With a quick wit, great sense of timing and engaging personality, Matt Gallant brings a vivacious energy and a strong sense of individuality to all of his work. He can currently be seen 24/7 as a host for DirecTV. Armed with natural talent, he also shines as the host of the Animal Planet's popular series, The Planet's Funniest Animals, a half-hour program that takes a hilarious peek at home video clips, bloopers and pet tricks of some of the world's most amusing animals.
Born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Westport, Connecticut, Gallant opted for sports rather than performing. He attended the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in communications, studied theatre and envisioned a career as a sportscaster. He soon began work, however, as a page for NBC in New York City, which ultimately ushered him in to the world of show business. Gallant hired an agent and immediately began landing roles in a string of successful commercials. His big break soon followed in the form of not one but two jobs for MTV -- hosting both the live show Hangin' with MTV, and a magazine-style program for teens entitled Like We Care.
While studying acting with such famous groups as The Groundlings, Joanne Baron, Chicago City Limits Improv and with John Kirby, Gallant continued to add credits to his resume. His other work includes hosting a succession of popular shows such as X-Treme Energy for ESPN2; NBC's Friday Night Video; the syndicated teen show PETV; ABC's Pranks and FOX's Not Just the News -- which provided an entertaining yet educational look at a variety of people and places around the world.
Gallant's additional credits include being a correspondent to Turner's live Super Bowl TV coverage, ABC's Mike &Maty, and The Beef for the Family Channel. He also portrayed Dan in Paramount's feature film Goodburger.