Matthew's parents raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer. He entered the Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts for a post-grad year after high school, and then matriculated at Columbia University where he played football and majored in Economics with the intent to end up on Wall Street. However, his girl friend's mother was a modeling agent who convinced him to try some modeling which led to a couple of TV commercials. Soon after he was sold on acting.
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 
Graduated from Columbia University in 1989.
Daughter Kyle Fox (born in 1998) and son Byron Fox (born in 2001)
Matthew studied acting for two years at The School for Film and Television in New York City.
He frequently hosts parties at his house where the whole cast of "Lost" (2004) gathers to watch the last episode they had filmed.
He was raised in Crowheart, Wyoming on the family ranch.
He has been horseback riding since he was six yers old.
Attended Wind River high school and did post-graduate high school study at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.
Is good friends with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.
Is a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
He is the tallest principal cast member of "Lost" at just over 6' 2". 'Josh Holloway' (I) , Terry O'Quinn and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje are just slightly shorter.
Is a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
In an interview, he stated that music is a major part of his life, citing The Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, I Am Kloot, Modest Mouse and Texan band The Black Angels as some of his favourite bands. He's also a fan of punk.