Matt Stone is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, actor and voice actor. Along with Trey Parker, he is one of the creators of the hit animated television series South Park.
Stone was born in Houston, Texas, to Gerald Whitney Stone, an Irish-American Catholic economics professor, and Sheila Lois Belasco, a Jewish homemaker, (who are the basis for Gerald and Sheila Broflovski).
He was raised in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado, though contrary to popular belief, he did not attend Columbine High School but rather Heritage High School in Littleton.
He holds degrees in film and mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In 1997, Comedy Central debuted South Park, which he and his college friend Trey Parker created. He was said to be the basis for the character of Kyle Broflovski on the show.
In 2002, Stone was interviewed for the Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine, where he mostly discusses his experiences growing up in Littleton, and the social alienation that might have driven situations such as the Columbine High School massacre.
In the film, there is a short animated segment about the history of guns, presented in a tone and animation style similar to that of South Park.
Stone expressed anger over what he saw as a misleading attempt by Moore to insinuate that he and Trey Parker had produced the animation, when in fact they had actually turned down a request from Moore to contribute a similar short to the film.
Subsequently, Stone and Parker portrayed Moore, in their film Team America: World Police, as a suicide bomber who is shown interviewing people outside of Mount Rushmore, and telling them to say bad things about Team America in front of a camera.
When asked about the conflict in an interview, Stone clarified, "I don't really hate the guy."
Stone is also a member of the band DVDA with Parker, for which he plays drums and bass. DVDA's songs have appeared in South Park.