Matthew Jerome "Matt" Barr (born February 14, 1984) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Leland Gallo in The CW series Valor, also played as Johnse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys with Kevin Costner, Mike Fleming in Commander in Chief, Ian Banks in One Tree Hill, Christopher Sullivan in the mystery-horror miniseries Harper's Island, and Dan Patch in The CW's series Hellcats.
Early life Edit
Matthew Jerome Barr was born on February 14, 1984 in Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. He is the son of Mike Barr, a former football coach at Purdue University and Southern Methodist University, who is now in the real estate business, and DeDe Barr, a portrait artist. Barr has a younger brother, Luke, and sister, Sara. When Barr was in fourth grade, his family moved to Fairview, Texas, another Dallas suburb.
Barr was active in the Allen High School theater program, and had major roles in many school plays and musical theater productions. This included the role of Tommy in Meredith Willson's The Music Man, and a court jester in the school's madrigal dinner. While a high school senior, Barr learned that Richard Linklater was planning a film about football in Austin, Friday Night Lights. He auditioned for a role. Although this movie ended up being put on hold for another two years and Linklater was replaced by Peter Berg as director, Barr made some favorable impressions. Producer Ann Walker Mclay, Linklater, and collaborator and director Clark Lee Walker offered him the lead role in their film Levelland that was being shot in Austin in the late spring and early summer of 2002.
Half a year after the filming of Levelland ended, in January 2003, Barr moved to Los Angeles, where his first acting job was a scene on the television show ER.