What Does Matthew Orlando Shire Do? Know Everything About Talia Shire’s Eldest Son

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: January 21, 2024 | Updated on: January 21, 2024
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Matthew Orlando Shire is an American Screenwriter whose work in the 2010 animated film Shrek Forever After, gained wide popularity. Further, he is also a producer known for Trinkets (2019), The House Bunny (2008), and Airheads (1994).

As of now, he has earned a lot of fame on his own. But, do you know that he actually comes from a celebrity family? Here, in this article, know in detail about his family background, career, his love life, and many more.

Key Takeaways 

  • Matthew Orlando Shire is a screenwriter and producer.
  • He is the son of an American actress Talia Shire and the late musician David Shire.
  • Matthew’s parents separated when he was five years old.
  • He has three half-siblings.
  • Shire is married to a New York-based screenwriter, producer, and actress and shares children with his wife as well.

When Was Born?

Matthew was born to his father David Shire and his mother Talia Rose Shire on September 18, 1975, in Los Angeles California. As of 2024, he is 48 years of age.

Matthew Orlando Shire shares photo with his father as a child
Young Matthew with his father. Source: Facebook

He grew up under the care of both his parents until he was 5. After that, his parents separated however, they agreed to co-parent their only child together despite their separation. As for ethnicity, he has Italian ancestry from his mom’s side and is Jewish from his dad’s.

Matthew Comes From A Celebrity Family

Starting from his parents, Matthew’s father David is a renowned American songwriter and composer. He is known for his work in the soundtracks of the 1976 films The Big Bus, The Conversation, All the President’s Men, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. 

Likewise, his mom Talia is an Academy and Golden Globe award-winning actress who rose to fame for her role in The Godfather trilogy and Rocky Series. In a similar manner, his maternal grandfather Carmine Coppola who was married to a well-known Italian chef Italia Pennino, was a composer, flautist, pianist, and songwriter.

Talking further, his both step-parents also work in showbiz. While his stepmother Didi Conn is an actress, his stepfather Jack Schwartzman, who died back in 1994, was a film producer.

He Has Three Half-Sibling, Two Of Them Are Actors And Musician 

From his mother’s second marriage, Matthew Orlando has two half-brothers named Jason Schwartzman, and Robert Schwartzman. Among these two, Jason (b. June 26, 1980) is the oldest one. He is an actor and musician. Further, he has been married to his wife Brady Cunnigham and together share three children.

Matthew with his half-sibling and mother
Matthew’s mom with his half-brothers

Similarly, Shire’s younger half-brother Robert (b. Dec 24, 1982) is a filmmaker, director, screenwriter, actor, and musician. He is popularly known by the name Robert Carmen. Like his older sibling, he is also married to his wife Zoey Grossman.

Further, from his dad’s side, he has a 30-year-old sibling named Daniel Shire (b. Oct 1992). Unfortunately, he is autistic.

Is A Writer And Producer

As per his Facebook information, Matthew is currently a writer and producer at the American multinational mass media company, NBC Universal which he joined in 2016. Alongside NBC, he has also been working at Netflix since October 5, 2018.

Further, Shire is also serving the position of a writer at Amazon Studios. Previously, he was a writer at AMC and also has experience being an employee at DreamWorks Animation.

TV Shows And Movies Matthew Has Worked So Far

Matthew made a debut in mainstream movies in 2010 as a punch-up writer in the animated film Shrek Forever After. His other writing credits include,

  • Neighbors from Hell (2010)
  • All Hail King Julien (2014)
  •  Mozart in the Jungle (2015-2016)
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2017-2018)
  • Kindred (2022)

As earlier mentioned, he is also a producer. He started as a production assistant in the 1994 film Airheads and the 2008 film The House Bunny. After a long interval, he again began as a producer in 2016. Since then, he has been a producer in series like,

  • Gwendo & Fiona (2016)
  • Dietland (2018)
  • Trinkets (2019)
  • Kindred (2022)

Shire has also tried acting as a child in the series Faerie Tale Theatre but it was uncredited.

Is A Married Man; Who Is His Wife?

Matthew tied the knot with Kate Gersten on July 2, 2016, in an intimate wedding ceremony held at his mom’s house. It’s been more than a half-decade since the couple is enjoying their marital bliss.

Matthew is married since 2016; with his wife on the wedding day
Matthew with his groom on their wedding day. Source: Facebook

The duo is not only life partners but professional partners as well since Shire’s spouse is also a writer and producer like him. Born on 2 April 1979 in Peekskill, New York, Gersten earned her diploma course from the American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. She started as an actress and then ventured into writing and producing.

They Met While Scripting The First Season Of “Mozart in the Jungle”

Matthew first met his future wife in the year 2014 while working on a script for the first season of the drama Mozart in the Jungle. Slowly, their relationship turned into friendship. Regarding this, he opened up to the New York Times where he said,

When you’re in a writers’ room, you get to know each other in an accelerated way,”

It was Matt who persuaded his then-co-worker Kate to get closer to him but in a professional way. At the time, he sent a mail to his now-wife asking if she would like to join him for his next romantic comedy. His e-mail read,

“Hey, it’s Matt from the writers’ room,” I’m working on a romantic comedy, and I would like to get a female’s view.”

Then, they had their meeting at a cafe in Santa Monica. Afterward, they started having frequent meetings.

One day, Shire just put his feelings towards Kate saying, ” “I have an enormous schoolboy crush on you, and in reply, Kate said, ” “I’m not doing anything to stop it.” That was the actual point where they officially started dating each other and after two years, the pair eventually walked down the aisle.

Does Matthew Have Any Children?

Well, yes. Together with his wife of 7 years, the screenwriter welcomed a son named Jacob Wolfgang Shire on December 2, 2017. With the arrival of their son, Matt was extremely happy and he shared his joy on his Facebook on Dec 9 writing,

Jacob Wolfgang Shire, you rocked my world. And now I guess I will be rocking you for the foreseeable future. Kate, you are everything. My love, my partner, my hero. Thank you for making me the happiest and proudest

Matthew's wife with their new born child
Matthew’s wife with their son. Source: Facebook

Further, he seems to have another child as well. His Facebook profile has a picture of two beautiful little children.

His Net Worth

As per several reports, Matthew has a net worth of around $1 million. Meanwhile, his mother Talia Shire has an estimated net amount of $40 million.