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June 26, 1970
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Letscher (?-present) (2 children)|
Letscher was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, older brother to actor Brian Letscher. He attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and a drama major. He's married with two children.
Letscher got his first professional acting job with a role in Jeff Daniels' The Tropic Pickle, during the second season of Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. Letscher impressed Daniels enough that the veteran arranged a meeting for Letscher with Ron Maxwell, the director of Gettysburg. After appearing in a small role, Letscher took advice from Jeff Daniels and moved to Los Angeles. He quickly found work in guest roles on television.
In 1995, Letscher was cast as the naive television writer in the Nancy Travis sitcom Almost Perfect, which lasted for a season and a half. He went on to appear as series regular in Living in Captivity in 1998. The same year, he appeared in the film The Mask of Zorro as Capt. Harrison Love. He appeared in the miniseries King of Texas, The Beach Boys: An American Family, and Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot and TV movies When Billie Beat Bobbie and Stolen Innocence. He also reunited with Daniels in Gods and Generals (the prequel of Gettysburg) and Daniels' directorial effort Super Sucker. Letscher also returned to The Purple Rose Theater in the world premiere of Landford Wilson's play Rain Dance.
In 2002, the comedy pilot Good Morning, Miami was picked up by NBC as part of Must See TV Thursday comedy block, but Burke Moses was replaced by Letscher and a second pilot had to be filmed. The romantic comedy sitcom featured Letscher as a smarmy former network anchor who was the primary romantic rival to main character Jake Silver (Mark Feuerstein) for the affection of Dylan (Ashley Williams). Despite the series receiving negative reviews, Letscher and Constance Zimmer were standouts in the series and eventually paired up as a combative couple in the second season. The show was canceled midway though its second season due to low ratings.
His performance in Good Morning Miami led to him being cast in the lead in the film Straight-Jacket, opposite Carrie Preston, about a gay Hollywood actor forced to marry a beard in the 1950s. His flair for classical farce also led to him being cast in the leading role of Capt. Jack Absolute in the Lincoln Center theater production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals. Letscher was praised for his spirited performance and his costar Robert Easton referred to Letscher as "a perfect classical actor."
Letscher was in the cast of Joey, and had a recurring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine and numerous guest starring roles. After appearing as a kind neighbor in Alan Ball's Towelhead, Letscher was cast in Eli Stone, as the kind-hearted older brother of a prophet, Nathan Stone. Despite low ratings, the dramedy series had loyal fans and critical acclaim, earning it a second season which included a larger role for Letscher. His work on Greg Berlanti's Eli Stone lead to his arc on Berlanti's Brothers & Sisters as a love interest for the married Kitty Walker .
In 2012 Letscher starred in the series Bent and Scandal and was cast in the series The Carrie Diaries, as Carrie Bradshaw's widowed father Tom, which premiered in 2013. He will appear in the 2013 film releases of Atom Egoyan's movie The Devil's Knot (about The West Memphis Three) and Spike Jonze's comedy Her, opposite Amy Adams.
In June 2007, Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, staged the world premiere of Letscher's original play Sea of Fools, a farce set in Joseph McCarthy-era Hollywood. Film director (and infamous HUAC name-giver) Elia Kazan is a character in the play. Jeff Daniels initially planned to direct the play but pulled out, allowing Letscher to also direct the play.
In 2009, his play “Gaps in the Fossil Record," staged at the Pacific Resident Theater.
In 2010, he cowrote (with Nipper Knapp and Andrew Newberg) and starred in the comedy pilot Gentrification, which won best writing at the Comedy Central New York Television Festival.
|1993||Gettysburg||Young 2nd Maine Man||Film debut|
|1998||The Mask of Zorro||Capt. Harrison Love||Nomination-Blockbuster Award (best villain)|
|2000||I'll Wave Back||John Clairborne|
|2002||Super Sucker||Howard Butterworth|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Col. Adelbert Ames|
|2003||Identity||Assistant District Attorney|
|2005||Heart of the Beholder||Mike Howard|
|2010||Radio Free Albemouth||Mr. Brady|
|2013||Teacher of the Year||Mitch Carter|
|2013||The Devil's Knot||Attorney Paul Ford|
|1993||Saved By the Bell: The College Years||Television Debut, episode: Rush Week|
|1994||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Tom Jennings||episode: Life and Death|
|1994||Long Shadows||Nathan||American Playhouse (PBS|
|1994||The Larry Sanders Show||Daniel Palmer||episode: The Fourteenth Floor|
|1994||Ellen||Steve Morgan||episode: The Toast|
|1994||Not This Part of the World||comedy pilot|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Harley Eastlake||episode: Head N' Tail|
|1995||The Vanishing Son||episode: Holy Ghosts|
|1995||The Watcher||episode: Heartburned|
|1995||Silk Stalkings||Jeff Chadwick||episode: I Know What Scares You|
|1995||Stolen Innocence||TV Movie|
|1996||Townies||Bill||episode: Things to Do Gloucester When You Are Dead|
|1995||Almost Perfect||Rob Paley||series lead|
|1998||Living in Captivity||Will Marek||series lead|
|1999||NYPD Blue||Witness||Episode: What's Up, Chuck|
|1999||Love American Style||Ned||Episode: Love in the Old South, Pilot|
|2000||The Beach Boys: An American Family||Mike Love||TV Movie|
|2001||Count Me In||David||Pilot|
|2001||This Could Work||Pilot|
|2001||Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot||Miniseries|
|2002||King of Texas||Emmett Westover||Miniseries|
|2002||Providence||Kevin Norris||3 episodes|
|2002-2004||Good Morning, Miami||Gavin Stone||series lead|
|2004-2005||Joey||Eric Garrett||series regular|
|2005||Fertile Ground||Dr. Mark Bloom||pilot|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Vincent Shyer||Episode: Broken Mirror|
|2006||The West Wing||Mr. Blake (US Attorney)||Episode: Welcome to Wherever You Are|
|2006||Saved||Robbie Cole||Episode: Family|
|2006||Justice||Will Bechtel||Episode: Shark Week|
|2006-2007||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Burton Schaefer||Recurring|
|2007||Boston Legal||A.D.A Adam Mersel||Episode: Angel of Death|
|2007||CSI Miami||Dr. Mike Lasker||Episode: Broken Home|
|2008-2009||Eli Stone||Nathan Stone||Main Cast|
|2009||Medium||Dr. Erik Westphal||Episode: You Give Me Fever|
|2009-2010||Brothers & Sisters||Alec Tyler||Recurring|
|2010||Awkward Situations for Men||Pilot|
|2010||Amish Grace||TV Movie|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||A.J. Fowler||Episode: Good Grief|
|2011||Pound Puppies||voice over|
|2013||Scandal||Billy Chambers||Recurring (first season)|
|2013||The Carrie Diaries||Tom Bradshaw||Main Cast|
|1992||The Tropical Pickle||Birmingham||Purple Rose Theatre (regional)|
|1993||The Seagul||Fountain Theater (regional)|
|1995||The Sisters||David Turzin||Fountain Theater (regional)|
|1997||Proposals||Ray||Broadhurst Theater (Broadway)|
|1999||Absolution||David||Los Angeles Court Theater (regional)|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Berowne||Old Globe Theater (regional)|
|2000||Tonight at 8:30||Toby Cartwright||Pacific Resident Theater(regional)|
|2001||Rain Dance||Hank||Purple Rose Theatre (regional)|
|2002||On Approval||George||Pacific Resident Theater(regional)|
|2005||Rivals||Captain Jack Absolute||Lincoln Center (Broadway)|
|2006||Double Double||Duncan||Williamson Theater Festival (Regional)|
|2006||Ridiculous Fraud||Kap||South Coast Repatory (Regional)|
|2007||Anatol||Anatol||Pacific Resident Theater (Regional), Los Angeles Drama Desk Award-Lead Performance|
|2007||Sea of Fools||playwright||Purple Rose Theater (Regional)|
|2008||What We Have||Jonas||South Coast Repatory (Regional)|
|2009||Gaps in the Fossil Records||playwright||Pacific Resident Theatre (Regional)|
|2010||In a Garden||Hacket||South Coast Repertory (Regional)|
|2010||The Language Archive||George||Roundabout Theater Company (Off-Broadway)|
- "Matt Letscher Makes Transition from Must See TV to Theater" Josh Hoffner, The Post and Courier - Jan 1, 2005,
- Fall TV Preview Good Morning, Miami By Dave Karger | Sep 13, 2002 http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,348207,00.html
- Director's Comedy, DVD Straight-Jacket
- Cast bio, http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-carrie-diaries/cast/matt-letscher