Matt Dillon

Highest Rated: 100% Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Birthday: Feb 18, 1964
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA
For a long time, Matt Dillon was a teen idol known mostly for his Tiger Beat-ready looks, but he was able to make a successful transition from pubescent star to adult actor. As he grew, his physical attributes -- the dark, pretty-boy eyes and glacier-cut cheekbones -- matured with him, making him well-suited to portray characters whose golden-boy pasts have been eclipsed by adult experience. A native of New Rochelle, NY, where he was born on February 18, 1964, Dillon was a product of a pop-culture milieu. The nephew of comic-strip artist Alex Raymond, creator of Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, and Rip Kirby, he was named for the protagonist of the TV Western Gunsmoke. Dillon was raised as the second oldest of the five sons and one daughter of a stockbroker and a homemaker. He began acting in elementary school, and, at the age of 14, he was discovered by Warner Bros. talent scouts while cutting class. After making a memorable impression on casting director Vic Ramos with an eerily accurate impersonation of the character he was asked to audition for, Dillon won the part and made his film debut as a school bully in Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 teenage drama Over the Edge. His work in the film opened the floodgates for roles in similar teen movies, and over the next few years, Dillon could be seen as the photogenic mouthpiece for adolescent discontent in such films as My Bodyguard (1980), Little Darlings (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), and that seminal exploration of teenage alienation, The Outsiders (1983). By the mid-'80s, Dillon sought to move beyond the teen mold and began taking more adult roles. His breakthrough into the grown-up realm came with his somber, unheroic portrayal of a junkie trying to come clean in Gus Van Sant's acclaimed Drugstore Cowboy (1989). His status as an adult performer firmly established, Dillon went on to star in films of varying quality, doing some of his most memorable work in Singles (1992), as the egocentric slacker head of a terrifically bad grunge band; To Die For (1995), as the well-meaning but tragically dim husband of a psychotic weather girl (Nicole Kidman); Kevin Spacey's Albino Alligator (1995), as a small-time New Orleans crook; and Beautiful Girls (1996), in which Dillon was perfectly cast as a small-town snow plower unable to make good on the promise of his high-school glory days.Dillon had pivotal roles in several Hollywood hits between 1997 and 1998. The first, In & Out, called for him to caricature himself as a peroxided movie star who unwittingly outs his ex-high school teacher on national television. The following year, he again proved his capacity for bottom-dwelling when he played a woefully unqualified high-school guidance counselor in the delightfully trashy Wild Things and once more when he starred alongside then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in There's Something About Mary as a sleazy personal investigator, only to drop off the radar for three years before starring in the disappointing One Night at McCool's (2001) with John Goodman and Liv Tyler. The year 2002 found Dillon in the director's chair as well as on the big screen in The City of Ghosts, in which he played a young man under suspicion of insurance fraud. Though the film -- which Dillon also helped write -- received mixed reviews critically, Dillon was lauded for a nonetheless impressive directorial debut. The same year featured Dillon as a mobster in director Scott Kalvert's Deuces Wild and later as an interviewee in the documentary Rockets Redglare!, which also included Steve Buscemi and Willem Dafoe. After participating in 2003's Breakfast With Hunter, which centered on gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, Dillon went on to film 2004's Employee of the Month with Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate, which screened at that year's installment of the Sundance Film Festival.2005 would prove to be quite a big year for Dillon, with him appearing a no less than four films of varying size. In addition to the lead in the low-budget Charle

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Fonzo Johnny 2019
58% The House That Jack Built Jack 2018
0% Head Full of Honey Nick 2018
No Score Yet Running for Grace (Jo, the Medicine Runner) Doc 2018
47% Going in Style FBI Agent Hamer $45.1M 2017
47% Rock Dog Trey $9.5M 2017
No Score Yet Bad Country Jesse Weiland 2014
45% The Art of the Steal Nicky Calhoun 2014
64% Sunlight Jr. Richie 2013
22% Girl Most Likely George $1.4M 2013
13% Hustlers Richard $5.4K 2013
No Score Yet Inferno Chuck Traynor 2012
29% Takers Jack Welles $57.8M 2010
No Score Yet Bone Deep Actor 2010
40% Armored Chief Officer Michael Cochrane $16M 2009
5% Old Dogs Barry $49.5M 2009
81% Nothing But the Truth Patton Dubois 2008
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Actor $0.2M 2007
91% ...So Goes the Nation Actor 2006
76% Factotum Henry Chinaski $0.9M 2006
20% You, Me and Dupree Carl Peterson $75.7M 2006
18% Loverboy Mark 2006
81% Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos Narrator 2006
41% Herbie: Fully Loaded Trip Murphy $66M 2005
74% Crash Sgt. Ryan $55.4M 2004
33% Rockets Redglare! Actor 2004
11% Employee of the Month David Walsh 2004
47% City of Ghosts Jimmy Screenwriter Director $0.3M 2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Project Executive Producer 2002
3% Deuces Wild Fritzy $6.1M 2002
33% One Night at McCool's Randy $5.7M 2001
83% There's Something About Mary Pat Healy 1998
64% Wild Things Sam Lombardo 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
72% In & Out Cameron Drake 1997
No Score Yet Pitch Actor 1997
50% Albino Alligator Dova 1996
75% Grace of My Heart Jay Phillips 1996
79% Beautiful Girls Tommy Rowland 1996
71% Frankie Starlight Terry Klout 1995
88% To Die For Larry Maretto 1995
0% Golden Gate Kevin Walker 1994
80% The Saint of Fort Washington Matthew 1993
52% Mr. Wonderful Gus 1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor 1992
88% Malcolm X DJ at the Harlem `Y' Dance 1992
79% Singles Cliff Poncier 1992
No Score Yet Women & Men 2 Eddie Megeffin 1991
31% A Kiss Before Dying Jonathan Corliss 1991
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway Regret 1989
100% Drugstore Cowboy Bob 1989
20% Kansas Doyle Kennedy 1988
57% The Big Town J.C. Cullen 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
56% Native Son Jan 1986
No Score Yet Rebel Rebel 1986
71% Target Chris Lloyd 1985
83% The Flamingo Kid Jeffrey Willis 1984
70% Rumble Fish Rusty James 1983
64% The Outsiders Dallas Winston 1983
85% Tex Tex McCormick 1982
No Score Yet Liar's Moon Jack Duncan 1981
86% My Bodyguard Moody 1980
57% Little Darlings Randy 1980
90% Over the Edge Richie 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
61% Wayward Pines
2015-2016
Ethan Burke
  • 2016
  • 2015
87% Modern Family
2009
Robbie
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2009
  • 2005
  • 2004
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
89% Oz
1997-2003
Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1982

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