Matt O'Leary

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Matt O'Leary
O'Leary South by Southwest, 2012
Born Matthew Joseph O'Leary
(1987-07-06) July 6, 1987 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Matthew Joseph O'Leary (born July 6, 1987) is an American actor. He made his debut in the made-for-television Disney Channel Original film Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire, and would go on to star in the thriller Domestic Disturbance (2001) opposite John Travolta. He also had supporting roles in Frailty (2001), and the independent neo-noir film Brick (2005).

In 2011, he starred opposite Rachael Harris in the critically acclaimed independent film Natural Selection, followed by a lead role in Fat Kid Rules the World (2012). He had a minor part in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger (2013), and lead roles in the horror films Stung (2015) and Bokeh (2017).

Early life[edit]

O'Leary was born in Chicago on July 6, 1987.[1] Prior to working as an actor, O'Leary was a child model.[2]


He auditioned for the lead in Home Alone 3.[3] He made his acting debut in the lead role in 2000 in the made-for-television film Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire. He was subsequently cast in the thriller Domestic Disturbance, playing the son of John Travolta's character.

O'Leary next appeared in another thriller, Frailty, directed by Bill Paxton, and in the kids comedy Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, both of which opened in 2002 to positive reviews,[4][5] gaining O'Leary recognition among teenage audiences. In 2003, O'Leary had a minor role in the third Spy Kids film, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and also appeared in the 2004 drama The Alamo, although most of his role was reduced to one line.[3]

In 2005, O'Leary had a role in Warm Springs, a television film, and Havoc, a drama starring Anne Hathaway that was released directly to video. O'Leary came into mainstream prominence in the later half of the 2000s for his roles in Brick, a thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the 2007 films Live Free or Die Hard and Death Sentence. He appeared as Garret in Sorority Row and Johnny Koffin in Mother's Day (2010 film).

In 2011, O'Leary won the Breakthrough Performance award at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival for his work in the film Natural Selection, with Rachael Harris.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Adam Hansen Television film
2001 Domestic Disturbance Danny Morrison
2001 Frailty Young Fenton
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Gary Giggles
2002 Total Access 24/7 Himself TV episode: "Spy Kids 2"
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Gary Giggles
2004 The Alamo Boy in Store
2005 Brick The Brain
2005 Warm Springs Fred Botts Television film
2005 Havoc Eric
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ethan Garrett TV episode: "In the Wee Small Hours: Part 1 & 2"
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Clay
2007 Death Sentence Joe Darley
2008 Solstice Mark
2008 American Son Jake
2008 Eleventh Hour Bobby TV episode: "Resurrection"
2008–2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dan Forester TV episodes: "19 Down", "One to Go" and "Mascara"
2009 American Bully Brandon
2009 Sorority Row Garret
2010 Mother's Day Jonathan "Johnny" Koffin
2011 Natural Selection Raymond
2011 Cinema Verite Cameron Television film
2011 Marcy Photographer Web Series episode: "Marcy Does a Photoshoot"
2011 In Time Moser
2012 Fat Kid Rules the World Marcus
2012 Eden Vaughan
2013 The Lone Ranger Skinny
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Lamar
2013 Drones Jack Bowles
2014 Two-Bit Waltz Max
2014 Time Lapse Finn
2015 The Canary Orville Combs Short film
2015 Stung Paul
2015 The Submarine Kid Toad
2015 ToY Transexual Prostitute
2015 Moronga Frank Peluco
2016 Game of Silence Troy TV episode: "Hurricane Gil"
2016 Sweet/Vicious Darren Ford TV episode: "Sucker"
2017 Bokeh Riley
2017 Santa Clarita Diet Cole TV episode: "We Can Kill People"
2017 Major Crimes Alex Wilson TV episode: "Dead Drop"
2017 No One Ever Said Manboy Short film
2017 The Women of Marwen Benz
2018 Skyscraper Skinny Hacker


  1. ^ "About Matt O'Leary". O'Leary-ous. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Matt O'Leary, Actor". Portland Film Festival. Portland, Oregon. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Bell, Jeff (September 9, 2007). "'Death' becomes him". The Times. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  4. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Frailty. Retrieved March 18, 2006.
  5. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams. Retrieved March 17, 2006.
  6. ^ Carter, Lance (March 18, 2011). "Interview: Rachael Harris, Matt O'Leary and Director Robbie Pickering of SXSW's Grand Jury Award Winner, 'Natural Selection'". Daily Actor. Retrieved September 27, 2017.

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