Greg Grunberg’s character may have died in the pilot of “Lost,” but it wouldn’t be long before he would star in a television phenomenon in his own right. From the creative mind of Tim Kring, “Heroes” became notable for its multiple perspectives and awe-inspiring aesthetic. The late comic artist Tim Sale was behind the series’ art, creating an immersive visual (via Variety). In addition to the significant cheerleader Claire (Hayden Panettiere), positive hero Hiro (Masi Oka), and empathetic Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), Grunberg rounded out the cast as Matt Parkman. A beat cop looking to become a detective, Matt is pulled into the mystery of serial killing Sylar (Zachary Quinto) after learning he is telepathic. Beloved for its first season, fans gave up on “Heroes” due to a quality decline in light of the 2008 WGA strike. Even so, Matt was a dream come true for Grunberg to play.
“I still to this day maintain that Season 1 of ‘Heroes’ is one of the best seasons of television,” Grunberg told TV Insider. “The discovery that went into that first season, both for the audience discovering the characters, for the characters discovering their powers, for the writers discovering the actors and how everything was going to work together and mesh, it just was so well crafted.” Grunberg even got a second chance to play Matt in the revival “Heroes: Reborn,” but it had even a shorter run than the original.