Matt Keeslar

Matt Keeslar (born October 15, 1972) is a retired American actor and practicing PA-C (certified physician assistant) and Instructor of Urology, School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

Matt Keeslar
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Keeslar during The Middleman panel at Comic-Con in July 2009.
Born (1972-10-15) October 15, 1972 (age 48)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Portland Community College
Reed College (BS)
Oregon Health and Science University (MS)
OccupationActor, physician assistant, instructor
Years active1994–2010, 2015
Lori Henriques
(m. 2005)


Matthew Keeslar was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Fred Keeslar and Ann Ferguson, who divorced in 1977.[1]

At 18, Keeslar moved from Adrian, Michigan, to New York City to attend the Juilliard School. The Juilliard faculty had selected him to fill one of 20 spots in Group 24, the 24th class to participate in Juilliard's rigorous acting program. Along with the group projects he performed at Juilliard, Keeslar also played the title role in a touring production of Molière's Don Juan, directed by Joseph Chaiken; produced and starred in a student production of Waiting for Godot; and participated in several interdepartmental productions.

Keeslar is known for his roles in Waiting for Guffman, The Last Days of Disco[2] and Scream 3, and the miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune and Stephen King's Rose Red. He starred in the 2008 ABC Family series The Middleman. He established a strong working relationship with South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California, where he performed plays and staged readings.

Keeslar retired from acting in 2010 to pursue a career in science. He penned an essay about the struggles with his acting career and subsequent decision to enroll at Portland Community College.[3] He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a biology degree in May 2014. His biology thesis explored the effects of antimalarials on the brains of frogs.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Keeslar is married to Grammy-nominated singer Lori Henriques.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Renaissance Man MP At The Gate
1994 Quiz Show NBC Page
1994 Safe Passage Percival
1995 The Run of the Country Danny
1995 A Streetcar Named Desire Collector Television film
1996 A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story Dan Jansen Television film
1996 The Stupids Lieutenant Neil
1996 Waiting for Guffman Johnny Savage
1997 The Deli Andy
1997 Mr. Magoo Waldo
1998 Sour Grapes Danny Pepper
1998 The Last Days of Disco Josh
1998 Thanks of a Grateful Nation Chris Small Television film
1998 Law & Order Dennis Pollock Episode: "Venom"
1999 The Reel Producer Short film
1999 Splendor Zed
1999 Durango Mark Doran Television film
2000 Psycho Beach Party Lars
2000 Urbania Chris
2000 Scream 3 Tom Prinze
2000 Íslenski draumurinn The American
2000 Frank Herbert's Dune Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen Miniseries
2001 Thank Heaven Jack Sellers
2001 Texas Rangers Sam 'Suh Suh Sam' Walters
2002 Untitled Secret Service Project Unknown
2002 Stephen King's Rose Red Steve Rimbauer Miniseries
2002 Live from Baghdad Nic Robertson Television film
2003 Coupling (US) Bill Episode: "Dressed"
2005 The Inside Roddy Davis Episode: "The Perfect Couple"
2005 In Memory of My Father Matt
2006 Masters of Horror David Fuller Episode: "Family"
2006 The Thirst Maxx
2006 Open Window The Rapist
2006 Art School Confidential Jonah
2006 Ghost Whisperer Dennis McMartin Episode: "Dead Man's Ridge"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Willie 'Kirk' Tunis Episode: "Blasters"
2006 Numb3rs Agent Raymond Episode: "Brutus"
2007 Snowglobe Douglas Television film
2007 Jekyll Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
2008 The Middleman The Middleman 12 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Richard Connell Episode: "The Target"
2009 Cold Storage Daric
2010 Leverage Alexander Lundy Episode: "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job"
2015 Grimm Sven Gunderson Episode: "Hibernaculum"


  1. ^ "Matt Keeslar biography and filmography | Matt Keeslar movies". Tribute. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Politics of Disco, on Film". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Keeslar, Matthew (2010). "A Hail Mary Pass for the Hard Luck Case" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Commencement - Class of 2014". Reed College. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. ^ McGowan, Mark (February 12, 2016). "NIU alumna Lori Henriques up for a Grammy". NIU Today. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Matt Keeslar List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Matt Keeslar". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 22, 2020.

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