Last week’s death of New Hampshire resident and prolific author, J.D. Salinger, continues to sadden many who were touched by his stories. The author, best known for the classic “The Catcher in the Rye,” hit home for many with his character Holden Caulfeld, a teen dealing with feelings of alienation, innocence and fantasy.
The frank language and main character’s actions in “The Catcher in the Rye” often led to the book being banned since its debut in 1951. Nonetheless, the book continues to inspire adults and teens alike. Although there have been many attempts at adapting “The Catcher in the Rye” and other stories by Salinger, he always refused to sanction any film or stage rights to his novels. Ironically, however, his son, Matt Salinger, became an actor.
Growing up in New England, Matt Salinger attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA before going on to Princeton and Columbia University with a degree in art history and drama. Salinger made his film debut as a prominent character in 1984′s Revenge of the Nerds. He then went on to star in his best known role as Steve Rogers in the 1990 Marvel Comics adaptation of “Captain America.” (Comic book fans and curious viewers can watch the film for free on Hulu.com.)
Since then, he has appeared on episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “24.” Through his production company, he has also produced several plays and independent films including Let the Devil Wear Black and Mojave Moon. Over the years, Salinger has been a strong protector of his father’s privacy and remembers him as “…a caring, fun, and wonderful father to me, and a tremendous grandfather to my boys.”
Currently, Matt Salinger resides in Connecticut, where he is producing two features and acting in the locally filmed movie, Harvest.