Matt Caplan

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Matt Caplan
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Matt Caplan after the final performance of American Idiot in Berkeley.
Born New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Other names Matt Kaplan
Drew Aaron
Occupation Actor, singer, voice actor, and musician
Spouse(s) Karen Olivo (divorced)
Partner(s) Rebecca Mozo

Matt Caplan is an American actor, singer, voice actor and musician.


Caplan has appeared on Broadway in Rent as Mark Cohen, in the revival of South Pacific and in High Fidelity.[1] He has also been featured in the films Across the Universe and Painting Abby Long, and on the television show New Amsterdam.[2]

Most recently, he originated the role of Tunny in the stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot, which premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California in September 2009.[3] The show ended its run in Berkeley on November 15, 2009, and the role of Tunny was taken over by Stark Sands when the show moved to Broadway.[4]

Caplan appeared in the original cast of the new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, in many roles, among them, school bully Flash Thompson. He was also the understudy for Peter Parker/Spider-Man.[5] After many delays and changes to the show, it officially opened June 14, 2011. Caplan exited the show January 29, 2012 and was replaced by Matthew Wilkas. After returning to cover Peter Parker/Spider-Man multiple times throughout 2012, he returned to the production officially on November 13, 2012, replacing Matthew James Thomas as the alternate for the role. He will perform twice a week in place of lead actor Reeve Carney, until December 2 when Jake Epstein steps into the part (from December 4).

Aside from his roles on Broadway, Caplan has also done voice-over in English dubs of anime at NYAV Post.

Personal life

Matt Caplan was born in New York and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[6] In high school, he studied theater at the Governor's School for the Arts, a magnet school in Virginia.[7] As an adult, he returned to New York City to pursue an acting career. Caplan was formerly married to Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, actress Rebecca Mozo.



Year Production Role Notes
2002 Rent Mark Cohen
  • Performances: Broadway (2002-August 6, 2006)
2006 High Fidelity Guy with Mohawk
  • Performances: Broadway (Dec 07, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006)
2008 South Pacific Bob McCaffery
  • Performances: Broadway (Apr 03, 2008 - Aug 22, 2010)
2009 American Idiot Tunny
  • Original Berkeley Cast
2011 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Flash Thompson/Ensemble
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Performances: Broadway (June 4, 2011-January 29, 2012, November 13, 2012-December 2, 2012)


  • New Amsterdam - Terry Walters (2008)
  • NCIS - Marine Private Paul 'McCartney' Patterson (2012)
  • Taken Away - Johnny (2014)




  1. Matt Caplan at the IBDb
  2. Matt Caplan at the International Movie Database
  3. American Idiot at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  4. "Broadway Future Is Confirmed for American Idiot, But When?". Retrieved 2012-08-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Complete Cast Announced for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark". August 16, 2010.
  6. "Matt Caplan Biography on". Retrieved 2012-08-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. [1][dead link]

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