Born Matteo Martin Battaglia on September 25, 1965 in Tallahassee, Florida, his family later moved to suburban Atlanta, which is where he grew up. Matt would go on to play college football at the University of Louisville and one year of pro for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matt made for an impressive figure in the sexy TV series Silk Stalkings.
Matt's first real acclaim was in a deliciously comic role as Phoebe's fireman boyfriend in Friends.
Matt's first awesome nude scene happened in the 1999 erotic thriller Kiss of a Stranger. Mariel Hemingway awakens the next morning to find Matt sleeping next to her. For no apparent reason, she shoos him out of bed and we get spectacular rearage.
I don't care if the guy was a potential stalker. Anyone who looks like that should have a license to stalk!
While Matt has never won universal acclaim for his acting, he definitely won the hearts and loins of gay men everywhere when he was smartly chosen to replace the hard-to-replace Jean Claude Van Damme in the Universal Soldier series of films.
|...TO BE EXPOSED...|
|...EARLY AND OFTEN!!!|
In QAF Battaglia showed off his body, made convincing love to Peter Paige, and demonstrated that he is far more than just a body and a face. He is a man of great character!
As for Matt's series character, he was coaxed into posing for underwear ads, which was a natural fit as you can see...
But that was small potatoes compared to what he would eventually reveal...
Note of trivia: both Matt and hunky Robert Gant played boyfriends to women on Friends and then went on to play boyfriends to men in QAF-US.
Here is Matt proving that a 47 year old body can impress
with the rest of them on the series The Client List.
Matt produced the series Last Shot with Judge Gunn in 2011 and won an Emmy for his efforts. He also produced the highly regarded film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
As if that weren't enough, he is aging beautifully....
....like a fine wine....
MATT BATTAGLIA: UNIVERSAL BEAUTY
My usual thanks to xyzpdq, and a Happy Birthday wish to him on this wonderful day! *smooch*