Robert Buckley

Robert Buckley Biography

Robert Earl Buckley (born May 2, 1981) is an American actor, known for his roles as Kirby Atwood on NBC's comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle and Clay Evans on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill. Buckley also starred as Brian Leonard on ABC's horror drama series 666 Park Avenue, and currently portrays Major Lilywhite on The CW's comedy-drama series iZombie.

Personal life

Buckley was born in Claremont in Los Angeles County, California.

He earned a degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, graduating in 2003. As a college student, Buckley appeared as a contestant on The Price Is Right. After working for a year as an economic consultant, he moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.


In 2006, Buckley made his acting debut as a series regular on the MyNetworkTV primetime telenovela Fashion House, playing the role of Michael Bauer. Buckley then made his feature film debut in the horror When a Killer Calls, released in February 2006. He subsequently joined the cast of another MyNetworkTV telenovela, portraying the role of Matthew Wakefield in American Heiress. In 2007, Buckley guest starred on an episode of Ghost Whisperer. Also in 2007, he was cast in the recurring role of Kirby Atwood on NBC's comedy-drama series Lipstick Jungle.

The following year, Buckley signed on to play surf instructor Kyle Hamilton in the Lifetime film Flirting with Forty, alongside Heather Locklear. He then co-starred as Nik in the horror comedy Killer Movie, alongside Kaley Cuoco, Leighton Meester, and Paul Wesley, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008. In 2009, The CW announced that Buckley would appear in a two-episode guest arc on the comedy-drama series Privileged as David Besser.

In June 2009, it was announced that Buckley had signed to star as a series regular on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill. He played the role of sports agent Clay Evans and remained with One Tree Hill until the series' ending in April 2012. In February 2010, Buckley was reported to be in the running for the title role in Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, but the part ultimately went to Chris Evans.

From 2012 to 2013, Buckley starred in the short-lived horror drama series 666 Park Avenue, portraying struggling playwright Brian Leonard who moves into a haunted building with his wife. In 2013, he was cast in a two-episode guest arc on season three of The CW's comedy-drama series Hart of Dixie. The following year, he co-starred in the Veronica Mars web spin-off series Play It Again, Dick, featuring Ryan Hansen in the central role. In 2015, he began starring as Major Lilywhite on The CW's comedy-drama horror series iZombie.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 When a Killer Calls Matt
2006 Petrified Agent Tanner
2006 Capturing Q Dillon Short film
2007 Archer House Lance Short film
2008 Killer Movie Nik
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Bacas Mitchell
2011 Z Wyatt Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Michael Bauer 70 episodes
2007 American Heiress Matthew Wakefield 36 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Brandon Bishop Episode: "Unhappy Medium"
2008 Flirting with Forty Kyle Hamilton Television film
2008-09 Lipstick Jungle Kirby Atwood 20 episodes
2009 Privileged David Besser 2 episodes
2009-12 One Tree Hill Clay Evans 55 episodes
2012-13 666 Park Avenue Brian Leonard 10 episodes
2013-14 Hart of Dixie Peter 2 episodes
2014 Play It Again, Dick Gaston 3 episodes
2015-present iZombie Major Lilywhite Main role

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