Matt McGrath

Actor, Singer
A darkly handsome stage and screen actor who is equally at home in drama, comedy or musicals, Matt McGrath began his career as a child performer and successfully negotiated the difficult transition to adult roles. The ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1969 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Ex-Girlfriends 2012 (Movie)

Professor O'Donnelly (Actor)

The 5th Quarter 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Full Grown Men 2008 (Movie)

Alby Cutrera (Actor)

Little Britain USA 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Colin Fitz Lives! 2006 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

Nervous Man (Actor)

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken Hearts Club 2000 (Movie)

Howie (Actor)

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

Lonny (Actor)

1999 1998 (Movie)

Andrew Goldman (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

The Member of the Wedding 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Young Book Clerk (Actor)

Winnetka Road 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Desperate Hours 1990 (Movie)

Kyle (Actor)

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Goblin (Actor)

Andersonville (TV Show)

Actor

Appearances (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A darkly handsome stage and screen actor who is equally at home in drama, comedy or musicals, Matt McGrath began his career as a child performer and successfully negotiated the difficult transition to adult roles. The New York native started his career at age five when his piano teacher recommended him for the children's chorus of the New York City Opera. Over several seasons, McGrath appeared in such productions of "Madame Butterfly", "Faust" and "La Boheme" before landing his first role as a cabin boy in "Billy Budd". In 1979, he switched to musical comedy as the understudy for the role of John Darling in "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan. When the national tour was launched, McGrath assumed the role.

McGrath made his film acting debut in a small role in "Ironweed" (1987) and then made his professional stage debut in the 1988 Off-Broadway play "Dalton's Back" at the Circle Repertory Company (CRC). He dropped out of college to concentrate on his burgeoning career which included a co-starring role in the CRC production "Amulets Against the Dragon Forces" (1989) and roles in the busted pilot "Appearances" (NBC, 1990) and "Pump Up the Volume" (1990).

McGrath earned praise for his 1991 stage turns as a troubled teen in "Life During Wartime" and an AIDS-stricken young man in "The Old Boy". He made his Broadway debut opposite Jessica Lange as the young collector who shares a scene with Blanche Du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1992 and that same year offered a chilling performance as a drug addict accused of killing his stepfather in the based-on-fact NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt". He rounded out the year with a supporting turn in Tim Robbins' political satire "Bob Roberts".

For the next several years, McGrath concentrated on stage work, winning notice co-starring with Samuel L Jackson and Mykelti Williamson in the West Coast premiere of "Distant Fires" in 1994. He made a sympathetic if creepy serial killer in Nicky Silver's black comedy "Living in Captivity" (1995) and was the authorial stand-in in Jon Robin Baitz's semi-autobiographical "A Fair Country" in 1996. McGrath resumed his film career with a supporting part in the film version of Baitz's play "The Substance of Fire" in 1996. The following year, he co-starred in the little-seen "Colin Fitz", playing the younger of two cops assigned to guard a rock star's grave. McGrath had the relatively brief role of Jarvis, the prospective bridegroom, in "The Member of the Wedding" (USA Network, 1997) and reprised his stage role in the gay-themed short "The Dadshuttle" (1997).

Stanley Tucci tapped the actor for the comic role of an Italian detective on board of ship of fools in the contemporary screwball comedy "The Impostors" (1998). McGrath shone as the supportive cousin of Hilary Swank's Brandon in the superior drama "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). He went on to single-handedly rescue the Off-Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" later that year when he replaced a miscast Ally Sheedy in the title role of the German transsexual rock singer. The show had already been earmarked to close but after McGrath earned raves (particularly from The New York Times), "Hedwig" remained opened for several more months. The actor went on to offer a fine turn as a gay graduate student with commitment issues in the ensemble film "The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy" (2000). His career also received a boost when he was tapped as a replacement as the Emcee in the hit revival of "Cabaret" in the fall of 2000. He was next seen on the big screen as the college chum of a novelist (played by co-writer and co-director Alan Cumming) in "The Anniversary Party" (2001).

EDUCATION

Fordham University

New York , New York
Dropped out at age 19 to pursue acting

Milestones

2008

Starred in the indie comedy, "Full Grown Men"

2006

Cast in the HBO original film, "The Notorious Bettie Page" starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950's pin-up model

2001

Appeared briefly as an old college chum of Alan Cumming's novelist in "The Anniversary Party"

2000

Succeeded Michael Hall in the role of the Emcee in the hit revival of "Cabaret" (October)

2000

Played a gay graduate student with committment issues in "The Broken Hearts Club"

1999

Received rave reviews in the title role of the transsexual rock singer in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

1999

Offered a fine turn as Brandon's supportive cousin in the acclaimed "Boys Don't Cry"

1998

Portrayed an Italian detective in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"

1997

Starred as the younger of a pair of cops guarding a rock star's grave in the festival-screened "Colin Fitz"

1997

Played Anna Paquin's older brother in the USA Network remake of "The Member of the Wedding"

1997

Re-teamed with Futterman, playing the fastidious host of a millennial new year's eve party in "1999"

1996

Co-starred in Jon Robin Baitz's semi-autobiographical "A Fair Country"; co-starred with Judith Ivey and Dan Futterman

1996

Was featured in the ensemble of the TNT original "Andersonville"

1996

Resumed film career with a supporting role in "The Substance of Fire"

1995

Portrayed a serial killer in Nicky Silver's dark comedy "Raised in Captivity" at the South Coast Repertory Theatre

1994

Co-starred with Samuel L Jackson and in the West Coast production of "Distant Fires"

1992

Appeared in last film for four years, "Bob Roberts"

1992

Returned to Broadway as the young collector who encounters Blanche Du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1992

Starred in the fact based NBC miniseries, "Cruel Doubt"

1991

Offered a strong turn in the stage production of "Life During Wartime"

1991

Appeared as a young gay man who succumbs to AIDS in "The Old Boy"

1990

Featured in the teen-themed "Pump Up the Volume"

1988

Appeared in the Circle Rep production of "Dalton's Back"

1987

Feature film debut, "Ironweed"

1979

Understudied the role of John Darling in the Broadway revival of "Peter Pan"

1978

Broadway debut in the ill-fated musical "Working"; billed as Matthew McGrath

1974

Stage debut in the chorus of a New York City Opera production of "Madame Butterfly"

Bonus Trivia

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"Some nights you feel touched by fate and some nights you just wing it." - McGrath on acting on the stage to Vanity Fair Magazine, April 1995

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