Dylan McDermott

Actor, Director, Busboy
As an actor, Dylan McDermott's innate inner fire set him apart from many of his less dangerous television contemporaries. McDermott showed the makings of a leading man early on, turning in solid supporting work in such ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1961 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Stalker 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Automata 2014 (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Jimmy Leach (Actor)

Freezer 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hostages 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Mercy 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Forbes (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1997 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2002 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Music Behind Bars 1999 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nobody Walks 2012 (Movie)

Leroy (Actor)

The Campaign 2012 (Movie)

Tim Wattley (Actor)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

The Practice 1997 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1999 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burning Palms 2011 (Movie)

Dennis Marx (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Blue 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Mercy 2010 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Streets of Blood 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Jake Salamander (Actor)

Big Shots 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

3 Lbs. 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Messengers 2007 (Movie)

Roy Solomon (Actor)

A West Texas Children's Story 2006 (Movie)

Cassie's Uncle (Actor)

The Mistress of Spices 2006 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

The Tenants 2006 (Movie)

Harry Lesser (Actor)

The Grid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Edison 2004 (Movie)

Lazerov (Actor)

Party Monster 2003 (Movie)

Peter Gatien (Actor)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

David Lind (Actor)

Legal Action 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

Leander McNelly (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Strike Back 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ESPY Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Three to Tango 1999 (Movie)

Charles Newman (Actor)

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

'Til There Was You 1997 (Movie)

Nick Dawkan (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Leo Fish (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1994 (Movie)

Bryan Bedford (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Stark (Actor)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

Al D'Andrea (Actor)

Jersey Girl 1993 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie 1992 (Movie)

Bruce Simmons (Actor)

Hardware 1990 (Movie)

Mo (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

Jackson Latcherie (Actor)

Twister 1989 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Blue Iguana 1988 (Movie)

Vince Holloway (Actor)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

Sergeant Frantz (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter (TV Show)

Narrator

Into the Badlands (TV Show)

Actor

The Fear Inside (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam in HD (TV Show)

Voice
Music (2)

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

("All I Want Is Girls") (Song Performer)

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

("All I Want Is Girls") (Song)
Producer (1)

The Tenants 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

As an actor, Dylan McDermott's innate inner fire set him apart from many of his less dangerous television contemporaries. McDermott showed the makings of a leading man early on, turning in solid supporting work in such diverse feature films as the grim Vietnam War story "Hamburger Hill" (1987) and the comedic drama "Steel Magnolias" (1989), amidst a cast of leading lady all-stars. He edged up toward movie stardom with the lead in the cult sci-fi thriller "Hardware" (1990) and held his own alongside screen icon Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire" (1993). With the Jodie Foster-directed "Home for the Holidays" (1995), McDermott demonstrated a knack for lighter fare as well, but it was his intense portrayal of driven criminal defense attorney Bobby Donnell on David E. Kelley's acclaimed legal drama "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) that finally gained the actor critical recognition and sex symbol status. McDermott's track record after "The Practice," however, was spotty at best, with such features as the supernatural thriller "The Messengers" (2007) and the short-lived cop drama "Dark Blue" (TNT, 2009-2010) failing to ignite sparks with audiences. Ironically, his next hit project came when he starred in the gleefully gratuitous cable shocker "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ) - an anthology series that would change not only its setting, but its core cast each season. As a fiercely committed performer willing to take creative risks, McDermott was sure to shake things up on screens for years to come.

Relationships

Robin McDermott

Sister

Shiva Afshar

Wife
Irish/Persian Married Nov. 19, 1995 Separated in September 2007 Divorce finalized December 4, 2008

Eve Ensler Actor

Mother
Created the play "The Vagina Monologues" Ensler legally adopted McDermott when he was 19 and she was 26 After Ensler suffered a miscarriage, McDermott took on the name Dylan in honor of his stepmother's deceased baby Ensler divorced from McDermott's father Richard

Melissa Gilbert Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Diane Marino

Mother
Italian American Was only 15 when McDermott was born Divorced from McDermott's father by 1967 Accidentally shot and killed by her boyfriend on Feb. 9, 1967, when McDermott was five

Avis Marino

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother Helped raise McDermott and his sister after their mother's death

Richard McDermott

Father
Owned New York's West Fourth Street Saloon Was only 17 when McDermott was born Divorced from McDermott's mother by 1967 Later married and divorced playwright Eve Ensler, whom adopted McDermott c. 1980

Charlotte McDermott

Daughter
Born Sept. 8, 2005; mother, Shiva Afshar

Colette McDermott

Daughter
Born in May 1996; mother, Shiva Afshar

Julia Roberts Actor

Companion
Mc Dermott played Roberts' husband in "Steel Magnolias" (1989) Briefly engaged in the 1990s No longer together

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse

New York , New York
Studied acting with Sanford Meisner

Fordham University

New York , New York 1983

Milestones

2013

Played a former Secret Service agent in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2012

Played Logan Lerman's father in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky

2012

Played a serial killer in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"

2011

Starred on FX's sexually charged thriller "American Horror Story," created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

2009

Played a police lieutenant on the short-lived TNT drama "Dark Blue"

2008

Cast in the Broadway production of Nicky Silver's "Three Changes"

2007

Appeared in the Pang Brothers thriller "The Messengers"

2006

Co-starred with Snoop Dogg in the drama "The Tenants"

2004

Cast as FBI Agent Mike Canary in TNT's six-hour limited series "The Grid"

2003

Appeared in the film "Wonderland," starring Val Kilmer and based on the 1981 Wonderland Murders

2003

Featured in the independent movie "Party Monster," starring Macaulay Culkin as New York club promoter and convicted murderer Michael Alig

2001

Co-starred with James Van Der Beek in Steve Miner's 1875-set adventure "Texas Rangers"

1999

Made TV directorial debut with an episode of ABC's "The Practice"

1999

Played a high-powered executive opposite Matthew Perry in the romantic comedy "Three to Tango"

1997

Co-starred with Jeanne Tripplehorn in the romantic comedy "'Til There Was You"

1997

Cast in breakthrough role as the headstrong defense attorney Bobby Donnell on ABC's "The Practice"

1995

Returned to the stage for Eve Ensler's "Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man"

1995

Cast in a supporting role in Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays"

1994

Landed a featured role in "The Cowboy Way"

1994

Starred as the lawyer defending Kris Kringle in the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"

1993

Played Clint Eastwood's doomed partner in "In the Line of Fire"

1992

Starred in the Showtime thriller "The Fear Inside"

1992

Paired with Jami Gertz in the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl"

1991

Appeared in the USA Network TV-movie "Into the Badlands"

1991

Starred in the psychodrama "Where Sleeping Dogs Lie"

1990

Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Hardware"

1989

Appeared in Michael Almereyda's "Twister"

1989

Made television debut, playing a featured role in the Showtime miniseries "The Neon Empire"

1989

Played the affable husband of Julia Roberts' ailing character in "Steel Magnolias"

1988

Landed a leading role in "The Blue Iguana"

1987

Made feature film debut in "Hamburger Hill"

1985

Made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"

1977

Made stage debut in Eve Ensler's "Believe It, See It, Survival"

Lived with grandmother in Waterbury, CT after mother's death

After his step-mother, Eve Ensler suffered a miscarriage, he took on the name Dylan – the name of her unborn child

Bonus Trivia

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When his stepmother Eve Ensler miscarried a baby she planned to name Dylan, McDermott changed his first name from Mark to Dylan.

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"People sometimes ask how I've managed to stay afloat after doing all these movies that haven't done well. I came to realize it's been a blessing that I hadn't been in a big hit too early. So many actors in their 20s are burned out by now." – McDermott to the New York Post, Sept. 14, 1995

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"At the dailies one day, I watched the scene between Holly and me in the doorway to her bedroom, when our characters are breaking up. There I was, 33 and in my 12th film, and I finally said 'You know what, THAT'S what I've been after since I started acting when I was a troubled 19-year-old.' Maybe it's only one moment in the film and maybe nobody will see it but me, but for the first time I saw a leading man on the screen when looking at myself." – McDermott on "Home for the Holidays" (1995), quoted in Movieline Magazine, December 1995

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"In the movies, I felt I couldn't hit my stride. I was frustrated. I was getting scripts that others had passed on, and there was a reason they were passing. With 'The Practice,' I felt I could go to the next place with my acting and get better movies." – McDermott to USA Today, Oct. 16, 1997

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"When my mom died, I felt invisible psychologically. So, from that point on, my goal was to be seen. Acting wasn't about making a career choice. It was almost like I had to become an actor to heal that scar." – McDermott quoted in Us Weekly, December 1998

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"Instinctively I thought I'd do well in television because I had grown up in front of it. I was a lonely latchkey kid who watched day and night." – McDermott quoted in Parade Magazine, Aug. 15, 1999

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Forty-five years after his mother died of a gunshot wound to the head, McDermott helped prove she was murdered. The actor asked Waterbury, CT police to reopen the case in 2011 and based on his memories from the 1967 incident, led authorities to change the official cause of death from accidental to murder.

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