Riger Guenveur is an American actor, director, writer who works and resides in Los Angeles, California. He is most widely recognized for his roles in American Gangster, Final Destination, and Do The Right Thing. He was born on July 27, 1955 in Berkeley, California. He is the son of Helen Guenveur, a dentist, and Sherman Smith, a judge. He began his studies in Los Angeles at Occidental College and then attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where he received a degree from the Drama School after switching from his original pursuit of a graduate degree in History. He also studied internationally as he attended Keskidee Arts Centre in London, England. He is divorced from Carolina Smith, the mother of his adult daughter.