Several people have gained the limelight through their connections with renowned personalities and Gaten Matarazzo Sr. can be regarded as one of them. He is known to the world because of his famous son, Stranger Things actor, Gaetano John Matarazzo III.
Gaten Matarazzo Sr.’s Family
Gaetan Matarazzo Sr. was born on September 13, 1967, and has Italian ancestry. He was born and raised in New Jersey. Sr. Gaten lived a very simple life, and little is known about his background. He was married to Heather Rae Hendrickson. Heather Matarazzo was born on February 19, 1973, in Waterford, Connecticut. In 1991 she graduated from Waterford High School. Heather tied the knot with the love of her life Gaetan Matarazzo at a very young age.
Later she gave birth to her three kids. The eldest daughter, Sabrina Matarazzo, was born on October 14, 1998. The family rose to prominence because of their second son, Gaetano John Matarazzo III, who was born on 8 September 2002, in New London, Connecticut. The youngest son, Carmen Matarazzo, was born on November 10, 2003.
The kids were raised in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Gaetano Jr. was born with cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), a birth defect that mostly affects the bones and teeth. He pursued vocal training at Starlight Performing Arts Center in New Jersey.
Gaten Matarazzo Sr.’s Net Worth
Gaten Matarazzo Sr. Lead a very simple life hidden under wraps. There is very little information available about him on the web. He worked at Golden Nugget Casino and his wife is a teacher. All his children are well settled in their fields. Sabrina appeared in the television commercial, and then she founded the family band, titled “Work in Progress”, with her younger brother Carmen. Currently, Sabrina works in a restaurant. However, real fame was brought to the family by Gaetano Jr. who went on to become a successful child actor.
Gaetano Jr. made his screen acting debut in a 2015 episode of The Blacklist. He began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and as Gavroche in Les Misérables. He gained recognition for playing Dustin Henderson in the Netflix science-fiction-horror drama series Stranger Things, for which he earned a 2017 Young Artist Award nomination for best performance in a digital TV series or Film. He also hosted the Netflix show Prank Encounters. On May 11, 2018, it was announced that he was cast in the animated film, Hump.
In February 2020, he was as part of Andrew Barth Feldman & Adrian Dickson’s Star Wars musical parody fundraiser SW: A New(sical) Hope to help raise funding for NEXT for AUTISM. He joined the cast of Elf for a virtual table reading on December 13, 2020, in support of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s campaign in the 2021 Georgia runoff elections. He has a net worth of $8 million.