Matthew Ashford Biography (1960-)

Full name, Matthew Nile Ashford; born January 29, 1960, in Davenport, IA; sonof Cecil (a civil engineer) and Patricia (an executive secretary) Ashford; married Christina Saffran (an actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer), June 6, 1987; children: Grace Saffran, Emma Cecily. Addresses: Office: c/o Days of Our Lives, NBC-TV, 3000 West Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91523.; Agent: David Shapira and Associates, 15821 Ventura Blvd., Suite 235, Encino, CA 91436.; Contact: c/o Interact Theatre Company, P.O. Box 8830, UniversalCity, CA 91608-0830.

Birth Details
January 29, 1960
Davenport, Iowa, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Drew Ralston, One Life to Live (also known as One Life to Live:The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1982-1983
  • Cagney McCleary, Search for Tomorrow, NBC, 1984-1986
  • Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives (also known as Cruise of Deception: Days of Our Lives, Days, and DOOL), 1987-1993, 2001-
  • Tom Hardy, General Hospital, ABC, 1995-1997
  • Specials
  • Jack Deveraux, One Stormy Night (also known as Days of Our Lives: One Stormy Night), NBC, 1992
  • Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1992
  • Jack Deveraux, Night Sins (also known as Days of Our Lives: Night Sins), NBC, 1993
  • Tom Hardy, General Hospital: Twist of Fate, ABC, 1996
  • Himself and Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives' Christmas, NBC, 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 13th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1986
  • Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1990
  • The 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Episodic
  • Dispatch rider, "Hoax," Drop the Dead Donkey, 1991
  • Television husband, "Moments to Live--May 4, 1985," Quantum Leap,NBC, 1992
  • Spider, "Who Killed the Tennis Ace?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995
  • Thomas Leffler/Antonio/Ted Miller/Jeff Armstrong, "Soul Mate," PacificBlue, USA Network, 1997
  • Roger, "Something Wicca This Way Comes," Charmed, The WB, 1998
  • (As Matthew N. Ashford) Mr. Henderson, "Home for the Holidays," Providence, NBC, 1999
  • (As Matthew N. Ashford) Trey, "Dharma Does Dallas," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 2001
  • Guest host, The Other Half, NBC, 2001
  • Himself, "The One with the Soap Opera Party," Friends, NBC, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • Title role, Dracula, Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN, c. 1993
  • Weinberg, Counselor of Law, Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles,1995
  • The prince and the big bad wolf, Into the Woods, Interact TheatreCompany, 1997
  • Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace (staged reading), InteractTheatre Company, 1997
  • Thomas Jefferson, 1776 (musical), Sacramento Light Opera, Sacramento, CA, 1999, then Theatre under the Stars, Houston, TX, 2000
  • Bernard Nightingale, Arcadia, Pridemore Theatre, Radford, VA, 2000
  • Nicky Arnstein, Funny Girl (musical), Cabrillo Music Theatre, LosAngeles, 2000
  • Count Carl Magnus, A Little Night Music (musical), Interact Theatre Company, North Hollywood, CA, 2001
  • Hollywood Showstoppers, Interact Theatre Company, 2002
  • Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex (musical), Interact Theatre Company, 2002
  • Hollywood Showstoppers II, Interact Theatre Company, 2003
  • Also appeared as Gil Harbison, The American Plan, Interact TheatreCompany, Los Angeles; as Trofimow, The Cherry Orchard, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City; in Currently Married (series of one-acts); as John, Dark of the Moon; in The Essential Bond, California Polytechnic University Theatre, Pasadena; as Jesus, Godspell; as Steve, Hazard County Wonder, New Theatre, New York City; in the title role, Julius Caesar; in Jungle Express, Interact Theatre Company; The Nerd; Nice People; The Normal Heart, Interact Theatre Company; as Sir Harry, Once upon a Mattress, Interact Theatre Company; asStarbuck, 110 Degrees in the Shade (musical), Interact Theatre Company; as Moses, School for Scandal; and as Dennis, Surrender (musical), Theatre for New York City.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured in a production of A Member of the Wedding.
  • Film Appearances
  • Guy in club, Species, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 1995
  • Whitey, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, Trimark Pictures, 1998
  • Ron, Paper Bullets (also known as American Samurai), MTI Home Video, 1999

Further Reference


    • Soap Opera Digest, July 4, 1995, pp. 38-41
    • Star, May 13, 2001
    • Matthew Ashford Home Page (fan site),,July 11, 2003

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