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Cornelius Smith Jr

Marcus Walker
Actor Biography

Cornelius Smith, Jr. is a multitalented actor, performer, and rising star. Born in San Diego, California but a native of Detroit, MI where he studied Performing Arts at Cass Technical High School. Smith continued his education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and then obtained his M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program in New York, NY (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).

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Character Biography

Meet the newest gladiator, but don’t you dare try to tell him how to gladiate. Starting out as a neighborhood activist, Marcus has his own way of handling things and will fight for his beliefs as long as his hands are able to hold a megaphone. He can easily be seen as the moral compass for the OPA gang. But don’t be fooled, in true Scandal fashion, he made headlines of his own when he admitted to having an affair with the mayor’s wife. What sets him apart? He’s a champion for the truth.

Characters: Olivia Pope | President Fitzgerald Grant | First Lady Mellie Grant | Jake Ballard | Abby Whelan | Huck | Quinn Perkins | Cyrus Beene | David Rosen | Elizabeth North | Marcus Walker

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