Broderick, Matthew 1962-
Broderick, Matthew 1962-
Born March 21, 1962, in New York, NY; son of James (an actor) and Patricia (a painter, writer, and director; maiden name, Biow) Broderick; married Sarah Jessica Parker (an actress), May 19, 1997; children: James Wilkes. Education: Attended the Walden School, New York City; studied acting with Uta Hagen; studied with voice coach Robert Leonard. Religion: Jewish.
Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Publicist—PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Actor, producer, and director. Appeared in television commercials, including the New York Times, Biography Channel, and the United Way; appeared in print ad for Gap stores.
Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.
Villager Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, both best supporting actor, 1982, for Torch Song Trilogy; Los Angeles Critics Award, lead performance, 1982, Antoinette Perry Award, outstanding performance by a featured actor in a play, Theatre World Award, and Drama League Award, 1983, all for Brighton Beach Memoirs; Saturn Award nomination, best actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1984, for WarGames; Cable ACE Award nomination, best actor in a theatrical or dramatic special, 1985, Master Harold and the Boys; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture comedy or musical, 1987, for Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special, 1994, for A Life in the Theater; Antoinette Perry Award, outstanding actor in a musical, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actor in a musical, and Outer Critics Circle Award, 1995, all for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!; MTV Award nomination (with Jim Carrey), best fight, 1997, for The Cable Guy; Chlotrudis Award nomination, best actor, 2000, for Election; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a musical, Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actor in a musical, 2001, both for The Producers; Hollywood Film Festival Award, supporting actor of the year, 2005; awarded joint star (with Nathan Lane) on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2006.
(Stage debut) Brother Vaughn, On Valentine's Day, Herbert Berghof Studio, New York City, 1980.
David, Torch Song Trilogy, Richard Allen Center, New York City, 1981, then Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1982.
Widows and Children First!, Actors Playhouse, 1982.
Eugene Morris Jerome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1982, then Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1983.
Eugene Morris Jerome, Biloxi Blues, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, 1984-85, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1985.
Horace Robedaux, The Widow Claire, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1986-87.
Love Letters, Canon Theatre, Los Angeles, 1990.
Easter Bonnet Competition: Back to Basics, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1995.
J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, 1995.
J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying!, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1995-96.
Thom Thomas, The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man, Signature Theatre, New York City, 1998.
Dan, Night Must Fall, National Actors Theatre, New York City, 1999.
Howard Miller, Taller than a Dwarf, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 2000.
Leo Bloom, The Producers, St. James Theatre, New York City, 2001-2002, 2003-2004.
Lucifer, Short Talks on the Universe, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2002.
Charlie Baker, The Foreigner, Laura Pells Theatre, New York City, 2004-2005.
Felix Unger, The Odd Couple, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 2005-2006.
(Film debut) Michael McPhee, Max Dugan Returns, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
David Lightman, WarGames, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983.
Brother, 1918, Cinecom International, 1985.
Philippe Gaston, Ladyhawke, Warner Bros./Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Paramount, 1986.
Brother, On Valentine's Day (also known as Story of a Marriage), 1986.
Jimmy Garrett, Project X, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987.
Eugene Morris Jerome, Biloxi Blues (also known as Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"), Universal, 1988.
Alan Simon, Torch Song Trilogy, New Line Cinema, 1988.
(Uncredited) Ferris Bueller, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.
Adam McMullen, Family Business, TriStar, 1989.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, Glory, TriStar, 1989.
Clark Kellogg/Narrator, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990.
Bill Campbell, Out on a Limb, Universal, 1992.
Sam Lester, The Night We Never Met, Miramax, 1993.
Tack the Cobbler (Miramax version), The Princess and the Cobbler (also known as Arabian Knight and The Thief and the Cobbler), 1993.
Voice of adult Simba, The Lion King (animated; also known as El rey leon), Buena Vista, 1994.
Charles MacArthur, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table), Fine Line, 1994.
William Lightbody, The Road to Wellville, Columbia, 1994.
Voice of Tack the Cobbler, Arabian Knight (animated), Miramax, 1995.
Richard Feynman, Infinity, BMG, 1996.
Steven M. Kovacs, The Cable Guy, Columbia, 1996.
Voice of adult Simba, Simba's Pride (animated; also known as The Lion King II: Simba's Pride), Walt Disney Home Video, 1997.
Sam, Addicted to Love (also known as Forlorn), Warner Bros., 1997.
Michael Woods, Walking to the Waterline, PorchLight Entertainment, 1998.
Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, Godzilla (also known as Gojira), TriStar, 1998.
Jim McAllister, Election, Paramount, 1998.
Himself, "Godzilla": On Assignment with Charles Caiman (documentary short), Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 1998.
Inspector Gadget/Officer John Brown/RoboGadget, Inspector Gadget, Walt Disney Productions, 1999.
Brian Everett, You Can Count on Me, Paramount Classics, 2000.
You Can Count on Me: A Look Inside (documentary short), 2001.
Voice of Hubble, Good Boy!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003.
Bruce, Marie and Bruce (also known as Wallace Shawn's "Marie & Bruce"), New Films International, 2004.
Walter Kresby, The Stepford Wives, Paramount, 2004.
Steven Schats, The Last Shot, Buena Vista, 2004.
Himself, The Stepford Husbands (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2004.
Himself, A Perfect World: The Making of "The Stepford Wives" (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2004.
Himself, "Stepford": A Definition (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2004.
Voice of Simba, The Lion King 1 ½ (animated; also known as The Lion King 3), Buena Vista Home Video, 2004.
Roger Beekman, Strangers with Candy, ThinkFilm, 2005.
Leo Bloom, The Producers, Universal, 2005.
Steve Finch, Deck the Halls, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.
Ben Green, Then She Found Me, ThinkFilm, 2007.
Voice of Adam Flayman, Bee Movie (animated), Paramount, 2007.
Cooper, Diminished Capacity, IFC Films, 2008.
Taylor Peters, Finding Amanda, Magnolia Pictures, 2008.
Inside Norad: Cold War Fortress (short), Fox Home Video, 2008.
Voice of Despereaux, The Tale of Despereaux (animated), Universal, 2008.
Director and producer, Infinity, BMG, 1996.
Television Appearances; Movies:
John, A Life in the Theater, TNT, 1993.
Professor Harold Hill, The Music Man, ABC, 2003.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Presenter, The 56th Annual Academy Awards, 1984.
The 39th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1985.
Master Harold "Hally," Master Harold and the Boys, PBS, 1985.
The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986.
Presenter, The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1987.
Brother Vaughn, "Story of a Marriage" (also known as "Courtship," "After the Elopement," "Reconciliation," "Shadows of War," and "Renewal"), American Playhouse, PBS, 1987.
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988.
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1989.
"Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs" (also known as "Simply Simon: A Neil Simon Retrospective"), American Masters, PBS, 1989.
The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990.
Voice, The Year of the Generals, CBS, 1992.
Arnold, "A Simple Melody," Great Performances' 20th Anniversary, PBS, 1992.
Presenter, The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993.
Presenter, The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1993.
Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview, CBS, 1994.
Commentator, The Infamous Dorothy Parker: Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell? (also known as A&E Stage), Arts and Entertainment, 1994.
Himself and voice of adult Simba, The Making of "The Lion King," 1994.
Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview, CBS, 1994.
The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995.
The 69th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1995.
Presenter, The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996.
Canned Ham: The Cable Guy, Comedy Central, 1996.
Voice, The West, PBS, 1996.
Narrator, Cancer: A Personal Voyage, PBS, 1997.
Voice of John Ordway, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, PBS, 1997.
Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents The 8th American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1998.
Presenter, The 1998 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1998.
Voice, Margaret Sanger, PBS, 1998.
Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, 1999.
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1999.
Presenter, The 1999 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1999.
Neil Simon: The People's Playwright, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.
Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Inspector Gadget," The Disney Channel, 1999.
Presenter, The 54th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2000.
The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards, Bravo, 2000.
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards (also known as GQ's "2000 Men of the Year Awards"), Fox, 2000.
Comedy Central Presents the Second Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Jonathan Winters, Comedy Central, 2000.
Narrator, Are We There Yet? America on Vacation, History Channel, 2000.
The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001, PBS, 2001.
Voice, Jazz, PBS, 2001.
Cohost, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2001.
Recording "The Producers": A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks, PBS, 2001.
Host, Broadway Legends, 2002.
The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 2002.
Regis and Kelly in Prime Time, 2002.
Presenter, The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003.
General William Tecumseh Sherman and Justice John Marshall Harlan, Freedom: A History of Us, 2003.
Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses, Comedy Central, 2004.
10 Most Excellent Things: "The Producers," 2005.
Presenter, The 59th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2005.
Presenter, The 60th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2006.
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?, 2006.
Reel Comedy: "Deck the Halls," 2006.
The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon (also known as The Kennedy Center Presents: The 2006 Mark Twain Prize), PBS, 2006.
Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser, 2006.
Movies Rock, CBS, 2007.
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education, Comedy Central, 2007.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
(Television debut) Mike, Lou Grant, CBS, 1982.
Prince Henry, "Cinderella," Faerie Tale Theatre (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theatre), Showtime, 1985.
Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1988, 1998.
Late Show with David Letterman (also known as Letterman and The Late Show), CBS, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008.
Voice of Mark, a guest caller, "She's the Boss," Frasier, NBC, 1995.
Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1995, 2005.
"Marlon Brando: Breaking All the Rules," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996.
Voice of himself, "Owen," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1996.
"The Cable Guy," HBO First Look, HBO, 1996.
The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008.
Voice, "Rescue at Sea," The American Experience, PBS, 1999.
On the Record with Bob Costas, HBO, 2001.
The Charlie Rose Show (also known as Charlie Rose), 2001.
"30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song," Great Performances, PBS, 2003.
Larry King Live, CNN, 2004.
The Daily Show (also known as A Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2004.
"Fish Fry," The Barry Z Show (also known as Z-TV), 2005.
Dateline NBC (also known as Dateline), NBC, 2005.
Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2005.
"The Producers," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2005, 2006.
The Megan Mullally Show, 2006.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2006.
Weekend Sunrise, 2006.
"Inside the Hive: The Making of Bee Movie," HBO First Look, HBO, 2007.
"Bee Movie," HBO First Look, HBO, 2007.
Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007, 2008.
Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2008.
The View, ABC, 2008.
Cooter burger, "Cooter," 30 Rock, NBC, 2008.
"The End of the Whole Mess," Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume #2 by Stephen King, 1993.
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, 4th ed., St. James Press, 2000.
Interview, April, 2000, p. 132.
Mademoiselle, October, 1994, p. 86.
New York, March 25, 1985, p. 48.
People Weekly, May 16, 1983, p. 113.
Redbook, September, 1997, p. 114.
Rolling Stone, April 21, 1988, p. 29.
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Nationality: American. Born: New York, New York, 21 March 1962; son of James (an actor) and Patricia (a painter, writer, and director) Broderick. Education: Attended the Walden School. Family: Married Sarah Jessica Parker (an actress), 19 May 1997. Career: Stage debut at age 17 in On Valentine's Day.Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212–1825, U.S.A.
Films as Actor:
Max Dugan Returns (Ross) (as Michael McPhee); WarGames (Badham) (as David Lightman)
Cinderella (Cunningham—for TV) (as Prince Henry)
1918 (Harrison) (as Brother); Master Harold and the Boys (Lindsay-Hogg—for TV) (as Master Harold 'Hally'); Ladyhawke (Donner) (as Phillipe)
On Valentine's Day (Story of a Marriage, title for On Valentine's Day and 1918) (Harrison) (as Brother); Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Hughes) (as Ferris Bueller)
Courtship (Cummings) (as Brother); Project X (Kaplan) (as Jimmy Garrett)
She's Having a Baby (Hughes) (as Cameo at end [uncredited]); Torch Song Trilogy (Bogart) (as Alan); Biloxi Blues (Nichols) (as Eugene)
Family Business (Lumet) (as Adam); Glory (Zwick) (as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw)
The Freshman (Bergman) (as Clark Kellogg)
Out on a Limb (Veber) (as Bill Campbell)
The Night We Never Met (Leight) (as Sam Lester); A Life in the Theater (Mosher—for TV) (as John)
The Road to Wellville (Parker) (as William Lightbody); Would You Kindly Direct Me To Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker (Karp—for TV) (as Commentator); Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) (Rudolph) (as Charles MacArthur); The Lion King (Allers and Minkoff) (voice of Adult Simba)
Arabian Knight (Williams) (as voice of Tack)
Infinity (as Richard Feynman) (+ d, pr); The Cable Guy (Stiller) (as Steven Kovacs)
Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (Burns) (mini—for TV) (voice of John Ordelay); Addicted to Love (Forlorn) (Dunne) (as Sam)
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (LaDuca and Rooney) (voice of Simba); Godzilla (Emmerich) (as Dr. Niko Tatopoulos)
Walking to the Waterline (Mulhern); Inspector Gadget (Kellogg) (as John Brown and Inspector Gadget); Election (Payne) (as Jim McAllister)
You Can Count on Me (Lonergan) (as Brian)
By BRODERICK: articles—
"School's Out," interview with A. Hunter, in Films and Filming (London), no. 389, February 1987.
Interview with Kenneth Lonergan, in Interview (New York), vol. 30, no. 4, April 2000.
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Matthew Broderick left an indelible mark on 1980s cinema with a bravura performance as the eponymous hero in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the archly Oedipal comedy that helped define the actor's screen persona as much as it did the emerging sensibility of Generation X. Ferris is not just the subject of his life, but its architect as well. Director John Hughes exemplifies the control this high school senior is able to achieve through force of will, cunning, and charm by giving him the power to address the audience directly, as he steps out of the story world at will to mug for his eager viewers or explain himself. Skipping school is for Ferris not an act of rebellion, but a work of art that depends on his benevolent, but selfish manipulation of others, especially his double career Boomer parents who haven't a clue what their teenage son is up to. Ferris, an "A" student bored by the inanity of the classroom, has no intention of seeking an alternative to his parents' upscale life. He uses his day off to travel to the city where his father works and eat at a businessman's restaurant, where, it hardly seems coincidental, his father is lunching as well. Ferris must expend great effort and cunning to preserve the illusion that he is thoroughly obedient, but he easily defeats the uninspired efforts of the school's assistant principal to unmask his deception.
Broderick had developed the essential elements of the Ferris Bueller character in some earlier work, especially the engaging Wargames, where his character's childish pranksterism almost causes a nuclear confrontation that, à la Tom Swift, he alone proves able to defuse, once again showing the inadequacies of "official" adultdom. Among other early films such as Project X, he reprises it to great effect. In Biloxi Blues, he plays the smart New York Jew faced with double culture shock: life in the army and life in, of all places, a very non-Kosher Mississippi. Even recently, though older and not so baby faced, Broderick does two turns on the Bueller character, taking it into the realm of likable eccentricity chiefly inhabited by Robin Williams. As the title character in Inspector Gadget, a kind of pleasant RoboCop, and the naïve biologist in Godzilla, Broderick proves able once again to deliver just the right mixture of kooky antiestablishmentarianism and boy-next-door appeal. Less successful is the schlemiel turn on Bueller character that Broderick attempted in The Freshman, where he was much too old to play a naïve recent high school graduate just arrived in New York to pursue a filmmaking career at New York University. The story plays interestingly with age contrasts, pitting Broderick against Marlon Brando as an older version of the godfather; Andrew Bergman's fine screenplay gives Broderick some interesting moments, including a Ferris Bueller kind of chase for an escaped lizard through a terrorized suburban mall. Though directed by Sidney Lumet, Family Business was a critical and popular failure, notwithstanding its casting of Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, and Broderick as the three generations in a family turned to a disastrously conceived crime. Also unsuccessful was Torch Song Trilogy, where Broderick attempts the role of a young gay man (on stage he had appeared in different parts in the immensely popular Broadway extravaganza dominated by the personality and talent of Harvey Fierstein). This mixture of bravura performance and conventional melodrama did not transfer well to the screen, and Broderick seems lost in the role.
Making the transition, more or less, to adult roles, Broderick, despite his energy and wit, has not been so successful with romantic comedy, but always turns in a competent and engaging performance. In The Cable Guy, he plays a young man disappointed in love who, through incredible mischance, becomes hooked up with Jim Carrey's equally lonely cable repairman, who eventually takes over his life. Broderick does a good job of providing the proper human setting for Carrey's legendary antics; his straight man is subdued, submissive, and easy to victimize. The black comedy Addicted to Love offered Broderick more opportunity to shine, but, paired with Meg Ryan doing an excellent turn as an aggressive, low rent talker, he seemed unable to generate an equivalent energy, trapped, perhaps, by the nerdy lineaments of his character (an astronomer from the Midwest). Though the first part of the film focuses on his attempts to spy on the woman who has jilted him, when Ryan's biker lady moves in downstairs he is simply overwhelmed. With some romantic chemistry, the pair might have been able to make the subsequent plot work, but Broderick lacks traditional leading man charisma and sexiness.
In strictly dramatic roles, he has achieved some better results, often as a part of an ensemble (in Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, where as Charles McArthur, one of the Algonquin circle presided over by Dorothy Parker, he does a creditable, if onedimensional job) or as a minor but featured player (in Horton Foote's marvelous 1918, where his footloose young man does not even have a name, but is simply known to the rest of the family as Brother). In his own directorial debut, Infinity (based on his mother's screenplay), Broderick attempts to incarnate an adult Ferris Bueller, physicist Richard Feynman, who, by all accounts, was a manic, difficult, wildly creative person. The film is essentially a love story, but Broderick's version of Feynman lacks the charisma and bubbling creativity that would make this nerdy recluse an attractive romantic partner (Patricia Arquette does a convincing job as the girlfriend, who becomes desperately ill, setting up a kind of Love Story plot where Feynman must find a way to attend to his beloved yet assist with the ongoing Manhattan project). It is in the Civil War epic Glory that Broderick does his finest dramatic work. Here he plays one of history's most famous mama's boys, the Boston aristocrat Robert Gould Shaw, who became the first colonel of one of the Federal Army's first Negro regiments. In a fine, layered performance, Broderick subtly suggests Shaw's fearful hesitancy at Antietam, and the subsequent growth in self-esteem and ideological purpose that transforms him as he assumes a truly important and transcendent moral burden, setting an example for the black soldiers who are called upon to set examples of their own for their fellows not yet in arms. Forced to grow up, Shaw is also forced to accept his own death. It is a part in which Ferris Bueller, all kidding aside, would not be caught dead.
—R. Barton Palmer
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