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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 21, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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Stage and screen actor Matthew Broderick was already a Tony Award-winning Broadway actor when film audiences fell in love with his 1986 performance as a highly evolved high school truant in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Apart from his onscreen successes, Broderick was one of the most respected musical and comedy stage actors of his generation, with highly acclaimed starring roles in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "The Producers." On the big screen, he enjoyed occasional success with broad comedies like "The Cable Guy" (1996) and "Bee Movie" (2007) - as well as his first big hit, the nuclear thriller "Wargames" (1983) - but Hollywood often failed to find a solid place for the mild mannered, bookish-looking New Yorker and he was usually more memorable in independent, character-based films like "Election" (1999) and "You Can Count on Me" (2000).

Stage and screen actor Matthew Broderick was already a Tony Award-winning Broadway actor when film audiences fell in love with his 1986 performance as a highly evolved high school truant in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Apart from his onscreen successes, Broderick was one of the most respected musical and comedy stage actors of his generation, with highly acclaimed starring roles in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "The Producers." On the big screen, he enjoyed occasional success with broad comedies like "The Cable Guy" (1996) and "Bee Movie" (2007) - as well as his first big hit, the nuclear thriller "Wargames" (1983) - but Hollywood often failed to find a solid place for the mild mannered, bookish-looking New Yorker and he was usually more memorable in independent, character-based films like "Election" (1999) and "You Can Count on Me" (2000).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Infinity (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Tower Heist (2011)
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 Margaret (2011)
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 Wonderful World (2009)
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 Finding Amanda (2008)
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 Bee Movie (2007)
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 Deck The Halls (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting after a knee injury
1980:
Acting debut as Brother Vaughn in Horton Foote's play "Valentine's Day"; also starred his father James
1981:
Played lead role in the off-Broadway production of Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy"
1982:
Film acting debut in "Max Dugan Returns"
1982:
TV acting debut in an episode of "Lou Grant" (CBS)
1983:
Had leading role in the summer hit "WarGames"
1983:
Broadway debut as Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1984:
Reprised role of Eugene Jerome in Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway
1985:
Appeared in the Showtime production of Athol Fugard's "'Master Harold'... and the Boys"
1986:
Reprised his stage role of Brother Vaughn in the film "On Valentine's Day"
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Appeared in the off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's "The Widow Claire"
1986:
Breakthrough film performance in title role of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
1988:
Recreated stage role of Eugene Jerome in Mike Nichols film adaption of "Biloxi Blues"
1989:
Delivered a fine turn as Robert Gould Shaw, the white commander of a black infantry during the Civil War in "Glory"
1990:
Offered a comic turn opposite Marlon Brando in "The Freshman"
1993:
Made rare TV acting appearance opposite Jack Lemmon in the TNT movie "A Life in the Theatre"
1994:
Voiced the adult Simba in Disney's animated blockbuster "The Lion King"; also sang
1995:
Returned to Broadway to star in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"; wife Sarah Jessica Parker co-starred in the final months of the show's run
1996:
Co-produced (also directed and co-starred) the biopic "Infinty"; film scripted by his mother Patricia Broderick
1996:
Played the customer in whose life comes Jim Carrey's "The Cable Guy"
1998:
Played a scientist tracking the monster in the blockbuster "Godzilla"
1999:
Offered a winning performance as a teacher out to thwart an overachieving female student in in Alexander Payne's "Election"
1999:
Had title role in the live-action film, "Inspector Gadget"
1999:
Starred in the National Actors Theater Broadway revival of "Night Must Fall"
2000:
Played a bank manager in the Sundance hit "You Can Count on Me," directed by Kenneth Lonergan
2000:
Acted opposite Parker Posey in the ill-fated Broadway comedy "Taller Than a Dwarf"
2001:
With Nathan Lane, co-starred in the Mel Brooks' stage version of "The Producers"; received a Tony nomination
2003:
Portrayed Professor Harold Hill in the ABC television remake of the "Music Man"
2004:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in the Frank Oz remake of the 1975 cult classic "The Stepford Wives"
2004:
Starred as a movie director in "The Last Shot" with Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette and Tony Shalhoub
2005:
Re-united with Nathan Lane to play Oscar and Felix in the Broadway revival of "The Odd Couple" directed by Joe Mantello
2005:
Reprised his role as Leo Bloom opposite Nathan Lane in the feature adaptation of "The Producers"
2006:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
2006:
Played an astronomy teacher in the Broadway play "The Starry Messenger"; second collaboration with director Kenneth Lonergan
2006:
Co-starred with Danny DeVito in the holiday comedy "Deck the Halls"
2007:
Featured in Helen Hunt's directorial debut "Then She Found Me"
2009:
Co-starred with Catalina Sandino Moreno in The New Group's off-Broadway premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Starry Messenger"
2010:
Guest starred as himself on "Louie" (FX)
2011:
Teamed with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"
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Education

HB Studio: New York , New York -
Walden School: New York , New York - 1980

Notes

Broderick was the original choice to play Alex Keaton on the TV series "Family Ties," but bowed out because he did not want to leave New York where his father, actor James Broderick, was dying of cancer. Michael J. Fox was cast in the part instead.

"I think one nice thing about it is ... it sounds unromantic, and I don't mean it to ... it defines things, because you make a contract, a commitment, which is nice. But I can't say I feel differently because I'm married."---Broderick on getting married to E! Online

"When I used to audition, when you got a part, generally that meant the director liked what you were bringing. When you're a little more successful, you find yourself having lunch or dinner and then picking a costume with the director and then coming on a set and starting."---Broderick to Interview April 2000

"I think I liked him because he reminded me of the things that my mom talked about, about men when she used to read "The New Yorker." He was really smart and he's from this really wonderful family and he was raised in the west village in New York and he's the funniest person I've ever known, continues to be the funniest person I've ever known. And you know, he's got this really beautiful face and I just -- and we didn't date for quite a while. We didn't date for another few months, but I liked him immediately. He reminded me of memories I didn't have.---Sarah Jessica Parker on her husband to Larry king CNN February 25, 2004

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companion:
Penelope Ann Miller. Actor. Dated when they appeared on Broadway opposite one another in "Biloxi Blues" (1985).
companion:
Helen Hunt. Actor. Met during the filming of "Project X" (1987); no longer together.
companion:
Jennifer Grey. Actor. Dated in the late 1980s; no longer together; Grey was a passenger in the car Broderick was driving that was involved in a fatal accident in Ireland in 1987.
wife:
Sarah Jessica Parker. Actor. Married May 19, 1997; together from c. 1992.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
James Broderick. Actor. Died on November 1, 1981.
mother:
Patricia Broderick. Artist, playwright, stage director. Died November 18, 2003.
sister:
Janet Craft. Minister. Older; Episcopal minister; married Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker.
son:
James Wilkie Broderick. Born October 28, 2002; mother Sarah Jessica Parker.
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