Talk:Matthew Broderick

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Is this proper NPOV? "Broderick, possibly on the wrong side of the road, possibly under the influence, drove his BMW 316 head-on into another car carrying 63-year-old Margaret Doherty and her 30-year-old daughter Anna Gallagher; both women were killed."

I removed the phrase "possibly on the wrong side of the road, possibly under the influence" from it. Cruzich 17:11, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

I like the current wikipedia version of the crash description - . It's got more information and AFAIAC seems npov. The current version here leaves too many unanswered questions and forced me to go looking elsewhere - only to discover a much more informative wikipedia version elsewhere. CraigWyllie 04:37, 18 February 2007 (UTC)


Am I the only person who finds it strange that an actor's introductory paragraph is devoted almost entirely to a personal incident, rather than to an overview of what makes him most relevant., i.e. an overview of his acting career?

The traffic incident should have its own heading below the basic summary of who he is and why he's his own article on Wiki. Anything else is editorializing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ncalvin (talkcontribs) 05:08, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Irish heritage[edit]

"Broderick was born in New York City, the son of the late Irish American Catholic actor James Broderick ..."James' entry does not mention he is Irish-American, so why does it say it here? Leads reader to believe it is a fact, yet that is not proved on this resource (yet). Cite in both entries please. 23:45, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

  • All members of the Broderick Family (at least in the USA) are of Direct Irish heritage, although I can't be certain that will continue to be true in the next few generations. I have yet to personally meet a Broderick that can't trace a straight lineage back to's not one of those silly generic American surnames. Wikipedia probably needs a Broderick family page. It's a fact his father James W Broderick was Irish American, just as myself and my Father (James D Broderick I and II) are Irish American...just as James M Broderick III who lived downtown was Irish infinum. James and John are painfully common Broderick names. If only we had an easy online source to cite :P
  • What ridiculous rubbish. QUOTE: "All members of the Broderick Family (at least in the USA) are of Direct Irish heritage" END QUOTE. How do you know? Did you research every single family? Including the ones who, say, have married generation after generation of English, Italian or German-American women since possibly one Irish family centuries ago? Why "at least in the USA"? Does that mean outside the USA it is possible that every single Broderick isn't "Irish" (sic)? How is that possible? Or logical? Tell you what: if you can cite on his father's page that he is properly Irish-American (and that means a recent family connection and not that he is probably descended from one family three hundred years ago with blood dilluted to an almost irrelevant and indetectable amount) then you have a case. At present, his father's entry mentions nothing of the sort. By the way, you can also get your surnaname from marriage, adoption, legal change, and a stepfather. Two examples: Presidential candidate John Kerry went around for years claiming he was Irish American until it was found out that his non-Irish and very Jewish (German I think) antecedants had chosen a good old Oirish name when they turned up at Ellis Island; and I have an Irish surname - my stepfather's. I am English with no known Irish blood for at least six generations. Shows how well your thinking about surnames (and therefore racial labels) stands up, doesn't it? Cite it and it can stay. 18:14, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Ouch. Can we keep it just slightly civil here? Being cutting or brash isn't necessary. I think you can make your point about the accuracy of statements without being rude.SkittlzAnKomboz 01:53, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

I deleted the "Irish-American" category today. This aspect of Broderick's heritage is clearly in dispute and until a source can be found which supports the claim it should not be included. -- Delsource (talk) 20:46, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I've put the Irish-American category back in place with the following source (Broderick's quote: "My father has Irish heritage.") -

No homepage...[edit]

Many have asked why put anything in the "homepage" section of the actors' bio box if there is no official website?

Why not? 2 reasons. First, it saves the user a lot of wasted time on search engines looking for one. Second, it gives the impetus for these poeple to get an official website!

'Nuff said? trezjr 16:52, 22 October 2006 (UTC)


Can someone find a more modern picture of Mr. Broderick than from a movie made twenty years ago? --Conquistador48

Yeah, when I saw that photo it took me thirty seconds to realize who it's of. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:36, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

performances76.24.21.121 17:37, 1 June 2007 (UTC)[edit]

This article omits his performance in Athol Fugard's play "Master Harikd and the Boys" which was a wonderful performance

How about his appearance in the film Wargames? Total ommision. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Broh. (talkcontribs) 00:32, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Notable Roles section needs a revamp[edit]

First of all, there's too much shit up there to begin with. Godzilla could hardly be considered notable, and I would also reconsider Wargames, Glory, and Election.

Second, the section seems to focus exclusively on Broderick's film career. He's as much (if not more of) a stage actor as he is a film actor, and I think that his a couple of his stage roles - particularly in the Eugene trilogy and perhaps in How to Succeed in Business - should definitely be up there.

Em, sorry, I think that Godzilla is totally notable, if only because it was the biggest box office hit he starred in. Also, I think Inspector Gadget should be mentioned.Nazroon (talk) 17:19, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

Today's edits[edit]

I used rollback to delete all of IP edits, not because they were all incorrect, but, at least one seemed to be, and, with no edit summary, it was hard to tell about the other. In any event, IP was correct in that there is no film "Courtship" listed @ IMDb. However, re: "She's Having a Baby", it appears that Broderick apears as himself, not as the character Ferris: from the Allmovie site: "In addition, a who's who of other Hughes alums and Hollywood stars lend their faces and voices to a series of closing-credits shots in which each suggests a name for the titular baby.". JeanColumbia (talk) 17:56, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

Broderick (politely) slams his Wikipedia entry in Metro[edit]

In the April 27, 2009 edition of Metro (New York), he is interviewed:
[interviewer] "OK so is anything on your Wikipedia page actually correct?
[Broderick] "Oh, or course not. They have on there that I'm that person who can heal people with their hands. What do you call them? A Reiki master?
[interviewer] "You aren't?
[Broderick] "Maybe if I tried—but I honestly don't know what it is. I appreciate the thought though."

It's hard to tell whether he's just joking. I see nothing about this in the current version and I looked back a ways and still donlt know what he could be referring to.— (talk) 12:30, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

"Reiki" is a form of martial arts. That is what he is referring to. (talk) 23:33, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

New info/Misc Works[edit]

I am a new Wikipedia contributor. I would like to add the following information to this page, but I got the warning message stating only established Wikipedia editors should edit the page. Would anyone mind doing this? The info and sources are all here. It goes along with the historic New York thing, and the Audio tour is available for free downloading from iTunes and the Bryant park website.

Matthew Broderick's voice can be heard on the audio walking tour, "Bryant Park" (2009), by Soundwalk[1][2]


JenniferEBurwell (talk) 00:45, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

New alternative article images[edit]

1994-1995 41st Drama Desk Awards[edit]

according to Drama Desk here, Vernel Bagneris (Jelly Roll) was the winner. --emerson7 20:28, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Also Voiced Simba...[edit]

In Lion King: 1 1/2 or Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata. (talk) 23:44, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Torch Song Trilogy[edit]

The article currently reads: "This was followed by a lead role as Harvey Fierstein's lover in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy"

Broderick played the lover in the film version, but in the 1981 off-Broadway production, he played the adopted son, David. This is listed correctly in the page for Torch Song Trilogy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:38, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Matthew Broderick Jewish and deconsecrated Synagogues[edit]

If Matthews mother was Jewish then all the children are Jewish.. they can ofcourse practise whatever religeon they like but they will allways be considered Jewish by the Rabbinicle Authorities,

Synagogues cannot be deconsecrated as they are not holy buildings to begin with... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:11, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Matthew Broderick English?[edit]

The links for matthew broderick being english seem to be fake and and English descent.[4][5][6][7],they say Not Found The requested URL /article/nydaily01.html was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request. I think they should be deleted and find actual links that work ,thank you--86 D (talk) 16:36, 4 June 2012 (UTC)


I don't think he was ever in Yu-Gi-Oh.Azul120 (talk) 17:16, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Correction Needed[edit]

The text states that his maternal ancestors are Polish and German Jews. Yet later, the text states that Ireland is the origin of both his maternal and paternal ancestors. This is not consistent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:49, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Done. All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 23:21, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Getting off for murder[edit]

Why was Ireland so lenient?

-G — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:18, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ Soundwalk. Accessed Sept. 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Bryant Park Audio Tour Accessed Sept. 20, 2009.