Creator / Matthew Broderick

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"That's a lot of fish!"
— A memetic line from Matthew's character in the American Godzilla (1998) remake.

Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is an American actor famous for movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory, Godzilla (1998), and The Lion King (as the voice of the adult Simba). He started off as a teen heartthrob as part of the Brat Pack, but later moved on to more serious roles in The '90s, and has had some success on Broadway as well. He is married to Sarah Jessica Parker, with whom he has three children.

Provides examples of:

  • Adam Westing: A car commercial broadcast during the 2012 Super Bowl featured Broderick parodying his Ferris role as a grown man.
  • Adorkable: Comes across as this.
  • Breakout Role: Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Irishman and a Jew: 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.
  • I Am Not Spock: 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 may be softening his stance towards the role; see Adam Westing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: During his Brat Pack days.
  • Old Shame: He admits Godzilla was a terrible movie. Also his stance towards the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives that he appeared in.
  • Those Two Actors: Has teamed up with Nathan Lane on Broadway multiple times (The Producers, The Odd Couple, It's Only a Play) after initially teaming up with him for The Lion King (Lane voiced Timon).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was the first choice to star as Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties before Michael J. Fox 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 Breaking Bad as Walter White, but declined, leaving the role to Bryan Cranston (creator Vince Gilligan wanted Cranston from the start but Executive Meddling forced Broderick on him, until Broderick himself turned it down).

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