Dakin Matthews stars in "The Eagle," alongside Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong, as Claudius.

Dakin Matthews initially desired to become a Roman Catholic priest. After studying in San Francisco and then at Gregorian University in Rome in the 1960s his growing interest in drama led him to the Juilliard School. There the Oakland, California, native taught the likes of Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. At the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco Annette Bening was one of his students.

Matthews settled in Los Angeles In the 1980s and began guest-starring in television series like "Down Home," "Soul Man" and "The Jeff Foxworthy Show." His TV guest credits include "Remington Steele," "Dallas," "Murder," "She Wrote," "L.A. Law," "Just Shoot Me!," "Star Trek: Voyager," "The West Wing," "Gilmore Girls," "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Charmed," "The King of Queens" (as Doug Heffernan [Kevin James]'s father Joe), "NYPD Blue," "Desperate Housewives," "House, M.D.," and "Carnivàle." More recently, he took on a role as Judge Peter Carroll on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital." Matthews has also appeared in numerous feature films, including "Nuts," "Clean and Sober," "Thirteen Days" and "Funny Farm."

On stage, he has starred as C.S. Lewis in South Coast Repertory's "Shadowlands," as Warwick in Shakespeare's "Henry IV" at the Lincoln Center Theater, as Undershaft in "Major Barbara" for South Coast Repertory and as The Fixer in "Water and Power" for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. A founding member of John Houseman's "The Acting Company" as well as the "Antaeus Company," Matthews also served as Artistic Director of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and the California Actors Theatre.

Matthews and his wife, director Anne McNaughton, currently reside in Los Angeles with their four children.

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How old is he? Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: 76 years old
Birthday: November 7, 1940
Full Name / Real Name: Melvin Richard Matthews
Birthplace: Oakland, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Anne Marie McNaughton (6/22/1969, 4 children)

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