Born: 21 March 1962
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Best known as: Ferris in the movie Ferris Beuller's Day Off
Long known to movie fans as sneaky-smart movie truant Ferris Beuller, Matthew Broderick is also one of Broadway's most dependable stars. Born to an actor father and playwright mother, Matthew Broderick began making a name for himself in hit Broadway plays such as Brighton Beach Memoirs (for which he won a 1983 Tony award) and Biloxi Blues. His movie debut came in 1983's Max Dugan Returns, but it was the 1986 teens-on-the-loose comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off that made him a star. Broderick worked in movies and on stage throughout the 1990s, appearing in films such as The Lion King (1994, as the voice of Simba) and Election (1999, with Reese Witherspoon), and winning another Tony award in 1995 for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He made his film directing debut in 1996 with Infinity, and he married actress Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997. In 2001 he had another Broadway success as Leo Bloom in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers, and then starred with co-star Nathan Lane the film version of the show in 2006. Broderick's other films include The Stepford Wives (2004, with Nicole Kidman), Finding Amanda (2008) and Tower Heist (2011, with Ben Stiller).
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have three children: son James Wilkie Broderick (b. 2002) and twin daughters Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick (b. 2009). The twins were born via a surrogate mother… Matthew Broderick’s father was actor James Broderick, known to TV audiences as the father in the old ABC series Family (1976-80)…Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was turned into a bad TV series in 1990, but without Broderick: it starred Charlie Schlatter as Ferris and Jennifer Aniston as his sister, Jeannie.
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