Matthew J. Evans

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Matthew J. Evans
Matthew Jared Evans

(1996-08-09) August 9, 1996 (age 23)
Years active2006–present

Matthew Jared Evans (born August 9, 1996) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role in the Columbia Pictures film, Bad Teacher[1][2] for which he won a Young Artist Award in 2012 as Best Supporting Young Actor in a Feature Film.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in San Luis Obispo, California, Evans performed in musical theater and has appeared in a number of television shows and feature films. Son of actor and motivational speaker, Leona Evans, Matthew J. Evans began his theatrical career at the age of four. He worked in theaters along the Central Coast of California playing such roles as Winthrop in The Music Man, the title role in Oliver!, Chip in Beauty and The Beast, and Michael in Peter Pan. At the age of nine, Evans started acting professionally in film and television. He has appeared in Scrubs,[5] The King of Queens,[5] It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,[6] I Didn't Do it,[1][7] and received a Young Artist Award in 2014 for his guest starring role on Lab Rats.[7][8] Feature films have included Smiley Face[5] with Anna Farris, Downstream, and Bad Teacher directed by Jake Kasdan.


Evans produced and directed his first documentary short film, "A War Story, A Love Story" in 2010.[5][9] When Evans was 14, he made Poetic Justice Project [10] which received the Gold Jury Prize, Youth Visions Contest at the Social Justice Film Festival.[11] In 2012 his short documentary film A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions[1] featuring interviews with Arun Gandhi, won the Filmschool Prodigy Camp Scholarship Seattle International Film Festival's FutureWave Competition[12] and the Youth Fest Documentary award at the International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.[13] The film was also a finalist at the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival[14] and the only youth filmmaker finalist for the Ron Kovick Peace Prize at the My Hero International film festival in 2014.[15] In September 2014, the Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival presented Evans with the Art of Making Peace Award[7] at the United Nations High Level Forum on a Culture of Peace.[1]


Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2007 Smiley Face Bobby
2008 Birthmark Ben
2010 Downstream Young Wes
2011 Bad Teacher Garrett Tiara
2015 The Royal Road to Romance Albert Crane
2016 Dismissed Alex
Television roles
Year Show Role Notes
2006 Scrubs Kid #2 Episode: "My Day at the Races"
2006 All of Us Owen Episode: "Robert and Neesee Get Real"
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Boy in ICU Episode: "Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad"
2006 The King of Queens Ethan Episode: "Mama Cast"
2007 Drake & Josh Bobby Episodes: "Tree House", "Josh Is Done"
2007 Zoey 101 Scooter Episode: "Favor Chain"
2008 Cavemen Kid Episode: "Caveman Holiday"
2013 Lab Rats Alistair Episode: "Perry 2.0"
2014 Instant Mom Ronny Sluff Episode: "Buy Any Jeans Necessary"
2014 I Didn't Do It Ross Episode: "Bicycle Thief"


  1. ^ a b c d "Teenage Filmmaker Matthew J. Evans Wins Prestigious Art of Making Peace Award". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  2. ^ "Matthew J. Evans Talks Bad Teacher". Skewed 'n Reviewed. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  3. ^ "Matthew J. Evans Interview - Young Entertainment". Young Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  4. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  5. ^ a b c d "Introducing a fresh face » She Likes To Watch". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  6. ^ "Go With Whatever Happens: An Interview with Matthew J. Evans | Making the Movie". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  7. ^ a b c "Matthew J. Evans Interview - Young Entertainment". Young Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  8. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  9. ^ "Meet & Greet: Matthew J. Evans, The Guy Who Got Cameron Diaz's Bra! | Celebuzz". Celebuzz. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  10. ^ "New Times SLO - Publishing Local News and Entertainment for over 29 years in San Luis Obispo County, CA". Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  11. ^ "Festival announces winning youth filmmakers". Social Justice Film Festival. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  12. ^ "SIFF ANNOUNCES 2013 SHORTSFEST AWARD WINNERS". Seattle International Film Festival. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  13. ^ "2013 IFFF FEATURE FILM WINNERS & FINALISTS - International Family Film Festival". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  14. ^ "2013 Finalists: Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Presented by American Express -- The American Pavilion". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  15. ^ "The My Hero Project - Ron Kovic calls for Peace at 2014
    My Hero International Film Festival"
    . Retrieved 2016-01-08.

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