Gaten John Matarazzo III (/ˈɡeɪtən ˌmætəˈræzoʊ/; born September 8, 2002) is an American actor. He began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and as Gavroche in Les Misérables. He currently stars as Dustin Henderson in the Netflix science-fiction drama series Stranger Things.
Matarazzo at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Gaten John Matarazzo III
September 8, 2002
Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Gaten Matarazzo grew up in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He has an older sister and a younger brother. Gaten has cleidocranial dysostosis, a trait he shares with his Stranger Things character. He uses dentures as a result of his condition, and uses his celebrity status to raise awareness about it. Matarazzo is undergoing oral surgery, starting from October 2017, to improve his smile.
Matarazzo uses his platform to raise awareness of cleidocranial dysostosis and fundraise for CCD Smiles, an organization that helps cover costs of oral surgeries for those suffering from the condition. Matarazzo has also started a line of t-shirts whose proceeds will go to CCD Smiles. On his social media sites, Matarazzo actively notifies his followers of how to donate to CCD Smiles and different events he will participate in. Recently, his sister also started a Facebook campaign to raise money for the organization.
|2015||The Blacklist||Finn||Episode: "The Kenyon Family (No. 71)"|
|2016–present||Stranger Things||Dustin Henderson||17 episodes|
|2017||"Swish Swish"||Katy Perry (feat. Nicki Minaj)|
|2017||"Lost Boys Life"||"Computer Games" (Darren & Chuck Criss)|
|2011||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||Benjamin||Palace Theatre, Broadway|
|2014||Les Misérables||Gavroche / Petit Gervais||Imperial Theatre, Broadway|
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Stranger Things||Won|||
|2017||Shorty Awards||Best Actor||Won|||