Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer (born October 11, 1977 in Webster Groves, Missouri) is an American actor. He's primarily known for his roles in television, such as Neal Caffrey on USA's White Collar, and various characters on FX's American Horror Story. He also starred in the acclaimed HBO film adaptation of The Normal Heart.
Matt is one of the most prominent openly gay actors in Hollywood; he married his partner Simon Halls in 2011, and they're fathers to three children. He's also close friends with Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello, with whom he attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
- Guiding Light (2001 — 2003) as Benjamin "Ben" Reade
- Tru Calling (2003 — 2004) as Luc Johnston
- Traveller (2007) as Jay Burchell
- Chuck (2007 — 2009) as Bryce Larkin
- White Collar (2009 — 2014) as Neal Caffrey
- In Time (2011) as Henry Hamilton
- Glee (2012) as Cooper Anderson
- Magic Mike (2012) as Ken
- Magic Mike XXL (2015)
- Superman Unbound (2013) as Clark Kent / Superman (voice)
- The Normal Heart (2014) as Felix Turner
- American Horror Story (2014 — present) in various roles:
- Will & Grace (2018 — 2019) as McCoy Whitman
- Titans (2018) as Larry Trainor / Negative Man (voice)
- Doom Patrol (2019) as Larry Trainor / Negative Man
- The Sinner (2020) as Jamie Burns
- Justice Society: World War II (2021) as Barry Allen / The Flash (voice)
He provides examples of the following:
- The Cast Showoff: Many, many directors he's worked with have taken advantage of his wonderful singing voice.
- Hide Your Gays: A rumored reason why he lost out on playing Superman, which he's since denied.
- Mr. Fanservice: Many of his roles have positioned him as this trope; his character in the Magic Mike films is the most blatant example of it.
- Obliviously Beautiful: He comes off as a male example in interviews sometimes, jokingly claiming that a magazine naming him as one of the sexiest men alive was the result of his mother bribing them. He's also said, on more than one occasion, that his good looks are just "smoke and mirrors." Thousands of fans would beg to differ.
- Queer Character, Queer Actor: Has played a number of gay characters since coming out in 2012 including:
- What Could Have Been: Matt was slated to play Superman in Brett Ratner's canceled Superman Flyby, which ultimately became Superman Returns, with Brandon Routh in the title role. When Warner Bros. started casting their new Superman for Man of Steel (the first entry in the DC Extended Universe), Matt's name was again thrown into the mix, eventually losing out to Henry Cavill — who, coincidentally, also screen-tested for Flyby years earlier.