Matt Newton

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Matt Newton
Born Matthew Collins Newton
(1977-05-11) May 11, 1977 (age 41)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Education Vassar College & Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Relatives Becki Newton (sister)

Matthew Collins "Matt" Newton (born May 11, 1977) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his supporting role in the 2002 film Dahmer and leading role in the 2004 film Poster Boy.


Early life[edit]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Matt Newton was raised in Guilford, Connecticut. He is of English and Czech descent and began performing musicals and plays at local theaters while in high school. Following graduation from high school, Newton studied at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and Vassar College, from which he graduated with a BA in Drama. Newton moved to New York City in 1999 and landed roles in various television series, including that of Alan, the blind football player, in the Comedy Central hit Strangers With Candy, and guest appearances on Judging Amy and Gilmore Girls.[citation needed] His first film role was opposite Jeremy Renner and Bruce Davison in the critically acclaimed independent film Dahmer (2002), which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His sister, Becki Newton, is an actress who appeared as Amanda Tanen in Ugly Betty, and his brother-in-law, Chris Diamantopoulos, is featured in the television series 24. Newton's mother, Jennifer, is an award-winning artist,[2] and his aunt, Stephanie Chase,[3] is a classical violinist. Newton makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.


Newton's most recent television appearances have been on ABC's Ugly Betty in the recurring role of Marc St. James's love interest. In addition to his television series and film appearances, Newton appears in nationally-broadcast commercials for companies that include McDonald's and Volkswagen.[citation needed] He is active in New York theater and in 2007 was featured in "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer" at the Where Eagles Dare theater.[4] In 2009 Newton won a best actor award at the Philadelphia FirstGlance Film Festival for his role in the short film Peace of Mind, written and directed by Nathan Crooker.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Dahmer Lance Bell
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Matthew Newton, Male Sophomore
2004 Poster Boy Henry Kray
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Private Chris
2009 Peace of Mind Stephen Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Strangers With Candy Alan Tiresias, the blind football player Episode: "Behind Blank Eyes"
2000 Family Law Sean Lundberg Episode: "Telling Lies"
2000 Judging Amy Taylor Bradford Episode: "Gray vs. Gray"
2002 Miracles Jimmy
2002 L.A. Dragnet
2002 Gilmore Girls Jack Springsteen
2002 JAG P.O. Derrick Newton
2003 Dragnet Greg Kovik
2004 Anna's Dream Neil Kennedy
2005 Criminal Minds Jordan Episode: "Broken Mirror"
2006 Drake & Josh Deegan 3 episodes
2007 All My Children Tom Brennan 2 episodes
2008 Guiding Light Lawrence 2 episodes
2009-2010 Ugly Betty Troy 5 episodes


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