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Matt Bomer

Bomer during filming of the White Collar episode "On the Fence" in Manhattan June 7, 2011

Born Matthew Staton Bomer

(1977-10-11) October 11, 1977 (age 35)[1][2][3] Spring, Texas

Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Partner(s) Simon Halls
Children 3

Matthew Staton "Matt" Bomer (born October 11, 1977) is an American film, stage and television actor, best known from his role on White Collar, which premiered in 2009. Making his television debut with Guiding Light in 2001, Bomer received notice with his recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck as Bryce Larkin. Bomer has featured in supporting roles in such films as the 2005 thriller Flightplan, the 2011 science fiction thriller In Time, and the 2012 comedy-drama Magic Mike. He starred in the Dustin Lance Black play, 8, on Broadway and at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as Jeff Zarillo – a plaintiff in the federal case that overturned California's Proposition 8.


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Early life

Matt Bomer was born October 11, 1977 in Spring, Texas,[4][5] as the son of Sissi and John Bomer, a former Dallas Cowboys draft pick.[6] He has two siblings and attended Klein High School in Spring, Texas, with fellow future actor Lee Pace.[7] Pace and Bomer both acted at Houston's Alley Theatre, a non-profit theatre company.[6]

In 2001, Bomer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[8]


[3][4]Promotional photo of BomerAfter graduating, Bomer moved to New York City, where he obtained a small role, as 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.[9] He starred as Luc, Tru's (Eliza Dushku) ill-fated love interest, in Tru Calling (2003–2004), a supernatural, science-fiction television series on the Fox television network.

Bomer appeared on North Shore (2004–2005), a prime-time 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 the recurring role of Bryce Larkin on the action-comedy series 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).[10] BuddyTV ranked him #1 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[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 Zarillo, 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 male stripper, in the feature film Magic Mike. In 2013, he will appear in Space Station 76, directed by Jack Plotnick.[15] He has signed to appear in the 2013 adaptation of Winter's Tale, directed by Akiva Goldsman.[16]

Personal life

Bomer is in a relationship with publicist Simon Halls. The couple has three sons, including a set of twins, via surrogacy.[17][18]

He first publicly acknowledged that he was gay in 2012, when he thanked Halls and their children during an acceptance speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Flightplan Eric
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Eric
2011 In Time Henry Hamilton
2012 Magic Mike Ken Nominated - MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment (shared w/ Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez)[20]
2013 Superman: Unbound Clark Kent / Superman Voice[21]
Winter's Tale Peter Lake's father Filming
2014 Space Station 76 Ted Post-production[22][23]


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 All My Children[24] Ian Kipling
2001–2003 Guiding Light Ben Reade Main cast
2003–2004 Tru Calling Luc Johnston Season 1
2004 North Shore Ross Season 1, Episode 12 "Bellport"
2006 Amy Coyne[25] Case Pilot
2007 Traveler Jay Burchell Main cast
2007–2009 Chuck Bryce Larkin Recurring character (7 episodes)
2009–present White Collar Neal Caffrey Lead role
2012 Glee Cooper Anderson Guest star ("Big Brother")
2013 The New Normal Monty Season 1, Episode 12 "The Goldie Rush"[26][27]



Year Production Playwright Role Notes
2011 8 Dustin Lance Black Jeff Zarillo

Other stage credits

Year Production Playwright Role Notes
1998 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Issachar
  • Performances: Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah (1998)[29]
2003 Roulette Paul Weitz Jock
  • Performances: New York Stage and Film, Powerhouse Theater (August 1–3, 2003)[30][31]
2007 Villa America Crispin Whittell Ernest Hemingway
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nikos Stage (July 11–22, 2007)[32]
2012 8 Dustin Lance Black Jeff Zarillo

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
2012 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards New Generation Arts and Activism Award Fight Against HIV/Aids[34] Won
GLSEN Awards Inspiration Award[35] Won
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment Magic Mike Nominated[36]

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