Jul. 14th, 1966
Abington, Pennsylvania, USA
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Matthew Chandler Fox (born July 14, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on the supernatural drama television series Lost.
Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, the son of Loretta B. (née Eagono) and Francis G. Fox. One of his paternal great-great-great-grandfathers was Union General George Meade. His father was from a "very blue-blood" Pennsylvania family of mostly English descent, while his mother was of half Italian and half British Isles ancestry. When Fox was a year old, he moved to Wyoming with his parents and siblings, Francis, Jr. (b. 1961) and Bayard (b. 1969). They settled in Crowheart, on the Wind River Indian Reservation. His mother was a teacher, and his father, who had been a consultant for an oil company, raised longhorn cattle and horses, and grew barley for Coors beer. When Fox was young, his parents worked as caretakers of the remote "Bitterroot Ranch" outside Dubois, Wyoming.
Fox graduated from high school in Wyoming and attended Deerfield Academy for a post-graduate year. Following Deerfield, Fox attended Columbia University, where he majored in Economics and became a brother of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Fox interviewed for a job to sell stocks at Prudential-Bache.
One of Fox's very first performances was in a student film. The film can be viewed here. At the age of 25, Fox made his debut on an episode of Wings. That same year, he also starred on a short-lived dramatic series, Freshman Dorm. Still not a familiar face on the small screen, he continued to be cast in supporting roles, including the role of Charlie in the CBS Schoolbreak Special series, If I Die Before I Wake before he made his big screen debut in My Boyfriend's Back (1993).
In 1994, Fox was cast in a starring role as Charlie Salinger, the eldest of five siblings who lose both parents in a car accident on the 1990s teen drama Party of Five, co-starring with 'Scott Wolf', 'Neve Campbell', 'Jennifer Love Hewitt', and 'Lacey Chabert'. In 1996, People Magazine named Fox one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. After Party of Five was cancelled following its sixth season, Fox starred in another TV series, Haunted, in 2002.
From September 2004 until May 2010, Fox played the role of the dedicated yet troubled surgeon, Dr. Jack Shephard, on Lost. He initially auditioned for the role of James "Sawyer" Ford. However, co-creator J. J. Abrams thought he would be better for the role of Jack, a role originally slated to be for the pilot episode only. Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the 2005 Satellite Award, and shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for his role in Lost.
On December 2, 2006, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guests Tenacious D. In 2006, Fox co-starred with' Matthew McConaughey' in the sports drama, We Are Marshall. He also played a bit part in the action film Smokin' Aces and starred in the 2008 thriller, Vantage Point. In May 2008, Fox starred as Racer X in the movie Speed Racer.
Fox has repeatedly stated that he is "done with television" after Lost.
In 2011, he starred in the stage play In a Forest, Dark and Deep with Olivia Williams in London's West End.
Fox appears in Alex Cross (2012), as Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan/"Picasso". Fox developed an extremely muscular physique for the role and shed most of his body fat.
He appeared in the 2013 film World War Z alongside 'Brad Pitt'.
Currently he is involved in the filming of the movie Welcome to Harmony, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas, in adaptation of the Juan de Dios Garduño's bestseller book Y pese a todo.
Fox met his wife, Margherita Ronchi, at university, and they married shortly after in 1992. They have two children, a daughter named Kyle and a son named Byron.
Fox is a keen photographer. A bonus disc released with The Complete First Series of Lost includes features "The Art of Matthew Fox", showing pictures he took of the cast and crew while on set.
- Attended Wind River high school and did post-graduate high school study at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
- He was raised in Crowheart, Wyoming on the family ranch.
- While promoting Vantage Point, he traveled to nine countries in three weeks.
- Daughter Kyle Fox (born in 1998) and son Byron Fox (born in 2001)
- Is good friends with 'Green Day' (qv)'s 'Billie Joe Armstrong' (qv).
- Like his wife, his maternal grandfather was Italian American.
- He frequently hosts parties at his house where the whole cast of _"Lost" (2004)_ (qv) gathers to watch the last episode they had filmed.
- Graduated from New York's prestigious Atlantic Theater Company where fellow _"Lost" (2004)_ (qv) co-star 'Kimberley Joseph' (qv), who played flirtatious flight attendant Cindy, was also a graduate.