PROFILE
Name:
Matthew Davis
Birth Date:
May 8, 1978
Birth Place:
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Legally Blonde Beau

Background:

First noticed as Colin Farrell's aspiring writer best friend Jim Paxton in Joel Schumacher's military flick "Tigerland" (2000), Matthew Davis is probably best remembered as Reese Witherspoon's preppy Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend who dumps her to pursue his political future, in Robert Luketic's monster hit "Legally Blonde" (2001). He has played Kate Bosworth's football star beau in the summer hit surfer film "Blue Crush" and portrayed captain of a mysterious submarine in the supernatural thriller "Below" (both in 2002).

Besides starring in a number of lower-budget independent films, Davis also appeared in films like "Urban Legends: Final Cut" (2000), "Pearl Harbor" (2001), "BloodRayne" (2005), and "Bottoms Up" (2006). He will next be seen in "Wasting Away," an oddball zombie comedy directed and co-written by Matthew Kohnen.

Meanwhile, TV audiences could catch him as Adam, Brian's lawyer best friend, on the ABC dramatic series "What About Brian" (2006-2007).

On a more personal note, the 6' 1" tall, dark and handsome actor with all-American appeal, reportedly dated actress Selma Blair in Fall 2000. He is now dating his ''What About Brian'' co-star actress Sarah Lancaster.


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Childhood and Family:

On May 8, 1978, Matthew W. Davis, nicknamed ''Matt,'' was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended Woods Cross High School. He became interested in acting while attending college at the University of Utah and later packed for New York to sharpen his skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Blue Crush

Career:

Finding his passion in acting at the University of Utah, Matthew Davis spent a summer studying acting in New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he performed in several plays, including "You Can't Take It With You," "Antigone" and "Romeo and Juliet." He once appeared as a contestant on the MTV dating game show "Singled Out" and worked as a pizza delivery boy prior to his discovery. He even delivered a pizza to Oscar-nominated actor Andy Garcia.

The aspiring actor subsequently headed for Los Angeles to become a film actor. In 2000, he landed his film debut in director Joel Schumacher's Vietnam War-era ensemble drama starring then-unknown Colin Farrell, "Tigerland," in which he played Private Jim Paxton, the enlistee with writing aspiration who becomes good friend with Farrell's rebellious yet promising soldier character. That same year, he played the dual role of twins Travis Stark/Trevor Stark in a slasher film helmed by John Ottman, "Urban Legends: Final Cut," starring Jennifer Morrison.

In the following year, Davis was cast as Warner Huntington III, Reese Witherspoon's preppy Harvard Law School-bound boyfriend who dumps her after saying that her frivolous lifestyle would hinder his political future, in Robert Luketic's monster hit "Legally Blonde," based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Amanda Brown. He also had a featured role as a fighter pilot in Michael Bay's blockbuster and Oscar-winning war film starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, "Pearl Harbor," in which he was credited as Matt Davis.

2002 saw Davis as a homosexual mechanic alongside Joshua Jackson and Jamie King in David Semel's little-seen crime/comedy movie "Lone Star State of Mind" and as a National Football League quarterback who becomes Kate Bosworth's love interest in John Stockwell's summer hit surfer film "Blue Crush," based on the Outside magazine article "Surfer Girls of Maui" by Susan Orlean. He also starred as captain of a submarine that appeared to have been invaded by a mysterious creature, in David Twohy's World War II supernatural thriller film "Below," alongside Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Holt McCallany, and Scott Foley.

After starring in two independent films, a drama/comedy called "Something Better" (2003) and a thriller titled "Shadow of Fear" (2004; with Robin Tunney, James Spader, Aidan Quinn, and Peter Coyote), Davis appeared in the sexy comedy film starring Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson, "Seeing Other People" (2004). He then co-starred with Glenn Close, James Marsden and Jesse Bradford in "Heights" (2005), a drama film about five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny within 24 hours before the sun comes up the next day, and portrayed a rookie FBI agent assigned to work with Steven Seagal to track down the murderer of the governor of Tokyo, in Christopher Morrison's Yakuza-like action film "Into the Sun" (2005). He also played Sebastian, who teams up with Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez fighting vampires in Uwe Boll's disappointing film version of the eponymous horror/fantasy video game, "BloodRayne" (2005), which stars Kristanna Loken in the title role of an unholy breed of human and vampire.

From 2006 to 2007, TV viewers caught Davis as Adam, a lawyer and the title character's (played by Barry Watson) best friend, on the ABC dramatic series "What About Brian." Premiered on April 16, 2006 as a midseason replacement, the show ended its run after two seasons on March 26, 2007.

Meanwhile, Davis continued working for films, appearing in David Langlitz's thought-provoking drama "Mentor," starring Rutger Hauer, and in the straight-to-DVD romantic comedy film that stars Jason Mewes and Paris Hilton, "Bottoms Up" (both in 2006). He also completed his upcoming film, "Wasting Away," an oddball zombie comedy directed and co-written by Matthew Kohnen.


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