Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer

Frewer at FedCon 22 on May 11, 2013
Born Matthew George Frewer
(1958-01-04) January 4, 1958
Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality Canadian
Other names Matthew Frewer
Matthew George Frewer
Matt George Frewer
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1980
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Amanda Hillwood (1984-present)
Children 1

Matthew George "Matt" Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is an American Canadian actor,[1] singer, voice artist and comedian. Acting since 1983, he is best known for portraying the 1980s icon Max Headroom,[2] Hades' henchman Panic in Hercules (1997), the retired villain Moloch in Watchmen (2009),[3] cancer patient Mitch in 50/50 (2011), Doctor Leekie in the Canadian science fiction drama Orphan Black (2013–16) and Sherlock Holmes in four Hallmark Channel television productions released between 2000 and 2002.

Frewer's most recent performances include a cameo appearance as the Max Headroom character in the Adam Sandler comedy Pixels (2015), plus a portrayal of "General #2" in the Steven Spielberg picture The BFG (2016) (an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel of the same name).

Early life

Frewer was born Matthew George Frewer on January 4, 1958 in Washington, D.C., the son of Gillian Anne (née German) and Frederick Charlesley Frewer, a Royal Canadian Navy officer.[4] He was raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where he graduated from Lakefield College School. He went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating from its three-year acting course in 1980.


Frewer on April 23, 2007

Frewer portrayed the artificial intelligence character Max Headroom in the 1980s, starring in the eponymous science fiction television movie of (1985) followed by The Original Max Talking Headroom Show (1987) and an American series based upon the 1985 movie, titled Max Headroom (1987–1988). He also portrayed the character in other media, including a series of television commercials for "New Coke", as well as the single and music video for "Paranoimia" by Art of Noise. He reprised this role in the science fiction comedy film Pixels (2015).

Frewer starred as Dr. Mike Stratford in Doctor Doctor (1989–1991). He also appeared as Trashcan Man in the television miniseries The Stand. Frewer has also appeared in such films as The Fourth Protocol (1987), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.

Frewer was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2000, one for a guest appearance on Da Vinci's Inquest and another for his work on the series Mentors. He was a regular on Eureka during the series' first two seasons, playing Jim Taggart. He has done voice-over work on several animated projects, including Batman: The Animated Series (1993) and The Incredible Hulk (1996–1997). Frewer portrayed Matt Praeger in Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1997-2000.

In 2009, Frewer portrayed the retired villain Moloch the Mystic in Watchmen and appeared as the White Knight in the December 2009 Syfy two-part miniseries Alice, based upon Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He starred as Pestilence in two episodes of Season 5 of Supernatural.[5] He has appeared in several adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as The Stand, Quicksilver Highway, Riding the Bullet, Desperation and Bag of Bones.

He was a regular on the first two seasons of Orphan Black.

Personal life

Since 1984 Frewer has been married to Amanda Hillwood. They have one daughter.




Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film/TV Show Result
1987 CableACE Award Best Music Host The Max Headroom Show Won
2000 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Mentors Won
2000 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Da Vinci's Inquest Nominated
2010 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama Alice Nominated
2011 Leo Award Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Supernatural Nominated


  1. Nemecek, Larry (2003). The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion: Revised Edition. Simon and Schuster. pp. 186–. ISBN 978-0-7434-5798-9.
  2. Lanigan, Richard L. (April 1992). The human science of communicology: a phenomenology of discourse in Foucault and Merleau-Ponty. Duquesne University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-8207-0242-1. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. Thill, Scott (March 23, 2009). "Watchmen Back Story Unspools in Under the Hood DVD". Wired News. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. "Matt Frewer Biography (1958-)".
  5. "Matt Frewer Cast as Pestilence on Supernatural / Season 5 Episode 15 Preview". Dread Central.
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