Matthew Broderick was born in New York. He is currently married to Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress. Both of them will be featured on the upcoming show "Who Do You Think You Are". From the age of 17 Matthew Broderick has been involved heavily in acting. Here is a look at his life.
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Matthew Broderick Before the Big Screen
1962 | Greenwich Village, New York
Matthew Broderick was born March 21st, 1962 in Greenwich, New York. His father was actor James Wilke Broderick and his mother Patricia was a playwrite. Brodericks mother was of Jewish decent and his father was Catholic. He went to liberal arts schools in New York and hung out backstage with his father. He could not see himself acting but thought that a career in set designer or stage manager might be in his future. Matthew played football and soccer, but a knee injury put him out of both. At 17 his dad got him a part in a workshop production "On Valentines Day". From there Broderick won acclaim for his portrayal of David, the adopted gay son of drag queen Arnold Beckoff in the Off-Broadway production of "Torch Song Trilogy. In 1981 after only a couple of performances Matthews dad passed away from Cancer. Broderick continued to pursue the dream that his father believed in. He had great reviews and went on to perform in two Neil Simon plays, one being "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1982-83). Since that time he has become one of the most well know and long lasting Broadway stars.
Matthew Broderick Movies and Tragedy
Aug 1987 | Ireland
Once Matthew Broderick found his way on Broadway it wasn't long before Hollywood was knocking at his door. In 1983 Broderick had his first hit of a movie starring in "War Games". He reprised his role in Biloxi Blues in 1985 while on Broadway. For a short time Broderick dated Penelope Ann Miller. They appeared opposite one another.
In 1986 Broderick was the star in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". This was another hit and it was there that he met Jennifer Grey who was his fiance' for a short time. In 1987 while they were vacationing in Northern Ireland Broderick was involved in a head on collision where he received some major injuries and the mother and daughter in the other car were killed.
Broderick spent four weeks in a Belfast hospital with a fractured leg and ribs, collapsed lung and concussion. Grey suffered minor injuries.
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 a prison term of up to five years. He was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving and fined $175. The victims' family called the case "a travesty of justice."
Broderick agreed to meet with the family of the two women in the spring of 2003 so that the family could gain some sense of closure on the accident.
As time went on the movie acting continued. In1987 he and Helen Hunt dated for awhile, but it was in 1992 that he met Sarah Jessica Parker. He was introduced to her through her brother Timothy Britten. They were married in 1997.
Matthew Brodericks Accomplishments
2000 | United States
1980 Acting debut as Brother Vaughn in Horton Foote’s play Valentine’s Day; also
starred his father James
1981 Played lead role in the off-Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy
1982 Film acting debut in Max Dugan Returns
1982 TV acting debut in an episode of Lou Grant (CBS)
1983 Broadway debut as Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon s semi-autobiographical play
Brighton Beach Memoirs
1983 Had leading role in the summer hit War Games
1984 Reprised role of Eugene Jerome in Simon s Biloxi Blues on Broadway
1985 Appeared in the Showtime production of Athol Fugard s Master Harold ... and the
1986 Breakthrough film performance in title role of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
1986 Reprised his stage role of Brother Vaughn in the film On Valentine s Day
1988 Recreated stage role of Eugene Jerome in Mike Nichols film adaption of Biloxi
1989 Delivered a fine turn as Robert Gould Shaw, the white commander of a black
infantry during the Civil War in Glory
1990 Offered a comic turn opposite Marlon Brando in The Freshman
1993 Made rare TV acting appearance opposite Jack Lemmon in the TNT movie A Life
in the Theatre
1994 Voiced the adult Simba in Disney s animated blockbuster The Lion King ; also sang
1995 Returned to Broadway to star in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without
Really Trying ; wife Sarah Jessica Parker co-starred in the final months of the
1996 Co-produced (also directed and co-starred) the biopic Infinty ; film scripted by his
mother Patricia Broderick
1996 Played the customer in whose life comes Jim Carrey s The Cable Guy
1998 Played a scientist tracking the lizard in the blockbuster, Godzilla
1999 Had title role in the live-action film, Inspector Gadget
1999 Offered a winning performance as a teacher out to thwart an overachieving female
student in in Alexander Payne s Election
1999 Starred in the National Actors Theater Broadway revival of Night Must Fall
2000 Acted opposite Parker Posey in the ill-fated Broadway comedy Taller Than a Dwarf
2000 Played a bank manager in the Sundance hit You Can Count on Me directed by
2001 With Nathan Lane, co-starred in the Mel Brooks stage version of The Producers ;
received a Tony nomination
2003 Portrayed Professor Harold Hill in the ABC television remake of the Music Man
2004 Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in the Frank Oz remake of the 1975 cult classic,
The Stepford Wives
2004 Starred as a movie director in The Last Shot with Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette and
2005 Re-united with Nathan Lane to play Oscar and Felix in the Broadway revival of The
Odd Couple directed by Joe Mantello
2005 Reprised his role as Leo Bloom, opposite Nathan Lane in the feature adaptation of
2006 Co-starred with Danny DeVito in the holiday comedy Deck the Halls
2006 Played an astronomy teacher in the Broadway play, The Starry Messenger ; second
collaboration with director Kenneth Lonergan
2006 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
2008 Featured in Helen Hunt s directorial debut, Then She Found Me
2009 Co-starred with Catalina Sandino Moreno in The New Group s Off-Broadway
premiere of Kenneth Lonergan s The Starry Messenger
Matthew Broderick's Family
1997 | New York
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been a couple since 1992. They now have 3 children. There is James Wilkie Broderick, born Oct. 28, 2002. Then there are their twin girls, Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick, both born on June 22, 2009 by way of a surrogate.
They seem to be a happy family. There have been rumors of infidelity but they are still together and will both be appearing on the upcoming "Who Do You Think You Are" preview airing in March of 2010 on NBC.