Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle

Settle in 2011
Born Jeffrey Matthew Settle
(1969-09-17) September 17, 1969
Hickory, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Naama Nativ (m. 2006–11)
Children 1

Jeffrey Matthew Settle (born September 17, 1969) is an American actor. He is known for playing Captain Ronald Speirs on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and Rufus Humphrey on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl.

Early life

Settle was born in Hickory, North Carolina, the son of Joan and Dr. Robert Settle, who is a Baptist minister.[1] He is the youngest of six children, having two sisters and three brothers.[2]


Settle made his Broadway debut in a strictly limited engagement in Chicago: The Musical, appearing as Billy Flynn from April 19 through June 13, 2010.[3][4] He would make his feature film debut in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer co-starring alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mekhi Phifer, and Brandy Norwood. He also had a guest appearance in the seventh season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a reporter in the episode "Storm". From 2007 to 2012, Settle portrayed Rufus Humphrey, the father of Dan and Jenny, on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl. Other past roles include his portrayal of Capt. Ronald Speirs in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and also his role as Jacob Wheeler in the TNT miniseries Into the West. He also played the part of John in the film Beneath.

Personal life

In 2007, Settle revealed that in 2006, at age 37, he had eloped to marry actress and model Naama Nativ,[2] with whom he has a daughter, born in 2009.[5] The couple were divorced 10 May 2011.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Shaughnessy Tommy Shaughnessy Television film
1997 What Happened to Bobby Earl? Tom Stahl Television film
1997 Deadly Vision, AA Deadly Vision Det. Max Seagle Television film
1997 Justice League of America Guy Gardner / Green Lantern Television film
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Will Benson
1999 Lansky Bugsy Siegel (ages 17–26) Television film
1999 Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly Alex Kelly Television film
2000 U-571 Ensign Keith Larson
2000 In Crowd, TheThe In Crowd Matt
2000 Attraction Matthew
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Lt. Jack Whitman
2004 Mystery of Natalie Wood, TheThe Mystery of Natalie Wood Warren Beatty Television film
2004 Place Called Home, AA Place Called Home Hank Ford Television film
2004 Until the Night Michael
2004 Rancid James Hayson
2005 Mutig in die neuen Zeiten – Im Reich der Reblaus Hal Morris Television film
2006 Celestine Prophecy, TheThe Celestine Prophecy John
2007 Blue Smoke Bo Goodnight Television film
2007 Beneath John
2008 Express, TheThe Express President Kennedy
2009 ExTerminators Dan
2011 So Undercover Professor Talloway
2012 Love Sick Love Norman
2013 Sister's Nightmare, AA Sister's Nightmare Phil Television film
2014 Ouija Anthony Morris
2015 Faith of Anna Waters, TheThe Faith of Anna Waters Sam Harris
2015 Marshall the Miracle Dog Doc Henry
2016 The Faith of Anna Waters Sam Harris


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Band of Brothers Capt. Ronald Speirs Miniseries; 6 episodes
2002 ER Brian Westlake 5 episodes
2003 Practice, TheThe Practice Russell Bakey 3 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Art Pickering Episode: "Death Grip"
2004 Decisive Battles Himself Host; 13 episodes
2005 Into the West Jacob Wheeler Miniseries; 3 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jackson Zane Episode: "Storm"
2006 Brothers and Sisters Jonathan Sellers 4 episodes
2007 Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding Bells Michael Madison 2 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Rufus Humphrey Main cast; 119 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit
2016 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Daniel Wolf 1 episode


  1. "Matthew Settle Biography (1969-)".
  2. 1 2 Terry Morrow (2007-01-19). "Insider: Sevier star announces he's married". Retrieved 2008-10-10. Actor Matthew Settle, raised in Sevierville, has been keeping a secret, which has only recently been spilled to his family and a few select friends. The son of a Pigeon Forge preacher man got married six months ago..."I eloped," he says..."We got married quietly. She's from Israel"...He wasn't sure how his parents, conservative Baptists, would react to their son marrying a Jewish lady. "I was afraid they'd be angry about it, but they were delighted," he says.
  3. Andrew Gans (2010-04-19). ""Gossip Girl" Star Matthew Settle Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago April 19". Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  4. Kathy Henderson (2010-04-20). "What's Up, Matthew Settle? Chicago's New Billy on His Broadway Debut and the Secret Identity of Gossip Girl". Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  5. Liza Hamm (2009-03-05). "Gossip Girl's Matthew Settle is a Father!". Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  6. "Settle divorce case settled". The New York Post. May 10, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
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