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Matt Craven

Full / Real Name: Matthew John Crnkovich
Born: 10 November 1956 (64 years old)
Gender: Male

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Matt Craven is a Canadian actor who has appeared in films such as A Few Good Men (1992), Crimson Tide (1995) and Assault on Precinct 13 (2005).

He is best known to television audiences for his role as Dr. Tim Lonner in the medical drama series L.A. Doctors (1998-1999), and as Captain Dan Lewis in Raines, since 2007.

Other television shows he has appeared in include The Littlest Hobo, The Outer Limits, American Gothic, ER, Boomtown, The Lyon's Den and Without A Trace.

Craven was born Matthew John Crnkovich to parents Nick Crnkovich and Joanne Leslie in the small Canadian town of Port Colborne, Ontario, on November 10, 1956.

After his father died, six weeks after his birth, Matt's mother moved Matt and his two-year-old sister Debbie to her hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, where Matt essentially spent his youth.

An accomplished athlete, he lived for playing hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers. Matt was an excellent student, and his freshman year of high school looked promising - he was the starting running back on the football team and was achieving better-than-average grades.

However, that summer his mother's hairdressing business started to falter. By the middle of Matt's sophomore year, she was about to declare bankruptcy. Matt decided to leave school to help with the situation facing the family and although he thought it would be just a year, he never went back.

The jobs he took over the next few years included working as a fireman and oiler on ships sailing the Great Lakes. After driving truck for a plumbing company and working maintenance for an electrical company, Matt's mom's business was back on its feet and Matt headed west to Edmonton, Alberta.

He worked for the next two years as a lineman for the Canadian National Railway as a member of a troubleshooting crew fixing telecommunication lines across three provinces. In 1975, after giving notice, Matt and a friend headed to Europe with all their savings.

Three months later and completely broke, he returned from Europe with no job prospects and a questionable future staring him in the face. Just when things started to look their most depressing, Matt came across an ad in the local paper, announcing auditions being held the next day for the upcoming local production of Dracula.

After calling the number and getting the information for the audition the next day, Matt decided to go to the theatre that night to see what he might be getting himself into. He left the theatre knowing that he had found his life's work.

Although he had never auditioned for anything at all before in his life, he got the part of Jonathan Harker in Niagara Falls Music Theatre's production of Dracula. He moved to Toronto after the production closed to pursue the art of acting.

His first job as an actor was a supporting role in the movie Meatballs (1979) and was followed up by starring in the short film Bravery in the Field (1979), which was nominated for an Academy Award.

He then went about learning the craft of acting, originating roles in new plays and finding parts in local CBC television productions.

In 1982 he moved to New York City, driven by his love of the stage and originating new works. He brought his favourite Canadian play with him, The Crackwalker, and after making his mark in the off-Broadway theatre scene in the runaway hit Blue Window, finally produced and starred in the play Crackwalker at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

It wasn't long before Matt was landing good parts in film and television.


Television Roles

Show

Character

Mr. K

Barrett Stokes

Hospital Counsel Gordon Price

Hospital Counsel Gordon Price

Dan

Dan

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Captain Dan Lewis

Fred Langston

Fred Langston

Boone

Alan Wells

Walter

Larry Hopkins


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