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Also Known As: Matthew Richard Stone Died:
Born: May 26, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: animator, director, screenwriter, actor

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Although born in Texas, Matt Stone was raised in Littleton, CO and he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as a math major. As an undergraduate, he met filmmaker Trey Parker (who reportedly fed him slabs of roast beef) and eventually acted in Parker's first feature "Cannibal! The Musical/Alferd Packer! The Musical!" (1993), a fanciful retelling of the true story of an 19th Century prospector who ate several colleagues. When the film failed to find a berth at Sundance, it was shown at a midnight screening (and reportedly gave birth to the alternative Slamdance Festival). Troma picked up the rights and released the film. After Stone graduated in 1994, he and Parker headed to L.A. and attempted to find work. Commissioned to create a holiday video greeting card by TV executive Brian Graden, the pair fashioned a crudely animated short using construction paper cut-outs. "The Spirit of Christmas" centered on four foul-mouthed kids who witnessed a confrontation between Santa Clause and Jesus Christ over the true meaning of Christmas. The video became an industry hit with celebrities from Tom Cruise to Steven Spielberg obtaining copies. Parker and Stone began to field offers to direct features but...

Although born in Texas, Matt Stone was raised in Littleton, CO and he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as a math major. As an undergraduate, he met filmmaker Trey Parker (who reportedly fed him slabs of roast beef) and eventually acted in Parker's first feature "Cannibal! The Musical/Alferd Packer! The Musical!" (1993), a fanciful retelling of the true story of an 19th Century prospector who ate several colleagues. When the film failed to find a berth at Sundance, it was shown at a midnight screening (and reportedly gave birth to the alternative Slamdance Festival). Troma picked up the rights and released the film. After Stone graduated in 1994, he and Parker headed to L.A. and attempted to find work. Commissioned to create a holiday video greeting card by TV executive Brian Graden, the pair fashioned a crudely animated short using construction paper cut-outs. "The Spirit of Christmas" centered on four foul-mouthed kids who witnessed a confrontation between Santa Clause and Jesus Christ over the true meaning of Christmas. The video became an industry hit with celebrities from Tom Cruise to Steven Spielberg obtaining copies. Parker and Stone began to field offers to direct features but finally accepted cable channel Comedy Central's deal to create an animated series. Almost from its debut in August 1997, "South Park" courted controversy. Not only was the animation subversively substandard but the writing was humorous and took on every sacred cow, skewering topics ranging from religion to euthanasia to the cult of celebrity. No one and nothing was immune. The show also pushed the boundaries of language as the four main characters, Kyle (patterned on Stone), Cartman, Stan and Kenny (who invariably gets "killed" in each episode) utter four-letter words, spew vomit and fart. The amazing success of the show spawned the requisite tee-shirts, videos and other products, lent catchphrases like, "Oh my God! They killed Kenny! You bastards!" to popular culture and led to the network's offer of some $15 million to Parker and Stone to guarantee production of new episodes through the year 2000.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Petit Package, La (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Team America: World Police (2004) Voice Of Chris; Voice Of Matt Damon; All Additional Voices
6.
 Run, Ronnie, Run (2002) (Cameo Appearance)
7.
 Bowling for Columbine (2002) Himself
8.
 Baseketball (1998) Doug Remer
9.
 Orgazmo (1997) Dave--The Lighting Guy
10.
 Cannibal! The Musical (1993) James Humphrey
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Created "The Spirit of Christmas" with Trey Parker, two animated short films referred to as "Jesus vs. Frosty" (1992) and "Jesus vs. Santa" (1995)
1994:
Co-wrote and produced "Cannibal! The Musical!" with Trey Parker
1994:
Moved to Los Angeles with Trey Parker
1995:
Asked by TV executive Brian Graden to create an animated video Christmas card; result was the cult "The Spirit of Christmas", a five-minute short
1997:
Co-wrote and starred with Parker in "Orgazmo"; shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
1997:
Co-created the animated Comedy Central series "South Park" with Trey Parker; also wrote, performed music and voiced several characters
1998:
Co-starred in David Zucker's film comedy "BASEketball"
1999:
With Parker, produced, co-wrote and voiced characters in the feature "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
2001:
Co-created the sitcom "That's My Bush," spoofing the presidential family
2004:
With Parker, co-wrote, co-produced and voiced characters in the feature "Team America: World Police"
2005:
Signed a deal to keep "South Park" at Comedy Central through the end of 2008, with Parker and Stone continuing to write, direct, voice and edit
2007:
Signed a deal with Comedy Central worth $75 million, which will keep "South Park" at the network through 2011
2011:
Teamed with Trey Parker and composer Robert Lopez to create the Broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon"; earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Score
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Education

University of Colorado: Boulder , Colorado -

Notes

"It can't be just me and Trey sitting under a camera anymore, so now we've got 35 people working with us. It takes three weeks to animate an episode, which is blindingly fast by industry standards." --Matt Stone quoted in USA Today, August 27, 1998.

About an episode that included Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride, Stone told Rolling Stone (February 19, 1998): "If you had what we did on any other show, you would have gay groups jumping down your throat, but we did it in such a way that it also had amazing heart. It's still just as fucked-up--it's like an after-school special that has been chopped up and put in a blender."

"To this day, when our heads are getting a little big, if we go and put on an old "Flying Circus" or something, you just watch that and you're like, 'What the hell are we doing?'" --Stone to Time, March 23, 1998.

On why he wanted to work with David Zucker, Stone told Los Angeles Times (May 10, 1998): "As hot as 'South Park' is, the Zucker legacy is way bigger than we are. People know 'Airplane!', 'Top Secret', 'Naked Gun'. People know that style much better than our style of humor."

"We take something wholesome and make it demented." --Stone describing "South Park" to People (August 11, 1997) just before its premiere.

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father:
Gerald Stone. Retired professor. Taught economics.
mother:
Sheila Stone.
sister:
Rachel Stone. Social worker. Born c. 1973.

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