Friday Night Lights
First recognized by television audiences as Casey Hughes on the daytime drama “As the World Turns” (2006), Nebraska native Scott Potter gained even more attention with his portrayal of wheelchair-bound Jason Street on the critically acclaimed football series “Friday Night Lights,” a role he played from 2006 to 2008. He has since acted in a series of films, including the hits “Music and Lyrics” (2007) and “Prom Night” (2008).
Recently appearing in “The Good Guy” (2009), Scott was cast in Todd Graff's “Bandslam” (2009) and Lasse Hallström's “Dear John” (2010).
Porter lives with his girlfriend in Austin, Texas.
Childhood and Family:
Matthew Scott Porter was born on July 14, 1979, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was educated at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida. He has two younger siblings, Brendan and Ariana. As a youngster, Matthew joined a kids’ group called the Happy Campus and sang with the group 4:2 Five in high school. The group released a number of albums, including two on which Matthew contributed his vocals to. He later joined the groups Mosaic and Toxic Audio.
Matthew is a huge comic book lover, especially X-men comics. He ranks the comic book characters Nightcrawler, Psylocke and Havok among his favorites. He is also a fan of Heroclix.
Music and Lyrics
Prior to becoming an actor, Scott Porter sang in the acapella groups 4:2 Five, Mosaic, and Toxic Audio. He even recorded two albums with 4:2 Five. His professional acting career began when he landed the role of Matthew in the original off-Broadway cast of the hit musical “Altar Boyz,” from which he jointly nabbed a Drama League nomination for Best Ensemble Cast. His voice can also be heard on the show's soundtrack. He later was cast in the award winning off-Broadway play “Toxic Audio,” which won the Drama Desk Award for Most Unique Theatrical Experience.
Potter moved on to television in 2006 when he won the role of Casey Hughes in four episodes of the CBS daytime soap opera “As the World Turns.” He then played Jason Miller on two episodes of “The Bedford Diaries” and appeared in the pilot for the hit series “Ugly Betty” (both also 2006). However, Potter did not enjoy a big breakthrough until he began his role of star quarterback Jason Street on “Friday Night Lights,” which was adapted by Peter Berg, Brian Grazer and David Nevins from a book and film of the same name. In the first episode, Jason suffered an injury that leads to the end of his football career and changes his life.
Debuting on NBC on October 3, 2006, “Friday Night Lights” has broadcasted 50 episodes over the course of three seasons. A critical success, the show won a 2006 American Cinema Editors for Best Editing on a One Hour Series for Commercial Television, a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, and a 2007 Television Critics Association for Outstanding New Program of The Year.
Since his TV success, Porter has branched out to film acting. He made his movie debut as Colin Thompson in the Warner Brothers’ romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics” (2007), which was helmed by Marc Lawrence and starred Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. The film earned favorable reviews from critics and was a box office and international hit. Later that same year, he supported Rosario Dawson, Chad Faust and Marcus Patrick in “Descent,” a thriller written and directed by Talia Lugacy.
In 2008, Potter delivered a strong performance as Bobby in “Prom Night,” based on the 1980 Canadian horror film of the same name that was directed by Paul Lynch and starred Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. He costarred in the remake with Brittany Snow, Jonathan Schaech, Jessica Stroup, Idris Elba and Dana Davis, among others. Although the film was not well-received by critics, it enjoyed significant success at the box office. The same year, he also played Rex on the sport-themed film “Speed Racer,” starring Emile Hirsch. Jointly directed and written by Andy and Larry Wachowski, the film was shown at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival after its premiere in Germany and the U.K. and went on to win eight nominations, including a 2008 Teen Choice nomination for Choice Movie: Action Adventure, a MTV Movie nomination for Best Summer Movie So Far and a Golden Trailer for Summer 2008 Blockbuster.
After leaving “Friday Night Lights” in 2008, Potter portrayed Sean Fetters in the made-for-TV film “Masterwork” (2009), opposite Natalie Dormer and Matt Passmore. He then provided the voices of Giant Man, Kimble and Racer X on a 2009 episode of “Robot Chicken” called “Two Weeks Without Food” and portrayed Tommy Fielding in the comedy film “The Good Guy” (2009) from filmmaker Julio DePietro. In the movie, he costarred with Alexis Bledel, Anna Chlumsky, Aaron Yoo, Andrew McCarthy and Bryan Greenberg. Also in 2009, Potter completed filming “Bandslam,” a musical from director/screenwriter Todd Graff. Costars of the film included Gaelan Connell, Alyson Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Lisa Kudrow and Charlie Saxton. Potter will also play Randy in Lasse Hallström's “Dear John” (2010), adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks. He will costar with Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Richard Jenkins in “Dear John.”