Matthew Daddario (born October 1, 1987) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films Delivery Man, When the Game Stands Tall and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List. He portrays Alec Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters.

Early life

Daddario was born and raised in New York City, the son of Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor and former head of NYPD Counterterrorism under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His older sister is actress Alexandra Daddario, and his younger sister is named Catharine Daddario. Daddario's paternal grandfather was Emilio Q. Daddario, a Democratic representative to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Connecticut from 1959 to 1971. He is of Italian, Irish, Hungarian, and English ancestry. Daddario attended the Collegiate School, before studying business at Indiana University Bloomington, from which he graduated in 2010.


Daddario made his major film debut as Aaron in the romantic drama film Breathe In, directed by Drake Doremus. That same year, he had a supporting role as Channing in the Vince Vaughn-led comedy film Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott. In 2014, Daddario portrayed Danny Ladouceur in the sports drama film When the Game Stands Tall, co-starring alongside Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, and Alexander Ludwig. The film is based on the achievements of football coach Bob Ladouceur and the De La Salle Spartans, who set a record 151-game winning streak.

In 2015, he co-starred as Gabriel in the teen comedy-drama Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List. In May 2015, it was announced that Daddario would portray Alec Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare. The series began airing on January 12, 2016, and is currently in the production for season 2. Also in 2016, he starred in the remake of Eli Roth's horror film Cabin Fever, directed by Travis Z.


Film and television roles
2012The DebutPeter Hamble
2013Breathe InAaronFilm
201336 SaintsSebastian
2013Delivery ManChanningFilm
2014Growing Up and Other LiesPeter
2014When the Game Stands TallDanny LadouceurFilm
2015Naomi and Ely's No Kiss ListGabrielFilm
2016Cabin FeverJeffFilm
2016-presentShadowhuntersAlec LightwoodMain cast
2016The Last HuntMatthiasShort film; also director and executive producer

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2016Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Breakout StarShadowhuntersWon