A native of Berlin, OH, Nate Torrence kick-started his show-business career via a successful audition for Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe, where he performed in sketches and blackouts alongside future SNL giant Tina Fey and others. Torrence then checked in as a veritable mainstay on American commercials, plugging such brands as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Capital One, and Volkswagen for years. His amiable presence in those spots, in turn, caught the eye of funnyman Adam Sandler and opened the door to a long and successful acting career on television and (later) in film; throughout, Torrence specialized in playing generally average and affable everymen. He commenced with guest parts on situation comedies and dramas including House, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, then scored the role of Dylan Killington on the critically lauded but short-lived Aaron Sorkin comedy drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007). Torrence moved into features with a small role in Sandler's comic fantasy Click (2006) and played Lloyd opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in the Peter Segal-directed spy comedy Get Smart. In the years to come, Smith would remain active on screen, appearing in movies like My Best Friend's Girl and on shows like Mr. Sunshine.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Grew up in Amish country; his graduating class had 64 people.
- Family operates a bed-and-breakfast in Berlin, Ohio.
- Was a trampoline gymnast, and won a national competition in the 12-14 age range.
- Studied improv at Second City's Players Workshops in Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles, and appeared in a comedy troupe called Corn, Beef and Cabbage.
- Appeared on the syndicated game show Street Smarts and won $2700.
- Made a name for himself in commercials for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Volkswagen and Capital One.
- Earned a 2005 AICP award for Best Talent/Performance in a Commercial for his Volkwagen spot.