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Matthew Lillard was born in Lansing, Michigan but grew up in Tustin, California. He attended Fullerton College and was active in the Theater Department. After Fullerton College, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California.
His most famous acting roles were as Stu Matcher in Scream (1996), Stevo in SLC Punk (1998), Shaggy in Scooby Doo (2002), and more recently in the 2011 film The Descendants, alongside George Clooney. He has appeared in many TV films, series, and episodes.
In 2009, Lillard was a guest at Fullerton College’s High School Theater Festival where he taught a master class to budding actors. He said that Fullerton College Theater professor Gary Krinke was a “mentor figure.”
"Fullerton College for me was a huge part of my journey as an actor...the professors treated me like an adult."
— Matthew Lillard
Producer, Director, Fat Kids Rules the World, 2011