Taylor John Smith

Taylor John Smith was an American actor who began acting as a teenager and soon found himself in demand on both film and television, thanks largely to his all-American good looks. Born on May 13, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA, Smith made his screen debut with a tiny role in the film adaptation of the YA post-apocalyptic sensation "The Hunger Games" (2012), appearing briefly in a clip from a propaganda film. Following his TV debut on a 2013 episode of the crime drama "Perception" (TNT, 2012-15), Smith landed his first big film role as part of the cast of Marlon Wayans' found footage horror parody "A Haunted House 2" (2014). Before long, Smith was moving from horror parodies into actual horror films, with roles in the poltergeist-themed chiller "Insidious: Chapter 3" (2015), and the American remake of the ultra-gory New French Extremism film "Martyrs" (2015). Smith then returned to TV, earning a series regular gig on the second season of the sociopolitical anthology series "American Crime" (ABC, 2015-2017), and then appearing in a pilot for the TV remake of the 90s smutty teen classic "Cruel Intentions" (1998), which was not picked up by NBC. Despite this setback, Smith had his biggest year yet in 2018, landing roles in the HBO miniseries "Sharp Objects" (HBO, 2018), starring Amy Adams, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, and based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name; and the Afghan war drama "The Outpost" (2019), based on Jake Tapper's best-selling novel.