• Matthew Daddario is an American actor born on 1 October 1987 in New York City.
• He is best known for his portrayal of Alec Lightwood in the action fantasy series “Shadowhunters”.
• He studied at the Collegiate School and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington.
• He has appeared in 3 TV series and 13 movies.
• He is married to Esther Kim and they have a daughter together.
Who is Matthew Daddario?
Matthew Quincy Daddario was born in New York City, USA on 1 October 1987 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor with 13 credits to his name, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Alec Lightwood, in the action fantasy series “Shadowhunters”. It was created by Ed Decter, aired from 2016 to 2019, and starred Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende. It follows Clary who has joined the order of Shadowhunters, hoping they’ll help her find her missing mother. The series won 13 of the 35 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life, sisters and education
Matthew was raised in New York City alongside his younger sister Catharine Daddario, and older sister Alexandra Daddario who is also an actress, and is perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Annabeth Chase, in the film series “Percy Jackson” in 2010 and ‘13. Their father, Richard Daddario, was the head of New York Police Department Counterterrorism Unit, and their mother Christina Daddario is a lawyer.
Matthew became interested in acting mostly thanks to his sister, as he occasionally kept her company while she was shooting for her movies and TV series. He studied at the Collegiate School, and was mostly interested in sports during his time there, playing football and basketball for the school teams.
Upon matriculating in 2006, Matthew enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington, from which he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in economics in 2010.
Roles in movies
Matthew made his debut film appearance in 2012, when he portrayed Peter Hamble, in the short family drama “The Debut”, followed by his first feature film appearance in the 2013 romantic drama “Breathe In”. Written and directed by Drake Doremus and starring Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Mackenzie Davis, it follows the life of a foreign exchange student, who has come to a small New York town. The movie was nominated for three awards.
The year 2013 saw him play Sebastian in the thriller “36 Saints”, and the following year he portrayed Channing in the critically acclaimed comedy “Delivery Man”.
Written and directed by Ken Scott, it starred Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders, and is the story of a man who has just learned that he fathers 533 children, as he’s donated sperm to a fertility clinic numerous times in the past two decades. A couple of Matthew’s following roles were in the 2014 comedy “Growing Up and Other Lies”, and in 2015 the biographical family drama “When the Game Stands Tall”, and the romantic comedy “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List”. The year 2016 saw him star as Jeff, in the horror science fiction thriller “Cabin Fever”, as well as Matthias, in the short mystery drama “The Last Hunt”.
Most recently, in 2021 Matthew played Owen, one of the lead characters in the romantic drama “Trust”.
It was directed by Brian DeCubellis, also starred Victoria Justice and Katherine McNamara, and follows the lives of the gallery owner Brooke and her other half Owen, as they’re both facing their own temptations.
Roles in TV series
Matthew has appeared in only three TV series, including in “Shadowhunters”. In 2020, he was cast to play Blaine in the episode “To Take a Hostage” of the drama “Tommy”. It was created by Paul Attanasio, starred Edie Falco, Michael Chernus and Adelaide Clemens, and follows the first woman to become Chief of Police in Los Angeles, California.
Just recently in 2021, Matthew played Scooter Polarsky in 10 episodes of the crime comedy drama “Why Women Kill”. It’s been airing since 2019, was created by Marc Cherry, and stars Jack Davenport, Lucy Liu and Allison Tolman.
It follows three women who are living in the same house, and have to deal with their husbands’ infidelities.
Producing and directing credits
In 2016, Matthew produced and directed the short mystery drama movie “The Last Hunt”, which follows Daniel who has been asked by his best friend to aid his passing. The movie won one of the three awards for which it was nominated.
Matthew’s currently producing the upcoming documentary film “Nomad Cowboys”, which will be about the first American Kok Boru team.
In 2015, Matthew appeared in the short documentary film “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters”, and the year 2016 saw him make a guest appearance in the talk-shows “Dish Nation” and “Superfan Suiter: Shadowhunters”, as well as in the TV Special “Teen Choice Awards 2016”.
He could also have been seen featured in the talk-shows “Celebrity Page”, “BuzzFeed Celeb” and “Abnormallyadam”.
Awards and nominations
Matthew has won three awards – two Teen Choice Awards in 2016 and 2018, both for his performance in “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”, and in 2017, he won a Long Island International Film Expo Prize for Best Short Film, for “The Last Hunt”.
He has also been nominated for four other Teen Choice Awards, a SoHo International Film Festival Prize, and a Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City Award.
Love life and wife
Matthew’s more or less secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s widely known that he has been married to the non-celebrity Esther Kim since 31 December 2017.
Esther is a blogger, traveler and an entrepreneur, who has been all around the world, and has documented her travels on her blog. She’s also an Instagram star, having amassed more than 120,000 followers.
The two announced in May 2020 that Esther was pregnant, and in September of the same year, they welcomed their daughter. The two are keeping her away from the media’s attention, and haven’t even revealed her name.
As of June 2021, Matthew’s married to Esther Kim, and they have a daughter together.
Hobbies and other interests
Matthew’s an Instagram star, having amassed more than 2.8 million followers on the network, while he’s uploaded over 230 pictures, many featuring his wife, himself, and various animals.
Matthew’s interested in photography, and is an amateur photographer.
Some of the pictures found on his Instagram account have been taken by him.
He’s into travelling, and has been to various US states for both work and pleasure, while he’s also been to a couple of European countries, including Croatia and Germany.
Matthew’s physically highly active, and has four to five training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body. He’s also following a strict diet, and avoids eating meat, as he’s a huge animal lover.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies starring his favorite actor Russell Crowe, such as “Gladiator”, “A Beautiful Mind” and “Noah”.
Age, height and net worth
Matthew’s age is 33. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 3ins (1.91m) and he weighs around 192lbs (87kgs).
As of June 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.