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Robert Christopher Riley



Michael Culhane in “Dynasty”


Robert C. Riley stars as Michael Culhane, the former Carrington driver now turned billionaire businessman, in The CW’s hit series “Dynasty.” Ready to make positive change in the world and promote Black excellence, Culhane is never afraid to take a stand against the bad guy, even if the bad guy happens to be a Carrington.


Riley hails from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn (NY), but has deep Caribbean roots, as he was raised by his Trinidadian mother and grandmother while having a father from Barbados.

Riley graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in1998 where he earned a Regents diploma before attending Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA., for his B.A. in Theatre.


While completing his degree, in 2006, Riley was cast in several independent films as well as numerous commercials and print ads. In winter 2006, all of Riley’s challenging work began to pay off. He landed a role in August Wilson’s 6-month tour of “Fences” (Hartford/Dallas/Portland). After appearing in this production, in 2007, he was cast as Jeremy in a second August Wilson production, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Baltimore Center Stage.

In 2008, Riley was cast in the Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opposite James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrance Howard and Anika Noni Rose, receiving nightly standing ovations. He returned to Broadway opposite Judith Ivey in “Lombardi” directed by Thomas Kail.


After Lombardi, Riley relocated to Los Angeles, where he made an easy transition from stage to television and film. He landed roles on VH1’s “Single Ladies,” Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse,” and as a series regular on the VH1 mega success series “Hit The Floor.” Other television appearances include “Elementary,” “Underground,” “Greenleaf,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages” and “White Collar.”


Film credits include “The Perfect Match” with Terrance J and Paula Patton, “The Bourne Legacy” with Matt Damon, “Sinister,” “The Adventures of Sweet Yellow,” “Destined” with Corey Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe and Hill Harper, and “Bad Dad Rehab” with Malik Yoba, Wesley Jonathan, Rick Gonzalez and Robert Richard.

Riley has directed several music video for One’s recording artist Demetria McKinney and produced a docu-series with his own production company, Hollywood Massive, showing his travels to different islands and cities covering culture, carnivals, and major festivals, with the aim of raising cultural awareness throughout the globe.


April 2021

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