Name:
Matthew Lillard
Birth Date:
January 24, 1970
Birth Place:
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Height:
6' 3
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in 'Scream' (1996)
Profession:
actor
Education:
Brighton Elementary School in Michigan
BIOGRAPHY
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Shaggy Rogers

Background:

For many, Hollywood actor Matthew Lillard is Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers, his signature character in the live-action version of Scooby-Doo (2002), which was reprised in its sequel, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Yet, it was his portrayal of Stevo, the punk rock kid in the drama comedy SLC Punk (1998), which won notice and a Silver Ombú Award from the 1999 Mar del Plata Film Festival. Lillard, who founded three theatre companies to accommodate his fondness for acting, was also seen in the comedy movies Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) and Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas (2006), as well as horror films like Scream (1996) and Thir13en Ghosts (2001).

Outside the limelight, Lillard once had spinal-cord fluid leaking into his brain, which resulted in serious headaches and medical correction. On a more upbeat note, the blue-green eyed actor is apparently an intense gamer and praised his colleague, Freddie Prinze Jr., as the greatest gamer alive. He even agreed to do voiceover work for an upcoming game after getting a lifetime worth of free games from the manufacturer, Electronic Arts.

On a more private note, after his relationship with Christine Taylor ended, Lillard was romantically involved with actress Neve Campbell (born on October 3, 1973), his costar in Scream (1996). Now, he is the husband of Heather Helm and the father of two. Lillard currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.


Lynn

Childhood and Family:

On January 24, 1970, Matthew Lyn Lillard was born in Lansing, Michigan. He is sometimes called Matt Lillard, Matthew Lynn, or Matt Lynn. When he was a child, he often moved with his parents and his only sister, Amy Lillard, and lived in Pittsburgh, Michigan and California.

Matt attended Brighton Elementary School in Michigan, and later transferred to Foothills High School in Tustin, California. Around 1989, he continued his studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, during which time he also hosted a Nickelodeon program. Two years later, Matt relocated to New York to study acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School.

6’ 3” tall Matt Lillard is currently married to Heather Helm, whom he married in 2000. The happy couple has two daughters, Addison Grace (born on June 13, 2002) and Macey Lyn (born on October 19, 2004).


SLC Punk!

Career:

Matthew Lillard initially stepped into show business by hosting Nickelodeon’s short-lived series “SK8 TV” (1989). After graduating from college in Pasadena, Lillard headed to New York to study acting and form a theatre company named Mean Streets Ensemble. However, the group survived for only a year.

In 1999, Lillard was seen as an extra in the horror movie Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991, as Stork), which was followed with his small part of Chip Sutphin, the son of Kathleen Turner and Sam Waterson’s characters, in the dark suburban comedy Serial Mom (1994). The same year, he played Dawson in the syndicated Vanishing Son IV (1994). Acquiring a larger role, the newcomer was cast as Emmanuel “Cereal Killer” Goldstein in the sci-fi Hackers (1995), along with rising actors Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie and Jesse Bradford.

Meanwhile, as a determined performer, Lillard attempted to pursue a stage career by establishing the theatre troupe Summoners Ensemble, which survived for three years (1994-1997). Shortly after the breakdown of the group, he formed Blue Sphere Alliance, in 1997, along with colleagues Neve Campbell and Christian Campbell.

Lillard celebrated victory when he was cast as Stuart Macher in the teen horror flick Scream (1996), which gained him a great deal of popularity among young people. Following his turn in the TV horror The Devil’s Child (1997), the actor picked up critical recognition for his impressive portrayal of Stevo, a smart and likeable punk rock kid in the mid 80s, in the drama comedy SLC Punk (1998). For his performance, he took home a Silver Ombú for Best Actor from the 1999 Mar del Plata Film Festival. He then had the featured role of obnoxious Brock Hudson in the teen romantic comedy She’s All That (1999), starring Freddie Prinze Jr.

In 2000, Lillard debuted on the London stage in Neil LaBute’s “Bash, Latter Day Plays.” The same year, he also costarred as Longaville in Kenneth Branagh’s musical big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000). After playing neurotic psychic Dennis Rafkin in the thriller Thir13en Ghosts (2001), the actor rejoining Freddie Prinze Jr. in the live-action movie of the popular cartoon series Scooby-Doo (2002), with the signature role of the funny Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers.

“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 on his role of ‘Shaggy’

Lillard returned in the sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). He also did voiceover work for the animated comedy series “Robot Chicken” (2005, 2 episodes), and Shaggy and Mario. Recently, the actor became involved with the Scott Lew-directed/written comedy Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas (2006), as well as undertook the supporting turn as Des in Edward Burns’ comedy The Groomsmen (2006).

Still working within the comedy genre, Lillard will costar as Sal, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., in What Love Is (2006). He is also assigned to play Matthew McQueen in the made-for-TV drama 13 Graves (2006) and took a role in Parental Guidance Suggested (2007). Detouring to action adventure movies, the actor will appear as Duke Farrow in the star-studded In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), featuring John Rhys-Davies, Leelee Sobieski and Jason Statham.


Award:

  • Mar del Plata Film Festival: Silver Ombú - Best Actor, SLC Punk!, 1999
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