Matt Dillon

Actor, Writer, Director
Once typecast as a doomed young rebel with smoldering good looks, Oscar-nominee Matt Dillon managed to outlast his teen stardom from Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983) and enjoy a respected career in both ... Read more »
Born: 02/18/1964 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Wayward Pines 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Country 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Art of the Steal 2014 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Bad Country 2013 (Movie)

Jesse Wheeler (Actor)

Girl Most Likely 2013 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Pawn Shop Chronicles 2013 (Movie)

Richard Yates (Actor)

Sunlight Jr. 2013 (Movie)

Richie (Actor)

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Takers 2010 (Movie)

Jack Welles (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Armored 2009 (Movie)

Mike Cochrane (Actor)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Patton Dubois (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Hank Chinaski (Actor)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

You, Me and Dupree 2006 (Movie)

Carl Peterson (Actor)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Officer Ryan (Actor)

Employee of the Month 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 (Movie)

Trip Murphy (Actor)

Rockets Redglare! 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

City of Ghosts 2003 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Breakfast With Hunter 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Fritzy Zennetti (Actor)

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Fishing With John 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Pat Healy (Actor)

Wild Things 1998 (Movie)

Sam Lombardo (Actor)

Albino Alligator 1997 (Movie)

Dova (Actor)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Cameron Drake (Actor)

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Tommy "Birdman" Rowland (Actor)

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Jay Phillips (Actor)

Frankie Starlight 1995 (Movie)

Terry Klout (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Larry Maretto (Actor)

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

Kevin Walker (Actor)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

Gus DeMarco (Actor)

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

Matthew (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

DJ at the Harlem "Y" Dance (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Cliff Poncier (Actor)

A Kiss Before Dying 1991 (Movie)

Jonathan Corliss (Actor)

Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Prufrock 1990 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Regret (Actor)

Drugstore Cowboy 1989 (Movie)

Bob Hughes (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Kansas 1988 (Movie)

Doyle Kennedy (Actor)

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

J C Cullen (Actor)

Native Son 1986 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

Rebel 1986 (Movie)

Rebel (Actor)

Target 1985 (Movie)

Chris Lloyd (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Jeffrey Willis (Actor)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

Rusty James (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Dallas Winston (Actor)

Liar's Moon 1982 (Movie)

Jack Duncan (Actor)

Tex 1982 (Movie)

Tex McCormick (Actor)

Little Darlings 1980 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Moody (Actor)

Over the Edge 1979 (Movie)

Richie (Actor)

The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

City of Ghosts 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Oz 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Once typecast as a doomed young rebel with smoldering good looks, Oscar-nominee Matt Dillon managed to outlast his teen stardom from Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983) and enjoy a respected career in both drama and comedy. His acclaimed starring role in Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989) helped build a bridge from Dillon's reckless teen roles to more adult fare, though he showed a career-long penchant for seedy and duplicitous characters, to which he always brought a charismatic charm or brooding allure. While making successful forays into cartoonish, blockbuster comedies like "There's Something About Mary" (1998) and "You, Me and Dupree" (2007), Dillon also stuck close to independent film where he displayed uncommon versatility with Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Factotum" (2006), and Paul Haggis' "Crash" (2005), for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Despite the New Yorker's Hollywood-outsider status, Dillon maintained a prolific career that while marked by numerous dips and peaks, steadily held the respect of critics and audiences for several decades.

Relationships

Cameron Diaz Actor

Companion
Met in 1995 while both were filming movies in Minnesota Dated from 1996-98 Co-starred in "There's Something About Mary" (1998)

Mary Dillon

Mother

Kevin Dillon Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 19, 1965; played Johnny 'Drama' Chase on the HBO series "Entourage"

Tim Dillon Actor

Brother

Brian Dillon Actor

Brother

Paul Dillon

Father

Paul Dillon Actor

Brother
Born in 1962

Alex Raymond Actor

Great-Uncle

Charlotte Ronson Actor

Companion
Rumored to be dating as of May 2010

Katy Scholz

Sister
Born in 1966

Elisa Shores

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2004 No longer together

EDUCATION

Mamaroneck High School

Mamaroneck , New York
Left in the 11th grade

Milestones

2010

Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"

2009

Starred in the crime thriller "Armored"

2009

Cast in a supporting role opposite John Travolta and Robin Williams in the comedy "Old Dogs"

2008

Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in Rod Lurie's "Nothing but the Truth"

2006

Played a newlywed married to Kate Hudson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"

2006

Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)

2005

Played a racist cop in Paul Haggis' directorial debut, "Crash"; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor

2005

Cast in the Disney feature "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton

2002

Made feature directorial debut with "City of Ghosts"; also co-starred

2001

Had featured role in the independent film "Deuce's Wild"

1999

Directed an episode of the HBO drama "Oz"

1998

Featured as a sleazy private detective hired by Ben Stiller to track down Cameron Diaz (then his real-life girlfriend) in the Farrelly brothers comedy "There's Something About Mary"

1998

Played a popular guidance counselor accused of raping two students (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards) in the campy thriller "Wild Things"

1997

Played an actor who outs his high-school English teacher (Kevin Kline) during his Oscar speech in the comedy "In & Out"

1995

Starred as Nicole Kidman's doomed husband in Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"

1993

Played a schizophrenic homeless man in "The Saint of Fort Washington"

1992

Played a dim-witted Seattle grunge rocker in Cameron Crowe's ensemble comedy, "Singles"

1989

Won rave reviews for his portrayal of a junkie who robs drugstores to support his habit in the critically acclaimed "Drugstore Cowboy"; first collaboration with director Gus Van Sant

1985

Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"

1984

Played a non-hoodlum role in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid"

1983

Played an alienated teen living in his brother's shadow in Coppola's "Rumble Fish"; again co-starred with Lane in another film based on a Hinton book

1983

Portrayed the troubled teen leader of "The Outsiders," based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name; first film with Francis Ford Coppola and Diane Lane

1982

Made TV debut in "American Playhouse" (PBS) production of "The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters"

1982

Played titular character in "Tex"; first of three alienated teens Dillon portrayed in films based on S.E. Hinton novel

1980

Played a hunk who deflowers Kristy McNichol in the camp drama "Little Darlings"

1980

Cast as the bully in "My Bodyguard"

1979

At age 14, was spotted by casting director Vic Ramos while cutting class in junior high school

1979

Made film debut in the violent teen drama "Over the Edge"

Grew up in Mamaroneck, New York

Bonus Trivia

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Dillon co-owns a bar called The Whiskey in NYC's Paramount Hotel and a restaurant in New York called The Falls.

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He is an avid collector of French and American antiques.

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[director Jonathan] Kaplan’s first meeting with Dillon: "We happened to get him at a time in adolescence when he was acting," says Kaplan. "I asked, ‘What does your dad do for a living?’ and he says, ‘He's a f*cking businessman.' And I asked, ‘What does your mother do?' and he says, 'She don't do sh*t.' Then I found out his father's a stockbroker or something, and this is all a working-class, Lower East Side Italian pose from a middle-class Irish kid from the suburbs." - from Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 9, 1992

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"If you find the right part for Matt, he has a level of depth and soulfulness that his contemporaries just don't have. He's a very passionate guy and he puts that into the work. Plus, besides having a lot of talent, he has real decency." - Tim Hunter, who directed the film 'The Saint of Fort Washington' to Newsday, Nov. 15, 1993

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"I wouldn't say that it was so wild, but, yeah, we messed around a little bit with some drugs. It was not like I needed to become a Dilaudid addict to play the role. But I wouldn't be lying to say that we didn't do anything. But it wasn't encouraged by the director." - Dillon on filming "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989) to Premiere magazine, June 2005

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