Matthew Broderick first gained fame during his run in the off-Broadway play “Torch Song Trilogy.” A positive review from the New York Times theater critic boosted Broderick’s stage career, which led to starring roles in Neil Simon’s plays “Biloxi Blues” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a role for which he won his first Tony award.
In the early 1980s, Broderick began appearing in films, including the thriller “WarGames.” But it was his role as Ferris Bueller, a Chicago teenager who loves to skip school in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” that turned the Broadway star into a 1980s film icon. Broderick went on to appear in the dark comedies “The Cable Guy” and “Election.” He also supplied the voice of the adult Simba in Disney’s animated hit “The Lion King.”
On stage, Broderick won a second Tony award for starring in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and appeared alongside Nathan Lane in Mel Brooks’ Broadway adaptation of his film “The Producers.”
In 1987, Broderick was driving a rented car in Ireland when he swerved into the wrong lane and collided with another car, killing both of its occupants. He pleaded guilty to the charge of careless driving and paid a fine.
Broderick married actress Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997. The couple has a son and twin daughters.