Cory Michael Smith is an American actor best known for his starring role as Edward Nygma, the DC Comics character destined to become future supervillain The Riddler, in the superhero crime drama television series Gotham.
He made his Broadway debut in 2013 with Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. In the same season, he also starred Off-Broadway in both the U.S. premiere of Cock aka the Cockfight Play by Mike Bartlett at The Duke and The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter at Playwrights Horizons.
Prior to that, he was seen in the NY premiere of The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (Playwrights Horizons/New York Theatre Workshop), and in various regional theatre productions and workshops at New York Stage & Film, Denver Center Theatre Company, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage, and Portland Center Stage.
His first feature film, Camp X-Ray (starring Kristen Stewart), premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Earlier in the year, a short horror film, Dog Food (co-starring Amanda Seyfried), premiered at the 2014 SXSW Festival.
In the same year he began starring as Edward Nygma in the Fox superhero drama Gotham. He also appeared in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge (starring Frances McDormand) and Todd Haynes' Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara).
Cory is a graduate of Otterbein University.