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matt-czuchry

“Czuchry may be the best young actor on TV.”

- David Hiltbrand,
The Philadelphia Inquirer

MATT CZUCHRY graduated from College of Charleston with B.A. degrees in History and Political Science and was focused on making the study and practice of law his next path in life; however, when taking a step back in an effort to gain perspective on true purpose for adult life ahead, he was brought back to the magical and indelible memories of his childhood; moments etched on his heart: such as exiting a dilapidated movie theatre crying inconsolably after experiencing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, or running around in his purple dyed underwear smashing couches while watching The Incredible Hulk on TV. When thinking of what to pursue as his life’s work as an adult, Czuchry could not ignore the deeply powerful impact story, character, and imagination had on his youth. This childlike passion for movies and television – combined with the arrival of his “bad LSAT scores” – propelled him towards making an unexpected career choice and taking one of the most important risks of his life: the decision to purse a profession in acting.

In September of 1999, on a perfectly nondescript Wednesday morning, Matt Czuchry filled his car with everything he owned and left his hometown in Tennessee for a new life in California. Since completing that life changing drive from Johnson City to Los Angeles, Czuchry has worked with Oscar® winners, Emmy® winners, and Tony Award® winners while establishing himself as a leading man through credits spanning theatre, television, and film.

Just one month after arriving on the West Coast, Matt found himself working with actor James Franco and writers Paul Feig, Mike White, and Judd Apatow in a small role on the critical darling Freaks And Geeks.  His work on the classic fan favorite would turn into a major recurring guest-star role in the Dawson’s Creek spinoff series entitled Young Americans (co-starring actress Kate Bosworth).  Although the show was short lived, Matt’s head-turning work on Young Americans garnered the necessary attention and praise that opened doors to further his early career by providing him with opportunities to work alongside some of the best creative minds in entertainment on outstanding projects such as David E. Kelley’s hit show The Practice, and the fan-favorite Eight Legged Freaks (starring Scarlett Johansson).

Two key television series, Hack and Gilmore Girls, would propel Czuchry’s early career towards leading man status.  While playing swindling thief Jamie Farrel on the series Hack from 2003-2004, Matt was able to hone his craft by learning from the show’s stars Drama Desk Award winner David Morse and Emmy® winner Andre Braugher.  His work on Hack readied Czuchry for his breakout performance on the critically acclaimed hit Gilmore Girls.  From 2005-2007 Matt embodied the role of billionaire newspaper heir Logan Huntzberger.  For his work on the beloved series, Czuchry would go on to be nominated for three Teen Choice Awards while gaining press in countless magazines and popularity on television sets across the globe.

After completing his three-year run on Gilmore Girls in 2007, Czuchry further developed his craft by choosing the unique direction to work in projects spanning film and television, and the theatrical stage in Third – where he played the title role alongside Oscar® winner Christine Lahti – in Wendy Wasserstein’s West Coast premiere of the play by the same name. He followed this performance at the Geffen Playhouse with a new recurring arc on the Emmy®-winning series Friday Night Lights. In 2008, Matt took on the controversial lead character of Tucker Max in the movie adaptation of the New York Times best selling book I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. Although the public’s response to the comedy was divisive, Czuchry’s performance was lauded by critics such as Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly who wrote, “Matt Czuchry, in a star performance, plays Tucker like a Ferris Bueller who bloomed into a charming sociopath.” Czuchry’s varied performances and choices across all genres in different mediums from 2007-2008 led to an offer from CBS/Scott-Free to play the role of a manipulative lawyer in the Emmy®-nominated legal drama The Good Wife.

Czuchry’s seven seasons as Cary Agos on CBS Television’s The Good Wife (2009-2016) firmly established him as a leading man and a rising star while also earning him prestigious recognition from both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety’s annual Emmy® Contenders lists in 2015; and prior to these honors Czuchry won the Entertainment Weekly Best Supporting Actor EWwy Award (2011), received nominations for three consecutive SAG Ensemble Awards (2009-2011), and also garnered the highest praises from numerous critics such as David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer who wrote “Czuchry may be the best young actor on TV.”  Matt Richenthal of TV Fanatic further affirmed those sentiments by stating, “Cary is played brilliantly by Czuchry with the right combination of swagger, confidence, and vulnerability.”  Matt’s tireless dedication to his craft on The Good Wife and over the course of his career led to a defining performance on one of TV’s best shows while working alongside multiple-award winners Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Julianna Margulies, Chis Noth, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Michael J. Fox, Matthew Perry, and F. Murray Abraham.

At the end of Matt’s successful seven-year run on The Good Wife in 2016, he returned to play Logan Huntzberger on the much-celebrated Gilmore Girls reboot entitled Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. This Netflix-exclusive series, comprised of four 90-minute seasonal chapters, reunited all of the original cast members and creators more than nine years after the show’s original television premiere; the stories and characters of this timeless series were again beloved by ardent fans and critics alike – Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote that the revival was “powerfully emotional… the new/old Gilmore Girls is almost ridiculously satisfying.”

With the success of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, Matt found himself in the spotlight beginning with multiple television and press appearances: Live With Kelly, Harry, AOL Build, The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show, and the cover of Entertainment Weekly, to name a few. The buzz-worthy attention and critical acclaim from the prestigious Netflix series, Matt’s loyal fan-base, and body of credited performances generated an organic momentum that thrust him into his next project: a leading role in The Resident (Produced by Antoine Fuqua, FOX TV). Matt stars as Dr. Conrad Hawkins in this new medical drama (alongside Bruce Greenwood, Manish Dayal, Emily Van Camp, and Shaunette Renee Wilson) where his character presents a revealing perspective on both the good and evil found within the modern-day practice of medicine.

In the wake of tanking the LSAT, Matt followed his instincts and took a life-changing risk in the pursuit of his desire to create impactful storytelling through the imaginative portrayal of unforgettable characters.  Today, Matt is grateful to be working in sought-after roles with some of the greatest talents of stage, television, and film within some of the most desirable productions being made – all in an effort to make his own indelible mark on the hearts of the audience. His completed works have laid the foundation for even greater pinnacles of achievement in the future; however, he remains cognizant that each new project choice must be more discerning than the last, and that each new performance demands a higher level of excellence.

WORK:

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, 2016.
  • The Good Wife, (series regular) 2009-2016.
  • The 19th Wife, 2010.
  • I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, 2009.
  • Third, (Geffen Playhouse) 2008.
  • Friday Night Lights, (recurring) 2008.
  • Gilmore Girls, (series regular) 2004-2007.
  • Veronica Mars, 2006.
  • Justice League, (animated) 2006.
  • Hooked, 2006.
  • Dark Shadows, (pilot) 2005.
  • Hack, (recurring) 2003-2004.
  • Em & Me, 2004.
  • Advantage Hart, 2003.
  • Jake 2.0, (pilot) 2003.
  • 7th Heaven, 2002.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave, 2002.
  • Eight Legged Freaks, 2002.
  • The Practice, 2002.
  • Slap Her, She’s French!, 2002.
  • Swimming Upstream, 2002.
  • Young Americans, 2000.
  • Freaks and Geeks, 2000.
  • Opposite Sex, 2000.

AWARDS:

  • The Hollywood Reporter Emmy® Contenders List, 2015.
  • Variety Emmy® Contenders List, 2015.
  • Winner for Entertainment Weekly Best Supporting Actor Award, 2011.
  • Emmy Awards®, Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, 2011.
  • Emmy Awards®, Nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, 2010.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2012.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2011.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 2010.
  • Teen Choice Awards®, Nominated for choice chemistry, 2006.
  • Teen Choice Awards®, Nominated for choice chemistry, 2005.
  • Teen Choice Awards®, Nominated for breakout performance, 2005.
  • Details Award For Onscreen Charisma And Offscreen Style, 2010.
  • New York Vulture TV’s Most Unheralded Actors, 2010.
  • TV Without Pity Best Performances, 2011.

EDUCATION:

Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 1999 from College Of Charleston with Bachelor of Arts degrees in American History and Political Science. Upon graduation, Matt received The Bishop Robert Smith Award. This award is the highest honor given to a graduating senior and represents valued contributions in academics, sports, and throughout the Charleston South Carolina community.

 

PHILANTHROPY:

  • World Polio Day Event, October 2015.
  • Communities In Schools, World’s Greatest Graduation Ceremony, May 2015.
  • St. Bernard Project 100th Episode Good Wife Event, October 2013.
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s event, November 2012, 2011.
  • Operation Appreciation For US Military Troops And Families, November 2012.
  • Pratham USA charity event, October 2011.
  • Art For Africa Gala charity event, October 2011.
  • The Heart Truth Red Dress charity event, February 2011.
  • Fight Back New York charity event, October 2010.
  • Miscast charity event, March 2010.
  • New York Stage And Film Gala charity event, December 2009.
  • Traveled to Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands in support of the United States military, September 2008.
  • Hot In Hollywood: A benefit For AIDS Charities event, August 2006.
  • Traveled to Bergen Norway in support of the Norwegian Cancer society, April 2006.
  • Habitat For Humanity build day event, August 2006.
  • Annual Race To Erase MS charity event, May 2006.
  • Lilli Claire Foundation Benefit charity event, October 2005.