Audiences currently know Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner on Netflix’s Stranger Things, the most-watched show in the world in 2019. Renowned New York Times film critic Vincent Camby proclaimed Matthew to be “one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation.” For four decades, Matthew has partnered and worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles. Matthew has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is the recipient of one for Altman’s multiple award-winning Short Cuts. Modine is well remembered for the title character in Birdy, which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Gran Prix Award. His work in Equinox helped earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Film and Best Actor for Modine. He’s also the recipient of two acting awards from the Venice Film Festival, the Volpi Cup and Golden Lion. Modine has directed several distinguished short films — the multiple award-winning Jesus Was I a Commie, I Think I Thought, and To Kill An American. His earlier shorts, When I Was Boy, Smoking, and Ecce Pirate debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and played at film festivals worldwide.
Matthew is also a political activist, environmentalist, and educator. He’s been working in the environmental sector for over three decades. He studied oceanography in San Diego and has been a passionate advocate for the health and protection of the world’s oceans and sea life ever since. Bicycling has been his primary form of transportation since moving to New York in 1980. Most of his environmental accomplishments are based on common sense solutions. In the mid-90s, Matthew single-handedly convinced the William Morris Talent Agency to evolve away from single page script printing to double-sided, effectively cutting paper consumption in half. He shared this idea of paper reduction with other actors and agencies, and double-sided scripts are now the industry standard, saving billions of sheets of paper over the years. While working on a film in Ourrzazate, Morocco, Matthew helped to institute a plastic bottle deposit and recycling program. This effort not only cleared the desert of discarded bottles but provided young kids that collected the bottles with pocket money (as it did for Modine when he was a boy). Matthew is the founder of Bicycle for a Day (BFAD), whose mission is to encourage bicycling as a way toward better health and environmental sustainability. BFAD’s first event attracted some 14,000 participants in NYC. Presently, Matthew is working on his global DO-ONE Campaign, a viral video campaign that encourages and empowers individuals to “do one” thing every day to reduce wasteful behaviors. Matthew served on the board of NYC’s Transportation Alternatives, Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation, Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy (The Bronx, NY), the Director of Humanitarian Activities for Twisted Sun, Inc., and the acting President of Hyper Chariot. Matthew founded Card Carrying Liberal, a grassroots movement dedicated to human rights. In addition, Mr. Modine is an avid supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project, Purple Heart Foundation, and God’s Love We Deliver. Matthew is also a guest teacher and board member at the New York Film Academy’s College of Visual & Performing Arts.