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Matthew Daddario (born October 1, 1987) is an American actor who currently portrays the gay character Alec Lightwood on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare, which has been wildly popular due to his romantic involvement with Harry Shum Jr’s gay character Magnus Bane, affectionately known by fans as Malec. Check out the famous first kiss scene.

Daddario was born and raised in New York City and is of Italian, Irish, Hungarian, and English ancestry. He made his major film debut in 2013 as Aaron in the romantic drama Breathe In. That same year, he had a supporting role as Channing in the Vince Vaughn comedy Delivery Man. In 2014, Daddario portrayed Danny Ladouceur in the sports drama film When the Game Stands Tall. In 2015, he co-starred as Gabriel in the comedy-drama Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List and in 2016 he starred in the remake of Eli Roth’s horror film Cabin Fever. His older sister is actress Alexandra Daddario of the movie San Andreas and TV series American Horror Story.

The first season of Shadowhunters is available for viewing on the Freeform website.

He is also an avid photographer and animal lover and he comes off as genuinely caring and self deprecating, which is refreshing in these days when so many celebrities seem so full of themselves. Check out this interview from Shadowhunters.

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