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      Matt Whelan

      Matt Whelan

      Highest Rated: 100% Pork Pie (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Tank (2023)

      Birthday: Not Available

      Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

      New Zealand-born actor Matt Whelan's talent for comedy, romantic fare and introspective drama allowed his career to progress quickly from television series in his native country to American product like "Narcos" (Netflix, 2017- ). Born Matthew Patrick James Oliver Whelan in Christchurch, New Zealand, he studied acting at Toi Whakaari, the island nation's most esteemed drama school. While there, he also made his television debut on the reality series "Tough Act" (TV2, 2005), which followed the lives and training of students at Toi Whakaari. After earning his Bachelor of Performing Acts in Acting degree, Whelan made his professional acting debut with a minor turn in Taika Waititi's comedy "Eagle vs. Shark" (2007), starring Jemaine Clement. His breakout role came two years later on the comedy drama "Go Girls," playing a young man attempting to contend with a long-lost love. The popularity of the series led to starring roles in several Kiwi d productions, including "My Wedding and Other Secrets" (2011), about a Chinese-born New Zealand woman who breaks with her family's tradition to marry a Caucasian (Whelan), and "The Most Fun You Can Have Dying" (2012), which cast him as a terminally ill man who decides to spend his final days in pursuit of pleasure. More feature roles, including a leading turn as a young man attempting to bring rock and roll to 1965-era New Zealand via pirate radio in "3 Mile Limit" (2014), before Whelan made his debut with American audiences as publisher Hugh Hefner in "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" (2017), a limited series shot in New Zealand for Amazon Studios. That same year, he was cast on the Netflix drama series "Narcos," playing a freewheeling DEA agent in pursuit of a drug cartel in Colombia.

      Highest rated movies

      Pork Pie
      The Tank

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      THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Matt Whelan, Roxane Mesquida, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Matt Whelan, Roxane Mesquida, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Matt Whelan, Roxane Mesquida, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Pana Hema Taylor, Matt Whelan, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, Matt Whelan, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Roxane Mesquida, Matt Whelan, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, from left: Roxane Mesquida, Matt Whelan, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, Matt Whelan (right of center), 2012. ©Rialto Distribution THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING, Matt Whelan, 2012. ©Rialto Distribution

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      33% 26% The Tank Ben (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1480 Radio Pirates Richard (Character) - 2021
      100% 78% Pork Pie Noah (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gary of the Pacific Unknown (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 25 April John Persson (Voice) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 3 Mile Limit Richard (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 31% The Most Fun You Can Have Dying Michael (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 67% My Wedding and Other Secrets James (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 40% Show of Hands Matt (Character) - 2008

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 95% Under the Vines Unknown (Character) 2021-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sounds Tom Cabbott (Character) 2020
      65% 48% The Luminaries Cowell Devlin (Character) 2020
      89% 95% Narcos Daniel Van Ness (Character) 2017
      53% 85% American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story Hugh Hefner (Character) 2017
      25% 74% Of Kings and Prophets Unknown (Guest Star) 2016