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Matthew Fox was born on July 14, 1966. He is an American actor. At the age of 25, Fox made his debut on an episode of Wings. That same year, he also starred on a short-lived dramatic series, Freshman Dorm. Still not a familiar face on the small screen, he continued to be cast in supporting roles, including the role of Charlie in the CBS Schoolbreak Special series, If I Die Before I Wake before he made his big screen debut in My Boyfriend’s Back (1993).
In 1994, Matthew Fox was cast in a starring role as Charlie Salinger, the eldest of five siblings who lose both parents in a car accident on the 1990s teen drama Party of Five, co-starring with Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Lacey Chabert. In 1996, People Magazine named Fox one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. After Party of Five was cancelled following its sixth season, Fox starred in another TV series, Haunted, in 2002.
From September 2004 until May 2010, Fox played the role of the dedicated yet troubled surgeon, Dr. Jack Shephard, on Lost. He initially auditioned for the role of James “Sawyer” Ford. However, co-creator J. J. Abrams thought he would be better for the role of Jack, a role originally slated to be for the pilot episode only. Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the 2005 Satellite Award, and shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for his role in Lost.
On December 2, 2006, he hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guests Tenacious D. In 2006, Fox co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the sports drama, We Are Marshall. He also played a bit part in the action film Smokin’ Aces and starred in the 2008 thriller, Vantage Point. In May 2008, Fox starred as Racer X in the movie Speed Racer.
Matthew Fox has repeatedly stated that he is “done with television” after Lost. In 2011, he starred in the stage play In a Forest, Dark and Deep with Olivia Williams in London’s West End.
Fox co-starred in Alex Cross (2012), as the villain, Michael “The Butcher” Sullivan/”Picasso”. Fox developed an extremely muscular physique for the role and shed most of his body fat.
He appeared in the 2013 film World War Z alongside Brad Pitt. He starred in the film Extinction released in July 2015, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas, in adaptation of the Juan de Dios Garduño’s bestseller book Y pese a todo.