Matt Stone


Matt Stone
Matt Stone

Stone at The Amazing Meeting in 2007
Born Matthew Richard Stone
May 26, 1971 (1971-05-26) (age 40)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, television director, television producer
Years active 1992–present
Religion None (Atheist)[1][2]

Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American screenwriter, producer, voice artist, musician and actor, best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with creative partner and best friend, Trey Parker.

Stone and Parker launched their largely collaborative careers in 1992, making a holiday short titled Jesus vs. Frosty. Their first success came from Alferd Packer: The Musical, subsequently distributed as Cannibal! The Musical. From there he made another short title Jesus vs. Santa, leading him and his college friend Trey Parker to create the animated television series South Park, which has been on television for over a decade. He has four Emmy Awards for his role in South Park, winning for both "Outstanding Programming More Than One Hour" and "Outstanding Programming Less Than One Hour".

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Early life

Stone was born in Houston, Texas to Gerald Whitney Stone, Jr. (1941-2010), an economics professor and textbook author, and Sheila Lois Belasco (who share the first names of South Park character Kyle Broflovski's parents). Stone's mother is Jewish and his father was of Irish descent.[3] Stone and his younger sister, Rachel were raised in Littleton, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, where both attended Heritage High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was their first student to double major in film and mathematics.[4]

Career

Stone (right) with Trey Parker, January 20, 2007

South Park

In 1992, Stone and Parker created Jesus vs. Frosty.[5] It included four boys, two resembling Stan Marsh and Kyle Broflovski, one called Kenny who looked like Cartman, and a fourth unnamed boy who looked like Kenny. Both Jesus and Cannibal! The Musical were made while they were students at the University of Colorado film school, studying under both Stan Brakhage and Jerry Aronson. After the duo released Cannibal! The Musical, they were asked to make another animated short.[6][7] They came down to two ideas: one a sequel to Jesus vs. Frosty, and one about a character that would later be recurring in South Park, Mr. Hankey.[8] They chose to write about the four boys, and their decision ultimately opened the door for them to present a show (South Park) to Comedy Central.[9] Stone and Parker produced 13 episodes for season 1.[10] In 1999, Stone and Parker made South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, which gave the series prominence.[11] The film's music was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to "You'll Be In My Heart" from Tarzan.[12]

Other projects

In 1997, they also released Orgazmo, a movie rated NC-17. In 1998, they starred in (but did not write or direct) BASEketball, another feature film, while being renewed for a second season of South Park. In 2001, the duo announced they would do 39 shorts between the lengths of 2 and 5 minutes.[13] Although originally thought to be South Park-related, they decided they would do something different. The result was the shorts 'Princess'.[14] The content was so extreme that it was cancelled after two shows aired.[15] In 2001, they also created That's My Bush!, another television series. Despite great reviews, the show was cancelled after one season for its cost, reportedly $700,000 per episode.[16]

In 2004, they made a film titled Team America: World Police[17][18] which many critics reviewed positively.[19] In August 2007, South Park was renewed for three more seasons, 13, 14 and 15, each of them containing 14 episodes.[20]

Stone is also a member of the band DVDA with Parker, for which he plays bass and drums. DVDA's songs have appeared in many of the duo's productions, including Orgazmo, BASEketball, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and Team America: World Police.[21][22][23][24]

On September 28, 2007, Parker and Stone acquired the US rights to the Canadian-made Kenny vs. Spenny, which premiered November 14, 2007 on Comedy Central with ten old and new episodes.[25]

Stone and Parker collaborated with Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez on a musical about Mormons titled The Book of Mormon, which stars Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Nikki M. James and Rory O'Malley. It opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011, and is being produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. It is directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, and choreographed by Nicholaw.[26]

In April 2010, Stone and Parker received a "warning" for allegedly representing the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a bear costume: "We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Dutch director Theo van Gogh for airing this show."[27] It was revealed in the next episode that the person in the bear costume was actually Santa Claus and not Muhammad; the "real" Muhammad was supposed to appear as well, but Comedy Central had him censored out against Stone and Parker's wishes.

Stone claimed that he and Parker were on acid at the time of the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000, where they wore dresses popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow at previous awards shows.[28]

Personal life

In 2008, Stone married Angela Howard. He has one son.[29][30]

Regarding religion, Stone considers himself "ethnically Jewish", on account of his mother's descent, but grew up agnostic, and has no other adherence to the religion,[3][30] identifying himself as an atheist.[1][2]

Filmography

Year Production Role Other notes
1992 Jesus vs. Frosty Director, Actor, Producer, Writer
1994 Cannibal! The Musical Actor, Producer
1995 Jesus vs. Santa Director, Actor, Producer, Writer
Your Studio and You Actor, Writer Cameo
1997 South Park (Television series; 1997–present) Co-creator, Voice actor, Writer, Director, Executive producer
Orgazmo Actor, Writer, Producer Cameo
1998 BASEketball Actor
1999 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Voice actor, Writer, Producer
Terror Firmer Actor
2000 Even If You Don't Director Music video
2001 Princess Director, Writer, Voice actor, Producer Animation shorts
That's My Bush! (Television series; 2001) Co-creator, Writer, Executive producer Cameo
2003 Bowling for Columbine Interviewee
2004 Team America: World Police Writer, Voice actor, Producer
2006 This Film Is Not Yet Rated Interviewee
2007 Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo Actor
2007 Kenny vs. Spenny Executive Producer
2010 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Himself

Voices on South Park

References

  1. ^ a b Nightline, ABC News, March 25, 2011, Quote: "I am an atheist, I live my life like I'm an atheist."
  2. ^ a b Swanson, Carl. "Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk About Why The Book of Mormon Isn’t Actually Offensive, and the Future of South Park", New York Magazine, March 11, 2011
  3. ^ a b Raphael, Rebecca. "Who is Kyle Broslofski?". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. http://www.jewishaz.com/jewishnews/980522/kyle.shtml. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  4. ^ "University of Colorado, Boulder - Alumni". University of Colorado, Boulder. http://www.colorado.edu/FilmStudies/alumni/index.shtml. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Frosty". spscriptorium.com. http://www.spscriptorium.com/Treats/SOC1script.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  6. ^ VH1 Press | BRIAN GRADEN's Bio
  7. ^ Brian Graden Biography - life, family, childhood, children, death, history, wife, school, young
  8. ^ "The South Park Timeline". spscriptorium.com. http://www.spscriptorium.com/SPinfo/SPTimeline1990s.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  9. ^ "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa". spscriptorium.com. http://www.spscriptorium.com/Treats/SOC2script.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  10. ^ South Park
  11. ^ "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut". bbfc.co.uk. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/6E0862C5BA46199D802567A700246877. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  12. ^ South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) - Awards
  13. ^ Princess
  14. ^ "Princess". spschat.com. http://www.spschat.com/Shocked/Princess.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ That's My Bush! canceled - 2001-08-02 09:08:00 | Broadcasting & Cable
  17. ^ "Trey Parker and Matt Stone talk Team America: World Police". movieweb.com. http://www.movieweb.com/news/NEc4pjfcrGTdfd. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  18. ^ "Interview with Matt Stone". BBC Movies. http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2005/01/13/matt_stone_team_america_interview.shtml. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  19. ^ Team America: World Police Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  20. ^ South Park Gets Three More Seasons
  21. ^ "Soundtracks for South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158983/soundtrack. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  22. ^ "Soundtracks for Orgazmo". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124819/soundtrack. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  23. ^ "Soundtracks for BASEketball". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124819/soundtrack. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  24. ^ "Soundtracks for Team America: World Police". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372588/soundtrack. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  25. ^ Associated Press (2007-09-28). "Cdn. show hits Comedy Central thanks to South Park creators". cbcnews.ca. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2007/09/28/kenny-spenny-comedy.html. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  26. ^ Adams, Guy (2008-11-19). "Mormons to get 'South Park' treatment". Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mormons-to-get-south-park-treatment-1024598.html 
  27. ^ Hassaballa, Hesham (2010-04-26). "Hesham Hassaballa: What would Prophet Muhammad do?". Chicago Tribue. http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/religion_theseeker/2010/04/hesham-hassaballa-author-of-the-blog-god-faith-and-a-pen----i-must-admit-i-was-offended-i-was-really-bothered-by-t.html. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  28. ^ Otto, Jeff. "Interview: Trey Parker and Matt Stone". IGN. http://movies.ign.com/articles/612/612094p1.html. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  29. ^ Swanson, Carl. "Latter-Day Saints", New York Magazine, March 6, 2011, Page 2
  30. ^ a b Matt Stone, NNDB, accessed April 17, 2011.

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