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Also Known As: David John Matthew, David J Matthews Died:
Born: January 9, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: vocalist, guitarist, actor

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The public face of the improvisational, jazz/jam fusion-based Dave Matthews Band (DMB), Dave Matthews enjoyed a religiously devoted fanbase who lived for the band's tours, albums and live music recordings. Launching from the college/fraternity circuit and powered by a bootleg-swapping, Matthews-approved community, the Grammy-winning group's nonstop tours made it one of the most financially successful acts of all time. Notching smash albums like Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash, as well as hit singles such as "Ants Marching," "Crash Into Me" and "The Space Between," DMB became more than a beloved band, but a Grateful Dead-type movement whose followers adored Matthews's funky, rough-edged sound and Earth-friendly ethos. Matthews himself remained the good-natured global citizen at the center of it all, releasing a solo album Some Devil, collaborating with a slew of talented musicians, and making small film appearances in features like "Because of Winn-Dixie" (2005) and several Adam Sandler crowd-pleasers including "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007) and "Just Go With It" (2011). Always humble and unfailingly polite in his public appearances and interviews, Dave Matthews built an amazing...

The public face of the improvisational, jazz/jam fusion-based Dave Matthews Band (DMB), Dave Matthews enjoyed a religiously devoted fanbase who lived for the band's tours, albums and live music recordings. Launching from the college/fraternity circuit and powered by a bootleg-swapping, Matthews-approved community, the Grammy-winning group's nonstop tours made it one of the most financially successful acts of all time. Notching smash albums like Under the Table and Dreaming and Crash, as well as hit singles such as "Ants Marching," "Crash Into Me" and "The Space Between," DMB became more than a beloved band, but a Grateful Dead-type movement whose followers adored Matthews's funky, rough-edged sound and Earth-friendly ethos. Matthews himself remained the good-natured global citizen at the center of it all, releasing a solo album Some Devil, collaborating with a slew of talented musicians, and making small film appearances in features like "Because of Winn-Dixie" (2005) and several Adam Sandler crowd-pleasers including "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007) and "Just Go With It" (2011). Always humble and unfailingly polite in his public appearances and interviews, Dave Matthews built an amazing musical empire without sacrificing his core message of living a happy and centered life.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Just Go with It (2011)
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 Lake City (2008)
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 Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) Otis
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 Where the Red Fern Grows (2004) Will Coleman
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 Go Further (2003)
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1974:
Family moved to Cambridge, England from Johannesburg, South Africa
1986:
Moved to New York; briefly worked for IBM
1991:
Formed the Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville, Virginia
1991:
Played first public show at Charlottesville, VA's Earth Day Festival
1993:
Released Dave Matthews Band's debu album <i>Remember Two Things</i> on their Bama Rags label
1994:
Released major label debut <i>Under the Table & Dreaming</i> after signing with RCA; produced by Steve Lillywhite
1996:
Released <i>Crash</i> the band's second album for RCA
1996:
Matthews launched an attack on bootleggers in conjunction with the Federal Government, targeting stores that were selling semilegal discs of live performances
1997:
Released double-disc <i>Live at Red Rocks 8-15-95</i> under the Bama Rags/RCA label; without any marketing or promotion, the album debuted at No. 3 on the <i>Billboard</i> charts and was instantly certified platinum
1998:
Released third studio album <i>Before These Crowded Streets</i>
1999:
Bama Rags/RCA released collaboration album <i>Live at Luther College: An Acoustic Performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds</i>
1999:
Released <i>Listener Supported</i>, the third installment in ongoing live album series; album was recorded live at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena and a video of the performance concurrently released
2001:
Joined legendary producer Glen Ballard to co-write 12 new songs for <i>Everyday</i>
2002:
Released <i>Busted Stuff</i>, which included the single "Where Are You Going"; single featured on the soundtrack for the Adam Sandler film "Mr. Deeds"
2003:
Made feature film debut in "Where the Red Fern Grows"
2003:
Released first solo album <i>Some Devil</i>, featuring the single "Gravedigger"
2005:
Starred in the family drama "Because of Winn-Dixie" opposite Jeff Daniels and Cicely Tyson
2007:
Made a cameo in Sandler's film "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"
2008:
Cast as a racist in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," starring Sandler
2011:
Third film opposite Sandler, "Just Go with It"
2012:
Reunited with producer Steve Lillywhite for the Dave Matthews Band album <i>Away From The World</i>
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Notes

"Our job is to focus on real simple things, treasuring our friendships and treasuring the music, and treasuring our time doing what we love to do, because it will pass," he says. "And then what happens next? I don't know. We'll have to wait 'til we get there."---Dave Matthews to CNN.com, September 8, 1998.

"Occasionally I think being a hermit might be nice. But I try very hard to at least give myself the appearance of an average life. I indulge myself with very normal things, taking my kids to the movie, doing my own grocery shopping or cooking my meals at home. I'm repulsed by the idea of building a big wall and living in a house behind it. I don't think it's healthy. So that allows me to not be afraid of trying small things."---Dave Matthews quoted to VH1, February 17, 2005.

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