Matt Barr

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Matt Barr
Born Matthew Jerome Barr
(1984-02-14) February 14, 1984 (age 33)
Allen, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2004–present
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Barr in August 2013

Matthew Jerome "Matt" Barr (born February 14, 1984) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Johnse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys with Kevin Costner, Mike Fleming in Commander in Chief, Ian Banks in One Tree Hill, Christopher Sullivan in the mystery-horror miniseries Harper's Island, and Dan Patch in The CW's series Hellcats.

Early life[edit]

Matthew Jerome Barr[1] was born February 14, 1984 in Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.[2] He is the son of Mike Barr, a former football coach at Purdue University and Southern Methodist University, who is now in the real estate business, and DeDe Barr, a portrait artist. Barr has a younger brother, Luke Barr, and sister, Sara Barr. In Barr's fourth grade, his family moved to Fairview, Texas, another Dallas suburb.

Barr was active in the Allen High School theater program, and had major roles in many school plays and musical theater productions. This included the role of Tommy in Meredith Willson's The Music Man, and a court jester in the school's madrigal dinner. While a senior at Allen High School, Barr learned that Richard Linklater was planning a film about football in Austin, Friday Night Lights. He auditioned for a role. Although this movie ended up being put on hold for another two years and Richard Linklater was replaced by Peter Berg as director, Barr made some favorable impressions. Producer Ann Walker Mclay and Linklater, collaborator and director Clark Lee Walker offered him the lead role in their film Levelland that was being shot in Austin in the late spring and early summer of 2002.

Half a year after the filming of Levelland ended, in January 2003, Barr moved to Los Angeles, where his first acting job was a scene on the television show ER.[3]


Some of Barr's roles include playing Ian Banks, Peyton Sawyer's (played by Hilarie Burton) stalker on One Tree Hill. Barr has also portrayed guest and recurring roles on popular television series ER, Bones, The O.C. and Commander in Chief. He starred as "David Stanley" in the direct to DVD film, Protecting the King as Elvis Presley's youngest step-brother.

Barr appeared in the 2008 film The House Bunny as Tyler, one of the university's students.

He portrayed David "Puck" Rainey, one of the alumni of The Real World: San Francisco, in Pedro, Nick Oceano's 2008 biographical film on the life of AIDS educator Pedro Zamora.[4][5] In 2009, Barr costarred in the mystery/horror miniseries Harper's Island as Christopher "Sully" Sullivan. Between 2009 and 2010 he guest starred in many TV series, such as Castle, Trauma, Friday Night Lights,[6] and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[7]

Matt was cast as a series regular in the CW series Hellcats,[8] playing Dan Patch in 2010. The series premiered on September 8, 2010. However, after one full season the series was cancelled.[9] He also has a role as Billy "The Kid" Rhodes on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness in 2011. [10][11] In 2012, Barr also assumed a leading role, starring in the Kevin Costner miniseries Hatfields & McCoys for the History Channel. He portrayed Johnse Hatfield, who fell in love with Roseanna McCoy. Barr was drawn to this part due to the romance and tragedy surrounding the famous feud.[12]

In 2014, Barr appears in a recurring role on Sleepy Hollow as Nick Hawley in Season 2. [13]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Levelland Zach Stanley
2005 American Pie Presents: Band Camp Brandon Vandecamp Direct-to-DVD
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Hooker Royce Television film
2007 Ten Inch Hero Brad
2007 Protecting the King David Stanley
2008 Open Your Eyes Jesus Short film
2008 House Bunny, TheThe House Bunny Tyler
2008 Pedro David "Puck" Rainey
2012 Seven Below Adam
2013 Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story Chris Porco Television film
2013 Parkland Paul Mikkelson
2014 Undrafted Anthony Post-production
2016 The Layover Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2004 ER Billy Episode: "Impulse Control"
2004 CSI: Miami Cell phone bomber Episode: "Not Landing"
2005 Medium 17-year-old boy Episode: "Pilot"
2005 American Dreams Nick Episode: "California Dreamin'"
2005 Over There Cracker Episode: "Over There"
2005 Head Cases Will Episode: "Malpractice Makes Perfect"
2005 Commander in Chief Mike Fleming 5 episodes
2006 Bones Logan Corman Episode: "The Woman in the Garden"
2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Wes Seyfried Episode: "The College Try"
2006–2007 One Tree Hill Ian "Psycho Derek" Banks 7 episodes
2007 CSI: NY Thomas Brighton Episode: "Some Buried Bones"
2008 Swingtown Matt Episode: "Surprise!"
2009 Harper's Island Christopher "Sully" Sullivan Miniseries; 13 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Keith van der Woodsen Episode: "Valley Girls"
2009 Castle Travis McBoyd Episode: "Inventing the Girl"
2009 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Mike (uncredited) Episode: "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary"
2009 Trauma Troy Carnahan 2 episodes
2010 Friday Night Lights Ryan Lowry 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bellermine Quisk Episode: "The Panty Sniffer"
2010–2011 Hellcats Dan Patch Main cast; 18 episodes
2011 Necessary Roughness Billy "The Kid" Rhodes Episode: "Spinning Out"
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Johnson "Johnse" Hatfield Miniseries; 3 episodes
2014–2015 Sleepy Hollow Nick Hawley [13] Recurring role
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sex Ed: The Series Dean Main cast; 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Matt Barr". CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Helmick-Richardson, Peggy (July 2007). "Fairview's Matt Barr - One Man Acting Out His Dream". Allen Image. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pedro. official site. Retrieved on 2012-05-31.
  5. ^ Cast and crew page of ''Pedro''. Retrieved on 2012-05-31.
  6. ^ "Fancast: Matt Bar to Appear on FNL" Friday Night Lights Fan; January 5, 2010
  7. ^ "CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (TIME CHANGE)" The Futon Critic; Accessed September 14, 2010
  8. ^ "OTH Alums Join CW’s Hellcats"; May 20, 2010
  9. ^ Stanhope, Kate (May 17, 2011). "The CW Renews One Tree Hill and Nikita, Cancels Hellcats". TV Guide. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matt To Appear In USA's Necessary Roughness". June 30, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ Seidman, Robert (July 14, 2011). "Update Cable Ratings: 'Royal Pains' 'Necessary Roughness'; World Cup Lead + 'Franklin & Bash,' 'ESPYs' & More". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Matt Barr on Playing Johnse Hatfield in ‘Hatfields and McCoys’" Cheyney, Alexandra. The Wall Street Journal. 30 May 2012.
  13. ^ a b Roots, Kimberly (May 27, 2014). "Exclusive: Sleepy Hollow Taps One Tree Hill Actor to Aid Ichabod & Abbie". TVLine. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 

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