Biography

HEIGHT: 5’8″
HAIR/EYES: Brown
ETHNICITY: MEXICAN/UKRAINIAN

Updated: August 18, 2013

With an artist for a father and role model, Matt was immersed in the art world at a very young age, his surroundings consisting of his father’s gallery as well as his father’s peers including many actors, filmmakers, artists, and writers.  He went on to study theater at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Eve Roberts where he was nicknamed “The Wonder Freshman,” as he was able to gain leading or supporting roles in nearly every theatre production that went on throughout the course of his studies there.

From there he went on to study at Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where during his stay obtained a role as Johnny Eck in the zombie short Reign of the Dead, which followed the George Romero zombie saga. With Hollywood being the center of the film industry, Matt set off to California.

Beginning with his first feature film role as Mark Reeves in the Festival Favorite Gone, But Not Forgotten, which played in over thirty film festivals around the world and was “Top Ten Best Seller” for TLA Video for 2003 and 2004, Matthew began his career in Independent Film Cinema with a bang. He went on to star as Marx in Daniel Lee’s Journeyman, a resolute Iraq war veteran who drifts in and out of the main character Anna’s life by way of rescue. Journeyman went on to receive Third Place Feature Film in the Twin Rivers Multimedia Film Festival in Asheville, North Carolina.

Following Journeyman Matt went from actor to producer when he teamed up with Guest House Films to co-produce and star as Glen Phillips in Rob Williams’ gay romantic comedy Long-Term Relationship.  Directly after, Matt again co-produced and starred in Rob Williams’ second feature for Guest House Films, Back Soon, as Guillermo “Gil” Ramirez.  This film won the Alternative Spirit Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2007 as well as Best Actor for Matthew Montgomery.

In 2007 alone, Matt starred in three feature films, produced two, and made a cameo appearance in another. In January 2008, Matthew also starred as Michael Castigan in the psychological thriller, Pornography: A Thriller, directed by David Kittredge which released to DVD in July of 2010.  Also in 2008, Matt starred in the indie drama, Redwoods, which was released to DVD in December of 2009.  While starring in these films, he has continued to work alongside Guest House Films, producing indie favorites, 3-Day Weekend, and Make the Yuletide Gay (Alison Arngrim, Keith Jordan, Kelly Keaton, Derek Long, Gates McFadden, Adamo Ruggiero).  Recently, Montgomery went on to star in the latest Guest House Films project alongside real-life partner, Steve Callahan, in the indie drama, Role/Play.  In 2011, Montgomery also produced and starred in gay indie features, Finding Mr. Wright, and I Want to Get Married.  In addition, Matt can be found in the international tour of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi.

Matt has been involved in over 15 films.  He is currently pursuing an MFA in Directing/Production at the University of Southern California of Cinematic Arts and will graduate in December 2013.

Matt’s current project is a thriller called Devil’s Path, which he will direct and star in alongside filmmaker/actor Stephen Twardokus. The movie will commence production in mid-2014.

-Originally Written By Jessica Pena (subsequent updates by Matt Montgomery)