Matthew Broderick

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Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick portrait 2009.jpg
Broderick at the 2009 premiere of Wonderful World
Born(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, voice actor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Jessica Parker (m. 1997)
ChildrenJames Broderick (2002)
Marion & Tabitha Broderick (2009)
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Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick portrait 2009.jpg
Broderick at the 2009 premiere of Wonderful World
Born(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, voice actor
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Jessica Parker (m. 1997)
ChildrenJames Broderick (2002)
Marion & Tabitha Broderick (2009)

Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American film, stage and voice actor who, among other roles, played the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, voiced Simba in The Lion King, and portrayed Leo Bloom in the Hollywood and Broadway productions of The Producers.

He has won two Tony Awards, one in 1983 for his featured role in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs and one in 1995 for his leading role in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was also nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical, for The Producers but lost to his co-star Nathan Lane. As of 2013, Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Early life and education[edit]

Broderick was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, the son of Patricia (née Biow), a playwright, actress, and painter, and James Joseph Broderick III, an actor[1] and World War II veteran.[2] His mother was Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Germany and Poland.[3][4] His father was a Catholic of Irish and English descent.[5][6][7] Broderick attended grade school at City and Country School (a progressive K–8 school in Manhattan) and high school at Walden School (a defunct private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program).


Broderick in Sweden during his promotion of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, December 1985.

Broderick's first major acting role came in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, playing opposite his father, who was a friend of Foote's. This was followed by a supporting role as Harvey Fierstein's adopted son in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; then, a good review by The New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow brought him to the attention of Broadway. Broderick commented on the effects of that review in a 2004 60 Minutes II interview:

Before I knew it, I was like this guy in a hot play. And suddenly, all these doors opened. And it’s only because Mel Gussow happened to come by right before it closed and happened to like it. It’s just amazing. All these things have to line up that are out of your control.

He followed that with the role of Eugene Morris Jerome in the Neil Simon Eugene Trilogy including the plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. His first film role was also written by Neil Simon. Broderick debuted in Max Dugan Returns (1983). His first big hit film was WarGames, a summer hit in 1983, in which he played the main role of David Lightman, a Seattle teen hacker. This was followed by the role of Philippe Gaston in Ladyhawke, in 1985.

Broderick then got the role as the charming, clever slacker in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At age 23, Broderick played a high-school student who, with his girlfriend and best friend, plays hooky and explores Chicago. The film remains a 1980s comedy favorite today and is one of Broderick's best-known roles (particularly with teenage audiences). Also in 1987, he played Air Force research assistant Jimmy Garrett in Project X. In 1988 Broderick played Harvey Fierstein's gay lover, Alan, in the screen adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy. In the 1989 film Glory, he received good reviews for his portrayal of the American Civil War officer Robert Gould Shaw, whom Broderick incidentally physically resembled at the time.

In the 1990s, Broderick voiced Simba, in the successful animated film The Lion King, and also voiced Tack the Cobbler in Miramax's controversial version of The Thief and the Cobbler, which had originally been intended as a silent role. He won recognition for two dark-comedy roles. The first was that of a bachelor in The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey. The second was that of a high-school teacher in Alexander Payne's Election with Reese Witherspoon.

Broderick returned to Broadway as a musical star in the 1990s, most notably with his Tony Award–winning performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and his Tony Award–nominated performance in the Mel Brooks' stage version of The Producers in 2001. He continued to make feature films, including the 2005 adaptation of The Producers. Broderick played the role of Leopold “Leo” Bloom, an accountant who co-produces a musical designed to fail, but which turns out to be successful.

Broderick with Sanaa Lathan at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Wonderful World

Broderick reunited with his co-star from The Lion King and The Producers, Nathan Lane, in The Odd Couple, which opened on Broadway in October 2005. He appeared on Broadway as a college professor in The Philanthropist, running April 10 through June 28, 2009.[8]

He returned to the Broadway stage in Spring 2012 to star in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.[9]


He has won two Tony Awards, one in 1983 for his featured role in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs and one in 1995 for his leading role in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was also nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical, for The Producers but lost to Lane. To date, Matthew Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Personal life[edit]

Broderick and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker in 2009.


Broderick met actress Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother. The couple married on May 19, 1997[10] in a civil ceremony in a historic deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side. Although Broderick considers himself culturally Jewish,[11][12] the ceremony was performed by his sister, Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.[13]

Parker and Broderick have a son, James Wilkie Broderick, born in 2002. In April 2009, it was confirmed that Broderick and Parker were expecting twin girls through surrogacy.[14] Broderick and Parker's surrogate delivered their twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, in 2009.[15][16]

Although they live in Manhattan, they spend a considerable amount of time at their holiday home near Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent his summers as a child. They also have a house in The Hamptons.[17]

Fatal car accident[edit]

On August 5, 1987, Broderick was in a car accident in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, while vacationing with Jennifer Grey, whom he had begun dating in semi-secrecy during the filming of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The accident, which was the event through which their relationship became public, occurred when the rented BMW Broderick was driving crossed into the wrong lane and collided head-on with a Volvo driven by a local mother and daughter, Anna Gallagher 28, and Margaret Doherty 63, who were killed instantly in the accident. Broderick suffered a fractured leg, fractured ribs, a concussion, and a collapsed lung. Grey received minor injuries, including severe whiplash. Broderick told authorities he had no recollection of the crash and did not know why he was in the wrong lane. "I don't remember the day. I don't remember even getting up in the morning. I don't remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg," he said at the time. Broderick was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175,[18][19][20][21] which the victims' family called "a travesty of justice." Martin Doherty, whose sister and mother were killed in the crash, later stated that he forgave Broderick, amid plans to meet with Broderick in 2003, in order to gain a sense of closure. As of February 2014, the meeting has not taken place.[22]

Family history[edit]

In March 2010, Broderick was featured in the US version of the BBC program Who Do You Think You Are?. Broderick stated that his participation in the ancestry research program emotionally reconnected him with the role he played in Glory twenty-two years earlier, as he discovered a paternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Martindale (incidentally sharing the same prenom as his Glory character), who actually was a Union soldier. A veteran of the Battle of Gettysburg, Martindale, who belonged to the 20th Connecticut, was killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Atlanta, and was eventually interred in an unnamed grave at the Marietta National Cemetery. Having identified the grave with the help of historian Brad Quinlin, Broderick's research enabled him to give his ancestor his name back.[23] In the same program Broderick discovered that his paternal grandfather, James Joseph Broderick II, whom he had never known, had been a highly decorated combat medic in World War I, having earned his distinctions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.[2]



1983Max Dugan ReturnsMichael McPhee
WarGamesDavid LightmanNominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Faerie Tale TheatrePrince HenryTV Series: 1 Episode
Master Harold...and the BoysHarold "Hally"Nominated — CableACE Award for Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
LadyhawkePhilippe Gaston
1986Ferris Bueller's Day OffFerris BuellerNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
On Valentine's DayBrother
1987Project XJames "Jimmy" Garrett
1988Biloxi BluesEugene Morris Jerome
Torch Song TrilogyAlan Simon
1989Family BusinessAdam McMullen
GloryColonel Robert Gould Shaw
1990The FreshmanClark Kellogg / The Narrator
1992Out on a LimbWilliam "Bill" Campbell
1993The Night We Never MetSamuel "Sam" Lester
A Life in the TheatreJohnNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1994The Lion KingAdult SimbaVoice Only
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleCharles MacArthur
The Road to WellvilleWilliam "Will" Lightbody
1995Arabian KnightTack the CobblerVoice Only
1996The Cable GuySteven M. KovacsNominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (against Jim Carrey)
InfinityRichard FeynmanAlso Producer/Director
1997Addicted to LoveSam
1998GodzillaDr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos
The Lion King II: Simba's PrideKing SimbaVoice Only
Walking to the WaterlineMichael Woods
1999ElectionJames "Jim" McAllisterNominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Inspector GadgetInspector Gadget /John Brown/ Robo-Gadget
2000You Can Count on MeBrian Everett
2003The Music ManProfessor Harold HillTV
Good Boy!HubbleVoice Only
2004The Lion King 1½Simba (teenager and adult)Voice Only
Marie and BruceBruce
The Stepford WivesWalter Kresby
The Last ShotSteven Schats
2005The ProducersLeopold "Leo" Bloom
Strangers with CandyRoger Beekman
2006Deck the HallsSteven "Steve" Finch
2007Then She Found MeBenjamin "Ben" Green
Bee MovieAdam FlaymanVoice Only
2008Diminished CapacityCooper Kennedy
Finding AmandaTaylor Peters MendonNominated — Prism Award for Performance in a Feature Film
The Tale of DespereauxDespereauxVoice Only
2010Wonderful WorldBenjamin "Ben" Singer
Beach LaneMike BrennanTV
2011MargaretJohn Van Tassel
Tower HeistMr. Fitzhugh
New Year's EveMr. BuellertonUncredited
2013Skum Rocks!Himself


1981Torch Song TrilogyDavid
1983Brighton Beach MemoirsEugene Jerome
1985Biloxi Blues
1995How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingJ. Pierrepont Finch
1999Night Must FallDan
2000Taller Than a Dwarf'Howard Miller
2001–2002, 2003The ProducersLeopold "Leo" Bloom
2002Short Talks on the Universe
2004The ForeignerCharlie Baker
2005The Odd CoupleFelix Unger
2009The PhilanthropistPhillip
The Starry MessengerMark
2012–2013Nice Work If You Can Get ItJimmy Winter


1981Lou GrantEpisode: "Generations"
1985Faerie Tale TheatreEpisode: "Cinderella"
"Master Harold"...and the Boys
1988Saturday Night LiveHost
1993A Life in the Theater (1993)
1995FrasierEpisode: "She's the Boss"
1997Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
1998Saturday Night LiveHost
2003The Music Man (2003)
200830 RockCooter BurgerEpisode: "Cooter"
2009CyberchaseEpisode: "Father's Day"
2010Who Do You Think You Are?
LouieHimselfEpisode: "Heckler/Cop Movie"
Beach LaneTV Pilot
2012Adventure TimeThe Dream WarriorEpisode: "Who would Win?"
30 RockCooter BurgerEpisode: "Governor Dunston"
Modern FamilyDaveEpisode: "Mistery Date"


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