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Also Known As: Matthew Salinger Died:
Born: February 13, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Windsor, Vermont, USA Profession: actor, producer, waiter

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The handsome 6'4" son of the famed reclusive "Catcher in the Rye" author, Matt Salinger began his career on stage, making his Off-Broadway debut in "Drums in the Night" (1983) before appearing in his first feature, "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984). A starring role on Broadway as a football player in "Dancing in the End Zone" (1985) caught the eye of director Sidney Lumet who cast him as a professor turned political candidate in "Power" (1986). Salinger followed quickly with TV projects, including the miniseries "Blood and Orchids" and the movie "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (both CBS, 1986) and frequently returned to the stage, most notably succeeding Tony Goldwyn as the gay son in the Off-Broadway production of "The Sum of Us" (1991). Salinger went on to play a sleazy shrink in three episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS) during its 1993-94 season before co-starring opposite Connie Sellecca in the short-lived primetime soap "Second Chances" (CBS, 1993-94). Clumsy direction and terrible editing (among a myriad of faults) overwhelmed the sincerity of Salinger's performance in "Captain America" (1990), but he faired much better in Henry Jaglom's "Babyfever" (1994), receiving praise for his turn as the an...

The handsome 6'4" son of the famed reclusive "Catcher in the Rye" author, Matt Salinger began his career on stage, making his Off-Broadway debut in "Drums in the Night" (1983) before appearing in his first feature, "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984). A starring role on Broadway as a football player in "Dancing in the End Zone" (1985) caught the eye of director Sidney Lumet who cast him as a professor turned political candidate in "Power" (1986). Salinger followed quickly with TV projects, including the miniseries "Blood and Orchids" and the movie "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (both CBS, 1986) and frequently returned to the stage, most notably succeeding Tony Goldwyn as the gay son in the Off-Broadway production of "The Sum of Us" (1991). Salinger went on to play a sleazy shrink in three episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS) during its 1993-94 season before co-starring opposite Connie Sellecca in the short-lived primetime soap "Second Chances" (CBS, 1993-94).

Clumsy direction and terrible editing (among a myriad of faults) overwhelmed the sincerity of Salinger's performance in "Captain America" (1990), but he faired much better in Henry Jaglom's "Babyfever" (1994), receiving praise for his turn as the an unromantic boyfriend. Amazed at what producer Robert Corman could put on the screen for $400,000 when acting for him in "Firehawk" (1993), Salinger decided to produce his own movie, making "Fortunes of War" (1994) for $2 million in the Philippines and repaying his backers from foreign sales before the feature had its video release in the USA. Tabling his acting career, he went on to produce "Mojave Moon" (1996) and served as executive producer for "Hacks" and "Little City" (both 1997) and "Stranger in the Kingdom" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Year That Trembled, The (2003) Professor Jeff Griggs
2.
 Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Colleague
3.
 What Dreams May Come (1998) Reverend Hanley
4.
 Fortunes of War (1994) Peter Kernan
5.
 Babyfever (1994) James
6.
 Firehawk (1993) Tex
7.
 Captain America (1992) Steve Rogers--Captain America
8.
 Options (1989) Donald Anderson
9.
 Deadly Deception (1987) Jack Shoat
10.
 Manhunt For Claude Dallas (1986) Claude Dallas Jr
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
Off-Broadway debut in "Drums in the Night"
1983:
TV acting debut as college lacrosse player Dave Meehan in daytime soap "One Live to Live"
1984:
Film acting debut, "Revenge of the Nerds"
1985:
Debuted on Broadway as James Bernard in "Dancing in the End Zone"
1986:
Acted in Sidney Lumet's "Power"
1986:
Portrayed young Frederick Remington in "The West of the Imagination" (PBS)
1986:
Had first starring role on TV in the CBS movie "The Manhunt for Claude Dallas"
1990:
First leading film role, "Captain America"
1993:
Played sleazy shrink Dr Daniel Shreve on episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS)
1993:
Starred in short-lived CBS series "Second Chances"
1994:
Garnered critical praise for work in Henry Jaglom's "Babyfever"
1994:
Debut as producer, "Fortunes of War" (also acted)
1996:
First film produced in which he did not act, "Mojave Moon"
1997:
Was executive producer of "Hacks" (shown at MIFED '97 in Milan and AFI Los Angeles Film Festival) and "Little City" (shown at AFM in Santa Monica, CA and as a work in progress at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival)
1998:
Executive produced "Stranger in the Kingdom", shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival
2000:
Served as a producer of the Off-Off-Broadway play "The Syringa Tree"
:
With star Diane Keaton, produced "Plan B" (lensed 2000)
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -
Phillips Andover Academy: Andover , Massachusetts -
Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1979 - 1980
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1983

Notes

His father, J D Salinger, came to one of the previews for his Broadway debut, "Dancing in the End Zone": "He got a kick out of it, but he had some problems with the play. We have talked a lot about acting. He has a collection of old films.

"He's a critical person but he is very smart, so I often listen to him. He's given me a lot of advice about 'being' instead of 'acting' on stage or film. Not trying to act with a capital A. He appreciates naturalistic, graceful acting." --Matt Salinger in The New Yrok Times, July 24, 1988.

About his own literary aspirations as a college student, Salinger told the London Times (February 5, 2002): "How could I, as my father's son? I would never be able to escape that. The novelist Joyce Carol Oates was taking one of my classes and she was very encouraging about some of my stories. And then I wrote a story based on what had once happened to me: a night in New York, a cab ride I took. There were so many similarities to "Catcher [in the Rye]"; and I had no clue. Somebody pointed it out - and that was the last thing I wrote."

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wife:
Betsey Jane Becker. Jewelry designer. Married on May 19, 1985.

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father:
Jerome David Salinger. Author. Married to Claire Douglas on February 17, 1955; divorced in October 1967.
mother:
Alison Claire Douglas. Psychologist. Married to J D Salinger on February 17, 1955; his second wife; divorced in October 1967.
sister:
Peggy Salinger. Management consultant, author. Born in December 1955; wrote memoir about growing up with famous father, "The Dream Catcher" (published in 2000) which caused an estrangement with her brother.
son:
Gannon Salinger. Born c. 1990.
son:
Avery Salinger. Born in April 1994.
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