Matt Bennett, a Los Angeles-based American actor, and singer became a household name in America for his role in the Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious. He is also popular for his starring role as Robbie Shapiro in The Virginity Hit. The actor debuted on television in the 2009 episode of Michael & Michael Have Issues, playing the role of Greg the Intern. From then on, he has featured in other television works as well as films.
In 2011, he was nominated at UK Kids’ Choice Awards for Nick UK’s Funniest Person. Apart from acting, however, he is also driven by listening to, creating, and playing music.
Matt Bennett Biography (Age)
The actor cum singer was born with the full name Matthew Hank Bennett on the 13th of November, 1991, in Long Island, a densely populated island in New York State, the United States of America. He was also raised in his birthplace alongside his younger sister named Ally Bennett but there is no available information about his parents apart from the fact that they divorced a couple of months after the Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious, was canceled.
As a way of dealing with the dissolution of his parent’s marriage, Matt Bennett decided to channel the negative experience into something creative and it eventually led to the making of his debut album, Terminal Cases where he poured out his pain through songs. The 10-track concept album which was released on June 10, 2016, under Fanatic Records tells stories of growing up, divorce, and moving forward.
While in school, Matt never considered building a career in acting instead, he wanted to be an inventor. He performed so well in his academics, often scoring the highest grades in his class. Nevertheless, by the time he concluded his studies at Massapequa High School from where he graduated in 2008, his interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry was already kindled.
He started off by featuring in commercials and this further got him more interested in entertainment. In an attempt to get familiar with the acting world, Matt Bennett joined Way Off Broadway, an acting company situated in his Long Island city. He also joined an American improvisational theater and training center known as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Theatre) where he continued to learn about acting.
He eventually moved to Los Angeles and it was not long before he started receiving offers to feature in commercials as well as voice acting roles.
Movies and TV Shows
Matt Bennett’s professional acting career finally kicked off when he was 18 years old with the role of Jamie in the 2009 television movie, Totally for Teens, which ended up as a flop. He later worked as a co-star in Text Me, composing the original music for the short film which received positive reviews.
His television career subsequently got off the ground in 2009 following his appearance as Greg in the “Greg the Intern” episode of the Comedy Central series, Michael & Michael Have Issues.
The actor’s big break came in 2010 after he starred alongside Zack Pearlman in the film The Virginity Hit, produced by the founders of Funny or Die, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Speaking in an interview about the film which is described as a “documentary-style comedy”, Matt Bennett disclosed that during their spare time, the directors of the film gave them cameras with the instruction to do things among themselves such as pranks and film it.
They did and according to him, a major part of the movie turned out to be the things they filmed. Even though the film was hailed as innovative, it did not really receive positive reviews from audience and film critics. Nevertheless, it enjoyed a high level of popularity among teenagers.
Also in 2010, Matt Bennet starred in the sitcom, Victorious, which aired on Nickelodeon. He played the role of Robbie Shapiro in the commercially successful sitcom which made him a household name in America. Matt reprised the role throughout the four seasons of the sitcom which ran from March 27, 2010, to February 2, 2013, and went on to earn a Nickelodeon UK Kid’s Choice Award nomination for Nick UK’s Funniest Person as a result of his performance on the show.
The year 2011 had the actor making a guest appearance in the film, Bridesmaids, and he was also one of the contestants on the Nickelodeon game show, BrainSurge. The following year, Matt appeared as the main panelist for the 5th and 6th seasons of Nickelodeon’s children’s panel game show, Figure It Out. That same year, he again, played the role of Robbie on the show Sam & Cat.
In 2015, Matt Bennett featured in the television shows The Big Bang Theory, Shameless, and Game Shakers in addition to playing the roles of Scott Mayhew, Kyle Parker and Buddy Holly in the films Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Stanford Prison Experiment, and Manson Family Vacation respectively. He also voiced the lead role of Rex in the web series, Everybody Wants to Be Poppy.
That’s not all, the talented actor appeared in the TV series Fresh Off the Boat in 2016, Grey’s Anatomy in 2018, and American Vandal also in 2018.
Is He Gay?
On April 16, 2011, Matt Bennett featured in a video of We Are Straight But Not Narrow, a group that encourages people to be themselves and also allow others do the same whether they are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning/queer. Speaking in the video, the actor expressed his support for the LGBTQ community, saying they are just like any other person.
While people may think he is gay because of this, there is nothing to prove it as he has never spoken about his sexuality.