updated 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/26/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
Like his colleagues, Matthew is fulfilling his teenage fantasies while barely out of his teens. For his upcoming film role as an impish thief in the medieval adventure Ladyhawke, he was paid a reported $750,000 and chauffeured around Italy for four months. But success spoilage hasn't set in. "I'm not gonna go crazy and buy five Rolls-Royces," says Matthew. He still lives in his mom's Greenwich Village apartment and dates UCLA coed Valerie O'Brien, who was an extra on War-Games. He's the son of late actor James (Family) Broderick, who died of cancer the day after Matthew began rehearsing for Brighton Beach. That loss colors the young actor's perspective. Of his newly acquired fortune, he says, "The nice thing about the money is knowing that if anybody in my family gets sick, I can take care of them."
Finished with Ladyhawke, Broderick returns next month to Brighton Beach. For him the stage has been the thing ever since he appeared in a high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. "It was the first thing I felt sort of confident at," he recalls. "I felt—I don't know—I impressed myself." Whether in a school play or Hollywood movie, Matthew has the same concern. "I don't want to embarrass myself in front of people," he says. "I worry about that endlessly." Judging from his work, worrying is just one of the things Broderick does well.