Meet Our Ambassador
2023 Documentary Film Camp
Robert C Riley
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 in 1998 where he earned a Regents diploma before attending Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA., for his B.A. in Theatre. In 2021 Robert was honored to be asked to provide narration for the 2021 Documentary Film “Bonded In Blue” about his alma mater’s athletic program The Adam J. Cirillo Scholarship Program produced by award winning producer Rick Turnbull.
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 made his Broadway debut in the production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opposite James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrance Howard and Anika Noni Rose, directed by Debbie Allen, receiving nightly standing ovations. He returned to Broadway opposite Judith Light in with the original cast of “Lombardi” directed by Thomas Kail. Other theatre credits include productions at Primary Stages, NYC and the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA.
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 scripted 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 videos 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.