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Matthew Brandon Ross (born January 3, 1970) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the feature film Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen, for which he won Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]

Matt Ross
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Ross in September 2016
Matthew Brandon Ross

(1970-01-03) January 3, 1970 (age 49)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, editor, cinematographer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Phyllis Grant (2001–present)

Before that, Ross made seven short films, including The Language of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

As an actor, Ross's roles have included Gavin Belson in the HBO series Silicon Valley, Alby Grant in the HBO series Big Love, Glenn Odekirk in The Aviator, and Luis Carruthers in American Psycho. He was also Eddie Scott in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He also directed the feature film 28 Hotel Rooms, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2011 and 2015, he played Charles Montgomery in the first and fifth seasons of FX's anthology series American Horror Story.

He is married to the writer Phyllis Grant, with whom he has two children: Isabel "Bella" and Dashiell "Dash" Ross.[3]




Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Editor Cinematographer
1997 The Language of Love Yes Yes Yes Short film
2009 Human Resources Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2012 28 Hotel Rooms Yes Yes
2016 Captain Fantastic Yes Yes



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Little Cory Gory Larry
1994 PCU Raji
1995 Twelve Monkeys Bee
1996 Ed's Next Move Eddie Brodsky
1997 Face/Off Agent Loomis
1997 Buffalo Soldiers Captain Calhoun
1998 You Are Here Kid in Grocery Store
1998 Homegrown Ben Hickson
1998 The Last Days of Disco Dan Powers
1999 Pushing Tin Ron Hewitt
2000 American Psycho Luis Carruthers
2000 Company Man Danny
2001 Just Visiting Hunter Cassidy
2001 Dust Stitch
2003 Down with Love J.B.
2004 The Aviator Glenn Odekirk
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Eddie Scott Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Last Holiday Mr. Adamian
2007 Turn the River David Sullivan


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Party of Five Aaron Hughes Episode: "Life's Too Short"
1997 Oz Officer Anthony Nowakowski Episode: "A Game of Checkers"
1997 A Deadly Vision The Killer Television film
1999 Third Watch Leonard Episode: "History of the World"
2002 Stephen King's Rose Red Emery Waterman 3 episodes
2003 Touched by an Angel Pete Episode: "The Root of All Evil"
2003 Six Feet Under Daniel Showalter Episode: "You Never Know"
2003 Just Shoot Me Adam Episode: "My Fair Finchy"
2005 Bones Neil Meredith Episode: "The Girl in the Fridge"
2006 CSI: Miami Paul Burton Episode: "Silencer"
2006 Invasion Vince Episode: "The Fittest"
2006–11 Big Love Alby Grant 49 episodes
2006 Numb3rs Joel Hellman Episode: "Provenance"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Charlie DeMasa Episode: "Meat Jekyll"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Charles Montgomery 6 episodes
2012–13 Magic City Jack Klein 14 episodes
2013 Revolution Titus Andover 4 episodes
2013 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash Television film
2014–present Silicon Valley Gavin Belson 37 episodes
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Charles Montgomery Episode: "Room 33"

Awards and honorsEdit

Year Title Award Result
2016 Captain Fantastic Deauville American Film Festival Jury Prize Won
Deauville American Film Festival Audience Award Won
Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Best Director Won
Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Audience Award – Best Film Won
Variety's "Ten Directors to Watch 2016"[4] Honor
Nantucket Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature 2nd Place
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Pravo Audience Award Won
Rome Film Festival People's Choice Award Won


  1. ^ Riley, Jenelle (June 22, 2016). "'Silicon Valley' Actor Matt Ross Hopes to Make a Directorial Splash With 'Captain Fantastic'". Variety.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter; Keslassy, Elsa (April 14, 2016). "Cannes 2016: Film Festival Unveils Official Selection Lineup". Variety.
  3. ^ Henry, Sarah (March 15, 2012). "Couple thrive on creativity, cooking and family". San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 13, 2015). "Variety Unveils 10 Directors to Watch for 2016". Variety.

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