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Matt Craven
Matthew John Crnkovich

(1956-11-10) November 10, 1956 (age 67)
Years active1979–present
SpouseSally Sutton

Matthew John Crnkovich (born November 10, 1956), known as Matt Craven, is a Canadian character actor. He has appeared in over 40 films including Happy Birthday to Me, Jacob's Ladder, K2, A Few Good Men, The Juror, Assault on Precinct 13, Disturbia, Tempting Fate 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.


Matt Craven is best known as a character actor working in TV and film. 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.[citation needed] 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. 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.[citation needed]

On television, Craven 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 the ABC series Resurrection.

Craven had two features for 2015 - Roland Emmerich's Stonewall and Unless in which he stars opposite Catherine Keener.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Bravery in the Field Lennie Short
Meatballs "Hardware" Renzetti
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 Chattahoochee Lonny
1990 Blue Steel Howard
Jacob's Ladder Michael Newman
1991 K2 Harold "H" Jameson
1992 A Few Good Men Lieutenant Dave Spradling
1993 Indian Summer Jamie Ross
1994 Bulletproof Heart (aka Killer) Archie
Double Cross Bernard March Video
1995 Crimson Tide Lieutenant 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 Paxton
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 FBI Agent Ray Fuller
Bandido Fletcher
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Officer Kevin Capra
A Simple Curve Matthew
2006 Déjà Vu ATF Special Agent Larry Minuti
2007 Disturbia Daniel Brecht
American Venus Bob
2008 The Longshots Coach Fisher
2009 Public Enemies FBI Agent Gerry Campbell
2010 Devil Lustig
2011 X-Men: First Class CIA Director McCone
2012 The Good Lie Richard Francis
2013 White House Down Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman
2015 Stonewall Deputy Seymour Pine
2016 Unless Tom
2017 Awakening the Zodiac Harvey
2022 Lou Sheriff Rankin


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
1996–1997 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
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Dr. Tim Lonner 24 Episodes
2000 Nuremberg Captain Gustave Gilbert 1 Episode: #1.1
2000–2001 ER Gordon Price 3 Episodes: The Dance We Do; Rock, Paper, Scissors; Never Say Never
2001 Bleacher Bums Greg TV movie
2001 Varian's War "Beamish" TV movie
2002 Scared Silent Scott Miller TV movie
2002–2003 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 Daniel Lewis [1]
2009 Anatomy of Hope Hal Davis TV movie
2010 The Pacific Dr. Grant 1 Episode: Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika
2010–2014 Justified Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant 4 Episodes: Fire in the Hole, The Moonshine War, Full Commitment, A Murder of Crowes
2011–2013 NCIS Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis 10 Episodes
2012 Alcatraz Mr. K 1 Episode: Tommy Madsen
2014–2015 Resurrection Sheriff Fred Langston 21 Episodes
2018 Sharp Objects Bill Vickery 8 Episodes
2019 Unspeakable Horace Krever 2 Episodes: Krever (1993 - 1996), Intent (1997 - 2005)
2020 Stumptown Michael McConnell 2 Episodes: At All Costs: The Conrad Costas Chronicles, All Hands on Dex
2023 Justified: City Primeval Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant 1 episode: The Question

Personal life[edit]

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

Craven is a strong supporter of One Heart Source an organisation designed to empower at risk children through education in Africa. He is an avid golfer. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and woodworking. He worked as a doorman for the nightclub the Bitter End and is a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.


  1. ^ Lowry, Brian (2007-03-09). "Raines". Variety. ISSN 0042-2738. OCLC 810134503. Archived from the original on 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2019-06-05. A crime procedural tweaked with the slimmest of gimmicks, 'Raines' largely boils down to one's appreciation of star Jeff Goldblum, who occupies center stage in practically every scene. Relative to riskier dramas, it seems a reasonably safe bet, though it's hardly the sort of series people will rush home to see.

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