Matt Herold

Actor. Writer. Former-Doc Brown.

Great Scott!

Great Scott!

As a result of my nearly 4 years of working at Universal Studios in Japan, I am now the world's longest-running Japanese-speaking Doc Brown.

This is quite an achievement considering that, when I was cast in 2002, I neither looked like Christopher Lloyd nor spoke any Japanese whatsoever.

Other roles I played in Japan included:

  • Jurassic Park's Alan Grant (despite my not looking like Sam Neill).
  • Santa Claus (despite my being tall, skinny and entirely unable to properly grow facial hair).
  • cowboy ghost (despite my having never been dead.  Or a cowboy).

Aside from appearing in Japanese newspapers, magazines and tour books, I've also appeared on Japanese TV shows like Matthew Minami's Best Hit TV and Morning Asahi:

This is quite a step up from my work before Japan when my two most notable achievements were being cut out of Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" and appearing in a commercial testifying the greatness of a country music magazine I'd neither read nor had any interest in doing so.

I speak Japanese well enough to fool people into thinking I'm fluent, particularly if the topics are food, robots and time travel.

I currently work at Universal Studios Hollywood as a "Dino Chaser" and at Mad Science as a, you guessed it, a Mad Scientist:

Everybody finds my various jobs playing scientists quite fitting (except for my high school chemistry teacher).

I have a sandwich named after me at a deli in Kobe:

This is my sandwich. It's name is "Matt".

This is my sandwich. It's name is "Matt".

I once used the internet to teach myself stickshift so I could drive a DeLorean for my show.

I have a Mass Communications degree from the University of South Florida which I really should be doing more with.

I don't tan well.