Matthew Broderick is the son of actors James and Patricia Broderick. After a knee injury, his interest in sport was replaced by an enthusiasm for acting. At 17, he started going to acting workshops with his father. He first gained recognition in WarGames. In 1986, he starred in the leading role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Subsequent movie credits include The Cable Guy, Election and Inspector Gadget. He is also known for his performance in the musical The Producers both on stage and screen.
In 1987, Matthew Broderick was in a controversial car accident in Ireland. A mother and daughter died in the accident. He was in a hospital for a month in Belfast. His injuries included concussion, a collapsed lung and a fractured leg. He was charged with careless driving. He paid a small fine to the victims' family. In an interview, Broderick has said he doesn't think he will ever forget about it.
He was briefly engaged to Jennifer Grey, star of Dirty Dancing. He later married Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997.
He is the adult voice of Simba in The Lion King.
His mother, Patricia Broderick, was an actor, painter and playwright. She wrote the screenplay for his directorial debut, Infinity.
He is left handed. His wife and son, James, are also left handed.
1 Golden Globe Awards nominated
1987 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Ferris Bueller's Day Off