Eye Candy: Meet 'Scandal's Sexy New Gladiator

Actor Cornelius Smith Jr. has returned to Scandal in a big way starring as new no-nonsense gladiator Marcus Walker. Here are 10 reasons we hope he sticks around awhile.

Charli Penn Oct, 19, 2015

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Dapper is the word of the day when we're looking Smith's way. We hope to see more of his character's suit game on the show.

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Smith, 33, was born in Detroit.

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Raise your hand if you sat up in your seat and smiled when you saw Smith return to the Scandal cast last week.

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Smith his best known for his portrayal of Frankie Hubbard on the ABC daytime soap drama All My Children.

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Smith plays activist Marcus Walker, who appeared in two episodes of Scandal last season as a former mayoral candidate.

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Smith attended Southern Methodist University and he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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Smith also holds a master's degree in fine arts and acting from NYU.

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Can we just say, we're alreayd smitten with Smith's smile!

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This isn’t the first time Smith’s work has been given the recognition it deserves. He received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2009.

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We found a few throwback photos of Smith that prove he has always had the look.