Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American actor and singer. His best known roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the voice of the adult Simba in Disney's The Lion King trilogy (1994–2004), Leo Bloom in both the Broadway and Hollywood productions of The Producers (2005). Other notable films he has appeared in include WarGames (1983), Glory (1989), The Freshman (1990), The Cable Guy (1996), Godzilla (1998), Election (1999), Inspector Gadget (1999) and You Can Count on Me (2000). Broderick also directed himself in Infinity (1996) and provided voice work in Good Boy! (2003), Bee Movie (2007), and The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), and one for Best Actor in a Musical for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995). As of 2018, Broderick remains the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 2006, for his contributions to the film industry, Matthew Broderick was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion pictures star located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. Eleven years later, Broderick earned induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Broderick in 2009
|Born||March 21, 1962|
Sarah Jessica Parker (m. 1997)
|Relatives||Milton H. Biow (grandfather)|
Broderick was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of Patricia (née Biow), a playwright, actress, and painter, and James Broderick, an actor and a World War II veteran. His mother was Jewish, but not religious (a descendant of Jewish immigrants from Germany and Poland). His father was a Catholic of Irish, and some English, descent. Broderick attended grade school at City and Country School (a progressive K–8 school in Manhattan) and high school at Walden School (a defunct private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program).. He received acting training at HB Studio.
Broderick's first major acting role came in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, playing opposite his father, who was a friend of Foote's. This was followed by a supporting role as Harvey Fierstein's gay adopted son, David, in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; then, a good review by The New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow brought him to the attention of Broadway. Broderick commented on the effects of that review in a 2004 60 Minutes II interview:
"Before I knew it, I was like this guy in a hot play. And suddenly, all these doors opened. And it's only because Mel Gussow happened to come by right before it closed and happened to like it. It's just amazing. All these things have to line up that are out of your control."
He followed that with the role of Eugene Morris Jerome in the Neil Simon Eugene Trilogy including the plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs.
His first film role was also written by Neil Simon. Broderick debuted in Max Dugan Returns (1983). His first big hit film was WarGames, a summer hit in 1983, in which he played the main role of David Lightman, a Seattle teen hacker. This was followed by the role of Philippe Gaston in Ladyhawke, in 1985.
Broderick then won the role of the charming, clever slacker in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At the age of 23, Broderick played a high school student who, with his girlfriend and best friend, plays hooky and explores Chicago. The film is a 1980s comedy favorite, and is one of Broderick's best known roles (particularly with teenage audiences). Also in 1987, he played Air Force research assistant Jimmy Garrett in Project X. In 1988, Broderick played Harvey Fierstein's gay lover, Alan, in the screen adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy.
He starred in the 1989 film Glory alongside Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, where he received favorable reviews for his portrayal of the American Civil War officer Robert Gould Shaw, whom Broderick incidentally physically resembled at the time.
In the 1990s, Broderick was the voice of the adult Simba, in Disney's successful animated film The Lion King, and also voiced Tack the Cobbler in Miramax's controversial version of The Thief and the Cobbler, which had originally been intended as a silent role. He won recognition for two dark comedy roles. The first was that of a bachelor in The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey. The second was that of a high school teacher in Alexander Payne's Election with Reese Witherspoon.
Broderick returned to Broadway as a musical star in the 1990s, winning a Tony Award for his performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broderick then starred alongside Nathan Lane in the Mel Brooks 2001 stage version of The Producers which was a critical and financial success. He played Leopold "Leo" Bloom, an accountant who co-produces a musical designed to fail, but which turns out to be successful. Broderick was nominated for another Tony Award but lost to his fellow co-star Nathan Lane. The Musical went on to win the most Tony Awards in history with 12 wins. Broderick and Lane reprised their roles in the 2005 film adaptation of the same name.
Broderick was reunited with his co-star from The Lion King and The Producers, Nathan Lane, in The Odd Couple, which opened on Broadway in October 2005. He appeared on Broadway as a college professor in The Philanthropist, running April 10 through June 28, 2009. He returned to the Broadway stage in Spring 2012, to star in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.
Broderick met actress Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother. The couple married on May 19, 1997, in a civil ceremony in a historic deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side. Although Broderick considers himself culturally Jewish, the ceremony was performed by his sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.
Parker and Broderick have a son born October, 2002. In April 2009, it was confirmed that Broderick and Parker were expecting twin girls through surrogacy. Broderick and Parker's surrogate delivered their twin daughters in June 2009. Broderick is a New York Mets fan, while Parker supports the New York Yankees, and their son the Boston Red Sox.
Although the couple lives in Greenwich Village, Broderick and Parker spend a considerable amount of time at their holiday home near Cill Charthaigh, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent his summers as a child. They also have a house in The Hamptons.
They are renovating a double wide property on West 11th Street in Greenwich Village that they bought in 2016.
In March 2010, Broderick was featured in the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are?. Broderick stated that his participation in the ancestry research program emotionally reconnected him with the role he played in Glory 22 years earlier, as he discovered a paternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Martindale, who actually was a Union soldier. A veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg, Martindale, who belonged to the 20th Connecticut, was killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Atlanta and was eventually interred in an unnamed grave at the Marietta National Cemetery. Having identified the grave with the help of historian Brad Quinlin, Broderick's research enabled him to give his ancestor his name back. In the same program, Broderick discovered that his paternal grandfather, James Joseph Broderick II, whom he had never known, had been a highly decorated combat medic in World War I, having earned his distinctions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
On August 5, 1987, while driving a rented BMW in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Broderick crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Anna Gallagher, 30, accompanied by her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, killing both instantly. He was vacationing with Jennifer Grey, whom he began dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the crash publicly revealing their relationship. He had a fractured leg and ribs, a concussion, and a collapsed lung. Grey received minor injuries, including whiplash.
Broderick told police he had no recollection of the crash and did not know why he was in the wrong lane: "I don't remember the day. I don't remember even getting up in the morning. I don't remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg." He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175.
The victims' son and brother, Martin Doherty, called the verdict "a travesty of justice". He later forgave Broderick, amid plans to meet with him in 2003, to gain a sense of closure. In February 2012, when Broderick was featured in a multi-million-dollar Honda commercial aired during the Super Bowl, Doherty said the meeting had not taken place and that Broderick "wasn't the greatest choice of drivers, knowing his past."
|1983||Max Dugan Returns||Michael McPhee|
|1983||WarGames||David Lightman||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1986||Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Ferris Bueller||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical|
|1986||On Valentine's Day||Brother Vaughn|
|1987||Project X||Jimmy Garrett|
|1988||Biloxi Blues||Eugene Morris Jerome|
|1988||Torch Song Trilogy||Alan Simon|
|1989||Family Business||Adam McMullen|
|1989||Glory||Col. Robert Gould Shaw|
|1990||The Freshman||Clark Kellogg|
|1992||Out on a Limb||Bill Campbell|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Sam Lester|
|1994||The Lion King||Adult Simba||Voice only|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Charles MacArthur|
|1994||The Road to Wellville||William Lightbody|
|1995||The Thief and the Cobbler||Tack the Cobbler||Voice only|
|1996||The Cable Guy||Steven M. Kovacs||Nominated - MTV Movie + TV Award for Best Fight (shared with Jim Carrey)|
|1996||Infinity||Richard Feynman||Also producer / director|
|1997||Addicted to Love||Sam|
|1998||Godzilla||Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos|
|1998||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||Simba||Voice only|
|1998||Walking to the Waterline||Michael Woods|
|1999||Election||Jim McAllister||Nominated - Chlotrodis Award for Best Actor|
|1999||Inspector Gadget||Officer John Brown / Inspector Gadget / Robo-Gadget|
|2000||You Can Count on Me||Brian Everett|
|2003||Good Boy!||Hubble||Voice only|
|2004||The Lion King 1½||Adult Simba||Voice only|
|2004||Marie and Bruce||Bruce|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Walter Kresby|
|2004||The Last Shot||Steven Schats|
|2005||The Producers||Leo Bloom||Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year|
Nominated - The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated - The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Less Than Dynamic Duo (shared with Nathan Lane)
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Roger Beekman|
|2006||Deck the Halls||Steve Finch||Nominated - The Stinks Bad Movie Award for Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Danny DeVito)|
|2007||Then She Found Me||Ben Green|
|2007||Bee Movie||Adam Flayman||Voice only|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Cooper Kennedy|
|2008||Finding Amanda||Taylor Peters Mendon||Nominated - Prism Award for Performance in a Feature Film|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Despereaux||Voice only|
|2010||Wonderful World||Ben Singer|
|2011||Margaret||John Van Tassel|
|2011||Tower Heist||Mr. Fitzhugh|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Mr. Buellerton||Uncredited cameo|
|2015||Dirty Weekend||Les Moore|
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Jeffrey||Nominated - Gold Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2016||The American Side||Borden Chase|
|2016||Rules Don't Apply||Levar Mathis|
|2018||To Dust||Albert||Tribeca Film Festival Award for Audience|
|2019||Wonder Park||Dad||Voice only|
|2019||The Gettysburg Address||Narrator||Voice only|
|1981||Lou Grant||Mike||Television debut|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Prince Henry||Episode: "Cinderella"|
|1985||Master Harold...and the Boys||Hally Ballard||Television film|
Nominated - CableACE Award for Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
|1988, 1998||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||2 episodes|
|1993||A Life in the Theatre||John||Television film|
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
|1995||Frasier||Mark (voice)||Episode: "She's the Boss"|
|1996||The West||William Swain (voice)||Episode: "Speck of the Future"|
|2003||The Music Man||Professor Harold Hill||Television film|
|2008, 2012||30 Rock||Cooter Burger||2 episodes|
Nominated - Gold Derby Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2009||Cyberchase||Max (voice)||Episode: "Father's Day"|
|2010, 2015||Louie||Himself||2 episodes|
|2010||Beach Lane||Mike Brennan||Pilot|
|2012||Adventure Time||Dream Warrior (voice)||Episode: "Who Would Win"|
|2012||Modern Family||Dave||Episode: "Mistery Date"|
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2013||Untitled Tad Quill project||Jack Lewis||Pilot|
|2015||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Himself||Episode: "Wonderful"|
|2016||Adventure Time||Spirit of the Forest (voice)||Episode: "Flute Spell"|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Joseph Sugarman (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Narrator||TV special|
|2018–2019||The Conners||Peter||4 episodes|
|2019||At Home With Amy Sedaris||Cliff||Episode: "Teenagers"|
|1981||Torch Song Trilogy||David||Nominated - Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
Nominated - Drama Desk award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
|1983||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Eugene Jerome||Tony award for Best Feature Actor in a Play|
|1985||Biloxi Blues||Eugene Morris Jerome|
|1986–87||The Widow Claire||Horace Robedaux|
|1995||How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying||J. Pierrepont Finch||Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical|
Nominated - Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
|1999||Night Must Fall||Dan|
|2000||Taller Than a Dwarf||Howard Miller|
|2001–02||The Producers||Leopold "Leo" Bloom||Nominated - Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical|
Nominated - Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical
|2004||The Foreigner||Charlie Baker|
|2005||The Odd Couple||Felix Unger|
|2009||The Starry Messenger||Mark Williams|
|2012–13||Nice Work If You Can Get It||Jimmy Winter|
|2014–15||It's Only a Play||Peter Austin|
|2016||Oh, Hello on Broadway||Guest|
|2016-19||The Little Mermaid Jr.||Prince Eric|
|2017||Evening at the Talk House||Robert||Obie award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor|
|2018||The Closet||Martin O'Reilly|
The 55th Annual Tony Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 3, 2001 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television . The event was co-hosted by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The Producers won a record breaking 12 awards. Mel Brooks's win made him the eighth person to become an EGOT.A Life in the Theatre (1993 film)
A Life in the Theatre is a 1993 American television movie starring Matthew Broderick and Jack Lemmon. It is based on David Mamet's play of the same name. Lemmon was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Robert.This is the second adaptation of Mamet's play following the 1979 version.Biloxi Blues (film)
Biloxi Blues is a 1988 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Neil Simon, and starring Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken.
Simon adapted his semi-autobiographical 1985 play of the same title, the second chapter in what is known as the Eugene trilogy, the first being Brighton Beach Memoirs and the third being Broadway Bound.Deck the Halls (2006 film)
Deck the Halls is a 2006 American Christmas comedy film directed by John Whitesell, written by Matt Corman, Chris Ord, and Don Rhymer and starring Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, and Kristin Chenoweth. The film was released on November 22, 2006.Dirty Weekend (2015 film)
Dirty Weekend is a 2015 comedy-drama film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke, Gia Crovatin, Matthew Page, Kristen DeVore Rakes, Monique Candelaria and Rob Tode.Family Business (film)
Family Business is a 1989 American comedy-drama heist film directed by Sidney Lumet with a screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel. It stars Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick.Good Boy!
Good Boy! is a 2003 comedy film directed by John Hoffman, based on the book Dogs from Outer Space by Zeke Richardson; Hoffman and Richardson collaborated on the screen story, while Hoffman wrote the screenplay. The film stars Liam Aiken as Owen Baker, as well as the voices of Matthew Broderick, Delta Burke, Donald Faison, Brittany Murphy, Carl Reiner, Vanessa Redgrave, and Cheech Marin as the abundant dog characters in the film.Imperial Theatre
The Imperial Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 249 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan. The theatre seats up to 1417 people.
The Shubert Organization's fiftieth venue in New York City, it was constructed to replace their outdated Lyric Theatre. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp specifically to accommodate musical theatre productions, it opened on December 25, 1923 with the Oscar Hammerstein II-Vincent Youmans production Mary Jane McKane. Since then, it has hosted numerous important musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), Dreamgirls (1981), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985) and Les Misérables (1990), which played at the theatre until 2003. Billy Elliot the Musical played at the theatre from November 2008 until January 2012.
Among the famed 20th-century composers and lyricists whose works were housed here are Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Harold Rome, Frank Loesser, Lionel Bart, Bob Merrill, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen, and George and Ira Gershwin. Performers who have graced the stage include Ethel Merman, Gertrude Lawrence, John Gielgud, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Mary Boland, Ray Bolger, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Mike Tyson, Mary Martin, Zero Mostel, Danny Kaye, Davy Jones, Jerry Orbach, Shelley Winters, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, George Rose, Hugh Jackman, John Lithgow, Nikki M. James, Matthew Broderick, and Josh Groban. It is also the venue of the first Ms. Globe Pageant in 1951.Infinity (film)
Infinity is a 1996 American biographical drama film about the early life of physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman was played by Matthew Broderick, who also directed and produced the film. Broderick's mother, Patricia Broderick, wrote the screenplay, which was based on the books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, both written by Feynman and Ralph Leighton.Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Dirty Dancing (1987), for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her television work includes her 2010 victory in season eleven of Dancing with the Stars, and starring in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks.Ladyhawke (film)
Ladyhawke is a 1985 American medieval fantasy film directed and produced by Richard Donner and starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The story is about a young thief who unwillingly gets involved with a warrior and his lady that are hunted by the Bishop of Aquila. As he comes to know about the couple's past and secret, he finds himself determined to help them overcome the Bishop's oppressions, both in arms and in the form of a demonic curse.Max Dugan Returns
Max Dugan Returns is a 1983 American comedy-drama film starring Jason Robards as Max Dugan, Marsha Mason as his daughter Nora, Matthew Broderick as Nora’s son Michael, and Donald Sutherland. Both Matthew Broderick and Kiefer Sutherland (cameo) are featuring in their first film appearance. This would be the last Neil Simon film to be directed by Herbert Ross, as well as the last of his films starring Mason (Simon's wife at the time).The Cable Guy
The Cable Guy is a 1996 American black comedy film directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick. It was released in the United States on June 14, 1996. The film co-stars Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Diane Baker, Eric Roberts, Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Andy Dick, Amy Stiller, and Bob Odenkirk.The film was a box office success and received mixed reception from critics.The Freshman (1990 film)
The Freshman is a 1990 American crime comedy film starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick, in which Brando parodies his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It was written and directed by Andrew Bergman.
The plot revolves around a young New York film student's entanglement in an illicit business of offering exotic and endangered animals as specialty food items, including his being tasked with delivering a Komodo dragon for this purpose.The Last Shot
The Last Shot is a 2004 comedy film starring Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette, Tim Blake Nelson, Joan Cusack (uncredited), Tony Shalhoub, Buck Henry, Ray Liotta, Calista Flockhart and Ian Gomez. The movie is written and directed by Jeff Nathanson, who wrote Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal.The Producers (2005 film)
The Producers is a 2005 American musical comedy film directed by Susan Stroman and written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan based on the eponymous 2001 Broadway musical, which in turn was based on Brooks's 1967 film of the same name starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Andreas Voutsinas. The film stars an ensemble cast led by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, and Jon Lovitz. Creature effects were provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
The film was released in the United States by Universal Pictures in a limited release on December 16, 2005, followed by a wide release on December 25. It garnered generally mixed reviews from critics and was a commercial failure, earning $38 million worldwide from a $45 million budget.The Stepford Wives (2004 film)
The Stepford Wives is a 2004 American science-fiction horror comedy film. It was directed by Frank Oz from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick and stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill and Glenn Close. The film is a remake of the 1975 film of the same title; both films are based on the Ira Levin novel The Stepford Wives. The remake grossed $102,000,000 worldwide on a $90,000,000 budget.Who Would Win
"Who Would Win" is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Ako Castuera and Jesse Moynihan, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on September 3, 2012.
The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, Finn and Jake challenge a monster named The Farm to fight, but they end up battling each other. Eventually, they repair their friendship and win the fight.
The episode, which guest stars Tom Gammill as The Farm and Matthew Broderick as the Dream Warrior, addresses several different themes, including whether Finn could conceivably hold his own against his more overpower brother, and perhaps more abstractly, whether willpower can overcome physical limitations. The episode was met with mostly positive critical reviews.Wonder Park
Wonder Park is a 2019 computer animated adventure film produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation. The film stars the voice talents of newcomer Brianna Denski, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Kath Soucie, Norbert Leo Butz, and Kevin Chamberlin. The film was directed by former Pixar animator Dylan Brown in his directorial debut; while he was involved through most of the production, he was fired by Paramount in January 2018 after "multiple complaints of 'inappropriate and unwanted behavior'", and was subsequently uncredited.The film was released in 2D and 3D formats in the United States on March 15, 2019 by Paramount Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $93 million worldwide. A television series based on the film will debut that same year on Nickelodeon, making it the third animated film from Nickelodeon Movies (after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Barnyard) to spawn an animated series on the network, as well as the first to not be produced by Steve Oedekerk.
Awards for Matthew Broderick