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Matthew Settle
Name Jeffrey Matthew Settle
Birthplace Hickory, North Carolina
Date of Birth September 17, 1969 (Age 52)
Role on Gossip Girl Rufus Humphrey

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.


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


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. 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, with whom he has a daughter, born in 2009. The couple were divorced May 10, 2011.



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


Show Role Year(s) Notes
Band of Brothers Capt. Ronald Speirs 2001 Miniseries; 6 episodes
ER Brian Westlake 2002 5 episodes
The Practice Russell Bakey 2003 3 episodes
CSI: Miami Art Pickering 2003 Episode: "Death Grip"
Decisive Battles Himself 2004 Host; 13 episodes
Into the West Jacob Wheeler 2005 Miniseries; 3 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jackson Zane 2005 Episode: "Storm"
Brothers and Sisters Jonathan Sellers 2006 4 episodes
The Wedding Bells Michael Madison 2007 2 episodes
Gossip Girl Rufus Humphrey 2007-2012 Main cast; 121 episodes

Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Parental Unit

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Daniel Wolf 2016 1 episode