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->''"[[CaptainObvious That's a lot of fish!]]"''
-->-- A [[MemeticMutation memetic line]] from Matthew's character in the American ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' remake.

Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American actor famous for movies such as ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', ''Film/{{Glory}}'', ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (as the voice of the adult Simba). He started off as a teen heartthrob as part of the Creator/BratPack, but later moved on to more serious roles in TheNineties, and has had some success on Broadway as well. He is married to Creator/SarahJessicaParker, with whom he has three children.

!!Provides examples of:
* AdamWesting: A car commercial broadcast during the 2012 Super Bowl featured Broderick parodying his Ferris role as a grown man.
* {{Adorkable}}: Comes across as this.
* BreakoutRole: ''Ferris Bueller's Day Off''.
* IrishmanAndAJew: Matthew's father actor James Broderick is Irish Catholic (with some English in the mix), and Matthew's mother actress, painter, and playwright Patricia Broderick (nee Biow) is a Jewish woman of German and Polish ancestry.
** Matthew has stated that he was not brought up in a religious home, but considers himself Jewish.
* IAmNotSpock: He will forever be Ferris Bueller to the world, but Broderick himself has ruled out reappearing as the character and is rumored to be annoyed when people bring it up to him. However, he seems to have softened his stance towards the role; see AdamWesting.
* MrFanservice: During his Creator/BratPack days.
* OldShame: He admits ''Godzilla'' was a terrible movie. Also his stance towards the 2004 remake of ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'' that he appeared in.
* ThoseTwoActors: Has teamed up with Creator/NathanLane on Broadway multiple times (''Theatre/TheProducers'', ''Theater/TheOddCouple'', ''It's Only a Play'') after initially teaming up with him for ''The Lion King'' (Lane voiced Timon).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was the first choice to star as Alex P. Keaton on ''Series/FamilyTies'' before Creator/MichaelJFox got cast. In turn, ironically, Fox was the first choice to play Ferris Bueller.
** He was approached by AMC to take the lead role of ''Series/BreakingBad'' as Walter White, but declined, leaving the role to Creator/BryanCranston (creator Vince Gilligan wanted Cranston from the start but ExecutiveMeddling forced Broderick on him, until Broderick himself turned it down).

!!Films and TV shows starred in or voice acted:
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', episode "Who Would Win" (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/BeeMovie'' (2007)
* ''Film/BiloxiBlues'' (1988)
* ''Film/TheCableGuy'' (1996)
* ''Film/AChristmasStory Live'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Election}}'', alongside Creator/ReeseWitherspoon. (1999)
* ''Film/FamilyBusiness'' (1989)
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' (1986)
* ''Film/{{Glory}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/InspectorGadget'' (1999)
* ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' (1985)
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (1994)
* ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' (the ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' remake) (2003)
* ''Film/ProjectX'' (1987)
* ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'' remake (2004)
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' (1999)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTaleOfDespereaux'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' (1994)
* ''Film/WarGames'' (1983)
* ''Film/TheRoadToWellville'' (1994)


!!Broadway Performances:
* ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''
* ''Theatre/NightMustFall''
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''
* ''Theatre/TheProducers''
* ''Theatre/NiceWorkIfYouCanGetIt''