Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer Comic-con by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Matthew Staton Bomer
(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 40)[1]
Webster Groves, Missouri, U.S.[2]
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Simon Halls (m. 2011)
Children 3

Matthew Staton 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, he played the lead role of con-artist and thief Neal Caffrey 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, opposite Mark Ruffalo, in the HBO television film The Normal Heart (2014).[3] Bomer made a guest appearance on the fourth season of FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story. He was later upgraded to main cast during the fifth season.

In film, Bomer has featured in supporting roles in the 2005 thriller Flightplan, the 2011 science fiction thriller In Time, the 2012 comedy-drama Magic Mike and its 2015 sequel, the 2014 supernatural-drama Winter's Tale, and the 2016 neo-noir film The Nice Guys. On stage, Bomer has 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[edit]

Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Missouri,[2] one of three children[4] of 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, and attended its Klein High School, where he was a classmate of 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.[episode needed] 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 and second only to Jennifer Lawrence;[19][20] in August 2013, it was announced that Bomer would provide his voice in the animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.[21] In September 2013, it was announced that Bomer would play Montgomery Clift in a biopic about the Hollywood star.[22]

Personal life[edit]

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 is 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] he is an LGBT rights activist.[29]

Bomer, a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation since his early 20s, in 2013 stated his support for the work of the David Lynch Foundation.[30][31]



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
2014 Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia Narrator
2015 Magic Mike XXL Ken
2016 The Nice Guys John Boy
2016 The Magnificent Seven Matthew Cullen
2017 Walking Out Cal


Year Title Role Notes
2000 All My Children Ian Kipling Episode: "#7485"
2001–03 Guiding Light Benjamin "Ben" Reade 6 episodes
2002 Relic Hunter Driver agent Episode: "Fire in the Sky"
2003–04 Tru Calling Luc Johnston 14 episodes
2004 North Shore Ross Episode: "Bellport"
2007 Traveler Jay Burchell 8 episodes
2007–09 Chuck Bryce Larkin 7 episodes
2009–14 White Collar Neal Caffrey 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"
2015–16 American Horror Story: Hotel Donovan 9 episodes
2016–17 The Last Tycoon Monroe Stahr 9 episodes


Year Title Notes
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Season 2, Episode 8


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)[33]
1998 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Issachar
  • Performances: Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah (1998)[34]
2003 Roulette Paul Weitz Jock
2007 Villa America Crispin Whittell Ernest Hemingway
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage (July 11–22, 2007)[37]
2012 8 Dustin Lance Black Jeff Zarillo

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Work Result
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment (shared with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodríguez)[39] Magic Mike Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short[40] Superman: Unbound Nominated


Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[41] Glee Nominated
2013 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[42] The New Normal Nominated
2014 Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries[43] The Normal Heart Won
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries[44] The Normal Heart Won
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[45] The Normal Heart Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cable TV Actor[46] White Collar Won
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[47] The Normal Heart Won
2015 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film[48] The Normal Heart Nominated


Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards New Generation Arts and Activism Award[49] Fight Against HIV/Aids Won
2012 GLSEN Awards Inspiration Award[50] Himself Won


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