Jamil Walker Smith

Jamil Walker Smith

Smith in 2010
Born (1982-08-20) August 20, 1982 [1]
New York City, New York, U.S. [2]
Other names Jamil Smith, Jamil Walker
Years active 1994–present
Known for

Jamil Walker Smith (born August 20, 1982) is an American actor. His best known role is as the voice of Gerald, a fourth grader and Arnold's best friend in the Nickelodeon TV series Hey Arnold!. He also appeared on various shows like Sister, Sister; Girlfriends; Bones; The X-Files; and The Bernie Mac Show. He is an actor by trade and writes, acts and directs his own short film projects. He played Master Sergeant Ronald Greer in both seasons of Stargate Universe.[3][4] His voice acting for Gerald Johanssen on Hey Arnold! and in Hey Arnold!: The Movie was digitally mastered to a higher pitch by using sound audio.

Early life

Smith was born on August 20, 1982 in New York City, New York.[2] Smith has been a professional actor since the age of 6, performing in local theaters in his native Los Angeles, where he was nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards and was selected as a California Arts Scholar. Smith's first gig in the business was at the age of 12, guest starring in an episode of the self-titled sitcom The Sinbad Show. Smith majored in Theater Arts at SUNY Purchase. Smith is managed by Luber Roklin Entertainment.


Smith wrote, directed and fully financed The American Dream, a narrative feature for which he won the New Visions Award at Cinequest and Best Director at Urbanworld Film Festival. Smith most recently starred in the latest feature from the Bellflower filmmakers, Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins. Smith also appeared on NBC’s Ironside, and was a series regular on the Syfy Network’s Stargate Universe.[4] Smith wrote and directed the short film, The Son, which premiered at Urbanworld, where he met programmer Brittany Ballard and together they decided to launch Little Plow Films. Smith co-wrote and directed I Want to be Ready, the screen adaptation of Ayelet Waldman’s acclaimed novel, Daughter’s Keeper, for which he holds the film/TV option. Smith is currently premiering Wild Geese, his first short work as co-writer/co-director at international film festivals throughout 2013-2014, while he develops his 3rd feature, Steal That Horse, an original narrative he co-wrote, will co-direct and star in this fall. Smith has also written The Pyn, a satirical romp through the prison industrial complex, which he plans to direct in 2015. Smith teaches acting at Baldwin Hills Elementary School. Smith won the 2013 New Leaders Council “40 Under 40” Media Leadership Award. He appeared on General Hospital in 2014 as "Immigration Agent" Jeffery Scribner.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Hey Arnold!: 24 Hours to Live Gerald Johansen Short film
2002 Hey Arnold!: The Movie Gerald Johanssen / Rasta Guy
2005 Halfway Decent Tom Jr.
2007 The Son The Son Short film
2008 In the Wind Shuky
2009 Quit Confidence Man
2010 Make a Movie Like... Luis
2011 The American Dream Director and screenwriter
2017 Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1993–94 The Sinbad Show Ernie 2 episodes
1995 A Whole New Ballgame Guest star Episode: "Opening Day"
The X-Files Chester Bonaparte Episode: "Fresh Bones"
ABC Weekend Specials Temba Episode: "Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale"
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Jake Episode: "The Matchmaker"
1996–2004 Hey Arnold! Gerald Johanssen 79 episodes
1996 Sister, Sister Mike 4 episodes
1996–97 Waynehead Mo' Money 13 episodes
1997 Pacific Blue Hunchey Episode: "Runaway"
Touched by an Angel Darnell Episode: "Nothing But Net"
413 Hope St. Tyreak Thomas Episode: "Quentin Goes Home"
1999 Promised Land Jimmy Gibson Episode: "A Day in the Life"
2001 NYPD Blue Michael Murray Episode: "Mom's Way"
2002 Philly Darnell Lane Episode: "Mojo Rising"
The Bernie Mac Show Skateboarder Episode: "Mac Local 137"
For the People Guest star Episode: "Nascent"
2005 Blind Justice Deshawn Oliver Episode: "Up on the Roof"
Medium Raymond Vargas Episode: "Pilot"
Supernatural Luis
2007 Girlfriends Kenny Phelan 2 episodes
Cold Case Malik/Theseus Episode: "It takes a Village"
2008 Bones Colby Page Episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009–11 Stargate Universe Ronald Greer Main cast
2010 Canada AM Himself Interview
2013 Ironside Guest star Episode: "Uptown Murders"
2014 General Hospital Jeffrey Scribner Recurring role
2016 Pure Genius Guest star Episode:"You Must Remember This"

Video games

Year Title Role
2004 Shark Tale Bernie / Additional Tenant Fish
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Pedestrian


  1. "Jamil Walker Smith". tvsa.co.za/actors. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Jamil Walker Smith Mini Bio". IMBd. amazon.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  3. 1 2 Colvin, Chad (November 20, 2011). "Measure of a Man". Gate World. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 Mitovich, Mitch (January 15, 2009). "Casting Exclusive: More Faces EnterStargate Universe". TV Guide. Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved August 28, 2014.

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