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Matt Letscher
Matt Letscher
General Information
Birthplace

Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.

Birth date

June 26, 1970

Played

Tom Bradshaw


Matthew Letscher (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor and playwright.

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[edit]PersonalEdit

Letscher was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, older brother to actor Brian Letscher. He attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and a drama major.[1] He's married[2] with two children.[3]

[edit]ActingEdit

Letscher got his first professional acting job with a role in Jeff Daniels' The Tropic Pickle, during the second season of Jeff DanielsPurple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. Letscher impressed Daniels enough that the veteran arranged a meeting for Letscher with Ron Maxwell, the director of Gettysburg. After appearing in a small role, Letscher took advice from Jeff Daniels and moved to Los Angeles. He quickly found work in guest roles on television.[3]

In 1995, Letscher was cast as the naive television writer in the Nancy Travis sitcom Almost Perfect, which lasted for a season and a half. He went on to appear as series regular in Living in Captivity in 1998. The same year, he appeared in the film The Mask of Zorro as Capt. Harrison Love. He appeared in the miniseries King of TexasThe Beach Boys: An American Family, and Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot and TV movies When Billie Beat Bobbie and Stole Innocence. He also reunited with Daniels in Gods and Generals (the prequel of Gettysburg) and Daniels' directorial effort Super Sucker. Letscher also returned to The Purple Rose Theater in the world premiere of Landford Wilson's play Rain Dance.

In 2002, the comedy pilot Good Morning, Miami was picked up by NBC as part of Must See TV Thursday comedy block, but Burke Moses was replaced by Letscher and a second pilot had to be filmed. The romantic comedy sitcom featured Letscher as a smarmy former network anchor who was the primary romantic rival to main character Jake Silver (Mark Feuerstein) for the affection of Dylan (Ashley Williams).[4] Despite the series receiving negative reviews, Letscher and Constance Zimmer were standouts in the series and eventually paired up as the combative couple in the second season. The show was canceled midway though its second season due to low ratings.

His performance in Good Morning Miami led to him being cast in the lead in the film Straight-Jacket, opposite Carrie Preston, about a gay Hollywood actor forced to marry a beard in the 1950s.[5] His flare for classical farce also led to him being cast in the leading role of Capt. Jack Absolute in the Lincoln Center theater production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals. Letscher was raised for his spirited performance and his costar Robert Easton referred to Letscher as "a perfect classical actor."[3]

Letscher joined the cast of Joey, recurring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine, and numerous guest starring roles. After appearing as a kind neighbor in Alan Ball's Towelhead, Letscher was cast inEli Stone, as the kindhearted older brother of a prophet, Nathan Stone. Despite low ratings, the dramedy series had loyal fans and critical acclaim, earning it a second season which included a larger role for Letscher. His work on Greg Berlanti's Eli Stone lead to his arc on Berlanti's Brothers & Sisters as a love-interest for the married Kitty Walker .

In 2012 Letscher starred in the series Bent and Scandal and was cast in the series The Carrie Diaries, as Carrie Bradshaw's widowed father Tom, which premiered in 2013.[6][7] He will appear in the 2013 film releases of Atom Egoyan The Devil's Knot (about The West Memphis Three) and Spike Jonze's comedy Her, opposite Amy Adams.[8]

[edit]WritingEdit

In June 2007, Jeff DanielsPurple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, staged the world premiere of Letscher's original play Sea of Fools, a farce set in Joseph McCarthy-era Hollywood. Film director (and infamous HUAC name-giver) Elia Kazan is a character in the play. Jeff Daniels initially planned to direct the play but pulled out, allowing Letscher to also direct the play.

In 2009, his play “Gaps in the Fossil Record," staged at the Pacific Resident Theater.

In 2010, he cowrote (with Nipper Knapp and Andrew Newberg) and starred in the comedy pilot Gentrification, which won best writing at the Comedy Central New York Television Festival.

[edit]FilmographyEdit

Feature films
Year Film Role Notes
1993 'Gettysburg (film) Young 2nd Maine Man Film debut
1996 Power 98 Eddie
1997 Lovelife (film) Danny
1998 The Mask of Zorro Capt. Harrison Love Nomination-Blockbuster Award (best villain)
2000 I'll Wave Back John Clairborne
2002 Super Sucker Howard Butterworth
2003 Gods and Generals Col. Adelbert Ames
2003 Identity Assistant District Attorney
2004 Straight-Jacket Guy Stone
2005 Heart of the Beholder Mike Howard
2007 Towelhead Gil Hines
2010 Radio Free Albemouth Mr. Brady
2013 Teacher of the Year Mitch Carter
2013 The Devil's Knot Attorney Paul Ford
2013 Her
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Saved By the Bell: The College Years Television Debut, episode: Rush Week
1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Tom Jennings episode: Life and Death
1994 Long Shadows Nathan American Playhouse (PBS
1994 The Larry Sanders Show Daniel Palmer episode: The Fourteenth Floor
1994 Ellen Steve Morgan episode: The Toast
1994 Not This Part of the World comedy pilot
1994 Silk Stalkings Harley Eastlake episode: Head N' Tail
1995 The Vanishing Son episode: Holy Ghosts
1995 The Watcher episode: Heartburned
1995 Silk Stalkings Jeff Chadwick episode: I Know What Scares You
1995 Stolen Innocence TV Movie
1996 Townies Bill episode: Things to Do Gloucester When You Are Dead
1995 Almost Perfect Rob Paley series lead
1998 Living in Captivity Will Marek series lead
1999 NYPD Blue Witness Episode: What's Up, Chuck
1999 Love American Style Ned Episode: Love in the Old South, Pilot
2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family Mike Love TV Movie
2001 Count Me In David Pilot
2001 This Could Work Pilot
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Miniseries
2002 King of Texas Emmett Westover Miniseries
2002 Providence Kevin Norris 3 episodes
2002-2004 Good Morning, Miami Gavin Stone series lead
2004-2005 Joey Eric Garrett series regular
2005 Fertile Ground Dr. Mark Bloom pilot
2005 Criminal Minds Vincent Shyer Episode: Broken Mirror
2006 52 Fights Matt Pilot
2006 The West Wing Mr. Blake (US Attorney) Episode: Welcome to Wherever You Are
2006 Saved Robbie Cole Episode: Family
2006 Justice Will Bechtel Episode: Shark Week
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine Burton Schaefer Recurring
2006-2007 The New Adventures of Old Christine Burton Schaefer Recurring
2007 Boston Legal A.D.A Adam Mersel Episode: Angel of Death
2007 CSI Miami Dr. Mike Lasker Episode: Broken Home
2008-2009 Eli Stone Nathan Stone Series Lead
2009 Entourage Dan Coakley Recurring
2009 Medium Dr. Erik Westphal Episode: You Give Me Fever
2009-2010 Brothers & Sisters Alec Tyler Recurring
2010 Awkward Situations for Men Pilot
2010 Amish Grace TV Movie
2010 Drop Dead Diva A.J. Fowler Episode: Good Grief
2011 Spring/Fall pilot
2011 Pound Puppies voice over
2012 Bent Ben series lead
2013 Scandal Billy Chambers Recurring (first season)
2013 The Carrie Diaries Tom Bradshaw Series Lead
Stage
Year Play Role Theater/Company
1992 The Tropical Pickle Birmingham Purple Rose Theatre (regional)
1993 The Seagul Fountain Theater (regional)
1995 The Sisters David Turzin Fountain Theater (regional)
1997 Proposals Ray Broadhurst Theater (Broadway)
1999 Absolution David Los Angeles Court Theater (regional)
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Berowne Old Globe Theater (regional)
2000 Tonight at 8:30 Toby Cartwright Pacific Resident Theater(regional)
2001 Rain Dance Hank Purple Rose Theatre (regional)
2002 On Approval George Pacific Resident Theater(regional)
2005 Rivals Captain Jack Absolute Lincoln Center (Broadway)
2006 Double Double Duncan Williamson Theater Festival (Regional)
2006 Ridiculous Fraud Kap South Coast Repatory (Regional)
2007 Anatol Anatol Pacific Resident Theater (Regional), Los Angeles Drama Desk Award-Lead Performance
2007 Sea of Fools playwright Purple Rose Theater (Regional)
2008 What We Have Jonas South Coast Repatory (Regional)
2009 Gaps in the Fossil Records playwright Pacific Resident Theatre (Regional)
2010 In a Garden Hacket South Coast Repertory (Regional)
2010 The Language Archive George Roundabout Theater Company (Off-Broadway)

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