Cornelius Smith Jr. is a multitalented actor, performer and rising star. Born in San Diego, California, but a native of Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Performing Arts at Cass Technical High School. Smith continued his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and then in obtained his M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in New York, New York (Class of 2007).
After graduating, he was privileged to spend the summer performing in the Public Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare in the Park." Following that, Cornelius quickly landed a series regular role on ABC's "All My Children." Within the first year on the show he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Daytime Drama Series (2009) and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series (2009). In 2010 he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor. 2011 marked his third consecutive NACCP Image Award nomination. Cornelius was the winner of ABC Discovers Digital Talent Competition (2014).
Other TV credits include "Scandal" (ABC), "Whitney" (Lifetime Movie), "Forever" (ABC), "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC) and "Major Crimes" (TNT).