Actor Matt Battaglia

Matteo Martin “Matt” Battaglia (born September 25, 1965) is an American producer, actor and former American football linebacker.

Early life and family

Battaglia currently lives in Georgia, with his family. He played college football at the University of Louisville. Battaglia played at Louisville as a linebacker from 1983 to 1986 and was named All-American by the Associated Press in 1985, leading the nation in tackles in 1985 & 1986, with 153 and 166 tackles respectively, averaging 15 tackles per game both seasons. Battaglia broke former All-Pro Otis Wilson’s college tackling record and was named Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches. Battaglia had a brief career in professional football with the 1987 Philadelphia Eagles and recorded a sack of Chicago Bears quarterback Sean Payton.

Acting and producing

Battaglia is an Emmy winning producer, has co-produced a two time Golden Globe nominated film and has been an actor in over 90 films, network pilots and television shows.

In 2011, he was an executive producer of Last Shot with Judge Gunn, which he sold straight into syndication with 130 episodes in season one. He won an Emmy in June 2012 as Executive Producer for its first season on the air. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama.

Battaglia co-produced the two time Golden Globe-nominated film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Battaglia sold 2 one hour dramas to Fox, in which the studio bought the rights to and financed the costs of the pilot script(s). The first one was Pyrates, in which he was partnered with Oscar winner Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free Productions and producer Tony To. Bad Monkeys received a pilot and script order by Fox Studios and the script was written by writer Jeff Eastin, best-known for creating White Collar. He co-produced on the 2009 horror film Kill Theory, directed by Chris Moore.

As a feature film actor in 2017, he wrapped a role in director Tom Shadyac’s film Brian Banks with Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear portraying the role of legendary football coach Pete Carroll. He acted in Thor where he held the role of Pete. He played as 49er Three, in the Sony Pictures action thriller Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal. He replaced Jean-Claude Van Damme in the lead role of Luc Deveraux in the action movies Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms and Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business. He appeared in Army of One, Kiss of a Stranger, Pendulum and the direct-to-video film Raven.

In television, Battaglia appears in the Netflix series Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.. In 2017, he appeared in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

In 2016, he recurred in seven episodes of the Tyler Perry series, Too Close To Home, playing the United States President. Battaglia guest starred as Agent Ward, in Hawaii Five-O. Night Shift saw him portray General Rozenfeld. And in Criminal Minds he was Captain Grant Howard. He appeared on Friends as the fireman boyfriend of Phoebe (played by Lisa Kudrow).

Other notable guest appearances include The Mentalist, as Curtis Nett, The Client List, as Don Jenkins, and in Longmire in 2012. He appeared in two episodes of 24, two episodes of HBO’s Big Love, Shark, CSI: NY, Bones, Charmed, JAG, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

Personal life

Battaglia married Tina Frazier in 2006; the couple has two children.

Filmography and other appearances


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Chantilly Lace Chris The Pizza Boy (TV Movie)
1993 Joshua Tree Deputy Michael Agnos
1994 Blue Sky NATO Soldier
1995 Showgirls Andrew Carver’s Bodyguard
1996 Not Again! Clete
1996 Raven Martin ‘Duce’ Grant (Video)
1998 Universal Soldier II: Brothers In Arms Luc Deveraux / GR44
1998 Universal Solder III: Unifinished Business Luc Deveraux / GR44
1999 Avalon: Beyond the Abyss Pete Trudeau (TV Movie)
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Nathan Leigh
2001 Pendulum William Cobb
2002 Half Past Dead ’49er Three’
2006 On the Brink Ed Cohn (Short)
2006 Hollis & Rae Jim Clements (TV Movie)
2007 Pandemic Frank Jantzen (TV Movie)
2009 The Perfect Game Coach McAllen (as Matt Battaglia)
2009 Heiße Spur James Diaz (TV Movie)
2010 The Client List Don (TV Movie)
2011 Thor Pete
2012 Madison High Waylon
2014 Reality Mike
2017 Brian Banks Pete Carroll


Year Title Role Notes
1989 B.L. Stryker Snake / Pete 2 episodes
1990 21 Jump Street Tim 1 episode
1991 Superboy Darryll 1 episode
1991 Twin Peaks Cop 1 episode
1991 Evening Shade Mitch 1 episode
1991 Coach Player #1 1 episode
1991 Matlock Rudy Simms 1 episode
1991 Knots Landing Duke 1 episode
1992 Sibs Matt 1 episode
1993 Time Trax Mark Lofton 1 episode
1994 Silk Stalkings Bo Rainey 1 episode
1994 Renegade Ted 1 episode
1995 Thunder Alley Jack Crawford 1 episode
1996 Maybe This Time Bobby 1 episode
1996 JAG Lieutenant Alexander Kellogue 1 episode
1996 Caroline in the City Joseph 1 episode
1996 Bedtime Craig 1 episode
1997 Baywatch Terry McFarren 1 episode
1997 Days of Our Lives J. L. King 6 episodes
1997 Friends Vince 1 episode
1998 George & Leo Steve 1 episode
1998 Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms Luc Deveraux / UniSol GR44 Television film
1998 Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business Television film
1998 Arli$$ Skip Myers 1 episode
1996–1998 Pacific Blue Lloyd / Rip Cutter 3 episodes
1998 Encore! Encore! Tina 1 episode
2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Daniel Boone 2 episodes
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Vince Youngblood 1 episode
2000 Cursed Dan 1 episode
2000 The Michael Richards Show Marcus Feal 1 episode
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Bryce Canyon 1 episode
2000 That ’70s Show Dean 1 episode
2001 Charmed Journalist 1 episode
2001 Off Centre O’Leary 1 episode
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Merl 1 episode
2004 Century City Mr. Portnoff 1 episode
2004–2005 Queer as Folk Drew Boyd 9 episodes
2004–2005 NCIS Petty Officer Porcaro 1 episode
2005 What I Like About You Joe 1 episode
2006 Bones Captain William Fuller 1 episode
2006 CSI: Miami Dr. Trevor Valone 1 episode
2006–2007 24 Agent Jennings 2 episodes
2007 Big Love Sheriff Thomas 2 episodes
2007 Shark Don Kipling 1 episode
2008 CSI: NY Dr. Harrison Green 1 episode
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles Kurt Holgate 1 episode
2012 The Mentalist Curtis Nett 1 episode
2012 The Client List Don Jenkins 1 episode
2012 Mike & Molly Rob 1 episode
2013 The Big Bang Theory Officer Reynolds 1 episode
2013 Franklin & Bash Johnny 1 episode
2015 Backstrom Nick D’Agostino 1 episode
2015 NCIS New Orleans Lt. Colonel Snow 1 episode
2015 The Night Shift General Rozenfeld 1 episode
2015 Criminal Minds Captain Grant Howard 1 episode
2015 Hawaii Five-O Agent Ward 1 episode
2015 True Detective Commander Floyd 4 episodes
2016–2017 Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home President Thomas Christian 9 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Cowboy 1 episode
2017 SEAL Team Master Chief Wilkins 1 episode
2018 Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. Colonel Andropolis 6 episodes
2020 Paradise Lost Younger Judge Forsythe 6 episodes

External Links

Actor Matt Battaglia – Wikipedia

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