Matthew Lillard

Matthew Lillard


1/24/1970, Brighton, Michigan (USA)

Birth Name

Matthew Lyn Lillard



Also Known As

Matthew Lynn, Matthew Lynn
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Matthew Lillard was born Matthew Lyn Lilliard on January 24, 1970 in Lansing, Michigan. After high school, he landed his first acting role as an extra in the 1991 Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College under the name Matthew Lynn. He then went to the American Academy of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, and camping in his free time.

    • Matthew had a string of disappointing roles, all made in 1998: Dish Dogs, Senseless, and The Curve. The role to pull him out of the slump was in Robert Towne's critically acclaimed Without Limits, the true life story of runner Steve Prefontaine.

    • Matthew needed a scratchy voice for the role of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, so he screamed until his voice went hoarse before filming. This practice ended up damaging his vocal chords with laryngitis.

    • Matthew appeared in two plays in 1991, Tracers and A Child's Christmas In Wales.

    • Matthew and a friend started the 'Mean Street Ensemble Theatre Company', which was functional until 1991, when he moved to New York to attend the theatre school, Circle In The Square.

    • Matthew lived in Tustin California from first grade until he graduated from high school in 1990. The summer after graduation, he was hired on as an extra for Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College.

    • Matthew appeared in the Outkast music video for 'The Land Of A Million Dreams'.

    • Matthew co-starred in five movies with Freddie Prinze Jr as of 2004: Wing Commander in 1999, Summer Catch in 2001, She's All That in 1999, Scooby-Doo in 2002, and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004.

    • Matthew has been in several movies with actor Seth Green including Without a Paddle and Scooby Doo 2.

    • Matthew has been in several horror films including Scream and Thirteen Ghosts.

    • Matthew attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California.

    • Matthew shares his birthday with stars Mischa Barton and Tatyana Ali.

    • Matthew attended Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, for a brief time with the theater department.

    • Matthew started his career playing the son of a sadistic killer played by Kathleen Turner in the movie Serial Mom and then played a sadistic killer himself in Scream.

    • Matthew has dated: Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, and Christine Taylor.

    • Matthew has a younger sister, Amy.

    • Matthew stands at 6' 3.

    • He was classmates with Paul Rudd at American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

    • Matthew married Heather Helm in 2000 and they have two daughters. Addison Grace was born on June 13, 2002, and Macey Lyn was born on October 9, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Matthew: I enjoy playing the weird guys, someone's got to do it...and why not me? I have a certain knack for it, I look for that trait in my character, and magnify it by ten, it works.

    • Matthew: I was like, what the hell is my life coming to? I'm a trained actor! I've done Shakespeare and here I am having farting contests with an imaginary dog!

  • Matthew Lillard is one of the most misused actors of his generation, and could easily move from one genre to another without difficulty.

    Matthew Lillard is one of the truly underrated actors of his generation. Often typecast as the twitchy sidekick or insane friend (or both!), when he's allowed to shine on his own, Lillard shows not only a great ability for comedy, but also a great ability to play dark and creepy -- he is able to showcase both of these abilities in the 2001 remake Thir13en Ghosts as ghost hunter Dennis Rafkin. Although most people wouldn't consider a cheesy horror movie to be the place to make a name for oneself, Lillard shows a range of emotion in this one film he's seldom been able to relay in his major endeavors. Lillard often plays a character that fans love to hate, but in his portrayal of a psychic tormented by his powers, he allows his fans to see that he's more than just a jumpy face. On the flipside of that coin, we've got Lillard's performance in the dark college comedy The Curve, which showed a darker side to Michael Vartan and Keri Russell as well. Lillard was downright creepy in this film, which was accentuated by the crew's continuance on focussing the camera on facial shots.

    If any doubt existed in my mind to Matthew's talents, that was erased after having seen him in the Scooby Doo movies. Although not a particular fan of the films (they're not bad, just not my taste), Lillard's take on Shaggy was amazing. As a fan of the series throughout my childhood years, I was amazed at how close Lillard came to capturing the character. Anyone who can do that as well as play the creepily dark Tim and the tragically tortured Rafkin definitely deserves a second look. Unfortunately, Matthew seems relegated to films that focus on his comedic timing rather than his acting skills.moreless
  • Matthew Lillard, is it. Is what a good actor needs and always has; Humor, concentration, authenticity. He is just that talented. He is a great pride to our world and I will continue to LOVE him!moreless

    Whatever the role, he is it. He changes from Horror to Comedy to Romance to whatever. Even Romantic Comedies. With absolutely no problem. I recommend to anyone, see his movies, shows etc, you will love him!! She's all that: classic, Scream:Personal favourite, he makes the movie great, he makes it fun and full of life. Go Matt!!