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|Date of birth||January 21, 1969|
|Place of birth||La Mirada, California|
|1992-1995||New York Jets|
|1998||Green Bay Packers|
|1999||St. Louis Rams|
|2000–2002||San Francisco 49ers|
|2005||St. Louis Rams|
Willig was born in La Mirada, California. He played football and basketball at St. Paul High School (Santa Fe Springs, California). He played college football at the University of Southern California as a member of the 1989 Rose Bowl winning team. He was a public administration major.
Professional football career
Willig played 14 years for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, St Louis Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. Willig won a Super Bowl ring while playing for the St Louis Rams. He also made Super Bowl XXXVIII with the Carolina Panthers, but this time ended up on the losing side.
He was portraying the character Special Agent Simon Cade in season eight of NCIS until the first episode of season nine which was aired on the 20th September 2011. In 2009, he had a supporting role as a brutish caveman tormenting Jack Black and Michael Cera in the motion picture Year One. He appeared as a gang member named Little Chino on the Showtime series, Dexter (2007). He has appeared as a bodyguard named Yuri on the NBC series Chuck, and also has appeared in an episode of My Name is Earl entitled "Bullies". Matt has acted in numerous national commercial campaigns, including a Capital One spot with David Spade, a Bud Light spot, and as an action hero in a Halls commercial. He also appeared in a season 7 episode of Malcolm In the Middle, as Crash, a recovering alcoholic, and had a small role in the 1993 Hong Kong action movie, Full Contact. He appeared in a minor role in iCarly as a truckdriver named "Sledghammer". He made another guest appearance on The Suite Life on Deck as a genie in season 2 episode 22. On Sonny with a Chance in the "Sonny Get Your Goat" episode, he appeared as "Limo", the mode of transportation to Tawni's motel room in a foreign country, and appeared in the Disney XD show Pair of Kings. Willig also had a supporting role in the second episode of Terriers. He played Mike Drake in the critically acclaimed independent thriller The Employer. He also appears in the upcoming film A Resurrection. In 2011, he was on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Billy Abbott's bodyguard, "Tank". More recently he played One Eye, a Mexican drug dealer, in We're The Millers and Gregorek in NBC's series Grimm.
Owing to his appearance in the smash Showtime series Dexter; a rock and roll band named Little Chino from Bedfordshire in the UK has been formed with the band in regular contact with Matt via Twitter.
- The Benchwarmers (2006)
- The Suite Life on Deck (2010)
- Year One (2009)
- Sonny with a Chance (2012)
- Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012)
- We're the Millers (2013)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
- Stretch (2014)
- Concussion (2015)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
- "Super Bowl XXXVIII". eb.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
- "The Deadly Villains of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - IGN". Uk.comics.ign.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11.