Gaten Matarazzo is a young American actor who has been enjoying a lot of success on television. He kicked off his career with a role in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Benjamin and currently plays the role of Dustin Henderson in the science-fiction series Stranger Things.
His personality is not without some controversies as there exists another thespian who bears the same name as his. Find out all about this mixed-identity case here in addition to some background information about the young actor.
Who is Gaten Matarazzo? His Age
Gaten whose full name is Gaten John Matarazzo III was born in the early millennial era; the year 2002 on the 8th of September in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey to Gaten Matarazzo Sr. and Heather Matarazzo. He has two other siblings named Sabrina and Carmen Matarazzo who have featured in television commercials.
He was born with a rare form of a genetic disorder known as cleidocranial dysplasia which causes the delayed development of bones in the skull, face, and teeth. His is a milder form of the condition as it has been classified as non-genetic. He was born without a collarbone, still has milk teeth and uses dentures to help himself. On the brighter side of things, Gaten employs his fame as a television celebrity to raise awareness about the condition. As a student, he faced bullying from an older student who didn’t understand why his shoulders looked the way they did.
Today, the young celebrity raises awareness and does fundraising for CCD Smiles, an organization that subsidizes the cost of oral surgeries for cleidocranial dysostosis patients. His sister recently started a Facebook campaign geared towards raising funds for this organization, just like his line of T-shirts has its proceeds going directly to the coffers of CCD Smiles. On his social media pages, he keeps his fans updated on the different events he will be attending and as well encourages them to donate to CCD Smiles.
Gaten Matarazzo began his career as an actor from an early age. He played the character of Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre and in 2014, the role of Gavroche/Petit Gervais was brought to life by him in Les Misérables which was shown on stage at the Imperial Theatre.
He made his television debut in 2015 in the episode: The Kenyon Family (No. 71) of The Blacklist as Finn. Dustin Henderson is obviously his biggest role so far which he has been playing since 2016 in Stranger Things. In 2017 he made an appearance in episode 7 season 10 of the film titled Ridiculousness as himself and in this same year, he made three notable appearances in music videos like Swish Swish by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj, Lost Boys Life by Darren & Chuck Criss and finally Jimmy Fallon‘s Golden Globes 2017 Opening.
For his work so far in the entertainment industry, Gaten Matarazzo has seen four award nominations out of which he has won two. He won the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role in Stranger Things, in addition to winning the Shorty Awards as the Best Actor in Stranger Things.
Is He A Relation To Heather Matarazzo?
Gaten Matarazzo’s fame has come with an interesting twist to it, he shares the same last name with the actress who played the character Lilly in Princess Diaries. It becomes all the more interesting when his mother bears exactly the same name with the said actress – Heather Matarazzo. Now, the question people ask is “is he a relation to Heather Matarazzo?”
Well, to answer this, Heightline.com did some research and identity verification of the two thespians and found a tweet by Heather back in 2016 where she categorically stated that she is not in anyway related to the young talented Gaten Matarazzo. Note that Heather is also not married and haven’t given birth to before.
Having established the first fact that the two television stars are not related, the foundation is now set to question Gaten’s mum inclusion in the twist. The name of Gaten Matarazzo’s mum is Heather Matarazzo, exactly the same name as the Princess Diary‘s actress. This can simply be a case of two different people answering the same name. While we have a certain Heather Matarazzo as an actress, we have another Heather Matarazzo as the mother of an actor.
The Princess Diary actress – Heather Matarazzo has her full name as Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo and she was born on 10 November 1982 in Oyster Bay New York. She is the daughter of Camile (mother, homemaker) and Ray Matarazzo (father, data processing manager). Heather was adopted and raised by the Matarazzo’s. She is of Irish descent and grew up in a Catholic Italian American family.
Gaten is still a young actor and money shouldn’t be his utmost concern now, growing his career further should be of primary importance. Nevertheless, he gets well paid for the work he has done so far, from these emoluments, the young actor has accumulated a net worth that has been conservatively estimated by some online sources to be about $2 million while others tip him to be generously worth as much as $4 million.