Matthew has one daughter, Aven Angelica Settle, born March 5, 2009. She weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz.
Matthew has 2 dogs and 1 cat.
His height is 5' 11" (1.80 m).
In 2006, Matthew won the Bronze Wrangler award for Outstanding Television Feature Film for Into the West (2005). The award was shared with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David A. Rosemont, William Mastrosimone, Kirk Ellis, Larry Rapaport, Skeet Ulrich, Tonantzin Carmelo, Irene Bedard, Michael Spears, Zahn McClarnon, and Rachael Leigh Cook.
Matthew attended Seymour Community Christian Academy, a private Christian school in Seymour, Tennessee.
Matthew knows how to cook and picks up ideas from his Italian friends. He can make veal marsala, pasta zucco, penne pasta, and mozzarella salad.
When Matthew came to New York and got kicked out of a rock band, he would go to the boroughs of Manhattan to sell meat and seafood for a living.
Matthew played James Hayson in the 2004 film Rancid. He also appeared in the movie Stalk.
Matthew played Guy Gardner a.k.a. Green Lantern in the 1997 TV movie Justice League of America.
Matthew joined a rock band at the age of 19 until he found his real passion acting.
Matthews small-screen debut was opposite Sarah Paulson as an Irish-American settler in the 1996 CBS pilot Shaughnessy.
Matthew is the youngest of six, having two sisters and three brothers.
As of July 2006, Matthew is married to Naama Nativ.
His nickname is Mattie Boy.
He is the son of a North Carolina Baptist preacher, Dr. Robert Settle. He got his start in show business by selling records in Dollywood. Jay Julien, a lawyer who also represents Robert De Niro, got him into a New York acting school.
Matthew: I think it best to use caution and start thinking about our future and our children and our children's children, so we need to start now. Our children are already being affected. We need to conserve our natural resources. We need to look after the world and find alternative answers.
Matthew: (on rebelling as a teenager by cranking up the radio in his father's church van) Part of that (driving) was to (give me the opportunity to) listen to rock music. The other reason was that I just wanted to drive the van.
Matthew: (on what attracted him in doing "Into the West") My first thought was about the hardships the people suffered. So finding a way to bring my character to life in that world was a challenge and very difficult but enjoyable.
Matthew: My wife laughed at my jokes. I'm secretly a clown, or maybe it's not much of a secret! I'm a little putzo as the Italians say, a little bit loopy. I can be bouncing off the walls at times, and she's right there to catch me.
Matthew: (on what he thinks about high school life) It's when you start to feel like an adult, and choices you make start to shape your life. I don't think you realize it then, though. You realize it now, looking back.
Matthew: I like Westerns that delve into the characters of the time in a real way - not so much about an overblown hero and a bad guy.
Matthew: (what he learned from doing "Into the West") What I learned was the degree of sacredness that the Lakota people had in everything they did, in every aspect of life. That's something we can use in our modern culture. Maybe a few less Humvees and a few more Priuses.
Matthew: (on doing "Band of Brothers") When you do a Spielberg project, you realize that more than you being in a Spielberg film or being a part of something that's got his name on it is that it's probably going to be a cultural contribution, and that's when it takes on a life of its own.
Matthew: The pressure is to bring a voice to your character, to find out something more about humanity, and then you contribute that to yourself. So it's not about your performance. It's not about you. It's about this character.
Matthew: (on the series "Into the West") What's great about this series and the approach is that it deals with the dichotomy of two worlds and two ways of living, and how ultimately one had to give way. The reality is that history is not as black and white as other Westerns have made it.
Matthew: (commentary on American history) Not every move that was made by the Native Americans and the pioneers was cruel, nor should all their actions be venerated. Some were and some were not.
Matthew: (On what his sisters taught him) That women are to be loved , not understood.