Mathew Lillard as Daniel Frye | The Bridge on FX
Matthew Lillard stars as "Daniel Frye," an arrogant reporter with the El Paso Times. With a chip on his shoulder and a substance abuse problem he's trying to manage, he and his partner, Adriana, follow a money trail that may lead to the biggest story of their careers.
Lillard attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. Upon graduation, he established the Mean Street Ensemble before moving to New York to continue his education at Circle in the Square. Known to audiences for the infectious energy he brings to the characters he plays in movies, television, and theater, Lillard's career took off when he starred in the international hit thriller, Scream, playing ruthless killer "Stuart Macher." He received rave reviews for his portrayal of the title role in the Sundance premiere of cult favorite, SLC Punk. Lillard went on to another, totally different iconic role as beloved "Shaggy" in the hugely popular Warner Bros franchise Scooby Doo 1 and 2. He showed range by starring in Kenneth Branaghs musical version of Shakespeares Love's Labour's Lost, in Paul McGuigan's thriller Wicker Park, in the Ed Burns dramedy The Groomsman, and in the Paramount hit comedy Without a Paddle.
On television, he did a star turn opposite legend Carol Burnett on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, a guest role on FOX's House, played Jay Mohr's brother on the CBS comedy Gary Unmarried, the lead in the ABC pilot Married Not Dead opposite Jonathan Silverman and starred opposite John Stamos in the NBC pilot I am Victor.
Lillard starred in and co-produced the festival hit Spooner directed by Drake Doremus, appeared opposite George Clooney in the Fox Searchlight feature The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne, and opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the Warner Bros feature Trouble with the Curve. His directorial debut Fat Kid Rules the World, starring Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Jacob Wysocki (Tern), and featuring original music by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, won the Audience Award at South by Southwest and was released in 2012 to excellent reviews. Most recently, he was seen starring opposite Carla Gugino and Sir Patrick Stewart in Stephen Belber's film Match, which premiered at Tribeca in April 2014.