Match was one of the three high school boys who made up Biff Tannen's gang in 1955. He got his nickname from a distinctive character trait; "Match" often had a match sticking out of his mouth, the end of which he would chew on. Whether he thought doing this made him look cool or tough, or both, was never determined.
He seemed just as mean-spirited as Biff, but seemed content to let Biff boss him and the other guys around (perhaps because Biff was the only one of them with a car).
Behind the scenes
- He was never referred to by his real name or his nickname. His nickname is only given in the films' novelizations, screenplays and credits.
- Match was portrayed by actor Billy Zane, who is most famous role was as the snobbish Cal Hockley in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. Actress Elsa Raven, who played the Clock Tower lady, had a lesser role (Ida Strauss) in Titanic as well.
- Match is also Billy Zane's first cinematic role.
- In Back to the Future: The Game released by Telltale Games in 2010-2011, several new characters are introduced, including Biff's gangster father Kid Tannen and his own trio of cronies, one of whom, who seems to be his right-hand man, is called "Matches". It is unknown whether or not there is any relation between Matches and Match.
- Match does not have any dialogue in the first film (apart from the exclamation "SHIT!" by the whole gang just as they were about to crash into the manure truck).
- Back to the Future (First appearance)
- Back to the Future Part II
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Back to the Future: The Game - Episode 1: It's About Time (One of Edna's newspapers describes Match and the rest of Biff's gang as juveniles crashing into a manure truck.)
| The McFly Family|
Marty McFly | George McFly | Lorraine Baines McFly | Jennifer Parker | Seamus McFly | Maggie McFly
Dave McFly | Linda McFly | Martin McFly, Jr. | Marlene McFly | Arthur McFly
| The Brown Family|
Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown | Clara Clayton Brown | Jules Brown | Verne Brown | Einstein
| The Tannen Family|
Biff Tannen | Buford Tannen | Griff Tannen | Irving "Kid" Tannen
| The Strickland Family|
James Strickland | Roger Strickland | Irene Strickland | Edna Strickland | Gerald Strickland
Match, Skinhead & 3-D | Goldie Wilson | Douglas J. Needles | Marcus Irving