In the early 1980s, a young Matthew Broderick was given a glowing review by ‘The New York Times’ drama critic for his role in Harvey Fierstein’s off-Broadway production ‘Torch Song Trilogy’.
Following an auspicious debut, he attracted the attention of playwright Neil Simon, who cast him in the Tony Award-winning role of Eugene Jerome in his Broadway play ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’.
After turning down the part of Alex Keaton on the TV series ‘Family Ties’, Broderick launched his film career with a definitive turn as a teenage computer hacker in the thriller ‘War Games’.
Despite his previous critical success on both stage and screen, Broderick's breakthrough performance came with his loveable portrayal of the fast-talking and precocious teen chancer in John Hughes’ enduring comedy, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’.
In 1989, he starred opposite Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in the highly acclaimed Civil War drama, ‘Glory’. He continued to demonstrate his versatility in films ranging from the gangster farce ‘The Freshman’, to the Disney animated blockbuster ‘The Lion King’.
In 1996, Broderick made his directorial debut with ‘Infinity’, a romantic drama based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Richard Feynman. A handful of mainstream films followed, including the critical failures ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Inspector Gadget’.
He then began to show signs of a return to form with notable performances in the satire ‘Election’ and Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama ‘You Can Count On Me’. In 2001, he returned to Broadway, opening to rave reviews in the wildly popular stage version of Mel Brooks' ‘The Producers’.
In 2004, Broderick teamed up with Nicole Kidman for ‘The Stepford Wives’, a remake of the 1975 film of the same name. Despite boasting high profile names including Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, the black comedy failed to excite the box office and was dismissed by critics. The next year saw him collaborate with close friend Nathan Lane for comedy-musical ‘The Producers’, which also starred Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell.
Critical acclaim came through 2008's ‘Finding Amanda’ in the form of a Prism Award nomination for performance in a feature film. Broderick starred as Taylor Peters Mendon in the film, which saw him take on the role of a drinking and gambling man sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to go into rehabilitation. his latest roles include 'Tower Heist' (2011) and 'Dirty Weekend' (2014).
Over the course of his career, he has also performed a number of voice roles in movies including ‘The Lion King’ series, ‘Good Boy!’, ‘Bee Movie’, ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ and more recently ‘Spot’.
Broderick married long-time girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997. Their first son, James Wilke Broderick, was born in October 2002 and they expanded the family in 2009 with the addition of twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge through surrogacy.