Matthew Lillard was one of those actors whose talents seemed to extend across several genres during the late ’90s and early 2000s, from comedy Serial Mom to playing a computer nerd in Hackers.
After appearing as Stu Macher in Scream and Stevo in SLC Punk!, he went on to play two roles in independent films.
Matthew Lillard’s Biography
Matthew Lillard was born January 24th, 1970 in Lansing Michigan to Amy Lillard. He went on to attend Foothill High School in Santa Ana California before enrolling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) and Circle in the Square Theater School (CISTS) both located in Pasadena California and New York respectively for further training.
After graduating from the Academy, he co-founded both Mean Street Ensemble theater company and Summoners Ensemble. Later he went on to appear in several black comedies such as Serial Mom and SLC Punk! As well as playing Stu Macher in Scream (1996) he is well known for roles such as in Senseless and Thir13en Ghosts.
He is best known as the voice of Shaggy Rogers from the Scooby-Doo franchise; taking over for Casey Kasem when she retired in 2009. Since then he has also appeared in a variety of movies and television shows.
Matthew Lillard’s Acting Career
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is a two-year conservatory dedicated to training professional actors. With campuses both in New York City and Los Angeles, making it the leading actor training institution in America, its alumni have gone on to win Academy, Tony, and Emmy awards and nominations.
After graduating, he quickly immersed himself into television and film acting, appearing in such movies as Senseless and She’s All That before landing the lead role in Wes Craven’s genre-reviving Scream film – marking him out as one of Hollywood’s emerging talents.
Since then, Matthew Lillard has participated in a range of projects for Kenneth Branagh such as Love’s Labour’s Lost, Summer Catch, and Thirteen Ghosts. Additionally, he co-starred alongside Seth Green and Dax Shepherd in the adventure comedy Without A Paddle before recently providing voice acting as Shaggy for Scooby-Doo’s reboot series.
Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College
Matthew Lillard was most often cast in dark and offbeat roles; however, on occasion, he would get the opportunity to demonstrate his range as a more conventional hero in films such as She’s All That, Summer Catch, and Wing Commander.
He made headlines for his roles in movies such as Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas, What Love Is, Messages Deleted, and Home Run Showdown as well as supporting roles such as Wicker Park Halfway There Bloodsucking Bastards that brought critical acclaim.
Matthew Lillard’s acting career has flourished throughout. He has appeared on countless television series such as Leverage, House, Criminal Minds, State of Affairs, The Bridge, and Bosch as well as Twin Peaks and Good Girls with recurring characters; the reboot of Five Nights at Freddy’s; Ghoulies 2 as well as playing recurring characters on both. No matter if it is serious drama or lighthearted comedy; Matthew Lillard always delivers.
Chip Sutphin in Serial Mom
Matthew Lillard has been performing professionally since the 1990s. His acting range spans multiple genres and roles; from overbearing braggarts to comic relief characters. Additionally, Matthew has taken on dramatic roles.
Serial Mom, directed and written by John Waters, follows Chip Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) a housewife from Baltimore who begins murdering her family members one by one. At first glance, their family appears typical; yet something dark lurks inside of Beverly Sutphin that leads her son Chip Sutphin down a destructive path.
In 2012, he made his Criminal Minds debut as Daniel Frye on The Bridge American television series, and then in 2014 appeared as Peter in Under Wraps animation film alongside Brooke Shields and Drake Bell.
Stu Macher in Scream
Matthew Lillard made his mark as one of the killers hiding behind a Ghostface mask in Scream with his portrayal of Stu Macher – one of several notorious Ghostface killers who terrorize Sidney Prescott when she learns his true identity – who shocked Sidney Prescott upon learning his identity. Additionally, Tatum Riley (Tate Riley in this first installment) had an ongoing romantic interest for whom Stu had feelings.
Matthew Lillard has found success spanning a broad spectrum of roles during his long and diverse career spanning everything from horror films to romantic comedies, small independent movies, and cult classics, television shows such as She’s All That (Chip Sutphin), Hackers (Emmanuel Goldstein), She’s All That (Brock Hudson), SLC Punk (Stevo) Jerry Conlaine from Without A Paddle as well as Shaggy Rogers himself in both live action and animated Scooby-Doo movies and The Descendants/Multiverse.). Additionally, he gave some impressive dramatic performances such as those found in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants/Multiversus.
Stevo in SLC Punk!
Matthew Lillard has become known for his roles as Stu Macher from Scream and Shaggy Rogers from live-action Scooby-Doo films. However, his dramatic repertoire also boasts movies like Fat Kid Rules the World and The Descendants.
Lillard stars as Stevo in SLC Punk, an up-and-coming punk rocker living with his best friend Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjian). Together they spend their days partying and fighting other subcultures.
But as time progresses, Stevo begins to see that living the punk lifestyle has its downsides and eventually decides to give up drugs and alcohol use but not before trying to persuade Bob not to follow in his footsteps – another great testament to Lillard’s versatility as an actor! This movie serves as a testament to Lillard’s talent as an actor.
Jerry Conlaine in Without a Paddle
Matthew Lillard was one of those prolific actors from the late ’90s and early 2000s. He appeared in numerous well-known movies such as She’s All That, Wing Commander: Summer Catch, and both live-action and animated Scooby-Doo films, in addition to guest starring on popular television series such as Criminal Minds and Twin Peaks.
As well as appearing in several video games such as Multiversus, including his current one “Multiversus: Legends”, he also plays FBI agent Luke Goshen on the Amazon series Bosch – in addition to appearing as himself recurringly!
Hackers is a classic 1990s cyberthriller, and Matthew Lillard shines as Emmanuel Goldstein – an annoying yet charismatic individual with a flair for such roles. Other noteworthy performances from him can be found in Halfway There, Wicker Park, Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas, Messages Deleted, In the Name of the King, and Bloodsucking Bastards.
Jimmy Bishop in Halfway There
Matthew Lillard has made his mark as an actor in some of the biggest movies of the 2000s, such as Scream, Senseless, She’s All That, and Without a Paddle. Additionally, he has appeared in several indie films like Halfway There – receiving critical acclaim for both.
Halfway There stars Lillard as Jimmy Bishop, an owner of a sober living facility facing bankruptcy. To save his business he takes in Blythe Danner as his alcoholic mother to help preserve its operations.
After several flops, Lillard found his stride again with comedies such as She’s All That and sci-fi flop Wing Commander. Since then he has continued his impressive performance streak by appearing in Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost; Summer Catch; Thir13en Ghosts and more.
Shaggy in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Matthew Lillard has voiced Shaggy Rogers for nearly two decades since first playing him in live-action movies in 2002 and 2004. Taking over from Casey Kasem who passed away, Lillard continued voicing the character through TV shows, direct-to-video movies, and more. Unfortunately for fans though, Lillard will no longer reprise this role for Scoob!, featuring Zac Efron as Fred Jones; Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake; Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley, and Frank Welker as both Scooby-Doo and Shaggy!