White Collar Actors: Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey

Matt Bomer plays Neal Caffrey on White Collar.

Matthew Staton Bomer was born October 11, 1977, in Spring, Texas. Bomer played foot in high school and it is rumored that he was a final round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys that did not make the team. Bomer stated in an interview that he stopped playing football in high school when he was cast in A Streetcar named Desire. Bomer decided to pursue a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 2001, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. One of his first parts was as Ian Kipling on the daytime soap, All My Children. He had a more substantial role on another soap opera, Guiding Light, from 2001 to 2003 playing Ben Reade.

A few of the other roles Bomer has played include:

Bomer was to play Superman/Clark Kent in the movie Superman Returns by director Brett Ratner. However, Ratner left the project in 2003 and the new director Bryan Singer decided to change the casting to Brandon Routh. Ironically, Bomer still got the opportunity to play the role in a series of Japanese commercials and press ads for Toyota in 2009.

Little is known about Bomer's personal life. The media loves to speculate that he might be homosexual. According to Bomer, "I don't care about that at all. I'm completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life." He doesn't want to talk about it because "I have a network and a show riding on my shoulders. I would say a big difference between my character and me is that I can be too trusting. And I've realized in this business, that's not necessarily the smartest thing to be. I definitely have a thing or two to learn from the con artists."

(Editor's Note: In a perfect world, it should not matter if Bomer was gay or not. The vast amount of media speculation about his sexuality shows us that we are not living in that perfect world. Rather than add to that speculation, I'll honor Bomer's wishes to keep his private life private and not mention any past or current relationships until such time he decides to make it public.)

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