Party of Five
1990s TV star Matthew Fox gained worldwide fame for his portrayal of elder sibling Charlie Salinger in the Golden Globe-winning series Party of Five (1994-2000). He also gained notice after playing a troubled young man, James Jones, in CBC's Behind The Mask (1999), in which he received rave reviews from critics. Though he suffered in finding more prominent roles after Party of Five, Matthew again attracted attention when he was cast as Jack Shepard, a man who became the leader of a group of airplane-crash survivors trapped on a mysterious island, in the hit ABC series Lost (2004). Recently, the Golden Globe-winning star also appeared as a guest star in a number of TV shows. Off screen, Matthew was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. He reportedly debuted as a movie director with Lucky Bugger. As for his romantic life, Matthew is the husband of model Margherita Ronchi and the father of two.
Childhood and Family:
Crowheart, Wyoming native, actor Matthew Fox, was born on July 14, 1966. Growing up on a cattle farm, his parents raised longhorn cattle, horses and grew barley for Coors beer. Matthew, whose nickname is Foxy, discovered early he had an interest in sports.
Starting at the age of six, Matthew enjoyed horseback riding and playing football.
He attended Wind River high school before doing post-graduate high school studies at the Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Matthew continued his education by studying economics at Columbia University, New York, where he also spent four years as a wide receiver on the University's football team. Being spotted by a modeling agent, Matthew, who formerly wanted to be a successful Wall Street broker, tried his hand at modeling for TV commercials. When the acting bug bit him, he began considering acting as a career choice. Matthew then spent two years studying acting at The School for Film and Television in New York City.
Off screen, 6'2" tall Matthew married model Margherita Ronchi in 1991 and is the father of a daughter born in 1998 and a son born in 2002.
During his time off, Matthew enjoys sports and outdoors activities like fly-fishing, basketball and camping.
Behind the Mask
Starting out as a model for TV commercials, Matthew Fox, who formerly wanted to be a Wall Street broker, had an acting debut as a guest star in the popular sitcom Wings (1992) before gaining the role of Danny Foley in the short-term TV comedy Freshman Dorm (1992). He next could be seen in his feature film debut My Boyfriend's Back (1993, as Buck Van Patten) and the made-for-TV movie If I Die Before I Wake (1993, portrayed Charlie Deevers).
Matthew's big break eventually came when he played the character of older sibling Charlie Salinger in the weekly drama series Party of Five (1994-2000). Through his role as one of five siblings, who are forced into maturity after a drunk driver kills their parents, Matthew gained worldwide fame. Additionally, the series became the winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.
During his time in the series, Matthew reprised his role as Charlie Salinger for a guest-starring role in Mad TV (1995) and appeared twice in The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996, 1997).
In 1999, Matthew's charismatic and powerful performances continued to impress fans when he and Donald Sutherland costarred in the dramatic CBS movie Behind the Mask (1999, played the role of a troubled young man named James Jones). His good performance brought rave reviews from critics.
After Party of Five, Matthew's career seemed to be struggling. He tried to recover with the starring role of ex-policeman-turned- private investigator in the supernaturally thrilling series Haunted (2002, TV), although the show was cancelled.
The following year, Matthew received a wide screen project when he was cast as a Rock Star in A Token for Your Thoughts (2003) before receiving a starring role in the hit ABC series Lost (2004), portraying brave, natural-born leader Jack Shepard. Matthew was next seen as a guest star in a number of TV shows including The Tony Danza Show (2004), Last Call with Carson Daly (2004) and Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2004).
Instead of having prominent roles in films, the Party of Five star continued to guest star in such TV shows as Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Tony Danza Show, Good Morning America, The View, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.