Matt Shively

Matt Shively
Born Matthew James Shively, Jr.
(1990-09-15) September 15, 1990
Hanford, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Matthew James "Matt" Shively, Jr. (born September 15, 1990)[1][2] is an American actor best known for his role as Ryan Laserbeam on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP.[3] Beginning in June 2011, he began appearing in the Nickelodeon series The Troop as Kirby. He co-stars in the ABC television program The Real O'Neals which debuted on March 8, 2016.

Early life

Shively was born in Hanford, California.[1][4] He became interested in acting in the fourth grade after seeing Shia LaBeouf on the television program Even Stevens, and LaBeouf remains his inspiration for acting.[4] He has been a long-time fan of the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation.[5] He also had a band with his good friend Sterling Knight named Connecting Channels.[6]


Shively had a minor part in the 2007 film Rattle Basket, and another small part on an episode of Zoey 101.[7] He auditioned several times for the part of Ryan on True Jackson, VP, and was told he didn't get it.[8] He was called back two weeks later, tested for the role, and won the part.[8] The show received positive reviews.[9] He voiced Crowned Prince Sky on Winx Club[10] and in two movies based on the series: Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom and Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure. Shively joined the cast of the The Troop in its second (and final) season as the character Kirby Bancroft-Cadworth III.[11]

Shively's film career began in 2011, when he was cast in a minor role in the horror comedy April Apocalypse.[12] Shively played one of the leads in the horror film Paranormal Activity 4. The film was released October 18, 2012. Justin Lowe, writing for the Associated Press, called Shively "likable enough", while generally panning the film.[13] Rafer Guzman of Newsday agreed.[14] Andy Webster of the New York Times found Shively's performance "delightful" and generally praised the picture.[15] Shively co-starred in the comedy Noobz, which was released in theaters in late January 2013. He played one of four geeky friends who attempt to win a video gaming contest.[16]

Shively also appeared the independent feature film Bucky and the Squirrels, a 2014 mockumentary directed by Allan Katz about a wacky 1960s psychedelic rock band whose airplane crashes in snowy mountains. Frozen alive, the band is thawed out in the 21st century.[17] Shively also had a leading role in the 2014 film Expelled as the main character's best friend, Danny.[18]

Shively currently co-stars in the ABC television program The Real O'Neals, which debuted on March 2, 2016. Shively portrays 17-year-old Jimmy O'Neal.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Tomb Nathan
2007 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Prince Sky English version, voice
2010 I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu Cool Guy Short film
2011 Took a Bullet Bill Short film
2012 Barrio Tales Trevor Executive producer
2012 Noobz Oliver
2012 Paranormal Activity 4 Ben
2013 April Apocalypse Terry
2013 Feels So Good Zack
2014 Bucky and the Squirrels Phil
2014 Expelled Danny
2014 How to Build a Better Boy Bart Hartley Disney Channel Original Movie
2015 She Nick short film
2015 Summer of 8 Oscar
2016 Underwater Upside Down Tucker in post-production
2017 8 Bodies Sam in post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2008–11 True Jackson, VP Ryan Laserbeam Main cast; 58 episodes
2011 The Troop Kirby Cadworth-Bankcroft Iii 7 episodes
2012 Last Man Standing Elliot "Take Your Daughter to Work" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2012 Never Fade Away The Other #2 "Mockingbird" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2012 Sidewalks Entertainment Himself Episode: "Kathryn & Matt"
2012 Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures Lt. Collns 2 episodes
2011–12 Winx Club: Enchantix Sky Voice; 32 episodes
2012 Winx Club: Power of Believix Sky Voice; 5 episodes
2012–13 Winx Club: Beyond Believix Sky Voice; 19 episodes
2013 Winx Club Sky "Inspiration of Sirenix" (Season 6, Episode 1)
2014 Teen Wolf Oliver "Echo House" (Season 3, Episode 20)
2014 C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation Jacob Baker / Stoner #1 "Keep Calm and Carry-On" (Season 14, Episode 12)
"The Fallen" (Season 14, Episode 19)
2014 What's Next for Sarah? Jack Cromwell 1 episode
2014–15 Jessie Hudson "Where's Zuri?" (Season 3, Episode 15)
"Basket Case" (Season 4, Episode 6)
"Capture the Nag" (Season 4, Episode 7)
2015 Resident Advisors Mike Shelton "Sexiled" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"Alcohol Awareness" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2015 Aquarius Dave Vitrano "Home Is Where You're Happy" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2016–present The Real O'Neals Jimmy O'Neal Main cast


  1. 1 2 "Matt Shively." No date. Accessed 2009-08-07.
  2. "Almanac: Monday, September 15, 2014". Anniston Star. September 15, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  3. Toby, Mekeisha Madden. "Keke Palmer gets a job on 'True Jackson'." Detroit News. November 8, 2008.
  4. 1 2 Malkin, Marc. "Nickelodeon Star: I Owe My Career to Shia LaBeouf." E! Online. July 16, 2009.
  5. "Interview: True Jackson's Matt Shively." May 27, 2011. Accessed 2011-09-12.
  6. "Sterling Knight's Band "Connecting Channels"". Disney Dreaming, a division of Unrivaled Media Group, LLC. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  7. "Matt Shively Jr." Allmovie/New York Times. 2008.
  8. 1 2 "Matt Shively Interview." 2008.
  9. McNamara, Mary. "Review: 'True Jackson, VP'." Los Angeles Times. November 8, 2008.
  10. Gorman, Bill. "Global Hit Animated Series 'Winx Club' Comes to Nickelodeon, Starting June 27." June 9, 2011. Accessed 2011-06-09.
  11. "EXCLUSIVE: Matt Shively and Malese Jow are Joining The Troop!" October 15, 2010. Accessed 2011-09-12.
  12. "True Jackson VP's Matt Shively Cast In Romantic Zombie Film." October 10, 2011. Accessed 2012-07-19.
  13. Lowe, Justin. "Even Satan Can't Resurrect This Franchise." Associated Press. October 19, 2012.
  14. Guzman, Rafer. "A Youthful Energy Creeps Into 'Paranormal Activity 4'." Newsday. October 18, 2012.
  15. Webster, Andy. "Watch Out for Swaying Chandeliers and Rogue Knives." New York Times. October 19, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-20.
  16. "Go Behind The Scenes of Noobz With Matt Shively." January 8, 2013, accessed 2013-02-11; McKinney, Luke. "Five Reasons to Just Say 'No' to Noobz." January 24, 2013, accessed 2013-02-11.
  17. Nyman, Shane (October 27, 2014). "'Bucky and the Squirrels' to Get Weyauwega Premiere". Appletone Post-Crescent. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  18. Spangler, Todd (November 7, 2014). "AwesomenessTV's 'Expelled' Movie with Vine Star Cameron Dallas to Get Theatrical, Digital Windows". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  19. Dawidziak, Mark (May 13, 2014). "ABC puts some variety on the schedule for fall". Cleveland Plain-Dealer; Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 12, 2015). "ABC Adds 'Muppets' & Three New Dramas for Fall". Variety. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
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