Cornelius Smith Jr. lands recurring role in God Friended Me

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Former All My Children star’s new recurring role on CBS drama.

Soaps.com is happy to share Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard, All My Children) has landed a new recurring role. Per TV Insider, the former soap star will play Corey Smith in the last five episodes of God Friended Me’s second season. The CBS series is about an atheist named Miles (Brandon Michael Hall, Search Party) who receives a friend request from a ‘God’ account on social media. That account proceeds to send him friend suggestions for people in need of help. Smith Jr.’s character is the estranged son of Alphonse Jefferies (Carl Lumbly, Supergirl), who was suspected of being behind the God account, and will play a big role in getting Miles closer to unmasking the truth. God Friended Me also stars Joe Morton (Scandal; Dr. Abel Marsh, Another World; Dan Stennis, Guiding Light; Dr. James Foster, Search for Tomorrow), Violett Beane (The Resident) and Suraj Sharma (Homeland).

In addition to God Friended Me, Smith Jr. will also be seen in the upcoming Netflix series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Available for streaming March 20, it also stars Blair Underwood (Dear White People; Bobby Blue, One Life to Live) and Octavia Spencer (Truth Be Told). The former soap star also starred in the ABC series Scandal, which ended in 2018, as Marcus Walker and in an episode of How to Get Away with Murder as the same character. In June 2019, he appeared in Hallmark’s Love, Take Two, about a wedding reality TV show that reunites former flames.

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This summer, the versatile actor can be seen on stage as the titular character in American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words. Theatre-goers can catch him July 10 – August 16 at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Of his stage role, Smith Jr. posted on Instagram, “I am so grateful, proud, and excited to be starring in this timely and powerful production of the life and story of Frederick Douglass and to be making my debut at @arenastage.”