-century crime drama created by Cary Fukunaga based on the 1994 novel The Alienist. His turn as one half of the darkly comedic Isaacson duo earned praise from critics like David Nevins of The Guardian who, in his review of the show, wrote: "Two of the best performances, though, are those of Matthew Shear and Douglas Smith as the brothers Isaacson, two bright and innovative Jewish forensic science specialists who stick out like sore thumbs in the very Irish-Catholic environs of Manhattan law enforcement."
In 2019, Smith played an integral role in the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies as Corey Brockfield, a co-worker and love interest of main character Jane Chapman.
In 2020, he reprised his role as Marcus Isaacson in the second season of The Alienist.
He has been married to Teesh Travis since April 2018.
|1996||The X-Files||The Pitcher||Episode: "Home"|
|1997||The Death Game||Tristan||Film|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Douglas||Episode: "In to Zone"|
|1999||Blast from the Past||Adam Webber (age 11)||Film|
|2001||Family Law||Patrick Samson||Episode: "Sex, Lies, and Internet"|
|2002||Trancers 6||Punk #1||Film|
|2002||Partners in Action||Teddy||Film; credited as Doug Smith|
|2003||Lock her Room||Johnny||Short film|
|2003||Out There||Reilly Evans||Main role (season 1)|
|2003||Hangman's Curse||Elijah Springfield||Film|
|2003||Stuck in the Movie with You||Sam||Television movie|
|2003||Cold Case||16 year old Ryan Bayes||Episode: "Churchgoing People"|
|2004||Everwood||Gavin Curtis||Episode: "Controlling Interest"|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Daniel Shoalar||Episode: "State of Grace"|
|2004||The Guardian||Jay||Episode: "Without Consent"|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Jason Henderson||Episode: "Invasion"|
|2005||Rock the Paint||Josh||Film|
|2005||Santa's Slay||Nicolas Yuleson||Film|
|2006||Crossing Jordan||Steven Reynolds||Episode: "Mysterious Ways"|
|2006||Close to Home||Colin Parks||Episode: "The Shots"|
|2006||Citizen Duane||Duane Balfour||Film|
|2006–2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marlon West||Episodes: "The Unusual Suspect", "Goodbye and Good Luck"|
|2006–2011||Big Love||Ben Henrickson||Main role|
|2007||Remember the Daze||Pete||Film|
|2009||Someday We Will Get Married||James||Short film|
|2009||Hawthorne||Curtis||Episode: Night Moves|
|2010||Flashpoint||Carlton Hayward||Episode: Whatever it Takes|
|2011||Margene's Blog||Ben Henrickson||Episode: Girls Gotta Dance|
|2013||The Boy who Smells like Fish||Mica||Film|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Tyson||Film|
|2013||Rookie Blue||Chuck||Episode: You Are Here|
|2014||Stage Fright||Buddy Swanson||Film|
|2015||Terminator Genisys||Eric Thompson||Film|
|2016||Vinyl||Gary / Xavier||Recurring role|
|2017||The Bye Bye Man||Elliot||Film|
|2017||Bottom of the World||Alex||Film|
|2017||When We Rise||Young Man||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2018–2020||The Alienist||Marcus Isaacson||Main role|
|2019||Big Little Lies||Corey||Supporting role|
|TBA||Don't Worry Darling||Film|
|2021||Clarice||Tyson Conway||Recurring role|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film||Sleepover||Nominated|
- Abrams, Rachel; Kroll, Justin (February 16, 2012). "'Percy' sequel zeroes in on Smith". Variety. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- "Son Burst". People. November 18, 2002. p. 124.
- "'Punk Rock': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
- "2015 Obie Award Winners Announced". Obie Awards. May 18, 2015. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- Yamato, Jen (July 11, 2014). "Douglas Smith Joins 'Terminator' Reboot & 'Evan's Crime'; 'Longmire's Bailey Chase To 'Kill For Me'". Deadline. Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- Petski, Denise (August 6, 2015). "'Vinyl': Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger's HBO Rock Drama Series Adds Douglas Smith To Cast". Deadline. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
- Nevins, Jake (January 22, 2018). "The Alienist review – a 19th-century psychological thriller that's short on thrills". The Guardian. Archived from the original on May 22, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- "Douglas Smith on Instagram: "Wow that went fast! Can't believe it has been a year since I tied the knot with this beautiful southern flower @teeshtravis #anniversary"". Instagram. Archived from the original on May 15, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
- Kroll, Justin (October 13, 2020). "Sydney Chandler, Nick Kroll, Douglas Smith, Kate Berlant, Asif Ali Round Out Cast Of Olivia Wilde's 'Don't Worry Darling'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 21, 2020.