Matt Frewer

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Matt Frewer
Matt Frewer in April 2007
Born Matthew George Frewer
(1958-01-04) January 4, 1958 (age 56)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality Canadian American
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1980
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Matthew George "Matt" Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is a Canadian American stage, TV and film actor.[1] Acting since 1983, he is known for portraying the 1980s icon Max Headroom,[2] the retired villain Moloch in the film adaptation of Watchmen,[3] and Doctor Leekie in the Canadian science fiction drama Orphan Black.

Life and career[edit]

Frewer was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Gillian Anne (née German) and Frederick Charlesley Frewer, a Royal Canadian Navy officer.[4] He was raised in Peterborough, Ontario, and trained at the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating from its three-year acting course in 1980.

He portrayed the artificial intelligence character of Max Headroom in the 1980s, starring in a British-made science fiction TV movie of the same name (1985) followed by The Original Max Talking Headroom Show (1987) and an American series based upon the 1985 movie, titled Max Headroom (1987–1988). He also portrayed the character in other media, including a series of television commercials for "New Coke", as well as the single and music video for "Paranoimia" by Art of Noise. Frewer starred as Dr. Mike Stratford in the CBS situation comedy series Doctor Doctor (1989–1991).

Frewer also appeared as "Trashcan Man" in Mick Garris' ABC television miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel The Stand.

Frewer appeared in such films as The Fourth Protocol (1987, with Joanna Cassidy), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989, with Rick Moranis, Amy O'Neill, Carl Steven, and Mark L. Taylor), National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995, with Nicole de Boer), and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.

Frewer was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2000, one for a guest appearance on Da Vinci's Inquest (a series which starred Nicholas Campbell) and another for his work on the series Mentors. He was a regular on the Syfy original series Eureka during the show's first two seasons, playing eccentric Australian animal expert Jim Taggart. Frewer has done voice-over work on several animated projects, including Batman: The Animated Series (1993) and The Incredible Hulk (1996–1997). Frewer played Case Manager Matt Praeger in the Canadian Sci-Fi series PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1997-2000; the series was created by Peter Aykroyd and was presented by Dan Aykroyd .[citation needed]

In 2009, Frewer played the retired villain Moloch the Mystic in the film adaptation of the comic book series Watchmen, and appears as the White Knight in the December 2009 Syfy two-part miniseries Alice, based upon Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Frewer starred as Pestilence in two episodes of Season 5 of Supernatural.[5] Frewer has appeared in several screen adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as The Stand, Quicksilver Highway, Riding The Bullet, Desperation, and Bag of Bones.

He was a regular on the first two seasons of the science fiction television series Orphan Black.

He is married to the British actress Amanda Hillwood.





  • Tales from the Mausoleum Club: Episode 2, "Heart of Skegness"

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film/TV Show Result
1987 CableACE Award Best Music Host The Max Headroom Show Won
2000 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Mentors Won
2000 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Da Vinci's Inquest Nominated
2010 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama Alice Nominated
2011 Leo Award Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Supernatural Nominated


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