Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer
Bomer during filming of White Collar in Manhattan, June 7, 2011
BornMatthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 37)[1]
Webster Groves, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Simon Halls (m. 2011)
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Matt Bomer
Bomer during filming of White Collar in Manhattan, June 7, 2011
BornMatthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 37)[1]
Webster Groves, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Simon Halls (m. 2011)

Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer (born October 11, 1977) is an American actor. He made his television debut with Guiding Light in 2001, and gained recognition with his recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck as Bryce Larkin. He played the lead role of a con-artist in the USA Network series White Collar from 2009 to 2014. Bomer won a Golden Globe Award and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his supporting role as Felix Turner in the HBO television film The Normal Heart (2014).[3]

Bomer has also featured in supporting roles in such films as the 2005 thriller Flightplan, the 2011 science fiction thriller In Time, the 2012 comedy-drama Magic Mike and the 2014 supernatural-drama Winter's Tale. He starred in the Dustin Lance Black play 8 on Broadway and at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as Jeff Zarrillo, a plaintiff in the federal case that overturned California's Proposition 8. Bomer is married to the publicist Simon Halls with whom he has three children.

Early life[edit]

Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri,[2] one of three children born to[4] John Bomer, a former Dallas Cowboys draft pick, and his wife, Sissi (née Staton).[5] He grew up in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Bomer attended Klein High School in Spring, Texas, with fellow future actor Lee Pace.[6] Pace and Bomer both acted at Houston's Alley Theatre, a non-profit theatre company.[5] In 2001, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[7]


After graduating, Bomer moved to New York City, where he won the role of "Ian Kipling" on All My Children.[episode needed] From 2001 to 2003, he portrayed the role of Ben Reade on another daytime television soap opera, Guiding Light.[8] He starred as Luc, Tru's (Eliza Dushku) ill-fated love interest, in Tru Calling (2003–04), a supernatural, science-fiction television series on the Fox television network. Bomer appeared on North Shore (2004–05), a primetime television soap opera, as well as in Flightplan (2005), a thriller film with Jodie Foster. In the slasher film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), Bomer portrayed Eric, a Vietnam War veteran who is driving across Texas to re-enlist after his brother is drafted. The brothers run afoul of Sheriff Hoyt and are taken captive by the Hewitt family. He co-starred in Traveler (2007), a short-lived midseason replacement television series which premiered on ABC on May 30, 2007. He had a recurring role, as Bryce Larkin, on Chuck. On October 23, 2009, Bomer began starring in White Collar, which chronicles the partnership between a con artist, Neal Caffrey (Bomer) and an FBI agent, Peter Burke (played by Tim DeKay).[9] BuddyTV ranked him first on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011" and third in 2012.[10][11]

In September 2011, Bomer starred in the Broadway debut of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, a staged re-enactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8.[12] In March 2012, he was featured in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre production as well, portraying Jeff Zarrillo, one of the plaintiffs in the trial.[13][14] In October 2011, Bomer appeared in the science fiction thriller film In Time, in which he played a 105-year-old man, Henry Hamilton. In 2012, Bomer starred as Ken, a male stripper, in the feature film Magic Mike. In 2014, he will appear in Space Station 76, directed by Jack Plotnick.[15][16] He had a supporting role in the 2014 adaptation of Winter's Tale, directed by Akiva Goldsman.[17][18]

In June 2013, Bomer was ranked at #2 on Logo's Hot 100 list, which is based on the votes of readers of the and Bomer was the list's highest ranked man, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[19][20] In August 2013, it was announced that Bomer will provide his voice in the animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations for release in June 2015.[21] In September 2013, it was announced that Bomer will play Montgomery Clift in a biopic about the Hollywood star.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Bomer has been married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011.[2][23] The couple have three sons, including a set of twins, via surrogacy.[24][25] He first publicly acknowledged that he was gay in 2012, when he thanked Halls and their children during an acceptance speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.[25][26] Also in 2012, Bomer was given an Inspiration Award for his work at the GLSEN Awards.[27][28]


2006The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningEric Hill
2011In TimeHenry Hamilton
2012Magic MikeKen
2013Superman: UnboundSuperman/Clark KentVoice; direct-to-video
2014Winter's TaleYoung Man
2014Space Station 76Ted
2015Magic Mike XXLKenPost-production
2015B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly OperationsVoice; filming
2016The Nice GuysFilming
2000All My ChildrenIan KiplingEpisode: "#7485"
2001–03Guiding LightBenjamin "Ben" Reade
2002Relic HunterDriver agentUncredited; episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2003–04Tru CallingLuc JohnstonMain cast (season 1); 14 episodes
2004North ShoreRossEpisode: "Bellport"
2007TravelerJay BurchellMain cast; 8 episodes
2007–09ChuckBryce Larkin7 episodes
2009–14White CollarNeal CaffreyMain cast; 81 episodes
2012GleeCooper AndersonEpisode: "Big Brother"
2013The New NormalMontyEpisode: "The Goldie Rush"
2014The Normal HeartFelix TurnerTelevision film
2014American Horror Story: Freak ShowAndyEpisode: "Pink Cupcakes"


20118Dustin Lance BlackJeff Zarrillo
Other stage credits
1995A Streetcar Named DesireTennessee WilliamsYoung Collector
  • Performances: The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas (1995)[30]
1998Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatAndrew Lloyd Webber, Tim RiceIssachar
  • Performances: Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah (1998)[31]
2003RoulettePaul WeitzJock
  • Performances: New York Stage and Film, Powerhouse Theater (August 1–3, 2003)[32][33]
2007Villa AmericaCrispin WhittellErnest Hemingway
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage (July 11–22, 2007)[34]
20128Dustin Lance BlackJeff Zarillo

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012Online Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[36]GleeNominated
Steve Chase Humanitarian AwardsNew Generation Arts and Activism Award[37]Fight Against HIV/AidsWon
GLSEN AwardsInspiration Award[38]HimselfWon
2013Online Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[39]The New NormalNominated
MTV Movie AwardsBest Musical Moment (shared with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodríguez)[40]Magic MikeNominated
2014Behind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short[41]Superman: UnboundNominated
Online Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries[42]The Normal HeartWon
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries[43]Won
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[44]Nominated
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite Cable TV Actor[45]HimselfWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie[46]The Normal HeartWon
Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television[47]Pending


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