Eureka ♦ Max Headroom ♦ Falling Skies ♦ Watchmen ♦ Dawn of the Dead ♦ Supernatural ♦ Orphan Black
Matthew “Matt” Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is a Canadian American stage, TV and film actor. Acting since 1983, he is known for portraying the 1980s icon Max Headroom and the retired villain Moloch in the film adaptation of Watchmen.
Frewer was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Gillian Anne (née German) and Frederick Charlesley Frewer, a Royal Canadian Navy officer. He was raised in Peterborough, Ontario, and trained at the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating from its three-year acting course in 1980.
He is most popularly known for portraying the artificial intelligence character of Max Headroom in the 1980s, starring in a science fiction television series of the same name (1985) followed by The Original Max Talking Headroom Show (1987) and the more popular Max Headroom (1987–88).
Frewer is also well known for his starring role as Dr. Mike Stratford in the CBS situation comedy series Doctor Doctor (1989–91).
Frewer is also recognized for his roles in such films as The Fourth Protocol (1987, with Joanna Cassidy), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989, with Rick Moranis, Amy O’Neill, Carl Steven and Mark L. Taylor), National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (1995, with Nicole de Boer), and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.
Frewer was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2000, one for a guest appearance on Da Vinci’s Inquest (a series which starred Gwynyth Walsh) and another for his work on the series Mentors. He won the latter award.
Frewer was a regular on the Sci-Fi Channel original series Eureka during the show’s first two seasons, playing eccentric animal expert Jim Taggart.
Frewer has also become distinguished as a voice-over actor on several animated projects. Notable among these are Batman: The Animated Series (1993) and The Incredible Hulk (1996–97). Frewer is the only person to lend his voice to the Pink Panther, in the short-lived 1990s Saturday morning cartoon. This is the only show in which the Panther has a full speaking role. Most notably, however, Frewer was the voice of “Panic” in Disney’s 1997 version of Hercules and its subsequent spin-off TV series, which ran from 1998 through 1999.
Matt Frewer played Case Manager Matt Praeger in the Canadian Sci-Fi series PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1997-2000. The series was created by and starred Dan Aykroyd.
In 2009, Frewer played the retired villain Moloch the Mystic in the film adaptation of the comic book series Watchmen, and appears as the White Knight in the December 2009 Syfy two-part miniseries Alice, based upon Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Frewer starred as Pestilence in two episodes of Season 5 of Supernatural.
Frewer has the distinction of being in more Stephen King adaptations than any other actor. He has had roles in The Stand, Quicksilver Highway, Riding The Bullet, Desperation, and Bag Of Bones.
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