An American actor, Gaten Matarazzo is best known for his role as Dustin on Netflix series “Stranger Things.” At a young age, he began his career in the acting field.
He is one of the hottest teen actors who has earned fame and fortune. Let’s disclosed the unknown facts about the Stranger Things star Gaten John Matarazzo. Keep reading the article.
Who is Gaten Matarazzo?
Gaten Matarazzo full name is Gaten John Matarazzo III was born on 8 September 2002 in New Jersey, the USA to Gaten Matarazzo Sr. and Heather Matarazzo.
He has two siblings; Carmen Matarazzo and Sabrina Matarazzo. His siblings have featured in the television commercial. His mother has always been supportive of the artistic inclination of all her kids and encourages them to perform.
His mother, Heather calls herself ‘Broadway stage mom’ on Twitter and has been instrumental in shaping Gaten’s career in acting.
While he was at school, he used to travel in NJ and NY for his Broadway performances. He once mentioned that he was inspired by his sister, Sabrina who is an actress and singer.
Gaten Matarazzo’s Birthday
The Stranger Things star, Gaten celebrated his 16th birthday on 8 September 2018. On his birthday, he met his fans and raised awareness for smiles.
Gaten Matarazzo is 16 years old.
He shared pictures of his sixteenth birthday celebration on his IG page. In the caption, he wrote,
“Great weekend meeting fans and raising awareness for @ccd_smiles also, it was an amazing way to spend my birthday.”
Gaten revealed on the show “The Doctors” about his rare genetic disorder, cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). CCD is a genetic condition that affects the development of bones particularly the skull and collarbones. It also affects the teeth.
As a student, he faced bullying from the senior student who didn’t understand what he is going through.
Gaten told The Doctor that he was born with collarbones and still has his baby teeth. He said that causes to speak with his lips. As of now, Matarazzo is working with a nurse practitioner, Kelly Wosnik who founded the CCD Smiles which aims to bring awareness.
Moreover, he shared that he has undergone 2 surgeries and 4 tooth extractions in dealing with his cleidocranial dysplasia. His baby teeth didn’t fall out and his adult teeth did not come properly. To grow his teeth, he uses an oral appliance.
Additionally, Matarazzo told “The Doctors” that he is currently focusing on the CCD Smiles project.
Gaten Matarazzo came to limelight after he starred on the Netflix series “Stranger Things” which directed by the Duffer Brothers. He has been playing the role of Dustin Henderson.
The series stars are Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine.
The first season of eight episodes screen on Netflix on 15 July 2016 and the second season of nine episodes aired on 27 October 2017. In April 2018, the Netflix began production and will consist of eight episodes and that is set to be released in 2019.
He also starred in Erahm Christopher’s “Zach’s Lie” as Darrell Grill in 2018.
In 2011, he portrayed the character of Benjamin in the Broadway musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ st the Palace Theatre. In 2015, he appeared as ‘Finn’ on NBC’s crime thriller television series “The Blacklist”. Then in 2017, he appeared in the comedy television series “Ridiculousness” in the season 10 of episode seven.
What do you think? How much salary did he get from the popular Netflix series? Can you guess!
The young actor has starred in some television which helps to increase his worth. Gaten earns decent money from the American science fiction-horror web television series Stranger Things as Dustin Henderson.
Gaten Matarazzo has an estimated net worth $4 million.
In the first season, the casts were paid around $10,000 per episode. In the second season, Gaten’s salary gradually increased to $30,000 per episode. As of 2018, he charges about $250,000 per episode in the third season which would be released in 2019.
Apart from the TV series, Matarazzo makes his wealth from his trademark “Yo Dudes” and T-shirts which worth is $25 each and sweatshirt for $45.
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Does Gaten Matarazzo have a Girlfriend?
Nothing strange about young love!
Gaten Matarazzo is lucky when it comes to his relationship with girlfriend, Lizzy Yu. Currently, he spoke to US Weekly and said,
“My family loves her, she’s great,” the Stranger Things actor, 16, exclusively told Us Weekly at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights on Friday, September 14. “My brother and my sister get along with her great.”
He also added that he and his girlfriend have their low key-date nights at his home. He told Us that he has a pool table at his home.
The Stranger Things star took to his Instagram to share the pictures of him and Yu, captioning,
“ocean+sun+pretty girl=good picture.”
Further to speak about their relationship, Gaten wished Lizzy Yu on her 16th birthday with an adorable photo of them on his IG account back in October 2018.
“Happy 16th Birthday Booboo Bear!!! Words can’t express how much you mean to me. I wish I were home so I could be with you on this super spectacularly awesome day. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you Lizzy. Happy Birthday.”
Social Media Presence
The young actor has a huge fan following on all over the social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. To know more about his latest updates follow him.
His Instagram has amassed over 9 million followers and Twitter has 1.26 million. He has posted numerous pictures and videos of himself, friends and also his work. You can also see the pictures of his girlfriend, Lizzy on his IG.
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