Matt Craven Biography

Birthday: 1956-11-10
Place of Birth: Port Colborne, Ontario Canada
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Matt Craven was born Matthew John Crnkovich to parents Nick Crnkovich and Joanne Leslie in the small Canadian town of Port Colborne, Ontario, on November 10, 1956. After his father died, six weeks after his birth, Matt's mother moved Matt and his two-year-old sister Debbie to her hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, where Matt essentially spent his youth. An accomplished athlete, he lived for playing hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers. Matt was an excellent student, and his freshman year of high school looked promising--he was the starting running back on the football team and was achieving better-than-average grades. However, that summer his mother's hairdressing business started to falter. By the middle of Matt's sophomore year, she was about to declare bankruptcy. Matt decided to leave school to help with the situation facing the family and although he thought it would be just a year, he never went back. The jobs he took over the next few years included working as a fireman and oiler on ships sailing the Great Lakes. After driving truck for a plumbing company and working maintenance for an electrical company, Matt's mom's business was back on its feet and Matt headed west to Edmonton, Alberta. He worked for the next two years as a lineman for the Canadian National Railway as a member of a troubleshooting crew fixing telecommunication lines across three provinces. In 1975, after giving notice, Matt and a friend headed to Europe with all their savings. Three months later and completely broke, he returned from Europe with no job prospects and a questionable future staring him in the face. Just when things started to look their most depressing, Matt came across an ad in the local paper, announcing auditions being held the next day for the upcoming local production of Dracula. After calling the number and getting the information for the audition the next day, Matt decided to go to the theater that night to see what he might be getting himself into. He left the theater knowing that he had found his life's work. Although he never auditioned for anything at all before in his life, he got the part of Jonathan Harker in Niagara Falls Music Theatre's production of Dracula. He moved to Toronto after the production closed to pursue the art of acting. His first job as an actor was a supporting role in the movie Meatballs (1979) and was followed up by starring in the short film Bravery in the Field (1979), which was nominated for an Academy Award. He then went about learning the craft of acting, originating roles in new plays and finding parts in local CBC television productions. In 1982 he moved to New York City, driven by his love of the stage and originating new works. He brought his favorite Canadian play with him, The Crackwalker, and after making his mark in the off-Broadway theater scene in the runaway hit Blue Window, finally produced and starred in the play Crackwalker at the Hudson Guild Theater. It wasn't long before Matt was landing good parts in film and television. He has received critical acclaim in many films and television performances but regards his two children as his most important accomplishments.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
That's My Baby Andy 1984 Comedy
High Incident Officer Lenny Gayer 1996 Crime
The Lyon's Den George Riley 2003 Drama
Raines Captain Dan Lewis 2007 - 2007
Summer Camp Hardware 2013 Family
Harry Bobby Kratz 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Happy Birthday to Me Steve Maxwell 1981 0, Reality Tv
The Terry Fox Story 1983 Drama, Sport
Agent on Ice Joey Matera 1986 Action, Drama
Smokescreen Gerald Price 1990 Crime
Chattahoochee 1990 Drama
A Few Good Men 1992
Indian Summer Jamie Ross 1993 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Killer Archie 1995 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Crimson Tide Lt. Roy Zimmer, USS Alabama Communications Officer 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
White Tiger John Grogan 1996
The Juror 1996 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Breach of Trust Rodney Powell 1996 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Final Cut Emerson Lloyd 1996 Thriller, Action, Drama
Never Too Late Carl 1996 Drama, Comedy
Masterminds 1997 Action, Thriller, Comedy
Paulie Warren Alweather 1998 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her 2000 Drama, Romance
Timeline Steven Kramer 2003 0, Sport
The Life of David Gale Dusty Wright 2003 Drama, Crime, Thriller
The Statement 2004 Thriller, Drama
The Clearing Agent Ray Fuller 2004 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Bandido Fletcher 2004 Adventure, Action, Thriller
Assault on Precinct 13 2005 Action, Drama, Crime
A Simple Curve Matthew 2005 Drama
Déjà Vu Agent Larry Minuti - ATF 2006 Sport, 0
American Venus 2007
Disturbia Daniel Brecht 2007 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Longshots Coach Fisher 2008 0, 0
Devil Lustig 2010 Reality Tv, Game Show
The Good Lie Richard Francis 2012 Thriller
White House Down Agent Kellerman 2013 Action, Drama, Thriller
Stonewall Deputy Seymour Pine 2015 Drama, History
Dragonfly 2016