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Gaten Matarazzo (born September 8th, 2002) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of main character Dustin Henderson in the Netflix original sci-fi series Stranger Things.

Matarazzo has a medical condition that delays his development and growth of teeth called cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). He shares this trait with his character Dustin Henderson. He uses his reputation to raise awareness of CCD and to help fundraise for the nonprofit organization CCD Smiles.

Career

Matarazzo has only acted in theater and television, without taking any film roles since his career début in the year of 2011. In 2011, he was cast an alternate for the Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical. However, playing Dustin Henderson in the critically acclaimed Stranger Things led him to gain much popularity.

Filmography

Television


 
Title Role
2015 The Blacklist Finn
2016- Stranger Things Dustin Henderson

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Young Actor Nominated
Shortly Awards Best Actor Won
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

Official Account

Trivia

  • Gaten was the first of the four boys to be cast in Stranger Things, according to Director Shawn Levy.[1]

References

  1. Levy, Shawn (Director) (October 27, 2017). Beyond Stranger Things: Unlikely Allies. Vol. 1. Ep. 3. (Talk-Show). @00:04:50. Netflix.