(born on July 14, 1966) is an American actor.
He is most well-known for playing the television characters
Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on Lost.
The son of Loretta and Francis Fox, Matthew Fox was born as the
middle of three brothers on his family's horse ranch in
Crowheart, Wyoming. He was educated at Deerfield Academy in
Massachusetts and Columbia University and also attended the
School for Film and Television in New York City. After
graduating in 1988, he began acting with the Atlantic Theater
Company. Fox married Margherita Ronchi in 1992. They have two
children, Kyle (pronounced "Kyleigh") and Byron. Fox is also a
fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the Toronto Blue
- According to an interview in the March 2006 issue of GQ,
Matthew Fox sought a career on Wall Street before turning a
job offer down. He studied economics at Columbia and upon
his graduation applied for a job to sell stocks at
Prudential-Bache. "I didn't have a suit, so I had to borrow
one from a friend. He was 5-10, and I'm 6-2, so the thing
didn't fit. And I borrowed his penny loafers," he said. He
described the staff as "all these mid-20s, Type A,
go-getting wannabe Gordon Gekkos. There was just so much
testosterone flying around, in all the wrong directions ...
I'll never forget the moment as long as I live: We're saying
goodbye, and they were like, 'Well, y'know, you're gonna
come here and kick ass, and it's all gonna be great!' and
then one of 'em says, 'But he's gonna have to do something
about those shoes!' They all had exactly the same pair of
Oxford shoes on. In that moment, I [said], 'There's no way I
can do this.'"
- Matthew Fox is a former smoker.
- 1992 Early TV appearance on Wings
- 1992 TV series debut in a regular role, Freshman Dorm
- 1993 Feature film debut, My Boyfriend's Back
- 1994 Had regular role of older sibling Charlie Salinger
in the weekly drama series, Party of Five
- 1999 Received rave reviews for his portrayal of a
disturbed young man in the CBS movie Behind the Mask,
opposite Donald Sutherland
- 2002 Co-starred in the UPN series Haunted
- 2004-present Portrays Dr. Jack Shephard on the ABC drama
- 2006 Co-starring in the Warner Bros film "We Are...
Marshall", about the 1970 plane crash that took the lives of
almost the entire Marshall University football team. He is
playing the role of coach Red Dawson, opposite Matthew
McConaughey. It is currently filming. Release date slated
for early December 2006.