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.
Battaglia married Tina Frazier in 2006; the couple has two children.
Filmography and other appearances
|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||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|
|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)|
|2017||Brian Banks||Pete Carroll|
|1989||B.L. Stryker||Snake / Pete||2 episodes|
|1990||21 Jump Street||Tim||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|
|1993||Time Trax||Mark Lofton||1 episode|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Bo Rainey||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|
|1997||Baywatch||Terry McFarren||1 episode|
|1997||Days of Our Lives||J. L. King||6 episodes|
|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||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||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|