Matthew George Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is a Canadian-American actor, singer and comedian. He portrayed the 1980s icon Max Headroom and Doctor Leekie in the Canadian science fiction drama Orphan Black (2013–2017).
Frewer at FedCon 22 on May 11, 2013
Matthew George Frewer
January 4, 1958
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1980|
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, voice artist, comedian|
Frewer's more recent performances include a portrayal of "General #2" in the Steven Spielberg picture The BFG (2016), the character Carnage in the Netflix series Altered Carbon in 2018 and Logan in Fear the Walking Dead (2019).
Frewer was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Gillian Anne (née German) and Captain (Ret'd) Frederick Charlesley Frewer, a Royal Canadian Navy officer. 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. His brother Frederick Barry Frewer also served in the Canadian Navy.
Frewer portrayed the artificial intelligence character Max Headroom in the 1980s, starring in the 1985 eponymous science fiction television movie; Frewer also played award-winning Network 23 journalist Edison Carter in the film. This led to a series on the UK Channel 4 network with the Max Headroom character as a video jockey and interviewer. This ran for two series, called seasons in the U.S., the second which featured a studio audience with whom Max interacted. In 1987, an American series based upon the 1985 movie aired, 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 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. He has appeared in several adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as The Stand, Quicksilver Highway, Riding the Bullet, Desperation and Bag of Bones.
- The Lords of Discipline (1983) as Senior
- The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983, Short film at the beginning of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life) as Very Big Corporation of America Yuppie
- Supergirl (1984) as Eddie the Truck Driver
- Spies Like Us (1985) as Soldier #2
- The Fourth Protocol (1987) as Tom McWhirter
- Ishtar (1987) as CIA Agent #3
- Speed Zone (1989) as Alec Stewart
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as Russell 'Russ' Thompson, Sr.
- Far from Home (1989) as Charlie Cox
- Short Time (1990) as Ernie Dills
- The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991) as Ed Kelvin
- Twenty Bucks (1993) as Receding Bingo Winner
- The Day My Parents Ran Away (1993, TV Movie) as Bob Miller
- The Stand (1994, TV Mini-Series) as Trashcan Man
- Return to Two Moon Junction (1995) as Cleo / Leo (uncredited)
- Driving Mr. Pink (1995, Short) as The Pink Panther (voice)
- National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995) as Principal Todd Moss
- Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996) as Jobe Smith
- Generation X (1996, TV Movie) as Russel Tresh
- Hercules (1997) as Panic (voice)
- Breast Men (1997, TV Movie) as Gerald Krzemien
- Heartwood (1998) as Frank Burris (voice, uncredited)
- 6ix (1999, Short) as Satan / Nathan / Lucy / Mother / Father
- Cyberworld (2000, Short) as Frazzled (voice)
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) as Frank
- A Home at the End of the World (2004) as Ned Glover
- Going the Distance (2004) as Farmer Joseph
- Intern Academy (AKA Whitecoats) (2004) as Dr. Anton Keller
- Geraldine's Fortune (2004) as Cameron Geary
- Riding the Bullet (2004) as Mr. Clarkson
- Desperation (2006, TV Movie) as Ralph Carver
- Weirdsville (2007) as Jason Taylor
- Watchmen (2009) as Moloch
- Rampage (2009) as Mr. Williamson
- Darfur (2009) as Ted Duncan
- Frankie and Alice (2010) as Dr. Strassfield
- Battle of the Bulbs (2010, TV Movie) as Stu Jones
- Wushu Warrior (2011) as Lord Edward Lindsey
- 50/50 (2011) as Mitch
- Foreverland (2011) as Mr. Steadman
- Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014) as Mr. Williamson (voice, uncredited)
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) as Archibald Stanley
- Pixels (2015) as Max Headroom (voice)
- The BFG (2016) as General #2
- Residue (2017) as Mr. Fairweather
- Francis Lane in The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984)
- Roger de Carnac in the Robin of Sherwood episode "The Betrayal" (1986)
- Max Headroom and Edison Carter in the Max Headroom science fiction television series. (1987)
- Cliff King in the Miami Vice episodes "Hostile Takeover" and "Redemption in Blood" (1988)
- Doctor Mike Stratford in Doctor Doctor (1989)
- Berlinghoff Rasmussen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "A Matter of Time" (1991)
- Voice of Mac Duff in Tiny Toon Adventures (1992)
- Bob Moody in Shaky Ground (1992–1993)
- Howard Raymer in Eerie, Indiana (1992)
- Voice of Sid the Squid in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Man Who Killed Batman" (1993)
- Voice of the Pink Panther of the revival series of the same name (1993–1996)
- Voice of Peter Blaine in Bonkers (1993)
- The Cat in the Hat in In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)
- Trashcan Man in the television adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (1994)
- Voice of Jackal on Gargoyles (1994–1996)
- Voice of the Exterminator in Itsy Bitsy Spider (1994–1996)
- Voice of Chaos in Aladdin (1995)
- Voice of Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber (1995–1996)
- Russel Tresh in the Fox Network pilot Generation X (1996)
- Voice of the Leader in the UPN Incredible Hulk and Iron Man animated series (1996)
- Voice of Booby Vicious in Bruno the Kid (1996)
- Voice of Dr. Wally Pretorius in Mighty Ducks (1996)
- Voice of Jackal on Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (1996)
- Norman Glass in The Outer Limits episode "First Anniversary" (1996)
- Gene Kranz in Apollo 11 (1996)
- Voice of Inspector 47 in The Magic School Bus (1996)
- Bob in Tracey Takes On... "Supernatural" (1997)
- Charlie / Dr. Charles George in Quicksilver Highway (1997)
- Matt Praeger in Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997–1999)
- Voice of Panic in Hercules (1997)
- Voice of Panic in the Hercules animated series (1998-1999)
- Voice of Dedgar Deadman in Toonsylvania (1998)
- Larry Williams in Da Vinci's Inquest "Fantasy" and "Reality" [episodes 11 and 12-season 2] (2000)
- Al Fisher in Jailbait (2000) (Russian article about the film: Малолетка (фильм, 2000))
- Sherlock Holmes in four Hallmark productions:
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000), based on the novel of the same name
- The Sign of Four (2001), based on the novella of the same name
- The Royal Scandal (2001), an adaptation of the short stories A Scandal in Bohemia and The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
- The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002), an original story
- Dr. Chet Wakeman in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken (2002)
- Wally in the Masters of Horror episode "Chocolate" (2005)
- Ralph Carver in the television adaptation of Stephen King's Desperation (2006)
- Dr. Jim Taggart in Eureka (2006–2012)
- Ted Altman in Intelligence (2006–2007)
- The White Knight in Alice (2009)
- Pestilence in Supernatural (2010)
- Sid Noonan in Bag of Bones (2011)
- General Bressler in Falling Skies [season 2] (2012)
- Arthur Bowden in Delete (2012)
- Dr. Aldous Leekie in Orphan Black (2013–2017)
- Vidar in Witches of East End (2013)
- Dr. J.M. Christiansen in The Knick (2014)
- Dulaque / Lancelot in The Librarians (2014)
- Daedalus in Olympus (2015)
- Dr. Kirschner in 12 Monkeys (2016)
- Anthony Bruhl in Timeless (TV series) (2016)
- The Bishop in Castlevania (2017)
- Carnage in Altered Carbon (2018)
- Reverend Kellergan in The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018)
- Peter Morton in The Order (2019)
- Logan in Fear The Walking Dead (2019)
- The Binder in The Magicians (2019)
- Judge Fred Wright in Perry Mason (2020)
- Tales from the Mausoleum Club: Episode 2, "Heart of Skegness"
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|
- Nemecek, Larry (2003). The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion: Revised Edition. Simon and Schuster. pp. 186–. ISBN 978-0-7434-5798-9.
- 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.
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- "Well Known Figures Who Are Boarding School Alumni of Lakefield College School | LCS Blog". Blog.lcs.on.ca. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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- "Matt Frewer on The Knick, Max Headroom, and his Australian accent on Eureka". avclub.com. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- "DVD Review: Da Vinci's Inquest – Season Two". Blogcritics. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- "Matt Frewer Talks About His Return to Eureka". movieweb.com. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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- Stuever, Hank; Stuever, Hank (2 December 2011). "'Bag of Bones': Must be recycling day". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
- "'Altered Carbon': 15 Shocking Moments From Netflix's Violent Sci-Fi Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
- Nellie Andreeva (April 16, 2018). "Netflix Picks Up 'The Order' Horror Drama Series Starring Jake Manley & Sarah Grey". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
- "With Max Headroom Behind Him, Matt Frewer Mad-Libs Through Doctor, Doctor and a Smash Film – Vol. 32 No. 3". PEOPLE.com. 17 July 1989. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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