Happy birthday Matthew Broderick! 58 years ago today, the man with the boyish charm and pop culture iconic roles was born. In honor of that day, let’s talk out our favorite Broderick performances! Born to a playwright mom and actor dad, Matthew had the acting in his genes and made his stage debut at age 17 and has been gracing audiences with his charismatic portrayals ever since. He made his silver screen debut in 1983’s “Max Dugan Returns” alongside another newcomer, Kiefer Sutherland. Whether on the big screen or the big stage, Broderick always enraptures audiences with his comedic timing, dramatic skills, or singing chops and even has a star on the Walk of Fame to show for it.
Maybe you’re a fan of his more dramatic side in his portray of General Shaw in the Civil War epic “Glory.” If that’s too serious for you, maybe you prefer Broderick as a high school teacher pitted against an overly ambitious student running for student body president (“Election”). And who doesn’t like Broderick’s voiceover work as Simba in the hit animated Disney film that a generation grew up on, “The Lion King.” If none of those do it for you, maybe you prefer his earlier work in which he portrays a young hacker who sets in motion a chain of events that sets the country on high alert. But no one can overlook the role that garnered Broderick a permanent spot in the annals of pop culture history–the precocious teenager living life and having fun–“Bueller? Bueller?” (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”).
In his over 30 years on the stage and screen, Matthew Broderick has had many hits and a few misses, but all of his roles have left an indelible mark on audiences (“Inspector Gadget,” “The Cable Guy,” “Godzilla,” “The Producers,” “Biloxi Blues,”). With Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and two Tony Awards under his belt, this actor is a fan favorite. So let’s help him celebrate his birthday today by enjoying a fun Broderick performance.