Matthew Daddario (born October 1, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Alec Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters.
Daddario was born and raised in New York City, the son of Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor and former head of NYPD Counterterrorism under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His older sister is actress Alexandra Daddario; he also has a younger sister. Daddario's paternal grandfather was Emilio Q. Daddario, a Democratic representative to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Connecticut from 1959 to 1971. He is of Italian, Irish, Hungarian, and English ancestry. Daddario attended the Collegiate School, before studying business at Indiana University Bloomington, from which he graduated in 2010.
Daddario made his major film debut as Aaron in the romantic drama film Breathe In, directed by Drake Doremus. That same year, he had a supporting role as Channing in the Vince Vaughn-led comedy film Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott. In 2014, Daddario portrayed Danny Ladouceur in the sports drama film When the Game Stands Tall, co-starring alongside Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, and Alexander Ludwig. The film is based on the achievements of football coach Bob Ladouceur and the De La Salle Spartans, who set a record 151-game winning streak.
In 2015, he co-starred as Gabriel in the teen comedy-drama Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List. In May 2015, it was announced that Daddario would portray Alec Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare. The series began airing on January 12, 2016, and is currently in production for season 2. Also in 2016, he starred in the remake of Eli Roth's horror film Cabin Fever, directed by Travis Z.
|2012||The Debut||Peter Hamble||Film|
|2014||Growing Up and Other Lies||Peter||Film|
|2014||When the Game Stands Tall||Danny Ladouceur||Film|
|2015||Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List||Gabriel||Film|
|2016||The Last Hunt||Matthias||Short film; also director and executive producer|
|2016–present||Shadowhunters||Alec Lightwood||Television series; main role|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Breakout Star||Shadowhunters||Won|
|MTV Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year (shared with Harry Shum Jr.)||Nominated|