Salinger, Matt 1960–

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SALINGER, Matt 1960–


Full name, Matthew Salinger; born February 13, 1960, in Windsor, VT; son of Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (a writer) and Alison Claire Douglas (a psychologist); married Betsey Jane Becker (a jewelry manufacturer and designer), May 19, 1985; children: Gannon, Avery. Education: Attended Princeton University, 1979–80; Columbia University, B.A., art history, 1983; studied acting with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury and at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Avocational Interests: Hiking, skiing, outdoor activities, environmental and conservation causes.


Actor and producer. Appeared with the Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City; New Moon Productions, founder, 1994, and producer; Malibu Stage Company, president of the board, beginning 1995; involved in marketing efforts for stage plays. North Country School, member of the board, beginning 1996; member of Young Artists United (community service group).


Film Appearances:

Danny Burke, Revenge of the Nerds, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1984.

Phillip Aarons, Power, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

Donald Anderson, Options, Vestron, 1989.

Steve Rogers/Captain America, Captain America, Columbia/TriStar, 1992.

Tex, Firehawk, Concorde Productions, 1993.

James, Babyfever, Rainbow Releasing, 1994.

Peter Kernan, Fortunes of War, Columbia/TriStar, 1994.

Reverend Hanley, What Dreams May Come, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1998.

First police officer, Let the Devil Wear Black, A–pix Entertainment/Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Colleague, Under the Tuscan Sun (also known as Sotto il sole della Toscana), Buena Vista, 2003.

Professor Jeff Griggs, The Year That Trembled, Novel City Pictures, 2003.

Mal Gunn, Bigger Than the Sky, Snapdragon Productions, 2004.

Myshkin, Black Dawn, Screen Gems, 2005.

Film Executive Producer:

Hacks (also known as The Big Twist and Sink or Swim), Rigorous Productions, 1997.

Little City, Miramax, 1998.

A Stranger in the Kingdom, Kingdom Come Pictures, 1998.

Disappearances, Kingdom County Productions, 2004.

Film Producer:

Wild at Heart, Samuel Goldwyn, 1990.

Fortunes of War, Columbia/TriStar, 1994.

Mojave Moon, Trimark Pictures, 1996.

Let the Devil Wear Black, A–pix Entertainment/Trimark Pictures, 1999.

Four Dogs Playing Poker (also known as 4 Dogs Playing Poker), MDP Worldwide, 2000.

Meeting Daddy, Triangle Group, 2000.

Plan B, Franchise Pictures, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

Manke, Drums in the Night, Horace Mann Theatre, New York City, 1982.

All God's Children Got Wings, Horace Mann Theatre, 1983.

Pete, One Night at Studio, Zephyr Theatre, Los Angeles, 1984.

James Bernard, Dancing in the End Zone, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Charly Bacon, Charly Bacon and His Family, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1988.

Ben, The Downside, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1989–90.

Jeff, The Sum of Us, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, c. 1990–91.

Also appeared in No Exit, Theatre East, New York City.

Stage Producer:

The Syringa Tree (also known as The Syringa Tree: A Journey of the Heart), Playhouse 91, New York City, 2000–2002, published by Dramatists Play Service, 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dave Meehan, One Life to Live (also known as OLTL), ABC, 1983.

Mike Chulack, Second Chances, CBS, 1993–94.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lieutenant Bryce Parker, Blood & Orchids, CBS, 1986.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Claude Dallas, Jr., Manhunt for Claude Dallas, CBS, 1986.

Jack Shoat, Deadly Deception, CBS, 1987.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Young Frederick Remington, "The Wild Riders," The West of the Imagination, PBS, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Dr. Danny Shreve, "Duty Free Rome," Picket Fences, CBS, 1993.

Dr. Danny Shreve, "Under the Influence," Picket Fences, CBS, 1993.

Dr. Danny Shreve, "Unlawful Entries," Picket Fences, CBS, 1993.

Mark Kanar, "Day 3: 9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M.," 24 (also known as 24 Hours), Fox, 2004.

Seth Webster, "Hate," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Mark Kanar, "Day 3: 9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M.," 24 (also known as 24 Hours), Fox, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

James Cabot Barrington III, Barrington, CBS, 1987.

Young Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder, NBC, 1988.

Television Producer:

The Syringa Tree (also known as The Syringa Tree: A Journey of the Heart), PBS, 2002.



New York Times, July 24, 1988.

Playbill, February 7, 2002.

Times (London), February 5, 2002.

Electronic:,, February 15, 2001.

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