Gaten Matarazzo

Last updated on 22 November 2017

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.[2] He currently stars as Dustin Henderson in the Netflix science-fiction drama series Stranger Things.

Gaten Matarazzo
Gaten Matarazzo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Matarazzo at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Gaten John Matarazzo III[1]
September 8, 2002
Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present

Personal life

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.[3] He uses dentures as a result of his condition, and uses his celebrity status to raise awareness about it.[4] 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.[5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Blacklist Finn Episode: "The Kenyon Family (No. 71)"
2016–present Stranger Things Dustin Henderson 17 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2017 "Swish Swish" Katy Perry (feat. Nicki Minaj)[7]
2017 "Lost Boys Life" "Computer Games" (Darren & Chuck Criss)


Year Title Role Location
2011 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Benjamin Palace Theatre, Broadway
2014 Les Misérables Gavroche / Petit Gervais Imperial Theatre, Broadway

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [8]
2017 Shorty Awards Best Actor Won [9]


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