[People Profile] Gaten Matarazzo Age, Family, Career, Salary, and Net Worth

Gaten Matarazzo Age, Family, Career, Salary, and Net Worth

Who is Gaten Matarazzo?

Gaten Matarazzo (born Gaetano John Matarazo III) is a well-known American actor. He began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2011-12), and as Gavroche in Les Miserables (2014-15). He gained recognition for playing in the Netflix science-fiction drama series Stranger Things (2016-present) as Dustin Henderson. Moreover, he hosted the Netflix show Prank Encounters (2019-2021).

How Old Is Gaten Matarazzo?

He is 20 years old as of March 2023, having been born on September 8, 2002, in New London, Connecticut, U.S. Gaten Matarazzo shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Cameron Dallas, Quinton Griggs, Joe Sugg, benoftheweek, and many more.

Gaten Matarazzo Family

Who are Gaten Matarazzo Parents?

He was born to Gaten Matarazzo Sr. (Father) and Heather Matarazzo (Mother). He was raised in Little Egg Habour Township, New Jersey, and is of Italian descent.

Does Gaten Matarazzo have Siblings?

He has two siblings. An elder sister by the name of Sabrina Matarazzo and a younger brother by the name of Carmen Matarazzo.

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A Photo of Gaten Matarazzo

Gaten Matarazzo Education

He received his high school education at Pinelands Regional High School. After high school, he pursued vocal training at Starlight Performing Arts Centre in New Jersey.

Gaten Matarazzo Marital Status

He is in a relationship with his girlfriend Lizzy Lu. His girlfriend is also an actress.

Gaten Matarazzo Kids

He does not have any kids as of March 2023. In case there is new news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.

Gaten Matarazzo Career

In 2011, he competed and won third place with his vocal solo titled “Ben” at the Starpower Talent Competition Nationals in Uncasville, Connecticut. That same year, his first professional credit was in the Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert for which he was cast as a replacement. Following the production, he participated in a special “Cast of 2032” professional youth performance of Godspell at Circle in the Square Theatre in 2012.

The following year, he joined the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour in the United States in the role of Gavroche. In 2014, he played the same role in the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival of the musical. He made his screen acting debut in a 2015 episode of The Blacklist. After he was cast as Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things, the character’s background was modified to have cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) as well. The show’s first season premiered to critical acclaim in July 2016.

Career Continuation

He also appeared in music videos and various reality and competition show over the next several years. It was announced on May 11, 2018, that he was cast in the animated film, Hump. In 2019, he began hosting the Netflix hidden camera series Prank Encounters. Moreover, he served as an executive producer. That same year, he appeared in the Hollywood Bowl production of Into the Woods. Moreover, he provided the voice of Buba in The Angry Birds Movie 2. It was announced in May 2022, that he would return to Broadway, joining the final cast of the musical Dear Evan Hansen as Jared Kleinman.

He then starred with Angourie Rice in the Paramount+ film Honor Society, released on July 29, 2022. Next, he voiced the dragon in Cartoon Saloon’s film adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s My Father’s Dragon novel series. In December 2022 it was announced that he would be returning to Broadway as Toby in Thomas Kail’s revival of Sondheim and Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd, alongside Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban.


Matarazzo’s breakout role came in 2016 when he was cast as Dustin Henderson in “Stranger Things.” The series follows a group of kids in a small town who encounter supernatural occurrences and government conspiracies. Matarazzo’s character, Dustin, is known for his unique hairstyle, witty personality, and loyalty to his friends. His performance in the show has been widely praised, and he has become one of the fan favorites among the ensemble cast.

In addition to “Stranger Things,” Gaten Matarazzo has appeared in other projects. He made appearances on shows such as “The Blacklist” and “Ridiculousness.” He has also been involved in theater productions, including playing Gavroche in a Broadway production of “Les Misérables.”

Beyond acting, Matarazzo is known for his activism and advocacy. He has been open about his personal experience with a rare genetic disorder called cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) and has used his platform to raise awareness and support for others with the condition.


On December 13, 2020, he joined the cast of Elf for a virtual table reading in support of the Democratic Party Georgia’s campaign in the 2021 Georgia runoff elections. He was part of Andrew Barth Feldman & Adrian Dickson’s musical parody fundraiser SW: A New(sical) Hope to help raise funding for NEXT for AUTISM. On April 6, 2021, he participated in an hour-long charity Among Us stream on The Tonight Show’s Twitch account with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove, Tariq Trotter, Captain Kirk Douglas, Sykkuno, Valkyrie, Corpse Husband, and his Stranger Things co-star Noah Schnapp, with proceeds going towards Feeding America.

In December 2021, he played Dungeons and Dragons with Jack Black and other stars in the Lost Odyssey: Promised Gold livestream event that benefited Extra Life and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He went on and performed in the musical Parade during the first week of November 2022. This was to ensure that the performing arts can be enjoyed at an affordable rate for fans at the New York City Centre. Gaten uses his platform to raise awareness of CCD and fundraise for CCD Smiles. This is an organization that helps cover the costs of oral surgeries for people with CCD.

Gaten Matarazzo Height and Measurements

Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 5 inches (1.65m) and an approximate weight of 60kg (132 lbs).

Gaten Matarazzo’s Salary and Net Worth

His work in Stranger Things shows that he makes $250,000 per episode. And has a net worth of $5 million.


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