Fast Facts

  • Played football as a teenager, but turned to acting after being sidelined by a knee injury.
  • Made his stage debut in 1980 opposite his father, James Broderick, in a production of On Valentine's Day in New York City.
  • Turned down the role of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties to spend time with his ailing father.
  • Pleaded guilty to the charge of careless driving after a 1987 car accident in Northern Ireland that killed two women.
  • Appeared alongside future wife Sarah Jessica Parker on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1996.
  • Received rave reviews, and a Tony nomination, for his performance in the Broadway musical The Producers, which opened in 2001; reprised his role in the 2005 film adaptation.


  • 1983, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2001, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1995, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner


  • Jennifer Grey — Ex-fiancée
  • Tabitha Hodge Broderick — Daughter
  • Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick — Daughter
  • Janet Broderick Kraft — Sister
  • Helen Hunt — Ex-significant Other
  • James Wilke Broderick — Son
  • Martha Broderick — Sister
  • Patricia Broderick — Mother
  • James Broderick — Father
  • Sarah Jessica Parker — Wife