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American Actor – Matt Battaglia
Matt Battaglia, born September 25, 1965 in Tallahassee, Florida, is an American actor.
Battaglia is one of Hollywood’s brightest talents with a successful career in film and television, starring in ten motion pictures, seven network pilots, and appearing as a guest star in over 40 television shows.
Some of his film credits include the Sony Studios/Franchise Pictures action packed film HALF PAST DEAD with Steven Segal, Morris Chestnut and rap artist JaRule. Other notable feature credits include Matt replacing Jean Claude Van Damme as the lead role in the action movies UNIVERSAL SOLDIER II & III — with Academy Award nominee Burt Reynolds and Gary Busey. Also, KISS OF A STRANGER with Mariel Hemingway and Dyan Cannon, PENDULUM with Rachael Hunter and RAVEN with Burt Reynolds as his co-star.
Matt has been extremely successful in the television world as well. He is often remembered for his memorable role as the fireman Vince, a boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow’s character on NBCs hit sitcom Friends. Other notable guest stars include 3rd Rock from the Sun, Queer as Folk, Baywatch and Coach to name a few.
A former All-American middle linebacker from the University of Louisville, Matt lead the nation in tackles his senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches. Matt went on to play in the N.F.L. Two years later, his career ended abruptly after a major neck and shoulder injury. He returned to school, graduating from the University of Louisville with a degree in Business. It was shortly thereafter that Matt turned his energy and focus to pursue a career in acting and screenwriting.
Battaglia is an extremely successful philanthropist and co-founded The Mint Jubilee, an annual celebrity driven charity event which takes place at the Kentucky Derby benefiting cancer patients. He became involved in cancer advocacy following the death of his mother from the disease.