Dave Matthews is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. He performs mainly with acoustic guitar and favors rhythm rather than solos in his playing. During the period from 2000 to 2010, his band, the Dave Matthews Band, sold more tickets and earned more than any other act in North America.
Before he was known as a musician, Dave Matthews was an amateur actor, appearing onstage in several productions at Charlottesville’s Offstage Theatre and Live Arts theater in the early 1990s; the role for which he is best remembered is as a used car salesman in Offstage Theatre’s “Just Say No,” directed by John Quinn, co-starring Kylie Sicher. He played Will Coleman in the 2003 adaptation of the novel Where the Red Fern Grows. In 2005 he played in Because of Winn-Dixie (film) as Otis, a man who works at a pet store and plays guitar.
In 2007, Dave Matthews appeared briefly in the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, where he plays a homosexual salesman. In 2008, he appeared in another Adam Sandler movie, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, as a racist redneck character named James. He also had a significant role in Lake City with Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity, in which he portrays the character “Red.” He was also in three 2011 movies, The Other Side with Giovanni Ribisi and Jason Lee, In The Woods, starring Debra Winger and Terrence Howard, and the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It.
In 2007, Dave Matthews guest starred in the Fox drama series House in the episode “Half-Wit”. He played a piano-playing musical savant who ended up having half of his brain removed in order to recover from his epilepsy, but at the expense of his musical abilities. In the Season One episode of “House” -”Love Hurts”- the song “Some Devil” can be heard playing at the end. In another episode, one of the tracks from Stand Up, “You Might Die Trying” was played (“House M.D”, Season Five, “Not Cancer”).
The fifth time Dave Matthews appeared as musical guest on Saturday Night Live in November 2009 (which was also the fourth time the Dave Matthews Band appeared on the show), he made an appearance as Ozzy Osbourne in a skit called “The Mellow Show.” Bill Hader impersonated Matthews in the same skit.
Matthews was also a cast member and performer in the popular music documentary, Before the Music Dies.
In 2011, Dave Matthews collaborated with wine maker Steve Reeder in creating the Dreaming Tree Wines.
In April 2012, Matthews was credited as producer on a major documentary, “Last Call at the Oasis”, directed by Jessica Yu.
How Dave Matthews Made His Money – Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Estimated Net Worth: $260 Million
Birthday: January 9, 1967