Matt Ross

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Matt Ross
Born Matthew Brandon Ross
(1970-01-03) January 3, 1970 (age 46)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Years active 1994–present

Matthew Brandon "Matt" Ross (born January 3, 1970) is an American actor, director and screenwriter.

Ross wrote and directed the feature film Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. Captain Fantastic premiered at Sundance in 2016, and later played at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard category, where it won Best Director. So far, the film has won its director five awards.

Before that, Ross has made seven short films, including The Language of Love which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at many domestic and international film festivals.

As an actor, Ross is best known for his role as Gavin Belson in the HBO series Silicon Valley, Alby Grant in the HBO series Big Love, Glenn Odekirk in The Aviator and Luis Carruthers in American Psycho. He was also Eddie Scott in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He also directed the feature film 28 Hotel Rooms which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in the Next Section. In 2011 and 2015, he played Charles Montgomery on the first and fifth seasons of FX's anthology series American Horror Story.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Language of Love Writer/Director/Producer Premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 1997
2009 Human Resources Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer
2012 28 Hotel Rooms Writer/Director Premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2012
2016 Captain Fantastic Writer/Director Premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016/Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard Category)

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Title Award/Honor
2016 Captain Fantastic Best Director in Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival
2016 Captain Fantastic Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film
2016 Captain Fantastic Variety's Ten Directors to Watch 2016
2016 Captain Fantastic Second Place Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature—Nantucket Film Festival 2016
2016 Captain Fantastic Pravo audience award—Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016



Year Title Role Notes
1994 PCU Raji
1995 Twelve Monkeys Bee
1996 Ed's Next Move Eddie
1997 Face/Off Loomis
1997 Buffalo Soldiers Captain Calhoun
1998 You Are Here Kid in store
1998 Homegrown Ben Hickson
1998 The Last Days of Disco Dan
1999 Pushing Tin Ron Hewitt
2000 American Psycho Luis Carruthers
2000 Company Man Danny
2001 Just Visiting Hunter
2001 Dust Stitch
2003 Down with Love J.B.
2004 The Aviator Glenn Odekirk
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Eddie Scott Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Last Holiday Adamian
2007 Turn the River David


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Party of Five Aaron Hughes Episode: "Life's Too Short"
1997 Oz Officer Anthony Nowakowski Episode: "A Game of Checkers"
1997 A Deadly Vision The Killer Television movie
1999 Third Watch Leonard Episode: "History of the World"
2002 Stephen King's Rose Red Emery Waterman 3 episodes
2003 Touched by an Angel Pete Episode: "The Root of All Evil"
2003 Six Feet Under Daniel Showalter Episode: "You Never Know"
2003 Just Shoot Me Adam Episode: "My Fair Finchy"
2005 Bones Neil Meredith Episode: "The Girl in the Fridge"
2006 CSI: Miami Paul Burton Episode: "Silencer"
2006 Invasion Vince Episode: "The Fittest"
2006–11 Big Love Alby Grant 49 episodes
2006 Numb3rs Joel Hellman Episode: "Provenance"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Charlie DeMasa Episode: "Meat Jekyll"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Charles Montgomery 6 episodes
2012–13 Magic City Jack Klein 14 episodes
2013 Revolution Titus Andover 4 episodes
2013 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash Television movie
2014–present Silicon Valley Gavin Belson 17 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Charles Montgomery Episode: "Room 33"

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