Riley Schmidt
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Biographical Information
Date of Birth: February 11, 1976 (age 39)
Origin: St. Louis, Missouri
Years active: 1999-present
Show Information
Character(s): Red Devil (stunts)
Zak, the Pizza Delivery Man
Green Meanie (stunts)
Season(s): Season OneTwo
Show Status: Recurring
The Red Devil gives me the chance to have a personality and some humor while at the same time be terrifying and scary.
—Riley Schmidt on playing the Red Devil[src]

Christopher Riley Schmidt, better known as Riley Schmidt, is an American actor known for playing the Red Devil in the first season and the Green Meanie in the second season of the television series Scream Queens. He is most known for his portrayal of the Rubber Man in the first season of American Horror Story.


Christopher Riley Schmidt, son of Karen and Michael Schmidt, was born February 11, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri. His career began with modeling at age 17 after he sent photos in to a local modeling agency when he was a junior in high school. He attended St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri and graduated in 1994. He later went on to obtain a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1998. There, he was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

After graduating college, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting and entertainment. Soon after, he landed a small role on NBC's soap opera Passions. He later guest starred on other hit TV shows such as 7th Heaven, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Power Rangers: Time Force, Cold Case, Drake & Josh, ER, and Days of Our Lives.

Schmidt as Rubber Man

In 2011, he received a call from his casting agent stating that Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan were looking for an actor with a similar build to Dylan McDermott to wear a sexual asphyxiation bondage suit in American Horror Story. He had never done anything like this before, but he auditioned anyway, and his agent called him the next day telling him that he got the job. His character became known as the "Rubber Man" and is Schmidt's best known role to date.

Schmidt as the Red Devil

A few years later, when Ryan Murphy needed someone to put on a suit for his latest horror-comedy series Scream Queens, Schmidt was his go-to guy. He performed stunts as the Red Devil on Season One of Fox's Scream Queens and made an appearance as Zak, a pizza delivery man in the episode Dorkus.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Passions Pete Recurring
2000 7th Heaven Bobby Co-Star
2000 Providence Harry Co-Star
2000 S Club 7: Artistic Differences Zach Guest Star
2000 City Guys Jordan Guest Star
2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Dream Guy Guest Star
2001 Power Rangers: Time Force Dash Guest Star
2004 Cold Case Adam Clarke Guest Star
2004 Drake & Josh Guy Guest Star
2005 ER Matt Co-Star
2005 Gettin' Lucky The Other Man Featured
2011 Days of Our Lives Adam Recurring
2011 Melissa & Joey Stan Guest Star
2011 American Horror Story Rubber Man Recurring
2015-2016 Scream Queens Red Devil Recurring
Zak Guest Star
Green Meanie Recurring


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Partygoer Featured
2002 Minority Report Pre-Crime Employee Featured
2002 You Always Stalk the Ones You Love Sir Riles Supporting
2005 The Game of Their Lives Simpkins Ford Soccer Player Supporting
2014 9 to 5 Feet Under (Short) David Lead
2015 Hollywood Miles (Short) Sergio Lead
2015 A Gifted Amateur (Short) Harry Braxton Lead

Personal life

Riley with his wife Jessica

Riley got married to his long-term girlfriend Jessica Gehring (co-founder of BeautyCon in LA) on June 20, 2015. They have multiple children together.


  • Riley's nickname is "Schmidtty."
  • Riley also gave life to the Rubber Man in American Horror Story: Murder House, also created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
  • Before he became successful at acting, Riley supported himself with a bartending company he founded called "Beauty and the Bar."
  • Riley was at Disneyland with his girlfriend (now wife) when he received the call that he was cast as the Rubber Man. He had to leave immediately and head to set.
  • It takes Riley a total of 15 minutes to completely get into the Red Devil costume.


External links


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