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Matthew Fox
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Born
Matthew Chandler Fox

(1966-07-14) July 14, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationActor
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
Margherita Ronchi (m. 1992)
Children2

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).

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Matthew Fox was on a major career roll for two decades. He headlined not one but two popular shows in a row, with six seasons of the family drama Party of Five and then six more years on the sci-fi mystery phenomenon Lost not long after. As a result of this pair of beloved series, he had the rare distinction of being both a heartthrob and a guy's guy, and seemed poised to launch from his wild island adventures straight into the big time. But the 2010s haven't been so kind to Fox, despite some notable big screen efforts on his part. Here are a few theories that explore why, lately, Matthew Fox has seemed so … He broke big on TV Fox established himself as a television star thanks to his turns as Charlie Salinger and Jack Shepherd. The small screen was his home from the get-go, having just a few film credits to his name by the time Lost catapulted him into the spotlight. But the silver screen still piqued his interest, and he tried out supporting roles in movies like Smokin' Aces and We Are Marshall. Neither of those were massive hits, but they did suggest that there might be a place for him in the movie biz. Unfortunately, a controversial show ending can follow an actor around like a dark cloud. And few people would argue that Lost's finale was perhaps the worst show ending of all time. It wasn't Fox's fault that the series ended on such a confusing and frustrating note. But as the face of the series, there's a chance the blame could've fallen on him a little, too — at least where ticket-buyers were concerned. With audiences as upset as they were about the series' crazy conclusion, there's a very real chance that some Fox fatigue set in as part of the fallout. Hey, maybe the smoke monster will have better luck? Big screen bombs He may have proven that he can handle himself on a film set with his smaller outings, but his should-be blockbuster debut Speed Racer was a car wreck. It had a bloated budget and a lot of expectations behind it, but critics hated it, and it lost a ton of money at the box office. His big screen career had no hatch hideaway to shelter from this box office bomb. The good news for Fox is that he was never really held accountable for the film's poor performance. But the wheels were already rolling in the wrong direction. Then, Alex Cross happened. Past adaptations of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels have done fairly well — movies like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. But Alex Cross failed to live up to its predecessors, despite some serious effort on Fox's part. In the film, Fox played super bad guy Picasso, who tortured and maimed people for sport. The actor reportedly dropped a whopping 20 percent of his weight to play the villain, and shed his former image as the heroic Jack from Lost. But despite how convincingly he played Picasso, the movie was absolutely trashed by critics and — even worse — ignored by audiences. Ouch. Cutting room floor Fox got one more shot in a film that actually did really well at the box office. Too bad that his role was chopped to the point that no one knew he was actually in it. The adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie epic World War Z was supposed to be something else than what audiences saw in theaters. But after the original cut was shot, a large chunk of the script was rewritten and reshot. That left most of Fox's scenes on the editing room floor. Fox would've starred as a colleague of Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane, caring for Lane's family while he's off globe-trotting in an effort to stifle the undead epidemic, but his role became a blink-and-you'd-miss-it parajumper scene. "That’s our target, get us down." Seriously, that was it. Hope you didn’t blink... All the wrong headlines In August 2011, Fox's name was dragged through the mud as he was accused by a Cleveland woman of punching her in the "arms, right leg, thighs and chest." Later, his former Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan claimed on Twitter in 2012 that "he beats women" as a reference to that event. The woman's suit was ultimately dropped and Fox strongly denied the claims, but his reputation was already sullied. Fox denied the allegations completely in an interview with Ellen — but it's hard to undo damage like that once it's been done. Fox may have maintained his innocence of the assault charges he faced, but in 2012, he was guilty of an entirely different crime. He was arrested for driving under the influence in his home state of Oregon. He did fess up to that incident on Ellen, insisting that he learned a hard lesson and that he'd never do that again. Even so, the combination of these tabloid-frenzied incidents certainly didn't help to elevate his public profile. Break from Hollywood Even before things started to slow down for Fox's professional life, he'd already been considering stepping away from the spotlight for a while. Instead of living in Los Angeles like so many other stars, he lives in Oregon, where he likes to fly planes and hang out with his family. He told Men's Fitness in 2012 that he was considering retiring from the industry even then, saying that if he didn't "get quality opportunities" he'd probably step away from the scene. Seems like he had a contingency plan in place the whole time! But, for Fox fans hoping to see more of the actor, the good news is that he hasn't altogether disappeared from the entertainment industry. In 2015, he appeared in a pair of little-seen horror pics, Extinction and Bone Tomahawk, the latter of which was very well received by critics, if not by audiences. So, it seems he's not completely done with movies and television just yet. In the meantime, we can watch endless Lost reruns and try to make heads or tails of what was actually happening on that dumb island. It's the mystery that keeps on giving. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love too!

Contents

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, Wyoming, 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]

Career

Fox outside of Citytv in Toronto during an open autograph session, December 6, 2006
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 1994-2000 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]

Filmography

Fox at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2008
Fox at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2008

Film

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 Rex 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

Television

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"
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Jack Shephard 4 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Speed Racer Racer X Voice

Director

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

References

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  2. ^ a b "Matthew Fox genealogy". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. 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. Archived from the original on December 28, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Matthew Fox Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. 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. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Matthew Fox Biography - life, family, children, parents, story, wife, school, mother, son - Newsmakers Cumulation". www.notablebiographies.com. Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  7. ^ "The Making of Lost Pilot". Empire Magazine. May 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. 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. Archived from the original on December 21, 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" Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine. 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" Archived 2012-02-15 at the Wayback Machine. Deadline Hollywood.
  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" Archived 2012-08-04 at the Wayback Machine. The Daily Blam!
  16. ^ Schaefer, Sandy. "'Alex Cross' Images Include An Armed Tyler Perry & Ripped Matthew Fox". Screen Rant, LLC. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  17. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Jeffrey Donovan, Matthew Fox to Star in Post-Apocalyptic Horror Movie 'Welcome to Harmony". TheWrap. December 20, 2013. Archived from the original on August 24, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  18. ^ "Matthew Fox Detained -- Accused of Assaulting Woman". tmz.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
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