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Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer
Born Matthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 [1]
Webster Groves, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Simon Halls (m. 2011)
Children 3

Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer (born October 11, 1977) is an American actor. He made his television debut with Guiding Light in 2001, and gained recognition with his recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck as Bryce Larkin. He played the lead role of a con-artist in the USA Network series White Collar from 2009 to 2014. Bomer won a Golden Globe Award and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his supporting role as Felix Turner in the HBO television film The Normal Heart (2014).[3]

Bomer featured in supporting roles in such films as the 2005 thriller Flightplan, the 2011 science fiction thriller In Time, the 2012 comedy-drama Magic Mike and the 2014 supernatural-drama Winter's Tale. He starred in the Dustin Lance Black play 8 on Broadway and at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as Jeff Zarrillo, a plaintiff in the federal case that overturned California's Proposition 8. Bomer is married to the publicist Simon Halls with whom he has three children.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Theatre 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri,[2] one of three children born to[4] Elizabeth Macy (née Staton) and John O'Neill Bomer IV, a Dallas Cowboys draft pick.[5] He grew up in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, where he attended Klein High School; a classmate was future actor Lee Pace.[6] Pace and Bomer both acted at Houston's Alley Theatre, a non-profit theatre company.[5] In 2001, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[7]


Bomer during the June 7, 2011, production of "On the Fence", the ninth episode of the third season of White Collar.

After graduating, Bomer moved to New York City, where he won the role of "Ian Kipling" on All My Children. From 2001 to 2003, he portrayed the role of Ben Reade on another daytime television soap opera, Guiding Light.[8] He starred as Luc, Tru's (Eliza Dushku) ill-fated love interest, in Tru Calling (2003–04), a supernatural, science-fiction television series on the Fox television network. Bomer appeared on North Shore (2004–05), a primetime television soap opera, as well as in Flightplan (2005), a thriller film with Jodie Foster. In the slasher film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), Bomer portrayed Eric, a Vietnam War veteran who is driving across Texas to re-enlist after his brother is drafted. The brothers run afoul of Sheriff Hoyt and are taken captive by the Hewitt family. He co-starred in Traveler (2007), a short-lived midseason replacement television series which premiered on ABC on May 30, 2007. He had a recurring role, as Bryce Larkin, on Chuck. On October 23, 2009, Bomer began starring in White Collar, which chronicles the partnership between a con artist, Neal Caffrey (Bomer) and an FBI agent, Peter Burke (played by Tim DeKay).[9] BuddyTV ranked him first on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011" and third in 2012.[10][11]

In September 2011, Bomer starred in the Broadway debut of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, a staged re-enactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8.[12] In March 2012, he was featured in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre production as well, portraying Jeff Zarrillo, one of the plaintiffs in the trial.[13][14] In October 2011, Bomer appeared in the science fiction thriller film In Time, in which he played a 105-year-old man, Henry Hamilton. In 2012, Bomer starred as Ken, a stripper, in the feature film Magic Mike. In 2014, he appeared in science-fiction black comedy film Space Station 76, directed by Jack Plotnick.[15][16] He had a supporting role in the 2014 adaptation of Winter's Tale, directed by Akiva Goldsman.[17][18]

In June 2013, Bomer was ranked at no. 2 on Logo‍ '​s Hot 100 list, which is based on the votes of readers of the and Bomer was the list's highest ranked man, behind only Jennifer Lawrence.[19][20] In August 2013, it was announced that Bomer will provide his voice in the animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations for release in June 2015.[21] In September 2013, it was announced that Bomer will play Montgomery Clift in a biopic about the Hollywood star.[22]

Personal life

Bomer has been married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011.[2][23] The couple have three sons, including a set of twins, via surrogacy.[24][25] He first publicly acknowledged that he was gay in 2012, when he thanked Halls and their children during an acceptance speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.[25][26] Also in 2012, Bomer was given an Inspiration Award for his work at the GLSEN Awards.[27][28]

Bomer, a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation since his early 20s, in 2013 stated his support for the work of the David Lynch Foundation.[29][30]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Flightplan Eric
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Eric Hill
2011 In Time Henry Hamilton
2012 Magic Mike Ken
2013 Superman: Unbound Superman/Clark Kent Voice; direct-to-video
2014 Winter's Tale Young Man
2014 Space Station 76 Ted
2015 Magic Mike XXL Ken
2016 The Nice Guys Post-production
2016 The Magnificent Seven Filming
TBA B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations Voice; post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2000 All My Children Ian Kipling Episode: "#7485"
2001–03 Guiding Light Benjamin "Ben" Reade
2002 Relic Hunter Driver agent Uncredited; episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2003–04 Tru Calling Luc Johnston Main cast (season 1); 14 episodes
2004 North Shore Ross Episode: "Bellport"
2007 Traveler Jay Burchell Main cast; 8 episodes
2007–09 Chuck Bryce Larkin 7 episodes
2009–14 White Collar Neal Caffrey Main cast; 81 episodes
2012 Glee Cooper Anderson Episode: "Big Brother"
2013 The New Normal Monty Episode: "The Goldie Rush"
2014 The Normal Heart Felix Turner Television film
2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show Andy Episode: "Pink Cupcakes"
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Donovan 3 episodes


Year Title Playwright Role Notes
2011 8 Dustin Lance Black Jeff Zarrillo
Other stage credits
Year Title Playwright Role Notes
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams Young Collector
  • Performances: The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas (1995)[32]
1998 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Issachar
  • Performances: Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah (1998)[33]
2003 Roulette Paul Weitz Jock
  • Performances: New York Stage and Film, Powerhouse Theater (August 1–3, 2003)[34][35]
2007 Villa America Crispin Whittell Ernest Hemingway
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage (July 11–22, 2007)[36]
2012 8 Dustin Lance Black Jeff Zarillo

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[38] Glee Nominated
Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards New Generation Arts and Activism Award[39] Fight Against HIV/Aids Won
GLSEN Awards Inspiration Award[40] Himself Won
2013 Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[41] The New Normal Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment (shared with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodríguez)[42] Magic Mike Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short[43] Superman: Unbound Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries[44] The Normal Heart Won
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries[45] Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[46] Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actor[47] White Collar Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[48] The Normal Heart Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[49] Nominated


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  11. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2012".  
  12. ^ Kinser, Jeremy (August 31, 2011). "Matt Bomer Joins Black's Prop. 8 Play".  
  13. ^ 8': A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality"'".  
  14. ^ "YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live".  
  15. ^ Friedman, Roger (September 12, 2012). "Liv Tyler Heading Into Outer Space".  
  16. ^ The Deadline Team (March 7, 2014). "'"Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs International Rights To Jack Plotnick's'Space Station 76.  
  17. ^ Fleming, Mike (September 21, 2012). "Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale' Sets Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Eva Marie Saint".  
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (August 16, 2013). "Colin Farrell's 'Winter's Tale' Set For Valentine's Day Release".  
  19. ^ "Logo's 2013 Hot 100". Logo Hot 100. 
  20. ^ "About the Logo Hot 100". Logo 2013 Hot 100. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Rashida Jones, Matt Bomer Join Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy in 'B.O.O.' (Exclusive)".  
  22. ^ "Matt Bomer Set To Play Montgomery Clift In Indie Feature". Deadline. September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Matt Bomer's Big Reveal: I've Been Married to My Husband...for Three Years!". E! Online. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  24. ^ Christine Lennon (February 2008). "Daddy's Little Helpers".  
  25. ^ a b Jeremy Kinser (February 13, 2012). "Matt Bomer Acknowledges Partner, Family".  
  26. ^ "Matt Bomer on coming out in Hollywood: I never hid the fact that I'm gay". The New York Daily News. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  27. ^ Malkin, Marc (October 6, 2012). "Matt Bomer Opens Up About Growing Up Gay".  
  28. ^ White Collar's' Matt Bomer Officially Comes Out as Gay at Awards Show"'".  
  29. ^ "Celebrity Meditators". TM UK Blog. Archived from the original on 16 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. I like to meditate, Transcendental Meditation usually. I took it up in my early 20s and I learned the benefits. I try to do it every day. 
  30. ^ "Red Carpet Interviews at David Lynch Foundation's "Meditation Creativity Peace" LA Premiere". YouTube. DavidLynchFoundation. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  31. ^ "John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford and Matt Bomer Join Morgan Freeman and More in Starry Reading of 8". August 31, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Beautiful People 2010: Matt Bomer". Paper. March 29, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  33. ^ Lincoln, Ivan M. (July 10, 1998). "From Coward to 'Romeo and Juliet,' festival shines". Deseret News. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  34. ^ Simonson, Robert (July 21, 2003). "Paul Weitz Play Roulette Added to NYS&F Line-Up at Vassar; Bierko Stars".  
  35. ^ Roulette', a new play written by acclaimed film director and playwright Paul Weitz, to premiere as part of Powerhouse Theater’s special presentations"'". College Relations Vassar. August 1, 2003. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Villa America". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer & John C. Reilly Join 8 in L.A.".  
  38. ^ "OFTA Television Awards 2012". Online Film & Television Association. 
  39. ^ White Collar's' Matt Bomer Officially Comes Out as Gay at Awards Show"'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 13, 2012. 
  40. ^ Malkin, Marc (October 6, 2012). "Matt Bomer Opens Up About Growing Up Gay". E! Online. 
  41. ^ "OFTA Television Awards 2013". Online Film & Television Association. 
  42. ^ Warner, Denise (April 14, 2013). "Check out the winners for the MTV Movie Awards!". EW. 
  43. ^ "BTVA Awards 2013". Behind the Voice Actors. 
  44. ^ "OFTA Awards 2013". Online Film & Television Association. 
  45. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 28, 2014). "Critics' Choice TV Awards Nominations: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Good Wife' Lead". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  46. ^ Ng, Philiana. "Emmy Nominations 2014". TV Line. 
  47. ^ People's Choice Awards Nominees 2015, PCA 
  48. ^ "2015 Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List of Nominees". ABC News. 
  49. ^ "Satellite Award Nominees 2015". Press Academy. 

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