Matthew Underwood is an American actor who got to be in the limelight following his role in the Nickelodeon comedy-drama television series Zoey 101. He began his career in the showbiz industry as an infant, modeling and acting even before he turned one. Growing up, he became passionate about various kinds of extreme sports such as wakeboarding, barefoot water skiing, among many others.
To begin his professional career as an entertainer, Matthew relocated to Los Angeles and has since featured in several TV programs and movies. Find more facts about the talented American, especially his actual relationship with Carrie Underwood.
Matthew Underwood’s Bio
He was born on the 23rd of April 1990, in the east coast city of Fort Pierce, Florida, United States. The actor is the son of Patricia and Jerry Wayne Underwood who named him Matthew Dillon Underwood at birth. He has three siblings – a sister named Rebecca and two brothers, Joshua and Jacob.
At six months old, Matthew Underwood was introduced into the world of showbiz as a child model. Having an innate ability to excel as an entertainer, he kicked off his career at age 8 and started off by undergoing training for a competition which took place in Orlando Florida where he did a good job showing thousands of spectators his talent. After this time, he turned to his agents at The Green Agency to help set up his acting career in Miami, Florida.
Matthew Underwood went on to show off his talent in a number of advertisements and television pilots such as the news reporting program designed for today’s youths titled Kids Line, as well as E-Venture Kids, a pre-teen educational television program that focuses on helping kids learn about the cultures of other societies outside America.
Alongside his passion for entertainment, Matthew Underwood became enthusiastic about extreme sports in his early years. This led him to push his limits through several intense and outright insane sports such as skateboarding, surfing, barefoot water skiing, kite surfing, para-sailing, and wakeboarding. Matthew never shook off this lifestyle as he grew older and consequently, keeps pursuing it through base jumping, windsurfing, rock climbing, and sky diving.
In an attempt to launch his acting career on the bigger stage, Matthew Underwood moved to the center of America’s film and television industry, Los Angeles, California, and was soon cast in the kid’s show, Zoey 101 (2005). He eventually became popular, having won the hearts of millions of people all over the world as a result of his role on the show. Using his popularity for the benefit of society, Matthew takes it upon himself to enlighten the youths on various subjects such as art programs in the schools and eco-friendly programs.
In a bid to contribute his quota towards making life better for other people, he has traveled to different countries of the world, helping to build houses for those without shelter.
Movies and TV Shows
Soon after his relocation to Los Angeles, Matthew Underwood was cast in his breakthrough role in the comedy-drama television series Zoey 101 where he portrayed the character of Logan Reese in the Nickelodeon hit show which ran from January 9, 2005, until May 2, 2008. Also in 2005, the actor voiced the character of the thuggish firebender, Hide, in Avatar: The Last Airbender (also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in some regions), a Nickelodeon’s multiple award-winning animated television series that aired for three seasons from February 2005 to July 2008.
The following year being 2006, Matthew Underwood voiced the character of the vampire, Thatch, in the American/French/Indian computer-animated TV film Casper’s Scare School, which is based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character, Casper the Friendly Ghost. He also appeared in the 2009 horror comedy movie Reality Horror Night, where he played the role of Matthew, an unknowing yet persistence contestant of a reality show. With this role, Underwood had his childhood dream of dying in a film fulfilled.
He continues to travel all around the world, sharing his passion for acting with other younger performers as an acting teacher and helping them put their imaginations to good use.
Is Matthew Underwood Related To Carrie Underwood?
Having two people in the same industry bearing the same surname always raise questions about their relationship but unlike actors Brad Pitt and Matthew Pitt who are in no way related, Matthew Underwood and Carrie Underwood are related by blood. As a matter of fact, Matthew and Carie’s fathers, Jerry Wayne and Steve Underwood respectively, are brothers, making the entertainers first cousins.
Meanwhile, for those who do not know, Carrie Underwood is a very popular Grammy award-winning country singer, songwriter, and actress whose speedy rise to fame came on account of her victory at the 2005 American Idol.