Matt Frewer

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Matt Frewer
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Frewer at FedCon 22 on May 11, 2013
Born Matthew George Frewer
(1958-01-04) January 4, 1958 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality Canadian American
Other names Matthew Frewer
Matthew George Frewer
Matt George Frewer
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1980
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Amanda Hillwood (1984-present)
Children 1

Matthew George "Matt" Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is a Canadian American stand-up comedian, actor,[1] singer, voice artist, and comedian. 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.

Early life[edit]

Frewer was born Matthew George Frewer on January 4, 1958 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 where he graduated from Lakefield College School and went on to train at the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating from its 3-year acting course in 1980.


Frewer on April 23, 2007

Frewer 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 Doctor Doctor (1989–1991).

Frewer also appeared as Trashcan Man in The Stand.

Frewer appeared in such films as The Fourth Protocol (1987), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), 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 Eureka during the show's first two seasons, playing 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 portrayed Matt Praeger in PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1997-2000.[citation needed]

In 2009, Frewer portrayed the retired villain Moloch the Mystic in 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 Orphan Black.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1984, Frewer has been married to Amanda Hillwood. They have one daughter.




  • 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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