Matt Craven was born in the small Canadian town of Port Colborne, Ontario. After his father’s death, Matt's mother moved him and his two-year-old sister to St. Catharines, Ontario. Before considering a career as an actor, Matt worked at a number of jobs from electrical maintenance to being a lineman for the Canadian National Railway in western Canada.
In 1975, after spontaneously auditioning for (and winning) the role of Jonathon Harker in the Niagara Falls Music Theatre's production of Dracula, he was hooked. He moved to Toronto after the production closed to pursue the art of acting. Matt’s first job in film was a supporting role in the movie Meatballs, in 1979, and this was followed by a starring role in the short film Bravery in the Field which was nominated for an Academy Award.
In 1982, Matt moved to New York City, driven by his love of the stage and originating new works. After making his mark in the off-Broadway theatre scene in the hit play Blue Window, Matt started getting roles in film and television and has gone on to appear in more than 50 films and worked with some of the industry’s biggest talents.
Since moving to Los Angeles with his wife and two children, Matt has appeared in such films as K2, Crimson Tide, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, The Life of David Gale, Timeline, The Clearing, The Statement and Assault on Precinct Thirteen.