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Matthew J. "Matt" Cates is an American actor.


Little is known about Cates' personal life, including what inspired him to become an actor. His career started with a role as a shipmate in the 1991 film Double Impact, followed by the portrayal of Gus Reinhardt in a 1993 episode of the series Renegade. Then, Cates did not act again until 2008. One of his first roles following his return was as a mentally-challenged killer in an episode of the police procedural Criminal Minds.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Cates portrayed Joe, a mentally-challenged clown responsible for the killings of Richard and Diana Galen, in the Season Three episode Damaged.


  • Fresh Off the Boat (2016) as Coach (2 episodes)
  • House of Lies (2016) as CFO
  • The Young and the Restless (2015) as Warden Davis (2 episodes)
  • Little Boy (2015) as Ed (credited as Matt Cates)
  • The Good News (2014) as Dad (short)
  • Hot in Cleveland (2014) as Bill Chambers (credited as Matt Cates)
  • The Inhaler (2014) as Coach Jackson (short)
  • Farmed and Dangerous (2014) as Petro Dad (TV miniseries)
  • The Client List (2013) as Beer Belly Guy (credited as Matt Cates)
  • New Girl (2013) as Salesman (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Love or War (2012) as Uncle Bob
  • Karma's a B*tch (2012) as Biff the Car Guy (2 episodes)
  • The Selling (2011) as Oliver Crandall
  • Underdogs (2010) as Husband (short)
  • The Last Godfather (2010) as Customer
  • The Mentalist (2010) as Santa Tony (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Karma's a Bitch (2010) as Biff the Car Guy (short)
  • Unstoppable (2010) as State Trooper (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Spork (2010) as Donnie
  • Blood and Water (2009) as Ed Rhodes (short)
  • Fb (2009) as Sam (short)
  • Nip/Tuck (2009) as Tom (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Acting School Academy (2009) as Larry Cackowski
  • Reconciliation (2009) as James
  • Hollywood, je t'aime (2009) as Immigration Officer
  • Kath & Kim (2009) as Bus Driver (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Just Bad (2008) as Martin (video short)
  • Two and a Half Men (2008) as Craig (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Somewhere Over the Flagpole: A Nintendo Movie (2008) as Dad (short)
  • Criminal Minds - Damaged (2008) TV episode - Joe
  • Knight Rider (2008) as Truck Driver
  • Renegade (1993) as Gus Reinhardt (credited as Matt Cates)
  • Double Impact (1991) as Shipmate


For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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