Dermot Mulroney

Actor, Musician, Producer
An actor of laid-back charm and natural talent, handsome leading man Dermot Mulroney embodied both toughness and vulnerability in a wide array of roles. After spending the 1990s crafting intimate roles in well-regarded ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1963 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

Dirty Grandpa 2016 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Careful What You Wish For 2015 (Movie)

Elliott (Actor)

Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 (Movie)

Sean Brenner (Actor)

Shameless 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crisis 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Driving Lessons 2014 (Movie)

Jack Burnett (Actor)

No Man's Land 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

Six Bullets From Now 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Space Warriors 2014 (Movie)

Andy Hawkins (Actor)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

Steve Huberbrecht (Actor)

BrandX with Russell Brand 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enlightened 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Girl 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sacrifice 2013 (Movie)

Justin (Actor)

Stoker 2013 (Movie)

Richard Stoker (Actor)

Struck by Lightning 2013 (Movie)

Neal Phillips (Actor)

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Rambler 2013 (Movie)

The Rambler (Actor)

jOBS 2013 (Movie)

Mike Markkula (Actor)

Beyond 2012 (Movie)

Jack Musker (Actor)

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

Colonel Scott Boyer (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Silent Witness 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Grey 2012 (Movie)

Talget (Actor)

Trade of Innocents 2012 (Movie)

Alex Becker (Actor)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Colonel Schwarzkopf (Actor)

The Family Tree 2011 (Movie)

Jack Burnett (Actor)

Inhale 2010 (Movie)

Paul Stanton (Actor)

Jolene 2010 (Movie)

Uncle Phil (Actor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

Star of "Coming Up Daisy" (Actor)

Flash of Genius 2008 (Movie)

Gil Previck (Actor)

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

Bryan Bowen (Actor)

Griffin and Phoenix 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Captain Marty Lee (Actor)

Dante's Inferno 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hair High 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Rod (Actor)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

Everett Stone (Actor)

The Wedding Date 2005 (Movie)

Nick Mercer (Actor)

Undertow 2004 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Friends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

Jim Train (Actor)

About Schmidt 2002 (Movie)

Randall Hertzel (Actor)

Lovely & Amazing 2002 (Movie)

Kevin McCabe (Actor)

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Investigating Sex 2000 (Movie)

Edgar (Actor)

Trixie 2000 (Movie)

Dexter "Dex" Lang (Actor)

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Jake Dunmore (Actor)

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

Wick (Actor)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

Michael O'Neal (Actor)

Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

Johnny O'Hara (Actor)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

Ruben Goetz (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

Wolf (Actor)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

Roger's Father (Actor)

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

Josh McCoy (Actor)

Silent Tongue 1994 (Movie)

Reeves McCree (Actor)

The Last Outlaw 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

Pirate (Actor)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

J P (Actor)

Scene Six, Take One 1993 (Movie)

Wolf (Actor)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

Kyle Davidson (Actor)

Samantha 1992 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Where the Day Takes You 1992 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

George Russell (Actor)

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

Nestor Pyle (Actor)

Longtime Companion 1990 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

Kit McDermott (Actor)

Survival Quest 1989 (Movie)

Gray (Actor)

Unconquered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

Michael Alperin (Actor)

Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

"Dirty Steve" Stephens (Actor)

Daddy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Long Gone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drug Knot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy (Movie)

(Actor)

Family Pictures (TV Show)

Actor

Sin of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

The Heart of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Unconquered (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

God Grew Tired of Us 2007 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (2)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

("Someone Else's Used Guitar" "Hey Porter" "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" "Streets of Love") (Song Performer)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

("Someone Else's Used Guitar") (Song)
Director (1)

Love, Wedding, Marriage 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An actor of laid-back charm and natural talent, handsome leading man Dermot Mulroney embodied both toughness and vulnerability in a wide array of roles. After spending the 1990s crafting intimate roles in well-regarded indie films, Mulroney first entered the mainstream spotlight as Holly Hunter's doomed police partner in the serial killer flick "Copycat" (1995) but made his biggest impact as romantic leading man to Julia Roberts in the blockbuster romantic comedy, "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). His role in the latter film was so highly identifiable with Mulroney, that he spent the next decade diversifying his résumé with various character parts in films like "Lovely & Amazing" (2001), a hilarious turn in "About Schmidt" (2002), and even a recurring arc on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) as Rachel Green's sketchy coworker. But he ultimately returned to the romantic comedy fold with a series of highly enjoyable portrayals in "The Wedding Date" (2005), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "The Family Stone" (2005). He branched out once again with supporting turns in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac" (2007) and the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" (2008), but was lost in the shuffle in "Abduction" (2011) and "J. Edgar" (2011). Despite a relatively low profile later in his career, Mulroney remained busy as a character actor in several movies a year.

Relationships

Tharita Catulle

Wife

Catherine Keener Actor

Wife
Met in 1987 while filming "Survival Quest" (1989) Married Nov. 17, 1990 Also co-starred in "Living in Oblivion" (1995) and "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) Divorced Dec. 17, 2007

Kieran Mulroney Actor

Brother
Born Sept. 24, 1965; acted together in "Career Opportunities" (1991)

Micahael Mulroney

Father

Ellen Mulroney

Mother

Mabel Mulroney

Daughter
Born in April 2008; mother, Tharita Catulle

Clyde Mulroney

Son
Born June 21, 1999; mother, Catherine Keener

Conor Mulroney

Brother
Older

Sean Mulroney

Brother
Older; co-owned Chicago music club The Double Door with his brother

Moira Mulroney

Sister
Younger

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1985

T. C. Williams High School

Alexandria , Virginia 1981

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1985

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1985

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in drama thriller "Stoker"

2012

Acted in adventure thriller "The Grey," co-starring Liam Neeson

2012

Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," directed by Roman Coppola

2012

Cast in Chris Colfer's feature writing debut "Struck by Lightning"

2012

Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle

2011

Played Col. Schwarzkopf in biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2010

Played Jim Rockford in NBC TV-movie "The Rockford Files"

2008

Cast in TV adaptation of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" (Lifetime)

2008

Cast in the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading"

2007

Portrayed the father in "Gracie," a movie inspired by events in the lives of Elisabeth and Andrew Shue

2007

Co-starred in Garry Marshall directed "Georgia Rule"

2005

Starred with Debra Messing in romantic comedy "The Wedding Date"

2005

Played the eldest son who brings his girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his family in holiday comedy "The Family Stone"

2004

Starred with Josh Lucas in dramatic thriller "Undertow"

2003

Cast in ensemble feature "The Safety of Objects"

2002

Delivered comedic turn as Jack Nicholson's prospective son-in-law in "About Schmidt"

2001

Re-teamed with Rudolph for "Investigating Sex"

2001

Appeared in Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely & Amazing" opposite wife Catherine Keener and Brenda Blethyn

2000

First film with writer-director Alan Rudolph, "Trixie"

2000

Shared screen with film legend Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino in "Where the Money Is"

1998

Starred with Patricia Arquette and Don Johnson as "a murderous, adulterous, ambitious family" in black comedy "Goodbye Lover"

1997

Portrayed the prospective bridegroom caught between Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz in "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1996

Played a young upstart mobster in Robert Altman's "Kansas City"; Buscemi also in cast

1996

Appeared briefly in Anjelica Huston's "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime) as Jennifer Jason Leigh's sweet-tempered husband

1996

Re-teamed with DiCillo for "Box of Moonlight," playing a hostile grease monkey

1995

Played Wynona Ryder's beau in "How to Make an American Quilt"

1995

Served as associate producer of DiCillo's "Living in Oblivion," an expanded version of "Scene Six, Take One"

1994

First collaboration with director Tom DiCillo, short film "Scene Six, Take One"; played Wolf, the cinematographer to Buscemi's director

1993

Re-teamed with Shepard for "Silent Tongue"

1993

Wrote song "Someone Else's Used Guitar" for Peter Bogdanovich's "The Thing Called Love"; also acted in the movie

1993

Acted with Steve Buscemi for the first time in "The Last Outlaw" (HBO)

1993

Portrayed the clueless boyfriend of Bridget Fonda's trained assassin in "Point of No Return"

1992

First leading role in a feature, "Where the Day Takes You"

1990

Acted with Sam Shepard in Michael Fields' "Bright Angel"

1989

Played a gay man who dies from an AIDS-related illness in "Longtime Companion"

1988

Joined all-star cast of Christopher Cain's Western "Young Guns"

1988

Feature debut, Blake Edwards' "Sunset"

1986

Made TV debut in CBS movie "Sin of Innocence"

Raised in Alexandria, VA

Bonus Trivia

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Mulroney played the cello, mandolin and guitar. He and his brother Kieran were in a band called the Low and Sweet Orchestra. Once called the Sweet and Low Orchestra, the band's original name constituted copyright infringement in the private sector (a certain sugar substitute took umbrage).

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With Iowa in his background, Mulroney had something in common with John Wayne: "I've seen his boyhood home [in Winterset]; they have a roadside attraction there. My father always identified with the Duke. In fact he once gave me what he considered a compliment – I'm still not sure how to take it. After he'd seen me in five or six things, he said, 'Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne.' And I said, 'How so?' And he said, 'Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles.' Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment." – Mulroney to Graham Fuller in Interview magazine, June 1997

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