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'''Matthew Fox''' plays the role of [[Jack Shephard]]. His character is the primary lead role of the series.
 
   
==Background==
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'''Matthew Fox''' plays [[Jack Shephard]], the primary lead role of the series.
As a youth, '''Matthew Fox''' was born in Abington, Pennsylvania but grew up in Crowheart, Wyoming where his parents raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer.
 
[[Image:Foxyguard.jpg|thumb|left|Fox as security guard in ''Smokin' Aces'']]
 
He attended Wind River High School in Pavillion, Wyoming and did post-graduate high school study at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Fox subsequently attended Columbia University where he played football and majored in Economics with the intent to end up on Wall Street. His girlfriend's mother was a modeling agent who convinced him to try some modeling which led to a couple of TV commercials. Soon after he was sold on acting. Matthew then dedicated himself to studying acting for two years at The School for Film and Television in New York City. Fox's claim to fame was the role of Charlie Salinger, the eldest brother, in ''Party of Five''. Fox has also guest starred in smaller parts for series such as ''Wings''. He married Margherita Ronchi in 1992. They have two children, Kyle and Byron.
 
   
On December 2, 2006, Matthew hosted the [[wikipedia:NBC|NBC]] sketch comedy show ''[[Wikipedia:Saturday Night Live|Saturday Night Live]]'' with musical guest [[Wikipedia:Tenacious D|Tenacious D]]. Clips from this episode are available [http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-lost-elevator/sGSM70hCGmekAd9xVW6ZEawaqLY5XC4m here].
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==Background and Personal Life==
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As a youth, Matthew Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania but grew up in Crowheart, Wyoming where his parents raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer.
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He attended Wind River High School in Pavillion, Wyoming and did post-graduate high school study at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Fox subsequently attended Columbia University where he played football and majored in Economics with the intent to end up on Wall Street. Fox also studying acting for two years at The School for Film and Television in New York City.
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Fox married Margherita Ronchi in 1992. They have two children, Kyle and Byron.
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==Career==
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[[Image:Haunted.png|thumb|left|Fox as he appeared in ''Haunted'']]
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In college, his girlfriend's mother, a modeling agent, convinced him to try some modeling. This job subsequently led to several television commercials, leading Fox to pursue a career in acting. After attending The School for Film and Television in New York City, Fox began searching for roles. His first major part was a guest role on a 1992 episode of the television show ''Wings,'' where he played the part of Ty Warner. This led to roles in the show ''Freshman Dorm'' and in the film ''My Boyfriend's Back''. Fox's big break came with a regular role on the show ''Party of Five,'' in which he played Charlie Salinger, the eldest of five orphans and the head of the family. The show proved to be a success, and it ran for six years, ending in 2000. After briefly appearing as the lead of the short-lived show ''Haunted'', Fox was cast on the television show ''[[Lost]]'' as [[Jack Shephard]].
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In between his time spent acting on the show, Fox was able to star in several films. The first of these, ''We Are Marshall'', premiered in 2006, and was followed the next year by ''Smokin' Aces'' (in which Fox had a minor role), and then in 2008 by ''Vantage Point'' and ''Speed Racer'', both of which featured major roles for Fox. Fox also appeared as the host in the December 2, 2006 episode of ''Saturday Night Live''.
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===On ''Lost''===
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In 2004, Fox auditioned for the role of [[Sawyer]]. However, the producers thought that he would be a better fit as [[Jack]], a role which had been reworked from the original draft of {{ep|1x01}}, in which Jack was to be killed, to become the principal male lead for the series. Fox successfully auditioned, and was cast as Jack.
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For his role as Jack Shephard, Fox was nominated for a Golden Club, won the 2005 Satellite Award, and shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Fox has also claimed that he is the only actor out of the main cast to know how the show ends.
   
 
==Filmography==
 
==Filmography==
===Film===
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{| style="background-color: black; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 1px solid black;"
* Buck Van Patten in ''[[Wikipedia:My Boyfriend's Back (film)|My Boyfriend's Back]]'', 1993 (feature film debut)
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* Red Dawson in ''[[Wikipedia:We Are Marshall|We Are Marshall]]'', 2006
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!width="350px"|Title
* Bill Security Super in ''[[Wikipedia:Smokin' Aces|Smokin' Aces]]'', 2007
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!width="100px"|Medium
* Kent Taylor in ''[[Wikipedia:Vantage Point (film)|Vantage Point]]'', 2008
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!width="150px"|Character
* Racer X in ''[[Wikipedia:Speed Racer (film)|Speed Racer]]'', 2008
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!Year(s)
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:Speed Racer (film)|Speed Racer]]''
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|Movie
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|Racer X
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|2008
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:Vantage Point (film)|Vantage Point]]''
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|Movie
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|Kent Taylor
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|2008
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:Smokin' Aces|Smokin' Aces]]''
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|Movie
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|Bill Security Super
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|2007
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:We Are Marshall|We Are Marshall]]''
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|Movie
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|Red Dawson
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|2006
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[Lost]]''
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|TV series
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|[[Jack Shephard]]
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|2004 - present
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:Haunted (TV series)|Haunted]]''
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|TV series
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|Frank Taylor
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|2007
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''Behind the Mask''
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|TV movie
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|James Jones
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|1999
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:Party of Five|Party of Five]]''
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|TV series
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|Charlie Salinger
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|1994 - 2000
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''[[wikipedia:My Boyfriend's Back (film)|My Boyfriend's Back]]''
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|Movie
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|Buck Van Patton
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|1993
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
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|''Freshman Dorm''
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|TV series
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|Danny Foley
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|1992
   
===Television===
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9; vertical-align: top;"
* Ty Warner in [[Wikipedia: Wings (TV Series)|Wings]], 1992 (Guest star)
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|''[[wikipedia:Wings (TV series)|Wings]]''
* Danny Foley in '''Freshman Dorm''', 1992
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|TV series
* Charlie Salinger in [[Wikipedia: Party of Five|Party Of Five]], 1994–2000
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|Ty Warner
* James Jones in the CBS movie, '''Behind The Mask''', 1999
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|1992
* Frank Taylor in [[Wikipedia: Haunted (TV Series)|Haunted]], 2002
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* [[Jack Shephard]] in [[Lost]], 2004–present
 
   
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
* Won the '''2008 Saturn Award''' for ''Best Actor on Television'' for his role as [[Jack Shephard]] on [[Lost]]
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{{Main|Awards}}
*Nominated for the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama for his role in ''Lost''
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* 2005 - Satellite Awards - Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series ''(Lost)''
*Won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Drama for his role in ''Lost''
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* 2006 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actor on Television ''(Lost)''
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* 2006 - Saturn Awards - Best Lead Actor in a Television Series ''(Lost)''
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* 2006 - Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series ''(Lost)''
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* 2008 - Saturn Awards - Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television ''(Lost)''
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* 2008 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actor on Television ''(Lost)''
   
 
==Media appearances==
 
==Media appearances==
[[Image:Matthewfox-snl-s32e07.jpg|right|thumb|Saturday Night Live S32E07 (elevator skit), December 2, 2006 [http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-lost-elevator/sGSM70hCGmekAd9xVW6ZEawaqLY5XC4m view]]]
 
 
===Talk show===
 
===Talk show===
 
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Fox has appeared as a talk show guest in the following talk shows and other television shows:
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Fox has appeared as a talk show guest in the following:
 
* September 21, 2004 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (S2 E141)
 
* September 21, 2004 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (S2 E141)
 
* November 16, 2004 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S2 E219)
 
* November 16, 2004 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S2 E219)
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* December 2, 2006 - Saturday Night Live (S32E07) [http://tviv.org/Saturday_Night_Live/Matthew_Fox/Tenacious_D] [http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-lost-elevator/sGSM70hCGmekAd9xVW6ZEawaqLY5XC4m]
 
* December 2, 2006 - Saturday Night Live (S32E07) [http://tviv.org/Saturday_Night_Live/Matthew_Fox/Tenacious_D] [http://video.aol.com/partner/hulu/saturday-night-live-lost-elevator/sGSM70hCGmekAd9xVW6ZEawaqLY5XC4m]
 
* December 15, 2006 - Late Show with David Letterman (S14 E2709)
 
* December 15, 2006 - Late Show with David Letterman (S14 E2709)
 
:<small>Source: [http://www.tv.com/ tv.com]</small>
 
   
 
===Magazine===
 
===Magazine===
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
[[Image:Jacktattoo.jpg|thumb|right|Matthew Fox's left shoulder tattoo]]
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*Has four [[Jack's tattoos|tattoos]].
[[Image:MatthewFoxtattoo2.jpg|thumb|right|Matthew Fox's inner left forearm tattoo]]
 
[[Image:MatthewFoxtattoo3.jpg|thumb|right|Matthew Fox's inner right forearm tattoo]]
 
*Is known as "Foxy" by fans.
 
*Matthew Fox has at least four tattoos:
 
#[[Jack's tattoo|On his left upper arm, near the shoulder]]: this tattoo contains the number [[5]] and Chinese characters. The tattoo reads "Eagles high up, cleaving the space" in Chinese, from a famous poem by Mao Zedong. The producers made a conscious decision not to cover this up, which Fox mentioned in the [[Official_Lost_Podcast_transcript/February_27,_2007|February 27, 2007 podcast]].
 
#On his inside left forearm: this tattoo is composed of an abstract pattern of waves, flames, and stars in red and shades of blue. It too has never been covered up on the "present day" scenes of the show.
 
#On his back, visable in {{ep|1x01}} briefly, and very prominate in the flashforwards of {{ep|4x10}}.
 
#On his inside right forearm: this tattoo is a monochromatic skull and crossbones pattern. Fox acquired it sometime before his ''Saturday Night Live'' hosting appearance in December 2006. It has subsequently been covered up with makeup on ''Lost''.
 
 
*Is a [[Wikipedia:Philadelphia Eagles|Philadelphia Eagles]] fan.[http://movies.ign.com/articles/742/742860p2.html]
 
*Is a [[Wikipedia:Philadelphia Eagles|Philadelphia Eagles]] fan.[http://movies.ign.com/articles/742/742860p2.html]
 
* Is a good friend of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.[http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/matthew_fox/index.shtml]
 
* Is a good friend of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.[http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/matthew_fox/index.shtml]
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* The second episode of his series [[Wikipedia: Haunted (TV series)|Haunted]] bears some striking similarities to ''Lost'' themes. It revolves around a 4-piece English rock band, two of whom are brothers who have matching band rings, very much like [[Charlie]]. A reference to the term [[redshirt]] is made, and a character mentions that to get to a certain place, Matthew Fox's character needs to "follow the [[White Rabbit|white rabbit]]".
 
* The second episode of his series [[Wikipedia: Haunted (TV series)|Haunted]] bears some striking similarities to ''Lost'' themes. It revolves around a 4-piece English rock band, two of whom are brothers who have matching band rings, very much like [[Charlie]]. A reference to the term [[redshirt]] is made, and a character mentions that to get to a certain place, Matthew Fox's character needs to "follow the [[White Rabbit|white rabbit]]".
 
*Has been an avid chess player since his college days and plays both correspondence and over-the-board. [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a96650/matthew-fox-keeps-quiet-on-lost-ending.html?rss]
 
*Has been an avid chess player since his college days and plays both correspondence and over-the-board. [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a96650/matthew-fox-keeps-quiet-on-lost-ending.html?rss]
*Fox claims he is the only cast member who knows the ending of ''Lost''. [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a96650/matthew-fox-keeps-quiet-on-lost-ending.html?rss]
 
   
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.lostjate.ru/content/blogcategory/0/413/ Matthew Fox interviews] Non-English, but with large scans
 
*[http://www.lostjate.ru/content/blogcategory/0/413/ Matthew Fox interviews] Non-English, but with large scans
 
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Matthew Fox plays Jack Shephard, the primary lead role of the series.

Background and Personal Life

As a youth, Matthew Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania but grew up in Crowheart, Wyoming where his parents raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer.

He attended Wind River High School in Pavillion, Wyoming and did post-graduate high school study at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Fox subsequently attended Columbia University where he played football and majored in Economics with the intent to end up on Wall Street. Fox also studying acting for two years at The School for Film and Television in New York City.

Fox married Margherita Ronchi in 1992. They have two children, Kyle and Byron.

Career

Haunted

Fox as he appeared in Haunted

In college, his girlfriend's mother, a modeling agent, convinced him to try some modeling. This job subsequently led to several television commercials, leading Fox to pursue a career in acting. After attending The School for Film and Television in New York City, Fox began searching for roles. His first major part was a guest role on a 1992 episode of the television show Wings, where he played the part of Ty Warner. This led to roles in the show Freshman Dorm and in the film My Boyfriend's Back. Fox's big break came with a regular role on the show Party of Five, in which he played Charlie Salinger, the eldest of five orphans and the head of the family. The show proved to be a success, and it ran for six years, ending in 2000. After briefly appearing as the lead of the short-lived show Haunted, Fox was cast on the television show Lost as Jack Shephard.

In between his time spent acting on the show, Fox was able to star in several films. The first of these, We Are Marshall, premiered in 2006, and was followed the next year by Smokin' Aces (in which Fox had a minor role), and then in 2008 by Vantage Point and Speed Racer, both of which featured major roles for Fox. Fox also appeared as the host in the December 2, 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live.

On Lost

In 2004, Fox auditioned for the role of Sawyer. However, the producers thought that he would be a better fit as Jack, a role which had been reworked from the original draft of "Pilot, Part 1", in which Jack was to be killed, to become the principal male lead for the series. Fox successfully auditioned, and was cast as Jack.

For his role as Jack Shephard, Fox was nominated for a Golden Club, won the 2005 Satellite Award, and shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Fox has also claimed that he is the only actor out of the main cast to know how the show ends.

Filmography

Title Medium Character Year(s)
Speed Racer Movie Racer X 2008
Vantage Point Movie Kent Taylor 2008
Smokin' Aces Movie Bill Security Super 2007
We Are Marshall Movie Red Dawson 2006
Lost TV series Jack Shephard 2004 - present
Haunted TV series Frank Taylor 2007
Behind the Mask TV movie James Jones 1999
Party of Five TV series Charlie Salinger 1994 - 2000
My Boyfriend's Back Movie Buck Van Patton 1993
Freshman Dorm TV series Danny Foley 1992
Wings TV series Ty Warner 1992

Awards

Main article: Awards
  • 2005 - Satellite Awards - Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2006 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actor on Television (Lost)
  • 2006 - Saturn Awards - Best Lead Actor in a Television Series (Lost)
  • 2006 - Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2008 - Saturn Awards - Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (Lost)
  • 2008 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Actor on Television (Lost)

Media appearances

Talk show

Fox has appeared as a talk show guest in the following:

  • September 21, 2004 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (S2 E141)
  • November 16, 2004 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S2 E219)
  • May 18, 2005 - Late Night with Conan O'Brien (S12 E2065)
  • May 23, 2005 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (S3 E242)
  • September 20, 2005 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (S3 E299)
  • January 18, 2006 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S3 E433)
  • February 21, 2006 - Late Show with David Letterman (S13 E2551)
  • December 2, 2006 - Saturday Night Live (S32E07) [1] [2]
  • December 15, 2006 - Late Show with David Letterman (S14 E2709)

Magazine

Fox has been featured as the main topic of the following magazine articles:

Source: [3]

Miscellaneous

  • August 8, 2004; September 14, 2005; September 30, 2006: Sunset on the Beach (Season 1–3 premieres)
  • October 5, 2006 - TV.com video interview [4]

Trivia

  • Has four tattoos.
  • Is a Philadelphia Eagles fan.[5]
  • Is a good friend of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.[6]
  • In We Are Marshall, William "Red" Dawson (Matthew Fox) stands in the gym watching head coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) and University President Donald Dedmon (David Strathairn) repeatedly calling each other Jack and Doc, the two names Jack is called the most on Lost.
  • The second episode of his series Haunted bears some striking similarities to Lost themes. It revolves around a 4-piece English rock band, two of whom are brothers who have matching band rings, very much like Charlie. A reference to the term redshirt is made, and a character mentions that to get to a certain place, Matthew Fox's character needs to "follow the white rabbit".
  • Has been an avid chess player since his college days and plays both correspondence and over-the-board. [7]

External links

  • Biography - at ABC Medianet
  • Amazon-IMDB January 2006 article on Fox's reputed $250,000 above and beyond salary increases for the main cast
  • [8] An article discussing the meaning of the 4 Chinese characters on Fox's forearm.
  • YouTube - "Connecting Flight", a student film starring a much younger Fox and his wife Margherita.
  • YouTube - Class Day 2007 Speech at Columbia University, his speech to the graduating class of 2007 on May 15, 2007.
  • Matthew Fox interviews Non-English, but with large scans
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