Gaten Matarazzo is an American actor who is best known for playing Dustin Henderson in the Netflix science-fiction-horror drama series “Stranger Things” (2016–present). He began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (2011–12) and as Gavroche in “Les Misérables” (2014–15). He also hosted the Netflix show “Prank Encounters” (2019–2021). In 2015, he guest appeared as Finn in the crime drama series “The Blacklist.”
What is Gaten Matarazzo Famous For?
- Gaten Matarazzo is an actor from Connecticut.
- Gaten is famous for playing the role of Dustin Henderson in the Netflix mystery series, Stranger Things.
Who are the Parents of Gaten Matarazzo?
Gaten Matarazzo was born on 8 September 2002. Born in New London, Connecticut, the USA, Gaten was raised in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He is the son of Gaetano Matarazzo Sr. (father) and Heather Matarazzo (mother). His full name is Gaetano John Matarazzo III. He holds American nationality and his ethnicity is Mixed as he is of Italian and Hungarian descent on his father’s side and has English, Finnish, Scottish, German, and Irish roots on his mother’s side.
Gaten was born with cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). He has two siblings – Sabrina Matarazzo (Older Sister) (Acted in Television Commercials), and Carmen Matarazzo (Younger Brother) (Has Worked in TV Commercials). His present age is 20 as of 2022. Virgo is his zodiac sign and he follows Christianity religion. He went to Pinelands Regional High School in Tuckerton, New Jersey. To receive vocal training, Gaten attended at Starlight Performing Arts Center in New Jersey.
Gaten Matarazzo Acting Career
- Before Gaten Matarazzo rose to fame, he pursued vocal training at Starlight Performing Arts Center in New Jersey.
- It was in 2011, he competed and won third place with his vocal solo titled “Ben” at the Starpower Talent Competition Nationals in Uncasville, Connecticut.
- His first professional credit was in the Broadway musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” in 2011. Next, he took part in a special “Cast of 2032” professional youth performance of “Godspell” at Circle in the Square Theatre in 2012.
- In 2013, he joined the “Les Misérables” 25th Anniversary Tour in the United States in the role of Gavroche; the following year, he played the same role in the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival of the musical.
- In 2015, he made his screen acting debut in an episode of “The Blacklist”.
- After he was cast as Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things, the character’s background was modified to have CCD as well. The show’s first season premiered in July 2016 to critical acclaim.
- Likewise, he also appeared in music videos and various reality and competition shows.
- On 11th May 2018, it was announced that he was cast in the animated film, “Hump.” He began hosting the Netflix hidden camera series “Prank Encounters” in 2019 and also served as an executive producer.
- In the same year, he appeared in the Hollywood Bowl production of “Into the Woods.”
- In addition, he provided the voice of Buba in “The Angry Birds Movie 2”.
- In May 2022, it was announced that he would return to Broadway, joining the final cast of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” as Jared Kleinman.
- He then starred in the Paramount+ film “Honor Society” which was released on July 29, 2022.
- He also voiced the dragon in Cartoon Saloon’s film adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s “My Father’s Dragon” novel series.
- It was announced in December 2022 that he would be returning to Broadway as Toby in Thomas Kail’s revival of Sondheim and Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd”.
Gaten Matarazzo Awards and Achievements
- Won Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017 for his work in Stranger Things
- Won Shorty Awards in 2017 for his work in Stranger Things
Who is Gaten Matarazzo’s Girlfriend?
Gaten Matarazzo is not married yet and he is still to get married. He is currently in a relationship and is dating his beautiful girlfriend, Lizzy Yu. In 2018, Gaten is assumed to have started dating Lizzy Yu who has done an acting course. His half soul, Lizze, first loved up post with Gaten dates back to July 2018 when she titled “Together again♥️”. In May 2019, they went to prom together. The couple is enjoying their present life a lot. His sexual orientaiton is straight.
In February 2020, he was a part of Andrew Barth Feldman & Adrian Dickson’s Star Wars musical parody fundraiser SW: A New(sical) Hope to help raise funding for NEXT for AUTISM. He also participated in an hour-long charity Among Us stream on The Tonight Show’s Twitch account with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove, Tariq Trotter, Captain Kirk Douglas, Sykkuno, Valkyrae, Corpse Husband, and his Stranger Things co-star Noah Schnapp, with proceeds going towards Feeding America on 6th April 2021.
In addition to this, he played Dungeons and Dragons with Jack Black and other stars in the Lost Odyssey: Promised Gold livestream event that benefited Extra Life and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in December 2021. He performed in the musical “Parade” to ensure that the performing arts can be enjoyed at an affordable rate for fans at the New York City Center in the first week of November 2022.
What is Gaten Matarazzo Net Worth?
Gaten Matarazzo is an aspiring actor whose net worth is estimated to have $5 million as of 2023. His salary per episode for the show “Stranger Things” was $250,000. He is making an annual income in thousand of dollar. He has starred in TV commercials for Old Navy (Clothing brand), Bank of Montreal (BMO), and Happy Socks (2020). His main source of wealth comes from the entertainment industry and he is living a lavish lifestyle right now.
How tall is Gaten Matarazzo?
Gaten Matarazzo is a handsome actor with a standing height of 5 ft 5 in or 165 cm. His body weight consists of 65 kg or 143 lbs. His body type is average. His curly hair color is light brown and he has a pair of small blue eyes. He has a toothless face appearance. Gaten suffers from a rare genetic condition called Cleidocranial Dysplasia, in which collar bones aren’t formed at birth and also affects the development of the skull, facial muscles, and teeth.