Brian Bodine of All My Children
Daytime Emmy-nominated American actor who segued to directing and writing with the award-winning short “Jack” (2006), Matt Borlenghi, also known as Matthew Borlenghi, first gained attention as Brian Bodine on the daytime series “All My Children” (1991-1996), from which he earned a Soap Opera Digest Award and his Daytime Emmy nomination. He went on to star on the short-lived shows “Pig Sty” (1995), “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” (1995-1996), “Party Girl” (1996) and “Police Academy: The Series” (1997-1998) before enjoying revival with his role as Ziggy Deadmarsh on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2002). Other TV credits include guest roles in such series as “ER,” “Married with Children” and “Without a Trace” and a recurring role in “Hunter.” Borlenghi has also acted in a number of movies, including his debut, “Cannibal Hookers” (1987), “The Crew” (2000), “Spider's Web” (2002), “Dinocroc” (2004), “Bloody Mary” (2006, also an executive producer), “Alpha Dog” (2006), “Cougar Club” (2007), “Skeletons in the Desert” (2008) and “Jack Rio” (2008), based on his short film, “Jack.”
5' 11” Borlenghi is expecting his first child with wife Heather soon. They have been married since 2003. The dark brown-haired, brow-eyed actor has a dual citizenship, American and Italian. His good father is renowned Italian vocalist Jerry Vale.
When he is not working, Borlenghi likes spending much of his time playing golf. He also
apprises the creative arts, most notably music (playing drums), drawing and writing.
Childhood and Family:
Matteo Andrea Borlenghi, nicknamed Matt, was born on May 25, 1967, in Los Angeles, California, to Kiki and Robert Borlenghi. His family moved to Italy when Matt was a child and he spent some of his childhood there. Matt was educated at the prominent Webb School of California from 1981 to 1982. He graduated with honors from the theater arts department of Beverly Hills High School in 1985. He also studied acting at Lee Strasberg Institute and Tracy Roberts Actors Studio.
In October 2003, Matt married wife Heather. The couple are expecting their first child soon.
20 year-old Matt Borlenghi appeared in a television commercial for Le Tigre. Later that same year, he made his feature film acting debut in the horror “Cannibal Hookers” (1987), written and directed by Donald Farmer. He continued to have supporting roles in the 1988 indie-comedy “The American Scream” (1988), playing Brent Benziger, and New Line Cinema's “A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child” (1989), as Jock. It was also in 1989 that Borlenghi broke into series TV with a guest spot in the short-lived American drama “TV 101,” starring Sam Robards as a newly divorced TV news photographer named Kevin Keegan.
Throughout the 1990s, Borlenghi spent most of his time working on television. After having two-episodic part in the cop-oriented series “Hunter” (1991), starring Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer, he scored big breakthrough playing Brian Bodine on the daytime soap “All My Children,” opposite Kelly Ripa as Hayley Vaughan Santos. Playing the role from 1991 to 1996, he received a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in 1993 and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the same category, that same year. Still in 1993, he also picked up a Soap Opera Digest nomination for Hottest Male Star.
While working on the show, Borlenghi appeared in episodes of “The John Larroquette Show” (1993), “Hot Line” (1994), “ER” (1995) and “Married with Children” (1993, 1996). He played the regular role of Johnny Barzano on “Pig Sty,” an unsuccessful UPN sitcom aired in 1995. The show also starred Brian McNamara and David Arnott. In addition, he was cast as Russ Francis on the Tom Anderson-created family/comedy “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” (1995-1996).
After leaving “All My Children,” Borlenghi starred with Christine Taylor and John Cameron Mitchell in the sitcom “Party Girl” (1996), based on the 1995 motion picture of the same name starring Parker Posey. The series lasted only four episodes. He moved on to star in the based-on-film show “Police Academy: The Series,” playing Richard Casey. The show enjoyed better success and ran for 27 episodes during 1997 to 1998. His subsequent TV assignment was a guest role in the action/drama series “Pacific Blue” (1999).
Also in 1999, Borlenghi returned to film when he was cast as Ezra Parker on the lesbian-themed “Kate's Addiction,” which starred Kari Wuhrer. He followed it up with a part as the young reincarnation of Burt Reynolds' Joey 'Bats' Pistella on the Michael Dinner-directed “The Crew” and a supporting role opposite Dax Miller and Joel West in the horror/thriller “Krocodylus” (both 2000). Two years later, he teamed up with Terry Farrell, Henry Rollins and Josie Davis in the direct-to-video “Psychic Murders.”
From April to September 2002, Borlenghi joined the cast of the long-running soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He portrayed Ziggy Deadmarsh. After departed the series, he was cast as Bob Smooth in the thriller movie “Spider's Web” (2002), opposite Stephen Baldwin and “Kate's Addiction” costar Kari Wuhrer.
Borlenghi resurfaced in 2004 when he costarred with Costas Mandylor, Charles Napier and Jane Elliott on “Dinocroc,” a horror/sci-fi directed by Kevin O'Neill. He then was featured along side James Duval and Edward Furlong in the thriller “Venice Underground” (2005), costarred with Jaason Simmons and Kim Tyler in director/writer Richard Valentine's thriller “Bloody Mary” (2006), in which he also served as co-executive producer, and had an uncredited part in Nick Cassavetes' “Alpha Dog” (2006), which starred Bruce Willis.
The Los Angeles native made his debut as director/writer with “Jack” (2006), a short film which he also executive produced and starred in. The project brought him a Festival Prize for Best Short Film at the 2006 Eureka Springs Digital Film Festival.
Next up for Borlenghi, he guest starred in “Standoff” and “Without a Trace” (both 2006) and “Dexter” (2007). He appeared as bartender in the comedy film “Cougar Club” (2007), with Joe Mantegna and Loretta Devine, and starred as Robbie Jr. in the 19-minute drama “The Hit” (2007) before having the title role in the festival screening “Jack Rio” (2008), adapted from his short film, “Jack.” Gregori J. Martin directed the thriller, which Borlenghi also produced. Also in June 2008, he portrayed Detective Luciano in “Skeletons in the Desert,” a thriller penned and directed by and starring Gregori J. Martin.
Eureka Springs Digital Film Festival: Festival Prize, Best Short Film, “Jack,” 2006
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Leading Actor, “All My Children,” 1993