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Matthew Lillard
Lillard at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Matthew Lyn Lillard

(1970-01-24) January 24, 1970 (age 54)
EducationFullerton College
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Actor
  • director
Years active1990–present
Heather Helm
(m. 2000)

Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor and businessman. His early film work includes Chip Sutphin in Serial Mom (1994), Emmanuel "Cereal Killer" Goldstein in Hackers (1995), Stu Macher in Scream (1996), Stevo in SLC Punk! (1998), Brock Hudson in She's All That (1999), Dennis Rafkin in Thirteen Ghosts (2001), and Jerry Conlaine in Without a Paddle (2004). He is best known for portraying Shaggy Rogers in Scooby-Doo (2002), its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and in animation, where he has been the voice of Shaggy since Casey Kasem retired from the role in 2009.[1]

In 2023, he gained renewed recognition for his role as William Afton, a manipulative serial killer, in Five Nights at Freddy's. U.S. entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter stated that he had entered "his Renaissance era" in popular culture, noting that the movie had the third highest ever domestic box office return during its opening weekend for a horror film. Lillard has been labeled as a "scream king" due to his influence in the genre.[2][3]

While much of his work is comedic in nature, Lillard has also given dramatic performances in projects such as The Descendants (2011), Trouble with the Curve (2012), Match (2014), and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). Lillard also starred as Dean Boland in the television series Good Girls (2018–2021). He made his directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama Fat Kid Rules the World (2012).[4]

Early life


Lillard was born in Lansing, Michigan, on January 24, 1970, the son of Paula and Jeffrey Lillard (b. 1948),[5][6][7] and grew up in Tustin, California.[8] He has a younger sister, Amy, and attended Foothill High School in North Tustin, California. He later attended Fullerton College and then went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, with fellow actor Paul Rudd. He also attended Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City.



After high school, Lillard was co-host of a short-lived TV show titled SK8-TV, and afterwards was hired as an extra in Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College (1991). In 1994, he was cast in the John Waters black comedy Serial Mom. The following year he was cast in five films, including Hackers, a thriller about a group of high school kids who thwart a multimillion-dollar corporate extortion conspiracy. In 1996, he was cast as Stu Macher in the horror film Scream. He also played Stevo in the independent film SLC Punk!, and supporting character Dennis Rafkin in Thirteen Ghosts. He was originally meant to reprise his role of Stu Macher in 2000's Scream 3 but the plans were changed.[9]

Lillard was cast as Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 2002 live-action film Scooby-Doo: The Movie, a role he later reprised in the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. When Casey Kasem, who had voiced the character from the show's debut in 1969, retired in 2009 due to declining health, Lillard was chosen as his replacement and voiced Shaggy in the three subsequent animated series, Mystery Incorporated, Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, and Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, as well as every animated direct-to-video film since 2010's Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo.[10][11][12] Lillard, however, did not voice Shaggy in the animated 2020 Scooby-Doo reboot Scoob!, with the character instead being voiced by SNL alum Will Forte.[13][14] Although Lillard was disappointed with the casting decision, he still wished the film good luck.[15][16]

Lillard at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012

In 2011, Lillard guest starred on the Fox series House.[17] In 2011, he produced and directed his first feature film, Fat Kid Rules the World, based on the K. L. Going book of the same name.[18] Later that year, he appeared in the comedy-drama film The Descendants.[19] Lillard also reprised the voice role of Shaggy in the crossover episode in the television series Supernatural in 2018.[20]

In 2012, Lillard guest-starred in the Criminal Minds episode "The Apprenticeship". The following year, he played the role of Daniel Frye on the American TV series The Bridge. In 2014, Lillard starred as Peter in the animated film Under Wraps, alongside Brooke Shields and Drake Bell. In 2017, Lillard starred as William Hastings in the third season of Twin Peaks. The next year, he began co-starring as Dean Boland on the NBC series Good Girls.

In 2016, Lillard landed the recurring role of FBI undercover agent Luke Goshen in the Amazon Series, Bosch. In 2022, Lillard was cast for the live-action movie adaptation of the Five Nights at Freddy's video game series. The film came out the following year.

He gained renewed recognition for his role as William Afton, a manipulative serial killer, in Five Nights at Freddy's. U.S. entertainment publication The Hollywood Reporter stated that he had entered "his Renaissance era" in popular culture, noting that the movie had the third highest ever domestic box office return during its opening weekend for a horror film. Lillard has credited his children as inspiring him both to take on the role and to give an dominating, assertive performance as the franchise's overarching villain.[2]

In an interview, Lillard elaborated, "The hard part about playing this part is the pressure I put on myself to honor the fans, to deliver a great performance in an iconic role. There are millions of kids worldwide, and people that started playing as kids and are now adults, that have an expectation that this film will deliver on a really great level. So, being this iconic bad guy, the amount of pressure I put on myself to not suck is pretty extraordinary. That’s the hardest part."[2]

In 2023, as well, Matthew Lillard was cast in Mike Flanagan's The Life of Chuck.[21]

Personal life


On August 26, 2000, Lillard married Heather Helm, with whom he has three children. They reside in Los Angeles.[22]

In October 2005, he participated in a Dungeons & Dragons tournament, against members of the Quest Club Gaming Organization, at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.[23][24] Lillard has also played Dungeons & Dragons with the online series Dice, Camera, Action with Christopher Perkins as the Dungeon Master;[25] as well as with the Critical Role cast at a special one-shot with Sam Riegel as the Dungeon Master.[26]

Lillard was one of the co-founders of Beadle and Grimms, a company that publishes licensed expanded products, usually of a limited edition, from Wizards of the Coast games including Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.[27]

As a businessman, Lillard is also known for developing and selling specialized alcoholic beverages. For example, his team has developed a drink titled "Quest’s End", which is a type of whiskey related to gaming.[2]




Year Title Role Notes
1991 Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College Dexter Stork Credited as Matthew Lynn
1994 Serial Mom Chip Sutphin
1995 Animal Room Doug Van Housen
Ride for Your Life Nash
Mad Love Eric Webber
Hackers Emmanuel "Cereal Killer" Goldstein
Tarantella Matt Reynolds
1996 Scream Stuart "Stu" Macher
1997 Scream 2 Guy at Party Uncredited extra
1998 The Curve Tim Jackson
Senseless Tim LaFlour
Telling You Adam Ginesberg
Without Limits Roscoe Devine
SLC Punk! Steven "Stevo" Levy
1999 Spanish Judges Jack Fisher
She's All That Brock Hudson
Wing Commander Lt. Todd "Maniac" Marshall
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Longaville
Dish Dogs Jason
2001 Finder's Fee Fishman
Triangle Square Snake Eater
Summer Catch Billy Brubaker
Thirteen Ghosts Dennis Rafkin
2002 Scooby-Doo Shaggy Rogers
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Himself Cameo
2004 The Perfect Score Larry
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Shaggy Rogers
Wicker Park Luke Stanford
Without a Paddle Jerry Conlaine
2005 Karas: The Prophecy Eko Voice
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Spaceman
The Groomsmen Dez Howard
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Duke Fallow
What Love Is Sal
One of Our Own Bob Also co-producer
Karas: The Revelation Eko Voice
2008 Spooner Herman Spooner Also co-producer
2009 Messages Deleted Joel Brandt
Osh Kosh B'Gosh: Under the Overall Lloyd B'Gosh Short film
All's Faire in Love Crocket
Endless Bummer Mike Mooney
Extreme Movie Himself
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Shaggy Rogers Voice
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Shaggy Rogers / Shaky Joe
From the Head Jimmy
The Descendants Brian Speer
The Pool Boys Roger
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Shaggy Rogers Voice
Home Run Showdown Joey
Trouble with the Curve Phillip Sanderson
Big Top Scooby-Doo! Shaggy Rogers Voice
Deep Dark Canyon Jack Cavanaugh
Fat Kid Rules the World Guidance Counselor Also director and producer
Dear Dracula Mailman Gus Voice
Abominable Christmas Dogcatcher
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon Shaggy Rogers
Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map
Return to Nim's Island Jack Rusoe
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Shaggy Rogers Voice
The Naughty List Tinsel
National Lampoon Presents Surf Party Mooney
2014 Match Mike
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery Shaggy Rogers Voice
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero The Lizard King
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy Shaggy Rogers
Under Wraps Peter
2015 Bloodsucking Bastards Phallicyte Executive [citation needed]
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness Shaggy Rogers Voice
Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
2016 Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
Six LA Love Stories Alan Mackey
2017 Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown Shaggy Rogers Voice
Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
2018 Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost
2019 Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
2020 Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
2021 Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob
He's All That[28] Principal Bosch
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Shaggy Rogers Voice; uncredited cameo[29]
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog Voice
2022 Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! Shaggy Rogers / Craggly / Captain Cutler Voice
2023 Scooby-Doo! and Krypto, Too! Shaggy Rogers
Five Nights at Freddy's Steve Raglan / William Afton[30]
2024 The Life of Chuck TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1990 SK8-TV Himself (Host - Presenter) 13 episodes
1994 Vanishing Son IV Dawson Television film
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Abortion Protester Segment: "1996"
1997 The Devil's Child Tim Television film
Nash Bridges Brian Van Pelt Episode: "Gun Play"
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Luc Fromage - character Television film
2003 All That Himself/Hairdresser Episode: "Matthew Lillard/O-Town"
2005, 2021 American Dad! Mars / Bruce Voice; 2 episodes
2005–2022 Robot Chicken Shaggy Rogers / Various roles Voice; 9 episodes [citation needed]
2006 The Replacements Trevor Bodie Voice; 2 episodes
13 Graves Matthew McQueen Television film
Eloise: The Animated Series Monsieur Maurice Ducat Voice; episode: "Little Miss Christmas"
2007 Area 57 Col. Steven Isaac Pilot
2008 Gary Unmarried Taylor Episode: "Gary's Ex-Brother-In-Law"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chet Episode: "Ballerina"
Married Not Dead Rob Pilot
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Shaggy Rogers Voice; 52 episodes
2011 House Jack Episode: "Larger Than Life"
Generator Rex Surge Voice; episode: "Waste Land"
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Shaggy Rogers Voice; episode: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!"
2011–2013 Mad Shaggy Rogers / Various roles Voice; 2 episodes
2012 Samurai! Daycare Ned Voice; 9 episodes
Leverage Gabe Erickson Episode: "The Real Fake Car Job"
Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games Shaggy Rogers Voice; Television special
Criminal Minds David Roy Turner Episode: "The Apprenticeship"
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays Shaggy Rogers Voice; television special
2013 I Am Victor Elliot Moe Pilot
Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow Shaggy Rogers Voice; television special
Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace
2013–2014 The Bridge Daniel Frye 24 episodes
Beware the Batman Dr. Jason Burr Voice; 4 episodes
2014 Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals Shaggy Rogers Voice; television special
2014, 2016 The Good Wife Rowby Canton 2 episodes
2015 State of Affairs CIA Director DD Banks 3 episodes
Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie Shaggy Rogers Voice; television special
Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror
2015–2016 Scooby-Doo! Lego Shorts Voice; web shorts
2015–2018 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Voice; 52 episodes
2016–2017 Bosch Luke 'Lucky' Rykov 8 episodes
2016 Halt and Catch Fire Ken Diebold 4 episodes
2017 All Hail King Julien Ned Voice; 2 episodes
Twin Peaks William Hastings 4 episodes
2018 Halfway There Jimmy Bishop Pilot
Supernatural Shaggy Rogers Voice; episode: "Scoobynatural"
2018–2021 Good Girls Dean Boland 34 episodes
2019 FBI Thomas Gillman/Venutti Episode: "Most Wanted"
Teen Titans Go! Shaggy Rogers Voice; episode: "Cartoon Feud"
2019–2021 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who Shaggy Rogers / Various roles Voice; 52 episodes
2020 Barkskins Gus Lafarge 3 episodes
2021 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You Now! Shaggy Rogers / Himself Voice; television special
2022 Billions Ron Chestnut Episode: "Johnny Favorite"
2023 True Lies Nathan "The Wolf" Episode: "Rival Companions"[31]
The Boulet Brothers’ Halfway to Halloween TV Special Himself [32]
The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Himself Guest Judge; Episode: "Children of the Can"
2024 Jellystone! Shaggy Rogers Voice; episode: "Frankenhooky"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – The Video Game Shaggy Rogers
2010 Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp
2014 Scooby-Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure
2015 My Friend Scooby-Doo!
Lego Dimensions
2018 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Cases
2022 MultiVersus [33]

Awards and nominations

Year Title Association Category Result Ref.
1999 SLC Punk! Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Actor Won [34]
2002 Scooby-Doo Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor – Comedy Nominated
2003 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award Favorite Fart in a Movie Won [35]
2011 The Descendants Gotham Award Best Ensemble Performance Nominated [36]
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated [37]
2012 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Short Nominated [38]
The Descendants Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Ensemble Nominated [39]
Fat Kid Rules the World Oldenburg Film Festival German Independence Award – Audience Award Nominated [40]
The Descendants Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Fat Kid Rules the World SXSW Film Festival Narrative Spotlight Won [41]
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical Nominated [42]
Fat Kid Rules the World Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth Best Feature Film for Youth – Children's Jury Main Prize Nominated [43]
Best Feature Film for Youth – Golden Slipper Nominated
2014 Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Short Nominated [44]


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  35. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards, USA (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
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Preceded by
Scott Innes (1999-2009)
Voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers
2004–2007, 2010–present
Succeeded by
Will Forte (2020)