American actor and singer Matthew Broderick is known for his very many remarkable movie roles which have earned him lots of awards. He is also a stage actor who first stood out in stage productions before making his way to the bigger screens. He is popularly known as the title character in the notable 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and is also widely known as the voice of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King and its sequels. The actor has to his name, lots of accolades and recognitions including an induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Here is everything to know about Broderick.
Matthew Broderick Bio, Age
He was born on March 21, 1962, in Manhattan, New York to his parents, Patricia and James Broderick. It must have been a matter of heredity for the actor whose parents were into showbiz. His mother Patricia was an actress and a playwright, and his father was also an actor. Matthew is an alumnus of City and Country School and also Walden School in Manhattan. He started to develop his performing skills in high school, having attended Walden where drama was a major program.
Matthew, in fact, starred alongside his father in the HB studio production On Valentine’s Day. He appeared next in the Off-Broadway production Torch Song Trilogy. Broderick went on to feature in a host of other plays and gradually drew attention to himself. He made his film debut in 1983 in the Neil Simon movie Max Dugan Returns. He went on to star in WarGames which turned out to be a massive hit. Broderick played the lead role of a Seattle teen hacker, David Lightman in the movie.
His next movie was Ladyhawke (1985) where he starred as Philippe Gaston. The following year, he starred in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a movie which earned him lots of recognition. Broderick played an Air Force research assistant in Project X (1987) and in the following year, he played a gay role in the screen adaptation of Torch Song Trilogy. He starred next in Glory (1989) as American Civil War officer Robert Gould Shaw. Boderick, at the time, received lots of commendation for the character which he also has a striking resemblance to in real life.
The 90s came with more promising opportunities for the actor. Kicking off with the adult voice role of Simba in the Lion King, he also got another voice role of Tack the Cobbler in The Thief and the Cobbler. These were followed by two dark comedy roles in the movies; The Cable Guy and Election. Also in the 90s, the actor made a return to Broadway in the musical production, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Broderick’s performance in the production earned him a Tony Award. He also got a Tony nomination for his stage performance in The Producers.
In 2000, Matthew starred in the drama You Can Count on Me which received lots of positive reviews and recognition. His voice roles continued in the Lion King sequel, The Lion King II (2004) and other animation movies. He further made appearances in theatre in the 2000s with stage performances in The Philantropist (2009), The Starry Messenger (2009). More feature films and movies and more theatre roles have followed since then.
His Net Worth
Matthew Broderick has garnered quite a lot in the course of his career. The actor, stage actor, and singer sits on an estimated net worth of $45 million. The talented entertainer has achieved great success in both film and stage productions and these have contributed a great deal to his financial elevation.
Personal Life – Wife, Children
Matthew Broderick does not fail to carve out time for his beautiful family despite his busy work schedules. He is married to Sarah Jessica Parker, also an actress. The couple who met through Parker’s brother got married in 1997 and have been together since then. Their marriage of over 20 years has become a model for younger celebrity couples in the industry.
Matthew and Sarah have three children together. Sarah gave birth to their first child, a son named James Wilkie Broderick in 2002. The couple welcomed a set of twin girls; Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, through surrogacy in 2009.
Other Interesting Facts You Should Know
- Matthew Broderick is of Irish, English and Jewish descent. He got his Jewish blood from his mother, a descendant of Jewish immigrants from Germany and Poland.
- Before his wife, Broderick was in a relationship with actress Jennifer Grey. The two had been discreet about their relationship until a ghastly car crash exposed them in 1987. The crash claimed the lives of Anna Gallagher, 30, and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63. The two deceased were in a Volvo when Broderick’s car collided head-on with theirs.
- The actor has earned nominations on different award platforms like the Saturn Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards and Prism Awards for his notable performances on television and films.