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      Robert Christopher Riley

      Robert Christopher Riley

      Highest Rated: 29% Destined (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 22% The Perfect Match (2016)

      Birthday: Oct 11, 1980

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Stage-trained actor Robert Christopher Riley brought emotional intensity to match the physical qualities of his most widely-seen roles, which included "Hit the Floor" (VH1, 2013- ), "Underground" (WGN, 2016-2017) and "Dynasty" (The CW, 2017- ). Born October 11, 1980 in Brooklyn, New York City to parents of Trinidadian and Bajan descent, Riley discovered acting through the drama club at Brooklyn Technical High School, and pursued a degree in theater from Lehigh University. After graduating in 2003, he earned a master's degree in theatre from Ohio University in 2006 and began his screen acting career with an appearance in the independent drama "The Trade Off" that same year. In 2008, Riley made his Broadway debut in the all-black cast production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opposite Terrence Howard and James Earl Jones. He would return to the New York stage two years later for the play "Lombardi," for which he played Green Bay Packer Dave Robinson opposite Dan Lauria as legendary coach Vince Lombardi, and in 2010 for the boxing drama "The Royale"; between these productions, he made guest appearances, often in physically imposing roles, on television shows like "Damages" (FX/The Audience Network, 2007-2012) and in features like "The Bourne Legacy" (2012). In 2013, Riley earned his first breakout role on "Hit the Floor," a sudsy drama about the lives of basketball players and cheerleaders on and off the court, with Riley playing the captain of the fictitious Los Angeles Devils. He left the show in 2017 to enjoy a recurring role on the critically acclaimed if short-lived slavery drama "Underground," playing the abusive lover to the series' long-suffering Ernestine (Amirah Vann). He then segued to the CW's revival of "Dynasty," playing the role of manipulative chauffeur Michael Culhane, while also making his debut as producer with the comedy feature "Professor Mack" (2018).

      Highest rated movies

      Destined Naked Singularity The Perfect Match

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      Robert Christopher Riley DESTINED, L-R: ROBERT CHRISTOPHER RILEY, CORY HARDRICT, 2016. © XLRATOR MEDIA DESTINED, FROM LEFT: CORY HARDRICT, ROBERT CHRISTOPHER RILEY, 2016. © XLRATOR MEDIA Robert Christopher Riley at arrivals for The CW Upfront 2017, The London Hotel, New York, NY May 18, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 96% One Night Stay Andre (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 86% Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's The Pass Maurice (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet So Fly Christmas Clarence (Character) - 2023
      28% 30% Naked Singularity Winston (Character) $3.0K 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All In Lance (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Online Valentine Ajax (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Professor Mack Christopher Morris (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walk Away From Love Andre (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barrow: Freedom Fighter Jean Holder (Character) - 2016
      29% 78% Destined Cal/Calvin (Character) - 2016
      22% 44% The Perfect Match Victor (Character) $9.7M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Dad Rehab Jared (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bring Out the Lady Vegas (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seasons of Love Miles (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spirit Game Colson (Character) - 2013

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% Dynasty Michael Culhane (Character) 2017-2022
      95% 89% Elementary Roy Booker (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 61% Hit the Floor Terrence Wall (Character) 2013-2014 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Victorious Derrick (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      94% 75% Royal Pains Paramedic 1 (Guest Star) 2009