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Matthew Broderick

Highest Rated:   96% Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Lowest Rated:   6% Deck the Halls (2006)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York
Although Matthew Broderick has built a solid reputation as one of the stage and screen's more talented and steadily working individuals, he will forever be associated with the role that gave him permanent celluloid infamy, the blissfully irresponsible title hero of John Hughes's 1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Thanks to his association with the character, as well as his own boyish looks, Broderick for a long time had trouble obtaining roles that allowed him to play characters of his own age. However, with the success of films like Election (1999) and a 1994 Tony Award for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, audiences finally seemed ready to accept the fact that Broderick had indeed graduated from high school.The son of late actor James Broderick and playwright/screenwriter Patricia Broderick, Broderick was born in New York City on March 21, 1962. With the theatre a constant backdrop to his childhood, Broderick's entrance into the entertainment world seemed a natural outcome of his upbringing. He began appearing in theatre workshops with his father when he was seventeen, and was soon acting on Broadway in plays like Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs and Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy. Broderick played Fierstein's adopted son in Torch Song; in the Simon plays, he portrayed the playwright's alter ego, winning a Tony Award for his 1983 performance in Brighton Beach Memoirs. The same year, Broderick made his film debut in WarGames, playing a young man who unwittingly plants the seeds of a nuclear war; the film was a success and launched the actor's onscreen career. Films like Max Dugan Returns and Ladyhawke followed, as did an acclaimed television adaptation of Athol Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys, but it was the 1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off that made Broderick a star. As a then-23-year-old playing a 17-year-old, Broderick became a champion of smart-asses everywhere, and in so doing earned a certain kind of screen immortality. The success of the film allowed him to work steadily in films like Project X and the screen adaptations of Biloxi Blues and Torch Song Trilogy (in which Broderick now played Fierstein's lover, instead of his adopted son). Widely publicized tragedy struck for Broderick in 1988 when he and Jennifer Grey were vacationing in Ireland: after losing control of the car he was driving, Broderick crashed into an oncoming car, killing the mother and daughter in it. The actor was hospitalized, and his ensuing legal problems were the subject of much media scrutiny. However, he continued to work, winning critical acclaim for his portrayal of a Civil War colonel in the 1989 Glory. He then kicked off the 1990s with the title role of a naive film student in The Freshman; following that film's relative success, he starred in the poorly received comedy The Night We Never Met, and in 1994, he was cast against type as one of Dorothy Parker's unsympathetic lovers in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. That same year, he ventured back to Broadway, where he found acclaim as the lead in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Over the next few years, Broderick had his hits (The Lion King) and misses (The Road to Wellville, The Cable Guy, Addicted to Love). In 1996, he made his directorial debut with Infinity, which also featured a screenplay by his mother. A love story based on the life of famed physicist Richard Feynman, the film made a brief blip on the box-office radar, although it did garner some positive reviews. In 1997 he wed actress Sarah Jessica Parker who gave birth to their son, James Wilke Broderick, in October of 2002. The same couldn't be said for Broderick's massively budgeted, hyper-marketed 1998 feature, Godzilla. The subject of critical abuse and audience evasion, the film was a disappointment. Fortunately for Broderick, his role as the film's hero was largely ignored by critics who preferred to level their attac

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Amusement Park
  • Actor
2018
96% Manchester by the Sea
  • Elise's Second Husband
$47.7M 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply
  • Levar Mathis
$3.7M 2016
79% The American Side
  • Borden Chase
2016
28% Dirty Weekend
  • Les Moore
2015
85% Trainwreck
  • Himself
2015
67% Tower Heist
  • Mr. Fitzhugh
$78.1M 2011
74% Margaret
  • John
$47k 2011
42% Wonderful World
  • Ben Singer
2010
56% The Tale of Despereaux
  • Despereaux
$50.9M 2008
35% Diminished Capacity
  • Cooper
2008
40% Finding Amanda
  • Taylor Mendon
$31.8k 2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Adam Flayman
$126.6M 2007
50% Then She Found Me
  • Ben
$3.8M 2007
6% Deck the Halls
  • Steve Finch
$35.1M 2006
No Score Yet Mighty Warriors of Comedy
  • Actor
2006
50% The Producers
  • Leo Bloom
$19.2M 2005
52% Strangers with Candy
  • Roger Beekman
$2M 2005
61% The Last Shot
  • Steven Schats
$0.4M 2004
26% The Stepford Wives
  • Walter Kresby
$59.4M 2004
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Simba
2004
No Score Yet Marie and Bruce
  • Bruce
2004
44% Good Boy!
  • Hubble
$37.6M 2003
No Score Yet The Music Man
  • Prof. Harold Hill
2003
No Score Yet Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks
  • Actor
2001
95% You Can Count On Me
  • Brian
$8.5M 2000
21% Inspector Gadget
  • Inspector Gadget
1999
92% Election
  • Jim McAllister
1999
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Simba
1998
16% Godzilla
  • Nick Tatopoulos
1998
57% Addicted to Love
  • Sam
1997
62% Infinity
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Richard Feynman
1996
54% The Cable Guy
  • Steven Kovacs
1996
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Charles MacArthur
1994
41% The Road to Wellville
  • Will Lightbody
1994
92% The Lion King
  • Adult Simba
$94.3M 1994
50% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)
  • Tack The Cobbler (Miramax version)
1993
56% The Night We Never Met
  • Sam Lester
1993
No Score Yet A Life in the Theatre
  • John
1993
No Score Yet Out on a Limb
  • Bill Campbell
1992
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Actor
1991
93% The Freshman
  • Clark Kellogg
1990
93% Glory
  • Col. Robert Gould Shaw
1989
38% Family Business
  • Adam
1989
71% Torch Song Trilogy
  • Alan
1988
81% Biloxi Blues
  • Eugene Morris Jerome
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Courtship
  • Actor
1987
78% Project X
  • Jimmy Garrett
1987
81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Ferris Bueller
1986
No Score Yet On Valentine's Day
  • Brother
1986
No Score Yet 1918
  • Brother
1985
65% Ladyhawke
  • Phillipe Gaston
1985
No Score Yet Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Actor
1984
93% WarGames (War Games)
  • David
1983
75% Max Dugan Returns
  • Michael McPhee
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2013
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Adventure Time
2010
  • Voice
  • 2012
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Dave
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Himself
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Cyberchase
2002-2015
  • Voice
  • 2009
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Cooter
  • 2008
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1998
  • 1988
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1995

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