Matt Willig

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Matt Willig
Date of birth: (1969-01-21) January 21, 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth: Santa Fe Springs, California
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
College: Southern California
As player:
New York Jets
Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers
St. Louis Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Carolina Panthers
St. Louis Rams
Career stats
Playing stats at

Matthew Joseph "Matt" Willig (born the 21st January 1969) is an American actor and former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. He stands 203 cm (6 feet, 8 inches).



He was portraying the character Special Agent Simon Cade in season eight of NCIS (TV series) 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 new 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

Voice Acting[edit]

Willig voiced The Juggernaut in the Marvel game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.[1]

Professional football[edit]

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.[2] He also made Super Bowl XXXVIII with the Carolina Panthers, but this time ended up on the losing side.

College football[edit]

He played college football at the University of Southern California as a member of the 1989 Rose Bowl winning team.

High School sports[edit]

Willig played football and basketball at St. Paul High School (Santa Fe Springs, California).

Personal life[edit]

Willig was born in La Mirada, California. A public administration major, Matt and his wife, Chris, live in the Walnut Acres neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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.



  1. ^ "The Deadly Villains of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - IGN". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVIII". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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