Fast Facts

  • Grew up on a Wyoming cattle ranch and attended early grades in a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher.
  • Intended to work on Wall Street after graduating from Columbia University but instead took a modeling job, which led to acting in commercials.
  • Made television series debut guest-starring on the 1992 episode of Wings titled "Say It Ain't So, Joe" as the pitcher who broke the high-school pitching record set by Joe (Tim Daly).
  • Big break came in 1994 playing eldest brother Charlie Salinger in the drama Party of Five.
  • Was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1996.
  • Auditioned for the role of Sawyer on Lost until producers decided to rewrite a minor part and cast him in the lead role as Dr. Jack Shepherd.
  • A fan of cartoons and comic books, he eagerly accepted the role of Racer X in the 2008 film version of Speed Racer.


  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Margherita Ronchi — Wife
  • Kyle Allison Fox — Daughter
  • Bayard Fox — Brother
  • Loretta Fox — Mother
  • Francis Fox Jr. — Brother
  • Byron Fox — Son
  • Francis Fox — Father


  • Columbia University, New York, NY (BA in Economics, 1989); attended Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY; attended School for Film and Television, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Matthew Chandler Fox
  • Birth Place: Abington, PA
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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