June 26, 1970
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Matthew "Matt" Letscher (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor and playwright, known for his roles as Captain Harrison Love in the 1998 American swashbuckler film The Mask of Zorro and as Colonel Adelbert Ames in the 2003 American film Gods and Generals. He co-starred in the 2016 Michael Bay film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, playing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Letscher was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the older brother to actor Brian Letscher. He attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and a drama major. He is 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 Captain Harrison Love. He appeared in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot and in the television films King of Texas, The Beach Boys: An American Family, When Billie Beat Bobby, 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 appeared in the 2013 films, Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot (about The West Memphis Three) and Spike Jonze's comedy Her, opposite Amy Adams. In 2015 he has a guest recurring role in The Flash as Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash with Letscher portraying the character's original likeness while Tom Cavanagh portrays the character as a series regular. Letscher reprised his role in the series' second season.
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. 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 was staged at the Pacific Resident Theater.
In 2010, he co-wrote (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|
|1994||Long Shadows||Nathan||Television film|
|1994||Not This Part of the World||N/A|
|1995||Stolen Innocence||Eddie||Television film|
|1998||Mask of Zorro, TheThe Mask of Zorro||Captain Harrison Love||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Villain|
|2000||Beach Boys: An American Family, TheThe Beach Boys: An American Family||Mike Love||Television film|
|2000||John John in the Sky||John Clairborne|
|2001||When Billie Beat Bobby||Larry King||Television film|
|2002||Super Sucker||Howard Butterworth|
|2002||King of Texas||Emmett Westover||Television film|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Colonel Adelbert Ames|
|2005||Heart of the Beholder||Mike Howard|
|2010||Radio Free Albemuth||Mr. Brady|
|2010||Amish Grace||Gideon Graber||Television film|
|2013||Devil's Knot||Paul Ford|
|2014||Teacher of the Year||Mitch Carter|
|2015||Day Out of Days||Jason|
|2016||13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi||Ambassador Chris Stevens|
|1993||Saved by the Bell: The College Years||Rick||Episode: "Rush Week"|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Harley Eastlake||Episode: "Head 'N' Tail"|
|1994||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Tom Jennings||Episode: "Life and Death"|
|1994||Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show||Daniel Palmer||Episode: "The Fourteenth Floor"|
|1994||Ellen||Steve Morgan||Episode: "The Toast"|
|1995||Vanishing Son||N/A||Episode: "Holy Ghosts"|
|1995||Watcher, TheThe Watcher||N/A||Episode: "Heartburned"|
|1995||Silk Stalkings||Jeff Chadwick||Episode: "I Know What Scares You"|
|1995–97||Almost Perfect||Rob Paley||Main cast; 34 episodes|
|1998||Living in Captivity||Will Marek||Main cast; 7 episodes|
|1999||NYPD Blue||Witness||Episode: "What's Up, Chuck?"|
|1999||Love, American Style||Ned||Episode: "Love in the Old South"|
|2001||Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot||Ted Kennedy||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2002||Providence||Kevin Norris||3 episodes|
|2002–03||Good Morning, Miami||Gavin Stone||Main cast; 31 episodes|
|2004–05||Joey||Eric Garrett||5 episodes|
|2005||Criminal Minds||Vincent Shyer||Episode: "Broken Mirror"|
|2006–07||New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine||Burton Schaefer||5 episodes|
|2006||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Peter Blake||Episode: "Welcome to Wherever You Are"|
|2006||Saved||Robbie Cole||Episode: "Family"|
|2006||Justice||Will Bechtel||Episode: "Shark Week"|
|2007||Boston Legal||A.D.A Adam Mersel||Episode: "Angel of Death"|
|2007||CSI Miami||Dr. Mike Lasker||Episode: "Broken Home"|
|2008–09||Eli Stone||Nathan Stone||Main cast; 21 episodes|
|2009–10||Brothers & Sisters||Alec Tyler||5 episodes|
|2009||Entourage||Dan Coakley||3 episodes|
|2009||Medium||Dr. Erik Westphal||Episode: "You Give Me Fever"|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||A.J. Fowler||Episode: "Good Grief"|
|2011||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Adam Boras||Episode: "Two Courts"|
|2011||Pound Puppies||Hunky man, ticket seller, Ref||Voice; episode: "Quintuplets"|
|2012–13||Scandal||Billy Chambers||8 episodes|
|2013–14||Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries||Tom Bradshaw||Main cast; 26 episodes|
|2014||Boardwalk Empire||Joseph P. Kennedy||4 episodes|
|2014–15||Castle||Henry Jenkins||3 episodes|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Major Bernard Mills||Episode: "Angle of Attack"|
|2015||Exes, TheThe Exes||Charles Hayward||2 episodes|
|2015–16||Flash, TheThe Flash||Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash||4 episodes|
|2009||Hustler, TheThe Hustler||Dad||Episode: "Piñata Hustler"|
|2014–16||One & Done||Matthew||Main cast; 7 episodes
Also co-creator, writer, director, and producer
|2010||BioShock 2||Additional voices – Minerva's Den|
|1992||Tropical Pickle, TheThe Tropical Pickle||Birmingham||Purple Rose Theatre (regional)|
|1993||Seagull, TheThe Seagull||Fountain Theater (regional)|
|1995||Sisters, TheThe Sisters||David Turzin||Fountain Theater (regional)|
|1997–98||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)|
|2004–05||Rivals, TheThe 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|
|2008||What We Have||Jonas||South Coast Repatory (regional)|
|2010||In a Garden||Hacket||South Coast Repertory (regional)|
|2010||Language Archive, TheThe Language Archive||George||Roundabout Theater Company (Off-Broadway)|
|2007||Sea of Fools||Purple Rose Theater (regional)|
|2009||Gaps in the Fossil Record||Pacific Resident Theatre (regional)|
- "UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance - Department of Theatre & Drama - Alumni". Music.umich.edu. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- "A Perfectly Scripted Opening Night for The Language Archive". Broadway.com. October 18, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- Hoffner, Josh (January 2, 2005). "Matt Letscher makes transition from Must See TV to theater". The Post and Courier. p. 2E. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- 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
- "The Carrie Diaries | About | Show Information". Cwtv.com. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- Michael Ausiello (2012-05-11). "The Carrie Diaries, Arrow and Beauty and the Beast TV Shows Picked Up By The CW". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- Cast bio, http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-carrie-diaries/cast/matt-letscher
- Matt Letscher at the Internet Movie Database
- Matt Letscher at the Internet Broadway Database
- Matt Letscher at the Internet Off-Broadway Database