Chestnut Hill (a 2001 Pilot)
Riley Smith was casted and starred in a Fall 2001 Pilot, "Chestnut Hill" which was not picked up by NBC. Chestnut Hill Show InformationChesnut Hill (Drama)
Studio: NBC Studios
Producers: John Masius and Bob DeLaurentis
Premise: Family drama from
Former High School: Albernett High School, Alburnett, Iowa
Favorite singers: Garth Brooks and Elvis
Favorite cereal: Frosted Flakes
Favorite beverage: CocaCola
Favorite book: "Dig Your Well Before Its Dry"
He Looks up to his Parents, grandparents, and sister.
Hobbies: Acting, singing, beach football, horseback riding, basketball, and ping-pong
He grew up on the family horse farm in Marion Iowa.
He has a sister named Raquel Smith.
His mom's name is Roxanne and she is a modeling agent in Chicago.
His dad's name is Russ.
He would like to have children some day.
He weighs 175 pounds.
He has been in five primetime network pilots, more than a dozen guest-starring roles, and three different series.
His pilot he auditioned for, Minor Threat, never went on the air.
Only three months into acting class and in the middle of a successful run in modeling, Riley was flown to Los Angeles, for a screen test for the 1998 WB pilot "Minor Threat."
Using the money he earned through modeling, Riley enrolled in a secret passion, acting class.
He turned down a college basketball scholarship.
He signed with his agent Abby Bluestone, at Innovative Artist.
Riley picked up a Tommy Hilfiger modeling campaign.
Riley was urged by a local talent scout, to fly to New York to compete at the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention.
He was discovered in a mall in his hometown.
He has green eyes.
He has blonde hair.
He is 6'.
He was offered the role in "Spring Break Shark Attack", after screen testing and almost landing the title role of "Elvis" for CBS.
Ashton Kutcher grew up in the same home town as Riley.
He was Ashton Kutcher's roommate in New York City at the IMTA convention.
He had to learn how to ride a dirtbike for the movie "Motocrossed" (2001).
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.
Riley: I like romantic comedies. New York Minute is not as romantic of a movie as I would like to be in someday, but it's a step in the right direction.
Riley: When he's not working: I have way too many hobbies. I play guitar, and my buddies and I record music in a studio in my house. I have a couple of vintage Jeeps I'm always working on, fixing up. And I ride horses-I grew up on a horse ranch-and play basketball. I need to cut back on my hobbies so I can work more.
Riley: I go home to Iowa. I call it defrosting my heart. Everyone in Iowa is so simple a genuine. In this business, sometimes you can get cold-hearted. When I go, even if it's 20 below and snowing, I come back with a warm heart.
Riley: Acting is perception, and as long as I'm honest with myself in my work, someone will appreciate it.
Riley: I've always been a blue collar guy, and I think it shows in my body of work and the way my career has developed.