Matt Craven

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Matt Craven
Born Matthew John Crnkovich
(1956-11-10) November 10, 1956 (age 59)
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979—present
Spouse(s) Sally Sutton
Children 2

Matthew John Crnkovich, known as Matt Craven (born November 10, 1956) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in over 40 films including Happy Birthday to Me, Jacob's Ladder, A Few Good Men, The Juror, Assault on Precinct 13, Disturbia, and X-Men: First Class.

Craven has also made several television appearances, most notably as Clayton Jarvis on the CBS series, NCIS, Officer Lenny Gayer on High Incident, Dr. Tim Lonner on L.A. Doctors, and Sheriff Fred Langston on the series, Resurrection.

Early life[edit]

Craven, a Canadian, spent his early life in Ontario. His father died six weeks after his birth and Craven ultimately dropped out of high school to work a variety of odd jobs to help support his mother and sister. He was about 20 when he discovered his love for acting - auditioning for, and starring in, a local production of Dracula as Jonathan Harker.

Career[edit]

Canadian born actor Matt Craven is among the most sought after character actors of film and tv today. His credits include starring roles opposite such Hollywood stars as Helen Mirren, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini, Michael Caine, Gene Hackman and Maggie Gyllenhall. His films include the Academy Award nominated Crimson Tide, A Few Good Men, the SAG nominated X-Men: First Class, Public Enemies, Disturbia, Déjà Vu, The Life of David Gale, Tin Men and K2. Craven's first film Meatballs opposite Bill Murray was a huge hit and launched Craven's career in film and comedy. Murray took Craven under his wing and immediately started teaching him the fundamentals of improv and how to create and mold a character. Craven's second feature, the live action short Bravery in the Field was nominated for an Academy Award. The next few years saw Craven starring in several comedy pilots opposite the likes of Alan Arkin, Richard Lewis, Annie Potts and Holland Taylor. His first major dramatic film was the drama/horror/mystery cult favorite Jacob's Ladder which follows a haunted Vietnam vet as he attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. Craven starred as Michael, a chemist in the Army's chemical warfare division where he worked on a drug that was secretly given to the veteran's unit. This critically acclaimed film raised Craven's career to a whole new level, proving his versatility as and actor. Craven's television career has been equally strong - he has worked with Steven Spielberg as a series regular on High Incident, on TNT's Nuremberg and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, opposite Jeff Goldblum on Raines, several seasons on the international hit NCIS, and extensively with producer/writer Graham Yost on Justified, From the Earth to the Moon, The Pacific and Boomtown. Most recently, Craven starred on ABC's critically acclaimed hit Resurrection. Craven has two features for 2015 - Roland Emmerich's Stonewall due in September and Unless in which he stars opposite Catherine Keener.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Bravery in the Field Lennie Short
Meatballs Hardware
1980 Hog Wild Chrome
1981 Happy Birthday to Me Steve Maxwell
1984 That's My Baby! Andy
1986 Agent on Ice Joey Matera
1987 Tin Men Looney
1988 Smokescreen Gerald Price
1989 Blue Steel Howard
Chattahoochee Lonny
1990 Jacob's Ladder Michael
1991 K2 Harold
1992 A Few Good Men Lt. Dave Spradling
1993 Indian Summer Jamie Ross
1994 Killer Archie
Double Cross Bernard March Video
1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Roy Zimmer, USS Alabama Communications Officer
Breach of Trust Rodney Powell
1996 The Juror Boone
The Final Cut Emerson Lloyd
White Tiger John Grogan
Never Too Late Carl
1997 Masterminds Jake
1998 Paulie Warren Alweather
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Walter Segments: Fantasies About Rebecca and Love Waits For Kathy
2002 Dragonfly Eric
2003 The Life of David Gale Dusty Wright
Timeline Steven Kramer
The Statement David Manenbaum
2004 The Clearing Agent Ray Fuller
Bandido Fletcher
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Officer Kevin Capra
A Simple Curve Matthew
2006 Déjà Vu Minuti
2007 Disturbia Daniel Brecht
American Venus Bob
2008 The Longshots Coach Fisher
2009 Public Enemies Gerry Campbell
2010 Devil Lustig
2011 X-Men: First Class CIA Director McCone
2012 The Good Lie Richard Francis
2013 White House Down Agent Kellerman
2015 Stonewall Deputy Seymour Pine
2016 Unless

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980-1983 The Littlest Hobo 3 Episodes: Ghost Rig, The Hero, Winner Take All
1981 The Intruder Within Phil TV Movie
1982 Till Death Do Us Part Tony Archer TV Movie
1983 The Terry Fox Story Bob Cady TV Movie
1986 Classified Love Howie TV Movie
Tough Cookies Richie Messina 6 Episodes
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Pete 1 Episode: Red Wing
Comedy Factory Eddie 1 Episode: Hearts of Steel
1987 Harry Bobby Kratz 7 Episodes
American Playhouse Norbert 1 Episode: Blue Window
1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Seymour Weiss TV Movie
The Outer Limits Alan Wells 1 Episode: The Voyage Home
Kansas Matt TV Movie
American Gothic Barrett Stokes 1 Episode: Strong Arm of the Law
1996-97 High Incident Officer Lenny Gayer 32 Episodes
1998 Dead Man's Gun Stuart "Snake Finger" Aikins 1 Episode: Snake Finger
Tempting Fate Emmett Lach TV Movie
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Kelly 1 Episode: Spider
1998-99 L.A. Doctors Dr. Tim Lonner 24 Episodes
2000 Nuremberg Capt. Gustav Gilbert 1 Episode: #1.1
2000-01 ER Gordon Price 3 Episodes: The Dance We Do; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Never Say Never
2001 Bleacher Bums Greg TV Movie
2002 Scared Silent Scott Miller TV Movie
2002-03 Boomtown Dr. Michael Hirsch 2 Episodes: Coyote, Lost Child
2003 The Lyon's Den George Riley 6 Episodes
2005 Karol: A Man Who Became Pope Hans Frank TV Movie
Without a Trace Larry Hopkins 1 Episode: A Day in the Life
2007 Raines Captain Dan Lewis 7 Episodes
2009 Anatomy of Hope Hal Davis TV Movie
2010 The Pacific Dr. Grant 1 Episode: Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika
2010-14 Justified Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant 4 Episodes: Fire in the Hole, The Moonshine War, Full Commitment, A Murder of Crowes
2011-13 NCIS Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis 10 Episodes
2012 Alcatraz Mr. K 1 Episode: Tommy Madsen
2014-15 Resurrection Sheriff Fred Langston 21 Episodes

Personal life[edit]

Craven has been married for the past 25 years to Sally Sutton, the Emmy Award winning makeup artist whom he met on the set of K2. They have two children, Nicholas and Josephine.

Craven is a strong supporter of "One Heart Source" and organisation designed to empower at risk children through education in Africa. He is an avid golfer and has been ranked third in Golf Digest's Hollywood's Top 100 Golfers. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and woodworking. He did a lot of his stunts for K2, worked as a doorman for the legendary nightclub the Bitter End, did his own stunt driving in The Life of David Gale, and is a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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