Matt Battaglia

Matteo Martin "Matt" Battaglia (born September 25, 1965) is an American producer, actor and former football player.

Matt Battaglia
Matteo Martin Battaglia

(1965-09-25) September 25, 1965
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
OccupationFootball player, actor, producer
Years active1989 (football player)
1989–present (actor)
Tina Frazier (m. 2006)
Matt Battaglia
No. 52
Personal information
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life and family

Battaglia currently lives in Georgia, with his family. He played college football at the University of Louisville.[1] Battaglia played at Louisville as a linebacker from 1983 to 1986 and was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press in 1985.[2] Battaglia had a brief career in professional football, appearing in three games with the 1987 Philadelphia Eagles and recording a sack of Chicago Bears quarterback Sean Payton.[3]

Acting and producing

Battaglia is an Emmy winning producer,[4] has co-produced a two time Golden Globe nominated film and has been an actor in over 90 films, network pilots and television shows.

In 2011, he was an executive producer of Last Shot with Judge Gunn, which he sold straight into syndication with 130 episodes in season one. He won an Emmy in June 2012 as Executive Producer for its first season on the air. The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama.[5]

Battaglia co-produced the two time Golden Globe-nominated film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.[6]

Battaglia sold 2 one hour dramas to Fox, in which the studio bought the rights to and financed the costs of the pilot script(s). The first one was Pyrates, in which he was partnered with Oscar winner Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free Productions and producer Tony To. Bad Monkeys received a pilot and script order by Fox Studios and the script was written by writer Jeff Eastin, best-known for creating White Collar. He co-produced on the 2009 horror film Kill Theory, directed by Chris Moore.[5][7]

As a feature film actor in 2017, he wrapped a role in director Tom Shadyac's film Brian Banks with Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear portraying the role of legendary football coach Pete Carroll.[8] He acted in Thor where he held the role of Pete.[9] He played as 49er Three, in the Sony Pictures action thriller Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal.[10] He replaced Jean-Claude Van Damme in the lead role of Luc Deveraux in the action movies Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms and Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business.[11] He appeared in Army of One, Kiss of a Stranger, Pendulum and the direct-to-video film Raven.[12]

In television, Battaglia appears in the Netflix series Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever..[13] In 2017, he appeared in David Lynch's Twin Peaks.[14][12]

In 2016, he recurred in seven episodes of the Tyler Perry series, Too Close To Home, playing the United States President.[15] Battaglia guest starred as Agent Ward, in Hawaii Five-O.[16] Night Shift saw him portray General Rozenfeld.[17] And in Criminal Minds he was Captain Grant Howard. He appeared on Friends as the fireman boyfriend of Phoebe (played by Lisa Kudrow).[12][18]

Other notable guest appearances include The Mentalist, as Curtis Nett, The Client List, as Don Jenkins, and in Longmire in 2012. He appeared in two episodes of 24, two episodes of HBO's Big Love, Shark, CSI: NY, Bones, Charmed, JAG, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.[12]

Personal life

Battaglia married Tina Frazier in 2006; the couple has two children.[12]

Filmography and other appearances


Year Title Role Notes
1993Chantilly LaceChris the Pizza Boy(TV Movie)
1993Joshua TreeMichael Agnos
1994Blue SkyNATO Soldier
1995ShowgirlsAndrew Carver's Bodyguard
1996Not Again!Clete
1996RavenMartin 'Duce' Grant(Video)
1999Avalon: Beyond the AbyssPete Trudeau(TV Movie)
1999Kiss of a StrangerNathan Leigh
2001PendulumWilliam Cobb
2002Half Past Dead49er Three
2006On the BrinkEd Cohn(Short)
2006Hollis & RaeJim Clements(TV Movie)
2007PandemicFrank Jantzen(TV Movie)
2009The Perfect GameCoach McAllen (as Matt Battaglia)
2009Heiße SpurJames Diaz(TV Movie)
2010The Client ListDon(TV Movie)
2012Madison HighWaylon
2017Brian BanksPete Carroll


Year Title Role Notes
1989B.L. StrykerSnake / Pete2 episodes
199021 Jump StreetTim1 episode
1991SuperboyDarryll1 episode
1991Twin PeaksCop1 episode
1991Evening ShadeMitch1 episode
1991CoachPlayer #11 episode
1991MatlockRudy Simms1 episode
1991Knots LandingDuke1 episode
1992SibsMatt1 episode
1993Time TraxMark Lofton1 episode
1994Silk StalkingsBo Rainey1 episode
1994RenegadeTed1 episode
1995Thunder AlleyJack Crawford1 episode
1996Maybe This TimeBobby1 episode
1996JAGLieutenant Alexander Kellogue1 episode
1996Caroline in the CityJoseph1 episode
1996BedtimeCraig1 episode
1997BaywatchTerry McFarren1 episode
1997Days of Our LivesJ. L. King6 episodes
1997FriendsVince1 episode
1998George & LeoSteve1 episode
1998 Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms Luc Devereaux / GR44 Television film
1998 Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business Television film
1998Arli$Skip Myers1 episode
1996–1998Pacific BlueLloyd / Rip Cutter3 episodes
1998Encore! Encore!Tina1 episode
2000Sabrina the Teenage WitchDaniel Boone2 episodes
200018 Wheels of JusticeVince Youngblood1 episode
2000CursedDan1 episode
2000The Michael Richards ShowMarcus Feal1 episode
20003rd Rock from the SunBryce Canyon1 episode
2000That '70s ShowDean1 episode
2001CharmedJournalist1 episode
2001Off CentreO'Leary1 episode
2002Malcolm in the MiddleMerl1 episode
2004Century CityMr. Portnoff1 episode
2004–2005Queer as FolkDrew Boyd9 episodes
2004–2005NCISPetty Officer Porcaro1 episode
2005What I Like About YouJoe1 episode
2006 Bones Captain William Fuller1 episode
2006 CSI: Miami Dr. Trevor Valone1 episode
2006–200724Agent Jennings2 episodes
2007Big LoveSheriff Thomas2 episodes
2007SharkDon Kipling1 episode
2008CSI: NYDr. Harrison Green1 episode
2009NCIS: Los AngelesKurt Holgate1 episode
2012The MentalistCurtis Nett1 episode
2012The Client ListDon Jenkins1 episode
2012Mike & MollyRob1 episode
2013The Big Bang TheoryOfficer Reynolds1 episode
2013Franklin & BashJohnny1 episode
2015BackstromNick D'Agostino1 episode
2015NCIS New OrleansLt. Colonel Snow1 episode
2015The Night ShiftGeneral Rozenfeld1 episode
2015Criminal MindsCaptain Grant Howard1 episode
2015Hawaii Five-OAgent Ward1 episode
2015True DetectiveCommander Floyd4 episodes
2016–2017Tyler Perry's Too Close to HomePresident Thomas Christian9 episodes
2017Twin PeaksCowboy1 episode
2017SEAL TeamMaster Chief Wilkins1 episode
2018Best Worst Weekend EverColonel Andropolis5 episodes


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  2. "Cardinal Football All-Americans". University of Louisville Athletics. July 13, 2004. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. "Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles - October 4th, 1987". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. Profile,, June 28, 2012.
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  14. "FULL CAST FOR TWIN PEAKS REBOOT REVEALED". Soap Opera Digest. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
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  17. "Matt Battaglia". Criminal Minds Wiki. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  18. "Could the hunky firefighter from 'Friends' finally rescue the Port of Port Royal deal?". islandpacket. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
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