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Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick 2012.jpg
Broderick in 2012
Born
Matthew John Broderick

(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 58)
Occupation
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Children3
Parents
RelativesMilton H. Biow (grandfather)

Matthew John Broderick (born March 21, 1962)[1] is an American actor, comedian, and singer. His roles include the Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the voice of the adult Simba in Disney's The Lion King (1994), and Leo Bloom in both the Broadway musical The Producers and its 2005 film adaptation. Other films he had starring credits in include WarGames (1983), Glory (1989), The Freshman (1990), The Cable Guy (1996), Godzilla (1998), Election (1999), Inspector Gadget (1999) and You Can Count on Me (2000). Broderick also directed himself in Infinity (1996) and provided voice work in Good Boy! (2003), Bee Movie (2007), and The Tale of Despereaux (2008).

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).[2] As of 2020, Broderick remains the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.[3]

In 2006, for his contributions to the film industry, Matthew Broderick was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.[4] Eleven years later, Broderick earned induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[5] Broderick starred as Michael Burr in the Netflix comedy series Daybreak (2019).

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[6] and a World War II veteran.[7] His mother was Jewish, a descendant of Jewish immigrants from Germany and Poland.[8][9][10][11][12][13] His father was a Catholic of Irish, and some English, descent.[14][15][16] Broderick attended grade school at City and Country School in Manhattan and high school at the private Walden School, also in Manhattan.[17] He received acting training at HB Studio.[18]

Career[edit]

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. He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs.

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,[19] 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.[17][20]

Broderick then won the role of the charming, clever slacker in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At the age of 23, Broderick played a high school student who, with his girlfriend and best friend, plays hooky and explores Chicago. The film is a 1980s comedy favorite, 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.

He starred in the 1989 film Glory alongside Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, where 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 was the 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, winning a Tony Award for his performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broderick then starred alongside Nathan Lane in the Mel Brooks 2001 stage version of The Producers which was a critical and financial success. He played Leopold "Leo" Bloom, an accountant who co-produces a musical designed to fail, but which turns out to be successful. Broderick was nominated for another Tony Award but lost to his fellow co-star Nathan Lane. The musical went on to win the most Tony Awards in history with 12 wins.[21] Broderick and Lane reprised their roles in the 2005 film adaptation of the same name.

Broderick was 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.[22] 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.[23]

He made his West End debut in The Starry Messenger in May 2019, co-starring with Elizabeth McGovern.[24]

In 2018, it was announced that Broderick was cast in the main role of Michael Burr in the Netflix comedy-drama series Daybreak.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Broderick with wife Sarah Jessica Parker in 2009

Broderick and actress Sarah Jessica Parker married on May 19, 1997, at Angel Orensanz Synagogue in Manhattan's Lower East Side, in a ceremony officiated by his sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.[26][27]

Parker and Broderick have a son, James, born October 28, 2002.[28] The couple had twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, born June 22, 2009, via surrogacy.[29][30]

Although the couple lives in the West Village,[31] Broderick and Parker spend a large amount of time at their second home in Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent his summers as a child.[32] They also have a house in The Hamptons.[33]

Broderick is a political liberal.[34]

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, 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.[7]

1987 car crash[edit]

On August 5, 1987, while driving a rented BMW 316 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Broderick crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Volvo. The driver, Anna Gallagher, 28,[35] and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, were both killed instantly. He was vacationing with Jennifer Grey, whom he had begun dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off; the crash publicly revealed their relationship. He had a fractured leg and ribs, a concussion, and a collapsed lung. Grey received minor injuries, including whiplash.[citation needed]

Broderick told police he had no recollection of the crash and did not know why he had been in the wrong lane: "What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg." He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined £100 (US$175).[36][37][38][39][40]

The victims' son and brother, Martin Doherty, called the verdict "a travesty of justice". He later forgave Broderick, amid plans to meet him in 2003. In February 2012, when Broderick was featured in a multi-million-dollar Honda commercial aired during the Super Bowl, Doherty said the meeting had not taken place and that Broderick "wasn't the greatest choice of drivers, knowing his past".[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Max Dugan Returns Michael McPhee
1983 WarGames David Lightman
1985 1918 Brother Vaughn
1985 Ladyhawke Philippe Gaston
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ferris Bueller
1986 On Valentine's Day Brother Vaughn
1987 Project X Jimmy Garrett
1988 Biloxi Blues Eugene Morris Jerome
1988 Torch Song Trilogy Alan Simon
1989 Family Business Adam McMullen
1989 Glory Col. Robert Gould Shaw
1990 The Freshman Clark Kellogg
1992 Out on a Limb Bill Campbell
1993 The Night We Never Met Sam Lester
1994 The Lion King Adult Simba (voice)
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Charles MacArthur
1994 The Road to Wellville William Lightbody
1995 The Thief and the Cobbler Tack the Cobbler/Narrator (voice)
1996 The Cable Guy Steven M. Kovacs
1996 Infinity Richard Feynman Also producer / 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-DVD
1998 Walking to the Waterline Michael Woods
1999 Election Jim McAllister
1999 Inspector Gadget Officer John Brown / Inspector Gadget / Robo-Gadget
2000 You Can Count on Me Brian Everett
2000 Snow Day Narrator Uncredited voice
2003 Good Boy! Hubble (voice)
2004 The Lion King 1½ Adult Simba (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2004 Marie and Bruce Bruce
2004 The Stepford Wives Walter Kresby
2004 The Last Shot Steven Schats
2005 The Producers Leo Bloom
2005 Strangers with Candy Roger Beekman
2006 Deck the Halls Steve Finch
2007 Then She Found Me Ben Green
2007 Bee Movie Adam Flayman (voice)
2008 Diminished Capacity Cooper Zerbs
2008 Finding Amanda Taylor Peters Mendon
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Despereaux (voice)
2010 Wonderful World Ben Singer
2011 Margaret John Van Tassel
2011 Tower Heist Mr. Fitzhugh
2011 New Year's Eve Mr. Buellerton Uncredited cameo
2013 Skum Rocks! Himself Documentary
2015 Dirty Weekend Les Moore
2015 Trainwreck Himself Cameo
2016 Manchester by the Sea Jeffrey
2016 The American Side Borden Chase
2016 Rules Don't Apply Levar Mathis
2018 To Dust Albert
2019 Wonder Park Dad (voice)
2019 Love Is Blind Murray
2020 Lazy Susan Doug
TBA The Gettysburg Address Narrator (voice) Documentary
post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Lou Grant Mike Episode: "Generations"
1984 Master Harold...and the Boys Hally Ballard Television film
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre Prince Henry Episode: "Cinderella"
1988, 1998 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
1993 A Life in the Theatre John Television film
1995 Frasier Mark (voice) Episode: "She's the Boss"
1996 The West William Swain (voice) Episode: "Speck of the Future"
2003 The Music Man Professor Harold Hill Television film
2008, 2012 30 Rock Cooter Burger 2 episodes
2009 Cyberchase Max (voice) Episode: "Father's Day"
2010, 2015 Louie Himself 2 episodes
2010 Beach Lane Mike Brennan Pilot
2012 Adventure Time Dream Warrior (voice) Episode: "Who Would Win"
2012 Modern Family Dave Episode: "Mistery Date"
2013 Untitled Tad Quill project Jack Lewis Pilot
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Episode: "Wonderful"
2016 Adventure Time Spirit of the Forest (voice) Episode: "Flute Spell"
2017 BoJack Horseman Joseph Sugarman (voice) 2 episodes
2017 A Christmas Story Live! Narrator/Ralphie (adult) Television special
2018–2019 The Conners Peter 4 episodes
2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Cliff Episode: "Teenagers"
2019 Saturday Night Live Mike Pompeo Episode: Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift
2019 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself (guest) Episode: These People That Do This Stuff. They Stink
2019 Daybreak Michael Burr 10 episodes
2019 Rick and Morty[42] Talking Cat (voice) Episode "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Venue Ref.
1981 Torch Song Trilogy David Village Actors' Playhouse, Off-Broadway [43]
1983 Brighton Beach Memoirs Eugene Jerome 46th Street Theatre, Broadway
1985 Biloxi Blues Eugene Morris Jerome Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway
1986–87 The Widow Claire Horace Robedaux Circle in the Square Theatre, Off-Broadway
1995 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch Richard Rogers Theatre, Broadway
1999 Night Must Fall Dan Helen Hayes Theatre, Broadway
2000 Taller Than a Dwarf Howard Miller Longacre Theatre, Broadway
2001–02 The Producers Leopold "Leo" Bloom St. James Theatre, Broadway
2002 Short Talks on the Universe Lucifer Longacre Theatre, Broadway
2004 The Foreigner Charlie Baker Laura Pels Theatre, Off-Broadway
2005 The Odd Couple Felix Unger Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway
2009 The Philanthropist Phillip American Airlines Theatre, Broadway
2009 The Starry Messenger Mark Williams Theatre Row, Off-Broadway
2012–13 Nice Work If You Can Get It Jimmy Winter Imperial Theatre, Broadway
2014–15 It's Only a Play Peter Austin Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway
2015 Sylvia Greg Cort Theatre, Broadway
2016 Oh, Hello on Broadway Guest Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2016 Shining City John Irish Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway
2017 Evening at the Talk House Robert Signature Theatre, Broadway
2018 The Closet Martin O'Reilly Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts [44]
2018 Celebrity Autobiography Performer Marquis Theatre, Off-Broadway [45]
2019 The Starry Messenger Mark Williams West End, London [46]
2020 Plaza Suite Roy Hubley Hudson Theatre, Broadway [47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tony Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1983 Best Featured Actor in a Play Brighton Beach Memoirs Won [48]
1995 Best Actor in a Musical How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying Won
2001 The Producers Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Supporting Actor - Limited Series or Movie A Life in the Theatre Nominated [49]

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2013 Best Musical Theater Album Nice Work If You Can Get It Nominated [50]

Other Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1982 Drama Desk Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Torch Song Trilogy Nominated [51]
Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Debut Performance Nominated
1983 Drama Desk Awards Best Actor in a Play Brighton Beach Memoirs Nominated
1987 Golden Globe Award Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off Nominated [52]
1995 Drama Desk Awards Best Actor in a Musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Nominated [53]
Outer Critics Circle Best Actor in a Musical Won
2001 Drama Desk Awards Best Actor in a Musical The Producers Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
2006 Walk of Fame Star on the Walk of Fame N/A Won [54]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Manchester by the Sea Nominated
2018 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award To Dust Won

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