I am a big fan of Matt Bomer on “White Collar.” What can you tell me about him?
—Jamie Litchfield, Dover, Delaware
Born and raised in Spring, Texas, Matt Bomer, 36, launched his acting career as a series regular on the daytime drama “Guiding Light,” before moving into primetime with recurring roles on “Tru Calling” and “Chuck,” as well as a starring role on the short-lived “Traveler,” prior to landing the lead role of Neal Caffrey on “White Collar.”
Despite a lot of Internet buzz from fans hoping that Bomer would take the starring role as Christian Grey in the film version of “50 Shades of Grey,” he recently reconfirmed his commitment to “White Collar,” saying, “I’ve never been bored on this show, ever. The writers have just given us a slew of interesting and layered bad guys and a slew of different worlds to pursue those bad guys. And we have a crew that cares and is invested in the story.”
Bomer is the son of Sissi and John Bomer, a former Dallas Cowboy. He attended Klein High School in Texas, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
After college, Bomer moved to New York where he worked in the theatrical productions of “Spring Awakening” and “Grey Gardens.” He also starred as Ernest Hemingway in “Villa America” at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
In addition to his TV credits, Bomer’s film resume consists of “Magic Mike,” “In Time,” The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” and “Flight Plan.”
Even though Bomer now calls Los Angeles home, he makes no bones that New York City, where “White Collar” films, is his favorite city.
“I first moved there as a young artist,” he says. “So whenever I’m there, I have that excitement and that enthusiasm from when I first lived there. It just never runs out of surprising new places.”
Bomer, along with his partner, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, has three children: Kit, 8, and twins Walker and Henry, 5.