Matthew Donald Berninger

As frontman for the popular indie act The National, singer/songwriter Matt Berninger was a key component in the band's moody chamber pop sound, which drew critical and fan raves for such hit albums as iHigh Violet/i ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Music (14)

The Choice 2016 (Movie)

("Terrible Love (Alternative Version)") (Song)

Good Kill 2015 (Movie)

("Afraid Of Everyone") (Song)

Man Up 2015 (Movie)

("I Need My Girl") (Song)

Mistaken for Strangers 2014 (Movie)

("Afraid Of Everyone") (Song)

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

("Start A War") (Song)

The East 2013 (Movie)

("About Today") (Song)

Warm Bodies 2013 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song)

For Ellen 2012 (Movie)

("Sorrow") (Song)

The Vow 2012 (Movie)

("England") (Song)

Warrior 2011 (Movie)

("Start A War") (Song)

Win Win 2011 (Movie)

("Think You Can Wait") (Song)

Faster 2010 (Movie)

("Bloodbuzz Ohio") (Song)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 (Movie)

("All The Wine") (Song)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

("Wasp Nest") (Song)
Actor (5)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mistaken for Strangers 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Pete Holmes Show 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest
Producer (1)

Mistaken for Strangers 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As frontman for the popular indie act The National, singer/songwriter Matt Berninger was a key component in the band's moody chamber pop sound, which drew critical and fan raves for such hit albums as <i>High Violet</i> (2012) and <i>Trouble Will Find Me</i> (2013). Berninger's baritone voice -- which suggested the deep, resonant vocals of singers like Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave -- and pensive lyrics fueled The National's Americana-flecked music, which rose from the indie scene in the early 2000s to the top of the popular music charts within a decade. Berninger's voice and lyrics also cultivated a persona of detached cool that was punctured by the 2013 documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," in which he tangled verbally throughout a 2010 with his more easy-going if hapless brother, Tom, who also directed. Berninger's artful songwriting and memorable voice helped to underscore The National's status as one of the most successful bands on the American indie scene in the 2010s and beyond.

Relationships

Tom Berninger Production Assistant

Brother

Carin Besser Camera

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati

Majored in Graphic Design

Milestones

2013

Berninger featured in the documentary "Mistaken for Strangers"

2013

Grammy nomination for <i>Trouble Will Find Me</i>

2012

Records "Rains of Castamere" for "Game of Thrones"

2010

<i>High Violet</i> debuts at No. 3 on album charts

2008

Their song "Fake Empire" is featured in Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign

2005

<i>Alligator</i> is first album for new label, Beggars Banquet

2003

Sophomore record, <i>Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers</i>

2001

First album, <i>The National</i>

1999

Reteams with Devendorf for The National

1991

Forms the band Nancy with Scott Devendorf

Bonus Trivia

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His portrait was painted in 2010 by British artist Joe Simpson.

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With the National, sang the standard "I'll See You In My Dreams" for the "Boardwalk Empire" soundtrack.

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A dedicated fan of "The West Wing," Berninger will watch all seven seasons back to back every few years.

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The National's song, "Afraid of Everyone," was Berninger's way of addressing his fears about becoming a new father.

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