Matthew Charles Porretta
May 29, 1965
Darien, Connecticut, U.S.
Matthew Charles Porretta (born May 29, 1965) is an American television, voice and film actor, known for his appearances in Wings, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also appeared on Broadway, and as a voice actor in several video games.
Life and career
Porretta was born in Darien, Connecticut, into a show-biz family: his father, Frank Porretta, was a famous opera singer and musical theater actor. His mother, Roberta, is also a trained singer and was Miss Ohio 1956.
By the age of 25, Porretta was already a veteran of Broadway and a student at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1990 Porretta broke into television with recurring roles on shows like Wings and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1993 he was given his first major movie role, as Will Scarlet O'Hara in Mel Brooks' spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Porretta starred as Robin Hood in his own TV series four years later. Since 1997 he has starred in many independent movies and been featured in commercials for McDonald's and Arrowhead Water. In 1994 he appeared in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.
Porretta has four siblings. The eldest, Frank Porretta III, is a successful opera singer. His other brother, Greg, has guest-starred with Matthew on television. His sisters, Anna and Roberta, are also in the entertainment industry; Anna was a writer for Talk Soup.
Porretta has two sons with ex-wife Gleice; Luigi (born May 22, 2001) and Enzo (born April 13, 2008). The children were born while Porretta and Gleice were in a relationship. The couple eventually married in 2012 and divorced in 2014. Porretta is still living in Darien with his sons.
In December 2016, Porretta was involved in a bar fight in which an assailant hit Porretta with a beer mug causing severe injuries, scars on the left side of his face and partial loss of vision on his left eye. In March 2017, Porretta filed a lawsuit against the bar owner and alleged attacker. The lawsuit moved forward in June 2019, outcome still unknown. 
- Control (2019) .... Dr. Casper Darling (live acting and voice), Alan Wake
- The Blacklist (2019) .... Schmock
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) .... The Local Pedestrian Population
- Quantum Break (2016) .... Alan Wake (voice)
- Deadbeat .... Crosby (4 episodes, 2015)
- The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) .... Additional Voices
- Grand Theft Auto V (2013) .... The Local Population
- Alan Wake's American Nightmare (2012) .... Alan Wake, Mr. Scratch (voices)
- Alan Wake (2010) .... Alan Wake (voice)
- Bright Falls .... Alan Wake (episode "Clearcut," 2010)
- CSI: NY .... Ron Bogda (episode "Hush," 2005)
- Without a Trace .... Oscar (episode "Doppelgänger," 2004)
- Dream Warrior (2003) .... Caleb
- Code Name: Eternity .... Leethan (episode "Death Trap," 2000)
- Kate's Addiction (1999) .... Dylan Parker
- Turkey. Cake. (1999) .... Jimmy
- Desperate But Not Serious (1999) .... Gene
- The New Adventures of Robin Hood .... Robin Hood (23 episodes, 1996–1998)
- Wings .... David Barnes (episode "Love at First Flight," 1996)
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) .... Handsome Lieutenant at Ball
- Beverly Hills, 90210 .... Dan Rubin (10 episodes, 1993)
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) .... Will Scarlet O'Hara
- South Beach .... Richard (episode "Wild Thing," 1993)
- Class of '96 .... Claude (episode "Breaking up Is Hard to Overdue," 1993)
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- Knight, Stephen (2003). Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography. Cornell University Press. p. 173. ISBN 9780801438851.
- Simon, John (May 23, 1994). "...Sondheim's Passion score is a glutinous mass—all the songs sound the same; this Grease-for-today is politically correct..." New York Magazine. Vol. 27 no. 21.
- Esteves, Ricardo C. (September 4, 2020). "Control: AWE". gamereactor.eu.
- Kayata, Erin (April 14, 2017). "Former '90210,' 'Robin Hood' actor sues after bar assault". The Darien Times.