While blessed with leading-man looks, this up-and-coming actor is usually cast as the star's pal or the spurned boyfriend. After making an auspicious film debut as a sensitive soldier in 2000's Tigerland
, he earned hisses as the heroine's jerk of an ex in Legally Blonde
. In the '00s, Davis continued to appear in studio movies (a pro football player in Blue Crush
, a vampire hunter in the stinker BloodRayne
) but fared better in indies (a gay cowboy in Lone Star State of Mind
, a romantically challenged New Yorker in Heights
). He made the jump to the small screen when he landed the gig as the title character's self-involved best buddy on the short-lived dramedy What About Brian?
, and has appeared on Damages
and Vampire Diaries
. Matthew Davis Fast Facts:
- Appeared as a contestant on MTV's Singled Out.
- Learned to surf for his role in the 2002 film Blue Crush, despite his fear of sharks and deep water.
- Often plays military men, including in the films Tigerland (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Below (2002).
- Attended University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY