Scruffy yet terrifying, Jayson Warner Smith plays Gavin on AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead. Gavin is a leader within the Saviors, tasked with weekly tribute collection from The Kingdom. Of all the Saviors we’ve met, Gavin is by far the most level-headed, which makes him supremely dangerous—keep an eye out for that one. Smith 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 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 can be seen in the drama Thank You for Your Service, directed by Jason Hall (writer—American Sniper) and also in American Made, starring Tom Cruise.
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