Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer
Bomer during filming of the White Collar episode "On the Fence" in Manhattan
June 7, 2011
BornMatthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 36)[1]
Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, 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 the White Collar episode "On the Fence" in Manhattan
June 7, 2011
BornMatthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 36)[1]
Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, 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, known for his role on the USA Network series White Collar, which premiered in 2009. He earned his first Emmy nomination for HBO's The Normal Heart in 2014.[3] Making his television debut with Guiding Light in 2001, Bomer received notice with his recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck as Bryce Larkin. Bomer has 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.

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.

Matt 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 (2003–2004), a supernatural, science-fiction television series on the Fox television network.

Bomer appeared on North Shore (2004–2005), a prime-time 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]


2006Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, TheThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningEric Hill
2011In TimeHenry Hamilton
2012Magic MikeKen
2013Superman: UnboundSuperman/Clark KentVoice; direct-to-video
2014Winter's TalePeter Lake's father
2014Space Station 76Ted
2014Normal Heart, TheThe Normal HeartFelix TurnerTelevision film
2015B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly OperationsVoice; filming
2015Magic Mike XXLFilming
2000All My ChildrenIan KiplingEpisode: "#7485"
2001–2003Guiding LightBenjamin "Ben" ReadeRole held: November 19, 2001 – July 31, 2003
2002Relic HunterDriver agentUncredited; episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2003–2004Tru CallingLuc JohnstonMain cast (season 1); 14 episodes
2004North ShoreRossEpisode: "Bellport"
2007TravelerJay BurchellMain cast; 8 episodes
2007–2009ChuckBryce Larkin7 episodes
2009–presentWhite CollarNeal CaffreyMain cast
2012GleeCooper AndersonEpisode: "Big Brother"
2013New Normal, TheThe New NormalMontyEpisode: "The Goldie Rush"


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]

2012Steve Chase Humanitarian AwardsNew Generation Arts and Activism Award[36]Fight Against HIV/AidsWon
2012GLSEN AwardsInspiration Award[37]Won
2013MTV Movie AwardsBest Musical Moment (shared with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodríguez)[38]Magic MikeNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries[39]Normal Heart, TheThe Normal HeartWon
2014Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[40]Normal Heart, TheThe Normal HeartNominated


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