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Also Known As: Matthew John Crnkovich Died:
Born: November 10, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Port Colborne, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, bartender, truck driver

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Although best known as a prolific supporting player, Matt Craven also enjoyed leading man status in "K2" (1991) and recurring roles in "High Incident" (ABC, 1996-97), "NCIS" (CBS, 2003-) and "Resurrection" (ABC, 2014-15). Born in Port Colborne, Ontario in 1956, Craven lost his father aged just six weeks old and was subsequently forced to leave high school in his teens and take various dead-end jobs to help support his family. Craven got the acting bug aged 20 after performing in a local production of "Dracula," and after making his screen debut in a "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) sketch, was cast as trainee counselor Hardware in "Meatballs" (1979). Craven then starred in Oscar-nominated short "Bravery in the Field" (1979), appeared in a series of low-budget horrors, and landed the recurring parts of Richie Messina and Bobby Kratz on short-lived sitcoms "Tough Cookies" (CBS, 1986) and "Harry" (ABC, 1987), respectively. Following supporting roles in "Palais Royale" (1988), "Chattahoochee" (1989) and "Blue Steel" (1990), Craven played the mysterious chemist in "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), shared top billing as mountain climber Harold in "K2" (1991) and portrayed Lt. Dave Spradling in "A Few Good Men"...

Although best known as a prolific supporting player, Matt Craven also enjoyed leading man status in "K2" (1991) and recurring roles in "High Incident" (ABC, 1996-97), "NCIS" (CBS, 2003-) and "Resurrection" (ABC, 2014-15). Born in Port Colborne, Ontario in 1956, Craven lost his father aged just six weeks old and was subsequently forced to leave high school in his teens and take various dead-end jobs to help support his family. Craven got the acting bug aged 20 after performing in a local production of "Dracula," and after making his screen debut in a "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) sketch, was cast as trainee counselor Hardware in "Meatballs" (1979). Craven then starred in Oscar-nominated short "Bravery in the Field" (1979), appeared in a series of low-budget horrors, and landed the recurring parts of Richie Messina and Bobby Kratz on short-lived sitcoms "Tough Cookies" (CBS, 1986) and "Harry" (ABC, 1987), respectively. Following supporting roles in "Palais Royale" (1988), "Chattahoochee" (1989) and "Blue Steel" (1990), Craven played the mysterious chemist in "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), shared top billing as mountain climber Harold in "K2" (1991) and portrayed Lt. Dave Spradling in "A Few Good Men" (1992). After adding "Indian Summer" (1993), "Killer" (1994), "Kansas" (1995) and "Double Cross" (1995) to his resume, Craven earned critical acclaim for his performance of civic leader Seymour Weiss in "Kingfish" (1995), appeared as Lt. Roy Zimmer in "Crimson Tide" (1995) and played Officer Lenny Gayer in 32 episodes of police drama "High Incident" (ABC, 1996-97). Craven's prolific period continued with supporting big-screen parts in "The Juror" (1996), "The Final Cut" (1996), "Never Too Late" (1996), "Masterminds" (1997) and "Paulie" (1998), and the regular role of Dr. Tim Lonner in "L.A. Doctors" (CBS, 1998-99). Craven remained just as busy throughout the following decade, with notable roles including conman Beamish in "Varian's War" (2001), gambler Greg in "Bleacher Bums" (2001) and murder suspect Dusty Wright in "The Life of David Gale" (2003). He also enjoyed a three-episode stint as Gordon Price on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), appeared in "Dragonfly" (2002), "Timeline" (2003) and "The Statement" (2003), and was cast as lawyer George Riley in "The Lyon's Den" (NBC, 2003). Craven then played authority figures in "The Clearing" (2004), "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005) "Deja vu" (2006) and "Raines" (NBC, 2007), portrayed war criminal Hans Frank in "Karol: A Man Who Became Pope" (2005), and added "Disturbia" (2007), "Public Enemies" (2009) and "Devil" (2010) to his list of box-office hits. Craven then bagged three of his biggest roles in quick succession, Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis in "NCIS" (CBS, 2003-), Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant in "Justified" (FX, 2010-15) and Sheriff Fred Langston in "Resurrection" (ABC, 2014-15). He also showed up in "X-Men: First Class" (2011), "The Good Lie" (2012), "White House Down" (2013) and "Stonewall" (2015), as well as indie movies "Unless" (2016) and "Awakening the Zodiac" (2017), before being cast as small-town police officer Vickery in Gillian Flynn adaptation "Sharp Objects" (HBO, 2018-).

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 Unless (2016)
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 White House Down (2013)
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 Devil (2010)
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 Public Enemies (2009)
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 American Venus (2009)
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 Longshots, The (2008)
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1981:
Made TV-movie debut in ABC's "The Intruder Within"
2000:
Cast as Walter in the romantic comedy, "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her"
2003:
Cast in the feature film, "The Life of David Gale"
1996:
Portrayed Officer Len Gayer in the ABC police drama, "High Incident"
1988:
Had featured role in "Palais Royale"
1986:
Appeared in the off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas' "Blue Window"; reprised role for the 1987 PBS production
2004:
Cast as Agent Ray Fuller opposite Robert Redford and Willem Dafoe in the thriller, "The Clearing"
1987:
Supported Alan Arkin in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Harry"
1994:
Supported Anthony LaPaglia and Mimi Rogers in "Bulletproof Heart"
1998:
Co-starred in the CBS drama series, "L.A. Doctors"
2002:
Co-starred in the made-for-television feature, "Bleacher Bums"
2003:
Cast as George Riley in NBC's "The Lyon's Den"
2017:
Appeared as Vickery on "Sharp Objects"
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott's "Déja Vu"
1979:
Featured in the Oscar-nominated Canadian short, "Bravery in the Field"
1991:
Shared top billing in "K2"
1979:
Made his film debut in Ivan Reitman's "Meatballs"
2010:
Appeared in the HBO miniseries "The Pacific"
2010:
Had a recurring role as U.S. Marshal Dan Grant on FX's "Justified"
2011:
Played CIA Director McCone in the "X-Men" prequel "X-Men: First Class"
2011:
Played Secretary Jarvis on "NCIS"
2014:
Landed role of Sheriff Fred Langston in "Resurrection" (ABC, 2014-15)
2017:
Appeared as Harvey in "Awakening the Zodiac"
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Co-starred in HBO miniseries "Sharp Objects"
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Notes

Not to be confused with the grip Matt Craven.

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wife:
Sally Craven.

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son:
Nicholas Craven.
daughter:
Josephine Craven.

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