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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 7½" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany and Poland).

Matthew initially took up acting at New York's upper-crust Walden School after being sidelined from his athletic pursuits (football and soccer) by a knee injury. His father got him his stage debut at age 17 in a workshop production of the play "On Valentine's Day". Matthew's career then accelerated with parts in two Neil Simon projects: the play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1982-83) and the feature film Max Dugan Returns (1983). Broderick reprised the role of Eugene in "Biloxi Blues" (1988), the second installment of the Simon trilogy, for both the Broadway production and the film adaptation (Biloxi Blues (1988)). For the third and final installment of the trilogy, he was replaced by Jonathan Silverman. In 1983, the same year as Max Dugan Returns (1983), Broderick had his first big-screen success in the light comedy WarGames (1983). Since then he has had his fair share of hits and misses, with some of his better films including Project X (1987) also starring Helen Hunt, whom he subsequently dated; Addicted to Love (1997); and Inspector Gadget (1999). Other films he has appeared in which may be known but not so much respected include Out on a Limb (1992) with his Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) co-star Jeffrey Jones; The Night We Never Met (1993); The Road to Wellville (1994); and The Cable Guy (1996) with Jim Carrey, which got him an MTV "Best Fight" award nomination; and the MTV film Election (1999) with Reese Witherspoon. In 1985 he was involved in a controversial car crash while driving in Ireland with his then fiancée Jennifer Grey. The crash killed a woman and her daughter. Broderick paid a small fine to the family of the victims. He broke his leg in the accident, which happened just as Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), his biggest hit, was coming out in the US. The box office success (but critical flop) and special effects blockbuster Godzilla (1998) gave Broderick his first action role (should any "Godzilla" sequels be planned, he is under contract for two more). He has occasionally returned to the stage in New York, either in revivals of old musical warhorses such as "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" or in revivals of old "show people"plays, such as "Night Must Fall". In 1996 Broderick attempted to wear three hats as co-producer/director/actor in Infinity (1996), working very closely with his mother, who also wrote the screenplay. It was not a critical or commercial success, and he has not directed or produced since. Since May 1997 he has been married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker. He was previously engaged to both Helen Hunt and dated Lili Taylor. In 1999 he donned a trenchcoat for the children's film Inspector Gadget (1999), alongside Rupert Everett as the evil villain Claw. In March 2001 Broderick returned to Broadway in the musical smash "The Producers" (based on the 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name). He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, which he lost to his co-star, Nathan Lane.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Family (2)

Spouse Sarah Jessica Parker (19 May 1997 - present)  (3 children)
Parents Broderick, Patricia
Broderick, James

Trade Mark (2)

Boyish charm
In the 1980s, playing brash, youthful and precocious kids who were expert at hustling. By the 1990s, he had began playing depressed, desolate hang-dogs

Trivia (47)

Was involved in a deadly car crash on vacation in Ireland with former girlfriend Jennifer Grey in which he was hurt and two passengers in the other car were killed.
Even after he got married, he had dinner with his mother at her house every Sunday night, from 1981 until her death in 2003.
(May 15, 2001) On Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), he denied a rumor that he bought Cary Grant's bathtub, though he did sit in it.
Has two older sisters: Martha Broderick, a therapist and Janet Broderick, a minister.
Loves to play ping-pong with his childhood best friend, Kenneth Lonergan.
Was the first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties (1982), but he did not want to be committed to a long television run.
His sister Janet, a minister, performed at his and Sarah Jessica Parker's wedding ceremony. The ceremony took place at a Lower East Side synagogue.
For his return to "The Producers" in December 2003-April 2004, he is being paid $100,000 a week.
Made his feature film debut in Max Dugan Returns (1983), which was also the debut of Kiefer Sutherland.
His father had Irish, with some English, ancestry. His mother's family was Jewish (from Germany and Poland).
Has won two Tony Awards: in 1983, as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Brighton Beach Memoirs"; and, in 1995, as Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". He was also nominated as Best Actor (Musical) in 2001 for "The Producers", the new Mel Brooks musical.
Was introduced to wife Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother, Timothy Britten Parker.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Californnia on January 9, 2006.
He and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker had movies opening on the same day in the United States: December 16, 2005. His movie was The Producers (2005), her movie was The Family Stone (2005).
Studied with a famed 'Reiki master' in Brooklyn for many years. Reiki is a Japanese alternative healing technique in which a master channels the universe's 'Reiki' energy through touch, strengthening the patients own supply.
Sang "I Can Only Give You Love" for wife Sarah Jessica Parker at her 40th birthday.
Broke his collarbone in a horse-riding accident in County Donegal, Ireland in August 2006. He ended up in Sligo Hospital, but was released a few hours later. His wife was with him at the hospital.
Studied drama at Herbert Berghof HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Became a father for the first time at age 40 when his wife Sarah Jessica Parker gave birth to their son James Wilke Broderick on October 28, 2002.
Became a father for the second and third time at age 47 when he and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed twin daughters Matilda Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge Broderick via a surrogate on June 22, 2009.
He was considered for the role of Joel Goodson in Risky Business (1983), which went to Tom Cruise.
During production of Deck the Halls (2006), he could often be heard saying to himself, "I've hit rock bottom".
He turned down the role of Johnny Utah in Point Break (1991), which went to Keanu Reeves.
He was considered for the role of Brad Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) which went to Judge Reinhold.
He was considered for the role of Douglas Quaid in Total Recall (1990), which went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He was considered for the role of Steve Gray in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013). The role went to Jim Carrey, his co-star in The Cable Guy (1996).
He was going to star opposite Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), until somebody realised that he would look like Steve Martin's grandson.
He turned down the lead role of Maverick in Top Gun (1986), which went to Tom Cruise.
He turned down the role of Michael Boll in Bad Influence (1990), which went to James Spader.
He was considered for the role of Homer Wells in The Cider House Rules (1999) during its early development.
He was originally cast as David Kahane in The Player (1992) when Sidney Lumet was directing.
He was originally cast in No Small Affair (1984) in 1981 opposite Sally Field, but dropped out when Martin Ritt suffered a heart attack.
He was originally cast as Jeffrey Willis in The Flamingo Kid (1984), but dropped out. Matt Dillon replaced him.
He turned down the lead role in Jeffrey (1995), which went to Steven Weber.
Prior to voicing Simba in The Lion King (1994), he was considered for the role of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (1989).
He turned down the role of Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties (1982), which went to Michael J. Fox.
He did not get along with Cary Elwes while making Glory (1989).
He was considered for the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad (2008), which went to Bryan Cranston.
He was considered for the lead role in Batman (1989), which went to Michael Keaton.
He was awarded the 1983 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Brighton Beach Memoirs", on Broadway in New York City.
He was awarded the 1982 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance in Leading Role for the play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Friends with Kristin Chenoweth.
Matthew and his family have a home in Donegal (Ireland) where where they vacation annually.
He has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and The Lion King (1994).
Was considered for the role of Cedric the Bellman in Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. The role went to Rob Schneider.
Made his London West End debut in friend Kenneth Lonergan's "The Starry Messenger" with Elizabeth McGovern. [May 2019]

Personal Quotes (5)

In a 1988 Premiere magazine article, Matthew talked about his love scene with his Torch Song Trilogy (1988) co-star Brian Kerwin. He said, "It was fun being romantic, sexy with a man.".
Before I knew it, I was like this guy in a hot play [Torch Song Trilogy]. And suddenly all these doors opened... It's just amazing. All these things have to line up that are out of your control.
I acquired fame by playing the coolest kid who ever lived. Now, the only roles I can seem to get are bleak, insecure men. I do find almost every character I play quite interesting, though.
[on his car crash] 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.
[2008] [5-year-old son James is] already curious. I can just see the little budding gene of a smoker in there. He'll see a cigarette butt and say, 'What is that? Why do people smoke?' I used to smoke cigarettes, and I still do, lately. I gave that up a long time ago, but every now and then I will fall off for a week. [Wife Sarah Jessica Parker is] worse than me on that.

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