Matthew Lillard Biography

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Born: January 24, 1970


Date of Birth: January 24, 1970

Michigan-born and California-raised actor Matthew Lillard began acting when he found he could escape the pressures of school by delving into theater. He began acting professionally soon after graduating from high school, earning his Screen Actors Guild card while working as an extended extra for the straight-to-video project Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go To College (1991)and hosting the short-lived Nickelodeon television series SK8 TV.

After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Lillard subsequently moved to New York where he studied at the famed Circle in the Square for two years. While performing in a stage production of A Child's Christmas in Wales, he met Bill Treusch who got Lillard an audition for Serial Mom (1994). After three auditions, he won the role of Kathleen Turner's son Chip. He then began another theater company called the Summoners.

Lillard followed up his performance in Serial Mom by playing Mira Sorvino's boyfriend in Tarantella and a whacko computer nerd in Hackers (both 1995). The following year, Lillard launched his star power winning critical acclaim and international recognition for his hyper-kinetic portrayal of teen serial killer Stuart in the hit horror film Scream.

Since Scream, Lillard has kept his career at an all time high. He starred in the comedies Senseless (1998) and She's All That (1999) before stumbling on the sci-fi flop, Wing Commander (1999). But he soon picked himself up delivering solid performances in Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost (2000), Summer Catch, Thir13en Ghosts (2001), and starring as Shaggy in the live action feature Scooby-Doo (2002). Lillard can most recently be seen alongside Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake in the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve (2012).

Lillard married Heather Helm in 2000. They have two daughters—Addison Grace, (b. 2002) and Macey Lyn (2004) and a son, Liam (b. 2008). They currently live in the Los Angeles area.


Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Home Run Showdown (2012)
From the Head (2012)
Scooby Doo! Music of the Vampire (2011) (voice)
The Descendants (2011)
Pool Boys (2011)
All's Faire in Love (2009)
Messages Deleted (2009)
Spooner (2009)
Endless Bummer (2008)
One of Our Own (2007)
What Love Is (2007)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
The Groomsmen (2006)
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006)
Without a Paddle (2004)
Wicker Park (2004)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
The Perfect Score (2004)
Britney's (2002)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Summer Catch (2001)
Triangle Square (2001)
Finder's Fee (2000)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Spanish Judges (1999)
Wing Commander (1999)
She's All That (1999)
SLC Punk! (1999)
Dish Dogs (1998)
Without Limits (1998)
Telling You (1998)
Senseless (1998)
The Curve (1998)
Scream (1996)
Tarantella (1996)
Animal Room (1995)
Ride for Your Life (1995)
Hackers (1995)
Mad Love (1995)
Serial Mom (1994)

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