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Dylan McDermott

Highest Rated:   100% Hamburger Hill (1987)
Lowest Rated:   0% Behaving Badly (2014)
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Birthplace:   Waterbury, CT, USA
Proving that there is a reason for the existence of the cliché "tall, dark, and handsome," Dylan McDermott has won many a heart, as well as many a critical nod, for his role on the Emmy-winning television series The Practice. The actor struggled for years before landing his part as a lawyer on the show in 1997. Since then, the critical appreciation he has garnered has been complemented by his regular appearances in the style sections of a number of magazines, making him one of the most visible actors in Hollywood.Born October 26, 1962, in Waterbury, CT, McDermott had a tumultuous childhood. After his parents' divorce, his mother died when the actor was very young. McDermott was, by his own account, something of a delinquent, but his life began to turn around when he discovered acting as a teenager. His interest in the theater was given an additional boost by his stepmother, the playwright Eve Ensler. Ensler encouraged the actor, whom she formally adopted when he was 19, and he began training for his career at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. After acting in stage productions such as Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, McDermott made his film debut as platoon leader Sgt. Franz in 1987's Hamburger Hill. His next notable role was as Julia Roberts' husband in Steel Magnolias. Despite being part of one of the biggest hits of 1989, real fame eluded McDermott, who secured limited recognition for his reported real-life role as Roberts' boyfriend rather than for his acting in the film.After appearing in leading man roles in a string of disappointing films, including Jersey Girl with Jami Gertz, McDermott's luck began to change, with a part in Clint Eastwood's 1993 smash In the Line of Fire. The following year, he got a lead role as Elizabeth Perkins' lawyer love interest in Miracle on 34th Street. The relative success of that film was inversely proportional to McDermott's next, the ill-received Woody Harrelson vehicle The Cowboy Way (1994). McDermott rebounded somewhat with his leading role as Holly Hunter's love interest in the following year's Home for the Holidays, but it wasn't until two years later, when he appeared in a few episodes of Ally McBeal and landed his role on The Practice, that McDermott began to find true success. Winning a 1999 Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award for his work on the show, the actor (who by this point was also the subject of numerous articles and Best Dressed photos with his wife, stage actress Shiva Ashfar) found previously closed doors being opened, most notably in the form of a big-screen starring role in the 1999 romantic comedy Three to Tango, co-starring Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell. Increasingly in demand as a television actor in the following years, McDermott turned up in the boardroom jungle series Big Shots and the short-lived police drama Dark Blue before shattering small screen taboos as a cheating husband who unwittingly moves his family into a haunted house in the twisted FX Network series American Horror Story. In 2012, as if to balance the morbidity of his latest television endeavor, the handsome and versatile actor flexed his comic chops opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the election year political comedy The Campaign. He also appeared in the teen pic The Perks of Being a Wallflower, playing the lead character's father. McDermott returned to TV shortly thereafter, starring in the short-lived Hostages before taking the lead in Stalker.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
16% Blind
  • Mark Dutchman
$12.2k 2017
No Score Yet Laws of the Universe: Part 0
  • Actor
2015
9% Survivor
  • Sam Parker
$0.2M 2015
30% Autómata
  • Wallace
2014
No Score Yet Mercy
  • Actor
2014
0% Behaving Badly
  • Jimmy Leach
2014
33% Freezer
  • Robert
2014
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Forbes
$98.7M 2013
40% Nobody Walks
  • Leroy
$25.5k 2012
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Father
$14.9M 2012
65% The Campaign
  • Tim Wattley
$86.9M 2012
29% Burning Palms
  • Dennis Marx
2011
43% Mercy
  • Jake
2010
No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold
  • Jake Salamander
2007
12% The Messengers
  • Roy
$35.4M 2007
0% Edison (Edison Force)
  • Lazerov
2006
32% The Tenants
  • Executive Producer
  • Harry Lesser
2006
11% The Mistress of Spices
  • Doug
2006
No Score Yet The Grid
  • Max Canary
2004
72% Runaway Jury
  • Jacob Woods
$49.3M 2003
34% Wonderland
  • David Lind
2003
29% Party Monster
  • Peter Gatien
$0.3M 2003
22% Enough
  • Actor
$39.2M 2002
2% Texas Rangers
  • Leander
2001
28% Three to Tango
  • Charles Newman
1999
5% 'Til There Was You
  • Nick
1997
65% Home for the Holidays
  • Leo Fish
1995
12% Destiny Turns on the Radio
  • Julian
1995
61% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Bryan
1994
15% The Cowboy Way
  • Stark
1994
95% In the Line of Fire
  • Al D'Andrea
1993
No Score Yet Jersey Girl
  • Sal
1993
No Score Yet The Fear Inside
  • Peter
1992
No Score Yet Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991)
  • Bruce Simmons
1991
No Score Yet Into the Badlands
  • McComas
1991
50% Hardware
  • Moses Baxter
1990
69% Steel Magnolias
  • Jackson Latcherie
1989
No Score Yet Twister
  • Chris
1989
No Score Yet The Neon Empire
  • Vic
1989
0% The Blue Iguana
  • Vince Holloway
1988
100% Hamburger Hill
  • Frantz
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
20% Stalker
2014-2015
  • Jack Larsen
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
57% Hostages
2013-2014
  • Duncan Carlisle
  • 2014
  • 2013
76% American Horror Story
2012
  • Ben Harmon Johnny Morgan
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
29% Dark Blue
2009-2010
  • Carter Shaw
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Bobby Donnell
  • Director
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Tom
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1999
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Bobby Donnell
  • 1998

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