Justin Smith is an American actor best known for his roles on The CW drama The Vampire Diaries, the feature film Man Down (film), and the 20th Century Fox hit A Good Day To Die Hard. Growing up in a small town outside of Central Florida, Justin began acting in local and regional theatre, but spent much of his time at his father's fire station. His father was a fourth generation firefighter and Justin had planned to follow in the family legacy until a friend in college convinced him to audition for a local production of Eugene O'Neill's, Long Day's Journey Into Night. He was cast to play Edmund Tyrone and quickly formed a tireless work ethic, switching his focus from fighting fires to studying theatre, much to the skepticism of his family. One of Justin's early film projects took him to Cape Town, South Africa for work on the award-winning South African drama, "The Silent Fall". Prepping for the film, Justin gained some much appreciated life experience when he spent three weeks training alongside HIV/AIDS patients in some of Cape Town's most prominent clinics and dangerous townships. That experience now continues to inform his humble approach to life and work. After returning from South Africa, Justin moved to New York City where he broke into daytime television on the CBS soap, "As the World Turns". This led to other roles in shows like "Army Wives", "Burn Notice" and "Drop Dead Diva". Justin spent a number of years working on the east coast before moving to Los Angeles, California where he now lives.