Matthew James "Matt" Shively, Jr. (born September 15, 1990) is an American actor best known for his role as Ryan Laserbeam on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP. 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.
Shively was born in Hanford, California. 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. He has been a long-time fan of the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also had a band with his good friend Sterling Knight named Connecting Channels.
Shively had a minor part in the 2007 film Rattle Basket, and another small part on an episode of Zoey 101. He auditioned several times for the part of Ryan on True Jackson, VP, and was told he didn't get it. He was called back two weeks later, tested for the role, and won the part. The show received positive reviews. He voiced Crowned Prince Sky on Winx Club 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.
Shively's film career began in 2011, when he was cast in a minor role in the horror comedy April Apocalypse. 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. Rafer Guzman of Newsday agreed. Andy Webster of the New York Times found Shively's performance "delightful" and generally praised the picture. 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.
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. Shively also had a leading role in the 2014 film Expelled as the main character's best friend, Danny.
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.
|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||Paranormal Activity 4||Ben|
|2013||Feels So Good||Zack|
|2014||Bucky and the Squirrels||Phil|
|2014||How to Build a Better Boy||Bart|
|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.||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||How to Build a Better Boy||Bart Hartley||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|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)
|2016–present||The Real O'Neals||Jimmy O'Neal||Main role|