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THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX

A two-time Tony Award-winning stage actor and instantly recognizable film presence, MATTHEW BRODERICK (Despereaux) was most recently seen in the feature films Finding Amanda, alongside Brittany Snow, and Diminished Capacity, opposite Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. In spring 2008, he was also on the big screen in Helen Hunt's directorial debut, Then She Found Me. Upcoming work includes Margaret, with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo. He most recently wrapped production on Wonderful World, alongside Sophie Okonedo.

In 2005, he starred in the blockbuster Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. He also starred in the hit off-Broadway play The Foreigner at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Also in 2005, Broderick starred in the feature film version of The Producers, reprising the Tony-nominated performance he gave on Broadway in this smash-hit musical.

Broderick starred in the critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me, opposite Laura Linney. He also earned considerable acclaim starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the critically lauded and Independent Spirit Award-winning political satire Election, directed by Alexander Payne.

A New York native, Broderick made his professional stage debut opposite his father, James Broderick, at age 17 in a production of On Valentine's Day. His performance in Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy won him the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance. Broderick won his first Tony Award for Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and starred in the play's sequel, Biloxi Blues. He won his second Tony for his role as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Broderick has starred in such blockbuster movies as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory, WarGames and Disney's The Lion King, as the adult voice of Simba. Additional credits include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Biloxi Blues, Max Dugan Returns, Project X, On Valentine's Day, Torch Song Trilogy, Family Business, The Freshman, The Night We Never Met, The Last Shot and The Stepford Wives.

In addition to his stage, screen and Broadway credits, he has appeared in the Showtime film Master Harold…and the Boys and received an Emmy Award nomination for the TNT production of David Mamet's A Life in the Theater, in which he starred opposite Jack Lemmon.

Broderick resides in New York with his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, and son, James Wilke Broderick.

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