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Matthew Broderick

Real name: Matthew Broderick
Birthdate: March 21, 1962
Status: Married
Partner: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award-winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his role as the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He also received considerable acclaim for his role as Leo Bloom in the 2001 Broadway revival of The Producers.

Broderick was born in New York City, the son of actor James Wilke Broderick and Patricia (née Biow), a playwright, actress and painter whose work was posthumously shown at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in New York. Broderick's mother was Jewish and his father a Catholic of Irish descent. Broderick attended grade school at the City & Country School, a progressive K–8 school in Manhattan; and high school at Walden School (now closed), a private school in Manhattan with a strong drama program.

Broderick's first major acting role came in a role in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day, playing opposite his father James, who was a friend of Foote's. This was followed by a lead role in the off-Broadway production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; a good review by 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.”

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 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 Producers, but lost to co-star Nathan Lane.

Broderick met actress Sarah Jessica Parker through her brother. The couple were married on May 19, 1997 in a civil ceremony in a historic deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side; and while Broderick considers himself Jewish, the ceremony was performed by his sister, the Reverend Janet Broderick Kraft, an Episcopal priest.

Parker and Broderick's first child, James Wilkie Broderick (born on October 28, 2002), is named after his grandfather James Brian Broderick. His middle name is that of author Wilkie Collins, an author Broderick and Parker greatly admire. They spend a considerable amount of time at their holiday home in County Donegal, Ireland where Broderick spent his summers as a child.

He is left-handed, a fact made evident already in his first movie, Max Dugan Returns, where he is playing baseball. Broderick is an avid baseball fan. His favorite team is the New York Mets.


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