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.

Early life

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.



2007The TombNathan
2007Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost KingdomPrince SkyEnglish version, voice
2010I Owe My Life to Corbin BleuCool GuyShort film
2011Took a BulletBillShort film
2012Barrio TalesTrevorExecutive producer
2012Paranormal Activity 4Ben
2013April ApocalypseTerry
2013Feels So GoodZack
2014Bucky and the SquirrelsPhil
2014How to Build a Better BoyBart
2015Still LifeOscarPost-production


2008–11True Jackson, VPRyan LaserbeamMain cast; 58 episodes
2011The TroopKirby Cadworth-Bankcroft Iii7 episodes
2012Last Man StandingElliot"Take Your Daughter to Work" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2012Never Fade AwayThe Other #2"Mockingbird" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2012Sidewalks EntertainmentHimselfEpisode: "Kathryn & Matt"
2012Bucket and Skinner's Epic AdventuresLt. Collns2 episodes
2011–12Winx Club: EnchantixSkyVoice; 32 episodes
2012Winx Club: Power of BelievixSkyVoice; 5 episodes
2012–13Winx Club: Beyond BelievixSkyVoice; 19 episodes
2013Winx ClubSky"Inspiration of Sirenix" (Season 6, Episode 1)
2014Teen WolfOliver"Echo House" (Season 3, Episode 20)
2014C.S.I.Jacob Baker / Stoner #1"Keep Calm and Carry-On" (Season 14, Episode 12)
"The Fallen" (Season 14, Episode 19)
2014What's Next for Sarah?Jack Cromwell1 episode
2014How to Build a Better BoyBart HartleyDisney Channel Original Movie
2014–15JessieHudson"Where's Zuri?" (Season 3, Episode 15)
"Basket Case" (Season 4, Episode 6)
"Capture the Nag" (Season 4, Episode 7)
2015Resident AdvisorsMike Shelton"Sexiled" (Season 1, Episode 3)
"Alcohol Awareness" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2016–presentThe Real O'NealsJimmy O'NealMain role