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Matthew Douglas Salinger

Also Known As: "Matt"
Birthplace: Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of J. D. Salinger and Claire Allison Douglas
Husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Margaret A. Salinger

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer
Managed by: Private User
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About Matt Salinger

Matthew Salinger (born February 13, 1960) is an American actor. He is the son of author J. D. Salinger and psychologist Claire Douglas.


Salinger made his film debut in 1984's Revenge of the Nerds, and may be best known for his starring role in the 1990 film Captain America, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Salinger has since appeared in films including What Dreams May Come and episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 24. He has produced several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and Mojave Moon. In 2000, he produced the critically acclaimed and Drama Desk Award-winning play The Syringa Tree Off-Broadway, which also claimed the Village Voice/Obie award for "Best Play of the Year" in 2001. Salinger continues to work in the industry as both producer and occasional actor, though remains mostly off-camera as of late.

Personal life

Salinger's maternal grandfather was British art critic Robert Langton Douglas. Salinger graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and attended Princeton University before graduating from Columbia University with a degree in art history and drama. He married jewelry designer Betsy Becker in 1985. They live in Fairfield County, Connecticut and have two sons, Gannon and Avery.

In contrast to his sister, Margaret, who wrote a 1999 memoir about her childhood titled Dream Catcher, Salinger was a devoted protector of his father's right to privacy. A few weeks after Margaret's book was published, Salinger wrote a letter to The New York Observer, disparaging his sister's "gothic tales of our supposed childhood."

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Matt Salinger's Timeline

February 13, 1960
Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, United States