Matt Lattanzi

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Matt Lattanzi
Born Matthew Vincent Lattanzi
(1959-02-01) February 1, 1959 (age 56)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980—1993
Spouse(s) Olivia Newton-John (1984-1995)
Cindy Jessup (?-2007)
Children 1

Matthew Vincent "Matt" Lattanzi[1] (born February 1, 1959) is an American actor and dancer. He is most commonly recognized as the first husband of singer and actor Olivia Newton-John, and for his acting in films such as My Tutor and the soap opera Paradise Beach.

Personal life[edit]

Lattanzi was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Jeanette (née Slowikowski) and Charles Paul Lattanzi.[2] His father is a maintenance foreman[3] of Italian descent, while his mother is of Polish ancestry.[4] He was raised in Portland as well,[5] graduating from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1977.[6]

While filming Xanadu, he met Olivia Newton-John, whom he married in 1984.[2] The couple have one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, born on January 17, 1986.[7] By 1992, Lattanzi's acting career was largely over, and he took a job as a construction worker for a home-building company in California.[5] Lattanzi and Newton-John moved to their ranch in Australia in 1993 so that Lattanzi could audition for the new soap opera, Paradise Beach.[5] He won a six-month contract for the show.[5]

Lattanzi and Newton-John separated in 1993 after Lattanzi had an affair with another woman.[8] They divorced in 1995.[3] He then married Cindy Jessup, but they divorced in early 2007.[9]

In 2008, he briefly appeared in the MTV reality series Rock the Cradle, supporting his daughter Chloe (a contestant on the show).[9] That same year, Lattanzi—a life-long environmentalist[10]—was reported to be living off the grid near Malibu, California.[9]


His feature film debut was in 1980 in the movie Xanadu.[5]

His career consists mostly of small movie parts, though he did have a starring role in 1983's My Tutor. Other film credits include Rich and Famous, Grease 2, That's Life!, Roxanne, Catch Me If You Can, and Diving In. Lattanzi also had a significant role in the Australian soap opera, Paradise Beach,[10] and he appeared in four of Newton-John's music videos, Landslide, Soul Kiss, Toughen Up, and Can't We Talk It Over In Bed.



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