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Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick 2012.jpg
Broderick in September 2012
Born (1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 53)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Jessica Parker (m. 1997)
Children 3
Parent(s) James Broderick
Patricia Broderick

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).[1] 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, Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Early life and education[edit]

Broderick was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Patricia (née Biow), a playwright, actress, and painter, and James Broderick, an actor[2] and World War II veteran.[3] His mother was Jewish (a descendant of immigrants from Germany and Poland).[4][5] His father was a Catholic of Irish, and some English, descent.[6][7][8] 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).[9]


Broderick in Sweden during his promotion of Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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,[10] 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.[9][11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]


Broderick with wife Sarah Jessica Parker in 2009

Broderick met actress Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother. The couple married on May 19, 1997,[14] in a civil ceremony in a historic deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side. Although Broderick considers himself culturally Jewish,[15][16] the ceremony was performed by his sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.[17]

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.[18] Broderick and Parker's surrogate delivered their twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, in 2009.[19][20] Broderick is a New York Mets fan, while Parker supports the New York Yankees, and their son the Boston Red Sox.[21]

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.[22] They also have a house in The Hamptons.[23]

Family ancestry[edit]

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.[24] 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.[3]

1987 car accident[edit]

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,[25][26][27][28] 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."[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Max Dugan Returns Michael McPhee
1983 WarGames David Lightman Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1985 1918 Brother
1985 Ladyhawke Philippe Gaston
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
2003 Good Boy! Hubble Voice
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
2013 Skum Rocks! Himself Documentary
2014 The American Side Borden Chase
2015 Dirty Weekend Les Moore
2015 Trainwreck Himself Cameo
2016 Untitled Warren Beatty project Levar Matthis Completed
2016 The Gettysburg Address Narrator Documentary; In post-production
2016 Look Away Murray In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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"


Year Title Role Notes
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 Philanthropist Phillip
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
2015 Sylvia Greg


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