Jayson Warner Smith is an Atlanta native known for his work in film, television and theatre.
Jayson portrayed Gavin during seasons 7 and 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and is also known for his turn as vicious death row inmate Wendall Jelks on The Sundance Channel’s drama Rectify. During season six on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Smith played Dean— the conman/mechanic didn’t last long when vampires arrived in Savannah, Georgia.
Smith has always been a busy actor, not only teaching the craft in Atlanta, Georgia, but also appearing in countless television shows. Catch Smith in action on One Mississippi, NCIS: New Orleans, Sleepy Hollow, Coma an A&E mini-series, Final Witness, House of Payne, and Drop Dead Diva. His film work includes The Book of Love, Birth of a Nation, Christine (2016), I Saw the Light, Mississippi Grind, 99 Homes, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, 42, Footloose (2011), The Joneses, and People v. Leo Frank, plus more. Smith will appear in the upcoming drama Thank You for Your Service, directed by Jason Hall (writer—American Sniper). American Made, featuring Smith and starring Tom Cruise, hits theaters late September 2017.
Jayson’s most recent work includes appearances in the films St Agatha, The Billionaire Boys Club and Reckoning, currently in post-production.
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