Matthew Broderick Biography

Theater Actor, Television Actor, Actor, Director, Film Actor (1962–)
Matthew Broderick is an American actor who became a star with his role in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' He's also earned acclaim for his stage work in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.'


Actor Matthew Broderick was born in New York City on March 21, 1962. He won his first Tony Award in 1983 for his work in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and became a film star in 1986 with the popular comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Broderick continued to enjoy success on the big screen in Biloxi Blues (1988) and Glory (1989), and voiced the adult Simba in Disney's The Lion King (1994). He won another Tony Award in 1995 for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and in 2001 he paired up with Nathan Lane for the much-adored musical The Producers. Broderick has since appeared in such Broadway shows as Nice Work If You Can Get It and It's Only a Play

Early Life and Career

Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962, in New York City. His mother, Patricia, was a playwright, actress and painter, and his father, James, was an actor. One of his father's best-known roles was as Doug Lawrence on the popular TV drama Family. Matthew attended the Walden School in Manhattan, where he studied acting. He made his stage debut opposite his father when he was only 17 years old, in a production of Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day.

More stage roles soon followed for Broderick. He landed a supporting role in an Off-Broadway production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, which earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award. (He later reprised his role in a 1988 film adaptation.) This success led to a starring role in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. His portrayal of Eugene Jerome brought him his first Tony Award win in 1983. 

That same year, Broderick gave two memorable performances on the big screen: He worked with Jason Robards in the dramatic comedy Max Dugan Returns, and starred with Ally Sheedy in the computer thriller WarGames as a teenage computer hacker who nearly starts World War III. 

Film and Stage Star

In 1986, Broderick played the title character in the hugely popular high school comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Audiences just adored him as a smart, smooth-talking teenager who plays hooky and embarks on a day of adventures in Chicago. Ferris Bueller was one of the top-grossing films at the box office that year, and remains one of Broderick's best known roles.

Two years later, Broderick starred in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues as Eugene Jerome, a part he had played originally on Broadway. He showed his talents for more dramatic fare with 1989's Glory. In the film, Broderick earned positive reviews for his role as a Civil War officer who leads a volunteer unit of African Americans. His co-stars included Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.

In the 1990s, Broderick worked on a diverse array of acting projects. He voiced the adult Simba in the hit animated movie The Lion King (1994), and won another Tony Award for the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying around this time. Back on the big screen, he helped battle a legendary monster in 1998's Godzilla and won accolades for his work on the comedy Election (1999), with Reese Witherspoon. Broderick later picked up a Tony Award nomination for his role in the Broadway adaptation of Mel Brooks's The Producers in 2001. 

Recent Projects

Broderick has continued to tackle an interesting mix of film, television and stage work. He lent his voice to the animated features Bee Movie (2007) and The Tale of Despereaux (2008), and appeared in the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller comedy Tower Heist (2011). In 2015, Broderick enjoyed a leading role in Neil LaBute's Dirty Weekend. He has also made guest appearances on such popular shows as 30 Rock and Modern Family

On Broadway, Broderick remains a favorite with theater audiences. He has starred in The Odd Couple, The Philanthropist, Nice Work If You Can Get It and It's Only a Play in recent years. In 2015, he began his run in the offbeat comedy Sylvia, about a man who develops an obsession with his new dog.

Personal Life

In 1986, Broderick got engaged to his Ferris Bueller co-star Jennifer Grey. The two were involved in a tragic car accident in Northern Ireland in 1987, in which the driver and passenger in the other car were killed. Broderick was convicted of careless driving, and spent four weeks in a Belfast hospital.

Broderick married actress Sarah Jessica Parker in May 1997. Their son, James Wilke Broderick, was born in October 2002. In June 2009, the couple welcomed twin daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge through a surrogate.

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