Matt Salinger

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Matt Salinger
Born Matthew Robert Salinger
(1960-02-13) February 13, 1960 (age 57)
Windsor, Vermont, USA
Residence Fairfield County, Connecticut
Alma mater Columbia University
(B.A., Art History, 1983)
Occupation Actor, producer
Spouse(s) Betsy Jane-Becker (1985-present)
Children 2
Parent(s) J. D. Salinger
Claire Douglas
Relatives Margaret Salinger

Matthew Robert "Matt" Salinger[1] (born February 13, 1960) is an American actor and producer. He is the son of author J. D. Salinger and psychologist Alison Claire Douglas.[2]


Salinger made his film debut in 1984's Revenge of the Nerds, and may be best known for his starring role in the 1990 film Captain America,[3] based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Salinger has since appeared in films including What Dreams May Come and episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 24. He has produced several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and Mojave Moon. In 2000, he produced the critically acclaimed and Drama Desk Award-winning play The Syringa Tree Off-Broadway, which also claimed the Village Voice/Obie award for "Best Play of the Year" in 2001.[4] Salinger continues to work in the industry as both a producer and occasional actor.

Personal life[edit]

Salinger's maternal grandfather was British art critic Robert Langton Douglas. Salinger graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and attended Princeton University before graduating from Columbia University with a degree in art history and drama.[5] He married jewelry designer Betsy Jane Becker in 1985. They live in Fairfield County, Connecticut and have two sons, Gannon and Avery (born March 28, 1994).[6]

In contrast to his sister, Margaret, who wrote a 1999 memoir about her childhood titled Dream Catcher, Salinger was a devoted protector of his father's privacy.[7] A few weeks after Margaret's book was published, Salinger wrote a letter to The New York Observer, disparaging his sister's "gothic tales of our supposed childhood."[8]


  1. ^ "Vermont, Birth Records, 1909-2008". 
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  3. ^ "Make Mine Marvel: Matt Salinger Interview - News -". 
  4. ^ "New York News and Events - The Village Voice". Village Voice. 
  5. ^ "Betsy Jane Becker to Marry Matt Salinger in May". The New York Times. 1984-10-14. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Paul (1999). Salinger: A Biography. Los Angeles: Renaissance. ISBN 1-58063-080-4.  p. 292.
  7. ^ Finkle, David. "Produced by Matt Salinger",, 2001-02-15. Retrieved on 2007-04-16.
  8. ^ Malcolm, Janet (2001-06-21). "Justice to J. D. Salinger". The New York Review of Books. Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 

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