Actor and producer Gregory Smith is best known for playing Ephram Brown on the dramatic series “Everwood” (The WB, 2002-2006), in which he nabbed a Young Artist Award and additional nominations at the Satellite Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He won his first Young Artist Award for his work on the Showtime film “Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework” (1997). In addition, the actor played regular roles on the short lived “Kate Brasher” (2001) and “Rookie Blue” (2010). On the big screen, Smith received Young Artist nominations for his work on “Harriet the Spy” (1996), “Small Soldiers” (1998, also earned a YoungStar nomination) and “The Patriot” (2000). His more recent and upcoming movie credits include “American Outlaws” (2001), “Book of Love” (2004), “Nearing Grace” (2005), “Closing the Ring” (2007), “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” (2007), “Boot Camp” (2008), “Hobo with a Shotgun” (2011), “In My Pocket” (2011), “Whirligig” (2011), “Conception” (2011) and “Dream House” (2011). His production duties include the films “Wieners” (2008) and “On the Ice” (2011), the documentary “Training for the Apocalypse” (2011) and the short film “One Night Only” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Gregory Edward Smith was born on July 6, 1983, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Maurice Smith, a British born, Vancouver based producer of low-budget films, and Terrea Smith, a teacher from the United States. His parents separated when he was 12 years old.
Gregory was raised in Vancouver and is a citizen of Canada and the U.S. The oldest child of four, Greg has two brothers, Douglas (born in 1985) and Andrew (born in 1989) and a sister named Samantha (born in 1992).
Besides acting, Greg enjoys rock climbing, photography, soccer and rollerblading. He wrestled in high school.
Gregory Smith made his professional debut as a toddler by appearing in a television commercial for Tide laundry detergent. He began modeling when he was 4 years old and acting seriously when he was 6. At age 8, he appeared in an episode of the syndicated series “Street Justice” and ABC's “The Commish.” The next year, he was cast as Joe Dugan Junior in the pilot for “Jumpin' Joe” (1992) and played Brian in the pilot episode of the short lived CBS series “The Hat Squad.” He returned to “Street Justice” for an episode in 1993 titled “A Sense of Duty,” where he reprised his role of Joey.
Smith broke into the big screen with the role of Bobby in the family film “Andre” (1994), an adaptation of the book “A Seal Called Andre,” which was based on a true story. The actor followed it up with a supporting role in Ted Nicolaou's “Leapin' Leprechauns” (1995), briefly appeared in Steve Miner's comedy “Big Bully” (1996), which starred Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold, and as Simon in the film adaptation of Louise Fitzhugh's novel “Harriet the Spy” (1996), for which he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor. He then reprised his role of Mikey Dennehy for the 1996 sequel “Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns” (1996), played one of three children of Richard Dreyfuss and Barbara Williams in “Krippendorf's Tribe” (1998), a film adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel, and starred with John Hurt, David Strathairn, Marla Sokoloff and Sarah Buxton in Bob Swaim's “The Climb” (1998). Smith also starred as Alan Abernathy in “Small Soldiers” (1998), an action film written by Gavin Scott and Adam Rifkin that was directed by Joe Dante. The successful film grossed nearly $80 million at the box office against a budget of $40 million. For his acting in the movie, Smith received a 1998 YoungStar nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film and a 1999 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor.
The young actor continued to appear in a string of TV programs and guest starred in “Highlander” (1994), “Are You Afraid of the Dark” (1995), “The Outer Limits” (1995), “M.A.N.T.I.S.” (1997) and “Meego” (1997). He also worked with Frances Fisher, Deborah May and Corrie Clark in the NBC television film “The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie” (1995), with Daniel Riordan, Liz Vassey and Ron Perlman in the TV film “The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space” (1995) and Kirsten Storms and Raven-Symoné in the Disney Channel original movie “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” (1999). Smith won a 1998 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actor for his portrayal of Jesse Hackett in the Showtime original “Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework” (1997), opposite Shelley Duvall and Sheila McCarthya.
In 2000, Smith landed the role of Thomas Martin, a son of Mel Gibson’s character, in the war movie “The Patriot,” which was directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Robert Rodat. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music Score and made over $215 million at the box office against its budget of $110 million. For his work in the film, the actor shared a 2001 Young Artist nomination for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film.
In 2001, Smith earned a regular role on the CBS short lived series “Kate Brasher,” which starred Mary Stuart Masterson. The same year, he portrayed Jim Younger in “American Outlaws,” a flopped western directed by Les Mayfield that starred Colin Farrell, Scott Caan and Ali Larter. He also acted in Lifetime's “Just Ask My Children” and guest starred in an episode of “Touched by an Angel.”
Smith received a big break when he won the role of Ephram Brown, Dr. Andrew Brown’s (played by Treat Williams) eldest son, on the dramatic series “Everwood,” which ran on The WB from September 16, 2002, to June 5, 2006. In 2003, Smith received a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor for his performance. The same year, he was also nominated for Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Breakout Star - Male and Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure. He went on to earn a 2004 Young Artist nomination for Best Young Adult Performer in a Teenage Role, a 2004 Golden Satellite nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama, a 2004 Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure, and Teen Choice nominations in 2005 for Choice TV Actor: Drama and Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Emily VanCamp). While still on “Everwood,” Smith costarred with Katie Stuart, David Dorfman, Kate Nelligan, Alison Elliott, Alfre Woodard and Kyle Secor in the ABC adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” (2003), was cast alongside Frances O'Connor, Bryce Dallas Howard and Simon Baker in the Alan Brown movie “Book of Love” (2004) and starred as Henry Nearing in Rick Rosenthal's “Nearing Grace” (2005), opposite David Morse, David Moscow, Jordana Brewster and Ashley Johnson. In addition, he played Holden Donovan in the film “Kids in America” (2005).
Smith next portrayed the young version of Christopher Plummer's character, Jack, in Richard Attenborough's “Closing the Ring” (2007), Max Stanton in David L. Cunningham's horror film “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” (2007), opposite Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane and Frances Conroy, and Ben in the psychological suspense thriller “Boot Camp” (2008), with Mila Kunis, Peter Stormare, Christopher Jacot, Tygh Runyan, Colleen Rennison, Regine Nehy and Grace Bauer. He also portrayed Perry in “Leslie, My Name Is Evil” (2009), alongside Kristen Hager and Ryan Robbins and starred as the voice of Leonardo Edison in the Canadian animated feature “Edison and Leo” (2008), directed by Neil Burns. The actor returned to the small screen with guest spots in “Eli Stone” (2009, as Todd Riley) and the miniseries “Guns” (2009, as Bobby). The next year, he played the supporting of Nik Iliakis on the Canadian TV film “Fakers” and starred with Missy Peregrym, Travis Milne, Enuka Okuma and Charlotte Sullivan in the series “Rookie Blue” (2010).
Recently, in 2011, Smith starred as Stephen in the dramatic film “In My Pocket,” which was directed and co-written by David Lisle Johnson. He has completed filming the comedy “Whirligig” (2011) for director Chaz Thorne and is set to play roles in the upcoming movies “Conception” (2011), a romance directed and written by Josh Stolberg, and “Dream House” (2011), a horror film directed by Jim Sheridan that will star Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts.
In addition to being an actor, Smith debuted as a producer with “Wieners” (2008), an adventure comedy directed by Mark Steilen that starred Kenan Thompson, Zachary Levi and Fran Kranz. He then served as an executive producer on the 2010 short “One Night Only” and the 2011 thriller “On the Ice,” which was written and directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. He is also the executive producer of the upcoming documentary “Training for the Apocalypse.”
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor, “Everwood,” 2003
Young Hollywood: One to Watch - Male, 2002
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actor, “Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework,” 1998