Broderick in September 2012
March 21, 1962 |
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Jessica Parker (m. 1997)|
Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American actor and singer. His roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the adult voice of Simba in Disney's The Lion King trilogy (1994–2004), and Leo Bloom in the film version and Broadway production of The Producers.
Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), and one for Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995). He was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Producers (2001), but lost to his co-star Nathan Lane. As of 2015[update], Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Early life and education
Broderick was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Patricia (née Biow), a playwright, actress, and painter, and James Broderick, an actor and World War II veteran. His mother was Jewish (a descendant of immigrants from Germany and Poland). His father was a Catholic of Irish, and some English, descent. Broderick attended grade school at City and Country School (a progressive K–8 school in Manhattan) and high school at Walden School (a defunct private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program).
Broderick's first major acting role came in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, playing opposite his father, who was a friend of Foote's. This was followed by a supporting role as Harvey Fierstein's gay adopted son, David, in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; then, a good review by The New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow brought him to the attention of Broadway. Broderick commented on the effects of that review in a 2004 60 Minutes II interview:
Before I knew it, I was like this guy in a hot play. And suddenly, all these doors opened. And it's only because Mel Gussow happened to come by right before it closed and happened to like it. It's just amazing. All these things have to line up that are out of your control.
He followed that with the role of Eugene Morris Jerome in the Neil Simon Eugene Trilogy including the plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. His first film role was also written by Neil Simon. Broderick debuted in Max Dugan Returns (1983). His first big hit film was WarGames, a summer hit in 1983, in which he played the main role of David Lightman, a Seattle teen hacker. This was followed by the role of Philippe Gaston in Ladyhawke, in 1985.
Broderick then won the role of the charming, clever slacker in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At age 23, Broderick played a high school student who, with his girlfriend and best friend, plays hooky and explores Chicago. The film remains a 1980s comedy favorite today and is one of Broderick's best known roles (particularly with teenage audiences). Also in 1987, he played Air Force research assistant Jimmy Garrett in Project X. In 1988, Broderick played Harvey Fierstein's gay lover, Alan, in the screen adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy. In the 1989 film Glory, he received favorable reviews for his portrayal of the American Civil War officer Robert Gould Shaw, whom Broderick incidentally physically resembled at the time.
In the 1990s, Broderick voice of the adult Simba, in Disney's successful animated film The Lion King, and also voiced Tack the Cobbler in Miramax's controversial version of The Thief and the Cobbler, which had originally been intended as a silent role. He won recognition for two dark comedy roles. The first was that of a bachelor in The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey. The second was that of a high school teacher in Alexander Payne's Election with Reese Witherspoon.
Broderick returned to Broadway as a musical star in the 1990s, most notably with his Tony Award-winning performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and his Tony Award-nominated role in the Mel Brooks 2001 stage version of The Producers. In the latter production, he played Leopold "Leo" Bloom, an accountant who co-produces a musical designed to fail, but which turns out to be successful. Broderick reprised the role in the 2005 film adaptation of the same name.
Broderick reunited with his co-star from The Lion King and The Producers, Nathan Lane, in The Odd Couple, which opened on Broadway in October 2005. He appeared on Broadway as a college professor in The Philanthropist, running April 10 through June 28, 2009. He returned to the Broadway stage in Spring 2012, to star in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.
Broderick met actress Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother. The couple married on May 19, 1997, in a civil ceremony in a historic deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side. Although Broderick considers himself culturally Jewish, the ceremony was performed by his sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.
Parker and Broderick have a son, James Wilkie Broderick, born in 2002. In April 2009, it was confirmed that Broderick and Parker were expecting twin girls through surrogacy. Broderick and Parker's surrogate delivered their twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, in 2009. Broderick is a New York Mets fan, while Parker supports the New York Yankees, and their son the Boston Red Sox.
Although the couple lives in Manhattan, Broderick and Parker spend a considerable amount of time at their holiday home near Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent his summers as a child. They also have a house in The Hamptons.
In March 2010, Broderick was featured in the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?. Broderick stated that his participation in the ancestry research program emotionally reconnected him with the role he played in Glory 22 years earlier, as he discovered a paternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Martindale (incidentally sharing the same prenom as his Glory character), who actually was a Union soldier. A veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg, Martindale, who belonged to the 20th Connecticut, was killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Atlanta and was eventually interred in an unnamed grave at the Marietta National Cemetery. Having identified the grave with the help of historian Brad Quinlin, Broderick's research enabled him to give his ancestor his name back. In the same program, Broderick discovered that his paternal grandfather, James Joseph Broderick II, whom he had never known, had been a highly decorated combat medic in World War I, having earned his distinctions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
1987 car accident
On August 5, 1987, Broderick was in a car accident in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, while vacationing with Jennifer Grey, whom he had begun dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The accident, which was the event through which their relationship became public, occurred when, at the wheel of a rented BMW, Broderick crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Anna Gallagher, 28, accompanied by her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, who were both killed instantly in the accident. Broderick suffered a fractured leg, fractured ribs, a concussion, and a collapsed lung. Grey received minor injuries, including severe whiplash. Broderick told authorities he had no recollection of the crash and did not know why he was in the wrong lane. "I don't remember the day. I don't remember even getting up in the morning. I don't remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg," he said at the time. Broderick was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175, which the victims' family called "a travesty of justice". Martin Doherty, whose sister and mother were killed in the crash, later stated that he forgave Broderick, amid plans to meet with Broderick in 2003, in order to gain a sense of closure. In February 2012, when Broderick was featured in a multi-million dollar Honda commercial aired during the Super Bowl, Doherty said a meeting with Broderick had not taken place and that Broderick "wasn't the greatest choice of drivers knowing his past."
|1983||Max Dugan Returns||Michael McPhee|
|1983||WarGames||David Lightman||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1986||Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Ferris Bueller||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1986||On Valentine's Day||Brother|
|1987||Project X||James "Jimmy" Garrett|
|1988||Biloxi Blues||Eugene Morris Jerome|
|1988||Torch Song Trilogy||Alan Simon|
|1989||Family Business||Adam McMullen|
|1989||Glory||Colonel Robert Gould Shaw|
|1990||The Freshman||Clark Kellogg|
|1992||Out on a Limb||William "Bill" Campbell|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Samuel "Sam" Lester|
|1994||The Lion King||Adult Simba||Voice|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Charles MacArthur|
|1994||The Road to Wellville||William "Will" Lightbody|
|1995||The Thief and the Cobbler||Tack the Cobbler||Voice|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Steven M. Kovacs||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Jim Carrey)|
|1996||Infinity||Richard Feynman||Also producer and director|
|1997||Addicted to Love||Sam|
|1998||Godzilla||Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos|
|1998||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||King Simba||Voice; Direct-to-video|
|1998||Walking to the Waterline||Michael Woods|
|1999||Election||James "Jim" McAllister|
|1999||Inspector Gadget||Inspector Gadget|
|2000||You Can Count on Me||Brian Everett|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Adult Simba||Voice; Direct-to-video|
|2004||Marie and Bruce||Bruce|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Walter Kresby|
|2004||The Last Shot||Steven Schats|
|2005||The Producers||Leopold "Leo" Bloom|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Roger Beekman|
|2006||Deck the Halls||Steven "Steve" Finch|
|2007||Then She Found Me||Benjamin "Ben" Green|
|2007||Bee Movie||Adam Flayman||Voice|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Cooper Kennedy|
|2008||Finding Amanda||Taylor Peters Mendon||Nominated – Prism Award for Performance in a Feature Film|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Despereaux||Voice|
|2010||Wonderful World||Benjamin "Ben" Singer|
|2011||Margaret||John Van Tassel|
|2011||Tower Heist||Mr. Fitzhugh|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Mr. Buellerton||Uncredited|
|2014||The American Side||Borden Chase|
|2015||Dirty Weekend||Les Moore|
|2016||Untitled Warren Beatty project||Levar Matthis||Completed|
|2016||The Gettysburg Address||Narrator||Documentary; In post-production|
|2016||Look Away||Murray||In post-production|
|1981||Lou Grant||Mike||Episode: "Generations"|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Prince Henry||Episode: "Cinderella"|
|1985||Master Harold...and the Boys||Harold "Hally" Ballard||Television film; Nominated – CableACE Award for Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special|
|1988–98||Saturday Night Live||Himself / Host||2 episodes|
|1993||A Life in the Theatre||John||Television film; Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|1995||Frasier||Mark||Episode: "She's the Boss"|
|2003||The Music Man||Professor Harold Hill||Television film|
|2008–12||30 Rock||Cooter Burger||2 episodes|
|2010||Louie||Himself||Episode: "Heckler/Cop Movie"|
|2010||Beach Lane||Mike Brennan||Unsold pilot|
|2012||Adventure Time||The Dream Warrior||Episode: "Who Would Win?"|
|2012||Modern Family||Dave||Episode: "Mistery Date"|
|1981||Torch Song Trilogy||David|
|1983||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Eugene Jerome||Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|1985||Biloxi Blues||Eugene Morris Jerome|
|1986–87||The Widow Claire||Horace Robedaux|
|1995||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||J. Pierrepont Finch||Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical|
|1999||Night Must Fall||Dan|
|2000||Taller Than a Dwarf||Howard Miller|
|2001–02||The Producers||Leopold "Leo" Bloom||Nominated – Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical|
|2004||The Foreigner||Charlie Baker|
|2005||The Odd Couple||Felix Unger|
|2009||The Starry Messenger||Mark Williams|
|2012–13||Nice Work If You Can Get It||Jimmy Winter|
|2014–15||It's Only a Play||Peter Austin|
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