Matt Battaglia is an Emmy winning producer, has co-produced a two time Golden Globe nominated film (“Brothers” – 2009) and has been an actor in over 100 films, network pilots and television shows. He’s filmed more than 30 national commercials, 6 of which have been Superbowl ads, with his next Superbowl commercial to be a Pepsi commercial in the 2016 Superbowl. Battaglia is also a former All-American football player and played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles as a middle linebacker.
As a Producer, Battaglia Executive Produced the television show “Last Shot with Judge Gunn”, which he sold straight into syndication with 130 episodes in season one (2011). He was nominated and won the Emmy in June 2012 as Executive Producer for it’s first season on the air. The show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama. It was his and the show’s first nomination and first win. He Executive Produced 260 episodes.
Battaglia served as Co-Producer on the two time Golden Globe nominated film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar winner Natalie Portman. The film was directed by six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, from a script written by David Benioff (“Game of Thrones”) and was distributed by Lionsgate. Battaglia was also a Co-executive producer on the 2009 horror film Kill Theory, directed by producer Chris Moore.
He optioned the national bestseller “Bad Monkeys” by Matt Ruff, which is currently set up at Fox Studios and a script has been completed by writer Jeff Eastin, most known for creating “White Collar” and the soon to be released “Graceland” series for USA network. He optioned the international bestseller “Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning” by Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre. It was adapted into a screenplay by screenwriters Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal. These screenwriters directed their first feature that they co-wrote, “The Words” starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde and it was the first film to sell at Sundance in 2012.
As an actor, Battaglia appeared in the Paramount Studios/Marvel tentpole film “Thor”, starring Chris Hemsworth (the star of “Avatar”), Natalie Portman, Samuel Jackson, Renee Russo & Anthony Hopkins for director and Oscar winner Kenneth Branaugh. Battaglia recurred in the HBO’s critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy winning tv series “True Detective” in 2015. .
Matt is often remembered for his memorable role as the fireman Vince, a boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow’s character on NBC’s hit sitcom “Friends”. Other notable guest stars in the past 2 years include recent stints on “Mike & Molly”, “Criminal Minds” “The Mentalist”, “CSI-NY”. Other shows include two episodes on “24” with Keiffer Sutherland, two episodes of HBO’s “Big Love”, “Shark”, “Bones” and “CSI-Miami” just to name a few.
As a philanthropist, Matt Battaglia co-founded “The Mint Jubilee” charity event in memory of his mother Nancy Van Cleve Battaglia whom he lost to cancer in 1993. It has successfully raised over $4 million for cancer patients and has provided financial resources to scientists, cancer centers and hospitals committed to finding cures and controls for cancer. The annual black tie gala takes place in Louisville, Kentucky the night before the Kentucky Derby. Before stopping the event a few years ago, it had become a world class event attracting high profiled celebrities, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and was televised worldwide in over 130 countries and over 200 million homes.
Battaglia is also an extremely successful real estate investor and developer. He built his last house in the Hollywood Hills literally on the side of a cliff (7810 Granito Drive, Los Angeles). He recently purchased 34 acres in Greenville, SC and 140’ of beachfront property next to Rosemary Beach, Florida.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Matt grew up in the towns of Tucker and Lithonia, Georgia, two suburbs of Atlanta but his family currently resides in Roswell, Georgia. A football scholarship led him to the University of Louisville, where he became an All-American and All-South middle linebacker, leading the nation in tackles his senior year with 153 & 166 tackles each year. He averaged an unparalleled 15 tackles per game — for 22 games in a row. He was team captain his junior and senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by teammates and coaches. Matt played in the N.F.L. (Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles). While in high school, he also excelled in wrestling, finishing 2nd in the AAU Southeastern States tournament.