Matt Keeslar

Actor
Hunky Matt Keeslar was virtually unknown when director Peter Yates cast the Juilliard student as Danny, Albert Finney's confused son, in the 1995 feature "The Run of the Country". The novice actor had to learn an Irish ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Grimm 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jekyll 2014 (Movie)

Jekyll/Hyde (Actor)

Thank Heaven 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Thirst 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leverage 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Storage 2009 (Movie)

Daric (Actor)

Dollhouse 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Governor's Wife 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Middleman 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

Jonah (Actor)

In Memory of My Father 2006 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Rose Red 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank Herbert's Dune 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

Suh Suh Sam (Actor)

Islenski Draumurinn 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Psycho Beach Party 2000 (Movie)

Lars (Actor)

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

Tom Prinze (Actor)

Urbania 2000 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Durango 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Splendor 1999 (Movie)

Zed (Actor)

Law & Order 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sour Grapes 1998 (Movie)

Danny Pepper (Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

Waldo (Actor)

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Johnny Savage (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

The Run of the Country 1995 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

NBC Page (Actor)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Guard Gate MP (Actor)

Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

Percival Singer (Actor)

Live From Baghdad (TV Show)

Actor

Open Window (TV Show)

Actor

Snowglobe (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Hunky Matt Keeslar was virtually unknown when director Peter Yates cast the Juilliard student as Danny, Albert Finney's confused son, in the 1995 feature "The Run of the Country". The novice actor had to learn an Irish brogue practically overnight to play a young man whose combative relationship with his father and the recent death of his mother lead him to run off into the Irish countryside, where he meets and impregnates a young lass only to have the experience trigger a reconciliation with his father. Prior to that, he had played a soldier in "Renaissance Man", an NBC Page in "Quiz Show" and the son of Susan Sarandon and Sam Shepard in "Safe Passage" (all 1994). On the small screen, the strapping, strong-featured Keeslar made the most of his small role as the youthful collector, inspiring sensuous musing by Blanche DuBois (Jessica Lange) in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (CBS, 1995). Greater exposure greeted his title performance in "A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story" (CBS, 1996), which recounted how the Olympic speedskater's life was influenced by his sister's bout with leukemia.

Relationships

Ann Ferguson

Mother
divorced from Keeslar's father c. 1977 remarried

Fred Keeslar

Father
divorced from Keeslar's mother c. 1977

Nathan Keeslar

Brother
born c. 1975

Brandi Norton

Companion
born c. 1974 together since c. 1993 majored in dance at Juilliard

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
attended on scholarship

Milestones

2006

Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"

2000

Acted in "Scream 3" and "Psycho Beach Party"

2000

Portrayed Feyd in the miniseries "Dune" (Sci-Fi Channel)

2000

Had small role in the well-received independent "Urbania"

1999

Garnered great reviews as the tattooed hunk of Gregg Araki's punk love triangle "Splendor"

1999

Starred as Mark Doran in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "Durango" (CBS), conducting an unlikely cattle drive across the Irish countryside in the days before World War II

1998

Starred in the South Coast Repertory production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"

1998

Spoofed TV sitcom actors with a turn as an egotistical, slightly over-the-top heartthrob in "Sour Grapes"

1998

Acted in NYC stage production of Laura Cahill's romantic comedy "Mercy"

1998

Cast as a soldier returning from the Gulf War wracked with digestive and respiratory ailments in Showtime's "Thanks of a Grateful Nation"; acted opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as his wife

1998

Appeared in the enemble film "The Last Days of Disco", playing an assistant district attorney with manic depression

1997

Played Leslie Nielsen's attentive nephew in lackluster, live-action "Mr. Magoo"

1996

New York stage debut in Nicky Silver's Off-Broadway comedy "Fit to Be Tied"

1996

Delivered a wry comic turn as a mechanic in "Waiting for Guffman", Christopher Guest's send-up of community theater

1996

Played title role in the TV-movie biography "A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story" (CBS)

1995

First starring role in feature, "The Run of the Country"

1995

Made TV debut in small role of The Collector opposite Jessica Lange in the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1994

First released film, "Renaissance Man"; credited as Matthew Keeslar; although filmed after "Quiz Show", "Renaissance Man" was released theatrically first

1993

Hired for first film role, a bit part as an NBC page, in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

Signed by an agent after appearing in a Juilliard production of John Guare's "Moon Over Miami"

Performed in high school production of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

Bonus Trivia

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"What's great about the theater is it's a family who can share what they are thinking and feeling." --Matt Keeslar in PEOPLE, October 9, 1995

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Keeslar told PEOPLE that in order to perfect an Irish accent for "The Run of the Country", he watched the movie "In the Name of the Father" a dozen times.

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"When I get depressed and haven't been working, I start hanging out at the Barnes & Noble for hours, reading a book from every department: carpentry, Bible studies, whatever. I remember reading this book that said the most important thing in modern society is your ability to improvise. That's how I feel about Hollywood. I don't know if it's the key, but it's something to keep in mind." --Keeslar to Robert Abele in US, July 1998

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'My take on stardom is that I want to do good work. If it means that I have to be famous to do it, fine. If I have to be not famous, that's okay, too." --Keeslar quoted in BIOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, October 1998

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