The Info List - Matthew Fox

Matthew Chandler Fox (born July 14, 1966)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Charlie Salinger on Party of Five (1994–2000) and Jack Shephard on the supernatural drama series Lost (2004–2010), the latter of which earned him Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Fox has also performed in ten feature films, including We Are Marshall (2006), Vantage Point (2008), Alex Cross (2012), Emperor (2012) and Bone Tomahawk (2015).

Early life

Fox was 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.[2] His father was from a "very blue-blood" Pennsylvania family of mostly English descent, while his mother was of half Italian and half British and Irish 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.[3] 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.[2][4] Matthew attended Deerfield Academy for one year as a post-graduate and graduated with the class of 1984.[5] He attended Columbia University, graduating with a B.A. in economics in 1989.[6]


Fox outside of Citytv in Toronto during an open autograph session, December 6, 2006

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.[7] 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.[8] In May 2008, Fox starred as Racer X in the movie Speed Racer.[9][10]

Fox has repeatedly stated that he is "done with television" after Lost.[11]

In 2011, he starred in the stage play In a Forest, Dark and Deep with Olivia Williams in London's West End.[12]

Fox co-starred in Alex Cross (2012), as the villain, Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan/"Picasso".[13][14][15][16] Fox developed an extremely muscular physique for the role and shed most of his body fat.

He appeared very briefly in the 2013 film World War Z which starred Brad Pitt.

He starred in the film Extinction released in July 2015,[17] directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas, in adaptation of the Juan de Dios Garduño's bestseller book Y pese a todo.

Personal life

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.

On August 28, 2011, Fox was accused of assaulting a female bus driver in Cleveland, Ohio.[18][19][20] Prosecutors decided not to charge Fox. In May 2012, the bus driver withdrew a civil suit, after her lawyer withdrew and revealed that she “intentionally failed and refused to provide full and timely cooperation and information.”[21][22]


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Year Title Role Notes
1993 My Boyfriend's Back Buck Van Patten
2003 A Token for Your Thoughts Rock Star Short film
2006 Smokin' Aces Bill Security Super
2006 We Are Marshall Red Dawson
2008 Vantage Point Kent Taylor
2008 Speed Racer Racer X
2012 Alex Cross Picasso
2012 Emperor General Bonner Fellers
2013 World War Z USAF Parajumper
2015 Extinction Patrick
2015 Bone Tomahawk John Brooder


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Wings Ty Warner Episode: "Say It Ain't So, Joe"
1992 Freshman Dorm Danny Foley 5 episodes
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Charlie Deevers Episode: "If I Die Before I Wake"
1994–2000 Party of Five Charlie Salinger 142 episodes
1995 MADtv Charlie Salinger Episode: "1.6"
1999 Behind the Mask James Jones Television movie
2002 Haunted Frank Taylor 12 episodes
2004–2010 Lost Jack Shephard 113 episodes
2006 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Matthew Fox/Tenacious D"
2007–08 Lost: Missing Pieces Jack Shephard 4 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Speed Racer Racer X Voice


Year Title Notes
2000 Party of Five Episode: "Taboo or Not Taboo"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Award category Title of work Result
2005 Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series Lost Won
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actor on Television Lost Nominated
Peoples Choice Awards Favourite Male Television Star Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Evangeline Lilly) Lost Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Lost Nominated
2006 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actor on Television Lost Won
National Television Awards Most Popular Actor Lost Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Series Lost Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Lead Actor in a Drama Lost Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series Lost Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action/Drama Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry (shared with Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly) Lost Nominated
2007 Saturn Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Series Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama Lost Nominated
2008 Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television Lost Won
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Actor on Television Lost Won
Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Episode Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Lost Nominated
2009 Saturn Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Series Lost Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Lost Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor - Drama Lost Nominated
2010 Saturn Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Series Lost Nominated
Emmy Awards [23] Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Lost Nominated
Scream Awards Outstanding Television Performance Lost Won
Scream Awards Outstanding Ensemble Cast Lost Nominated
Scream Awards Outstanding Science Fiction Actor Lost Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "Matthew Fox genealogy". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ Garratt, Sheryl (February 26, 2011). "Breathing space; After six seasons of Lost, Matthew Fox has followed a new direction on to the London stage". The Daily Telegraph. pp. 34, 35. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Fox Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  5. ^ Butler, Casey (September 23, 2012). "Matthew Fox brings a different way of acting to classes, school meeting". The Deerfield Scroll. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of World Biography - Matthew Fox
  7. ^ "The Making of Lost Pilot". Empire Magazine. May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Matthew Fox: A different perspective[permanent dead link], video interview, March 2008
  9. ^ "The Big Picture". Los Angeles Times. June 9, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Movie News, Reviews, Interviews and More! - Wachowski's Find Their Racer X". IESB.net. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  11. ^ Keck, William. "Cast Away!" TV Guide, April 19, 2010; Page 36.
  12. ^ Billington, Michael (March 14, 2011). "In a Forest Dark and Deep". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (March 24, 2011). "Summit Captures U.S. Rights To James Patterson’s Alex Cross Reboot With Tyler Perry And Matthew Fox". Deadline.com.
  14. ^ "Alex Cross: The Movie" Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.. The Official James Patterson Website. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Filipponi, Pietro (May 18, 2012). " FIRST LOOK: Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry & Ed Burns in James Patterson's ALEX CROSS". The Daily Blam!
  16. ^ Schaefer, Sandy. "'Alex Cross' Images Include An Armed Tyler Perry & Ripped Matthew Fox". Screen Rant, LLC. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  17. ^ Sneider, Jeff. [1] "Jeffrey Donovan, Matthew Fox to Star in Post-Apocalyptic Horror Movie ‘Welcome to Harmony", The Wrap. December 20, 2013
  18. ^ "Lost" Star Matthew Fox Accused of Assaulting Woman - TMZ.com
  19. ^ ABC via AP. "Matthew Fox accused of assaulting bus driver in the Flats". Blog.cleveland.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  20. ^ 08/30/2011 (2011-08-30). "Bus Driver Details Alleged Matthew Fox Attack". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  21. ^ "No Charges for Matthew Fox in Bus Driver Complaint". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  22. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2012/05/31/matthew-fox-bus-driver-dominic-monaghan
  23. ^ "Matthew Fox Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 

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