Gaten Matarazzo

Gaten Matarazzo
Real name:
Gaten John Matarazzo III
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Birth date:
(21 y.o.)
Place of birth:
Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, U.S.
5'4 ft ()
130 lb (59 kg)
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Gaten Matarazzo’s biography

Gaten Matarazzo is the actor playing the fan-favorite Stranger Things character named Dustin. The young actor has millions of fans all around the world, due to the fact that not only did he find a way to deal with his disability, but he also manages to help people with a similar diagnosis. His net worth: $5 million.
In the photo: Gaten Matarazzo
In the photo: Gaten Matarazzo

Childhood and first roles

Gaten Matarazzo was born on September 8, 2002 in Connecticut, but he grew up in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Provindence smiled upon him and gave him loving parents, a brother, Carmen, and a sister named Sabrina, and armored him up with light-heartedness and talent, but, unfortunately, that came with a price – his cleidocranial dysplasia diagnosis, which is a birth defect that affects mainly the bone structure and teeth.
Gaten is very easy-going and talented
Gaten is very easy-going and talented
He was born without wrists and that lead to severe changes in his skeletal structure, accompanied by the lack of teeth.
What you see is nothing but an imitation of teeth, I still have to undergo many surgeries. Fortunately, I have a light form of the disease, there are people with the same diagnosis who are doing far worse than I am.
Despite the therapy and the constant medical procedures, Gaten, even though he was different than his peers, never felt like they were holding it against him. The curly and fun-loving boy, with an odd diction and a wide teethless smile, was always very easy-going.
Gaten and his family
Gaten and his family
Gaten’s been a passionate movie fan from early childhood and coming to the realization that he’s different from most movie actors and that he might never become the sex symbol of his generation, kept pushing for the stage. At school, he tried to take part in all the plays, and after his family relocated to New York, he appeared in one of the episodes of The Blacklistand got the role of Gavroche in the Broadway adaptation of Les Miserables.

Thanks to the theater, Gaten met Caleb McLaughlin, and later on, fate would bring them together once again on the set of the project that would turn both of their lives around.

Quite the Stranger Things

Things were going quite strange for him indeed, compared to his peers. Gaten managed to turn the things that were supposed to bring discomfort and insecurities into assets, which Ross and Matt Duffer didn’t take long to notice when they were holding auditions for their new series at the end of 2015.
Gaten’s charm and love of life are bewitching
Gaten’s charm and love of life are bewitching
When the Duffer Brothers met Gaten, they couldn’t resist his charm and love of life. They even changed the script in order to adapt it to the young actor’s physical attributes.
Stranger Things: Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
Stranger Things: Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
In the series, Gaten played the role of fun-loving Dustin, one of the three friends who meddled in some strange things, set in the town of Hawkins in the 80s. The teenagers were secretly investigating each other’s disappearance, but instead, they come across a bald teenage girl in a silly dress. Their new friend’s name is Eleven and she’s psychic. At the same time, a chain of unexplainable things is happening around the town and soon enough they understand that these events, the disappearance of their friends, and their new acquaintance are intertwined.
Stranger Things – the trailer
Dustin’s friends were played by Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard, and Eleven was played by Millie Bobby Brown. The roles of adults, in the mystical story full of carefully adapted aesthetics of the 80s, were played by Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Paul Reiser, and others.
Gaten changed with the release of Season 2
Gaten changed with the release of Season 2
According to, in 2017, the actor made an appearance in Katy Perry’s music video of Swish, Swish.
A still from Katy Perry’s music video where Gaten made an appearance (second on the left)
A still from Katy Perry’s music video where Gaten made an appearance (second on the left)

Gaten Matarazzo’s personal life

Every single episode brought the series and the actors more and more fame. Some media sources, quite blatantly, claimed that Gaten was being exploited due to his physical disability, which was saddening for his parents, but not for him. His raising awareness and supporting other children with the same disease became a major part of his life. Gaten says that he was to set an example for those who are different and encourages them to accept themselves as they are.
Gaten Matarazzo and his girlfriend, Lizzy Yu
Gaten Matarazzo and his girlfriend, Lizzy Yu
Gaten is quite focused on shooting, however, in the March of 2019, he and his girlfriend Lizzy Yu celebrated their one-year relationship anniversary. She’s an artist in musical theater and an Instablogger.

Gaten Matarazzo now

They wrapped up filming for the third season of Stranger Things in autumn 2018, but the episodes were released only in July 2019. Gaten will transform back into his character, just like his friends will. Aside from the already familiar actors, the viewers will get to see some faces, such as those of Francesca Reale, Maya Thurman Hawke (Uma Thurman’s and Ethan Hawke’s daughter).
Gaten has been dreaming about the big screen since early childhood
Gaten has been dreaming about the big screen since early childhood
Among the last major projects of Matrazzo is the voice acting of the character of Bubba in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Also, it is known that Gaten will play the main character in the drama Zach’s Lie, but the creators of the project haven’t even started filming yet. Moreover, they will also do a voiceover for one of the heroes of the upcoming animated movie Hump.
It is said that Gaten is interested in several big projects. He will continue to work on his campaign that aims to help teenagers with physical disabilities, and Time included his name on the list of Most Influential Teenagers capable to change the world.

  • Gaten has a nice girl :) God grant these young people happiness. They are so positive and charming :)
    2021-05-01 16:32:08
  • How nice to see a picture of a beautiful, happy and complete family! How important is the support of loved ones to all of us. Matarazzo is definitely not deprived of the attention of parents :))
    2021-03-08 13:59:52
  • To be honest, I never noticed that something was wrong with Matarazzo. If I hadn`t read more about him. And this ailment is all little things
    2021-02-18 11:26:13
  • Nice guy Gaten Matarazzo. I believe in his acting, he is a great smart guy!
    2021-02-02 20:42:59
  • Gaten starred in Stranger Things. Even at such a young age, not everyone can play the role so talentedly.
    2021-01-15 11:14:43