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Matt Dillon

Highest Rated:   100% Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% Golden Gate (1994)
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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 fou

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Going in Style
  • FBI Agent Hamer
2017
44% Rock Dog
  • Trey
2017
No Score Yet Bad Country
  • Jesse Weiland
2014
44% The Art of the Steal
  • Nicky Calhoun
2014
67% Sunlight Jr.
  • Richie
2013
22% Girl Most Likely
  • George
2013
13% Hustlers
  • Richard
2013
No Score Yet Inferno
  • Chuck Traynor
2012
28% Takers
  • Jack Welles
2010
No Score Yet Bone Deep
  • Actor
2010
40% Armored
  • Chief Officer Michael Cochrane
2009
5% Old Dogs
  • Barry
2009
81% Nothing But the Truth
  • Patton Dubois
2008
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • Actor
2007
91% ...So Goes the Nation
  • Actor
2006
76% Factotum
  • Henry Chinaski
2006
21% You, Me and Dupree
  • Carl Peterson
2006
17% Loverboy
  • Mark
2006
82% Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
  • Narrator
2006
41% Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Trip Murphy
2005
75% Crash
  • Sgt. Ryan
2004
33% Rockets Redglare!
  • Actor
2004
11% Employee of the Month
  • David Walsh
2004
47% City of Ghosts
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Jimmy
2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Project
  • Executive Producer
2002
3% Deuces Wild
  • Fritzy
2002
33% One Night at McCool's
  • Randy
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
44% Albino Alligator
  • Dova
1996
77% Grace of My Heart
  • Jay Phillips
1996
79% Beautiful Girls
  • Tommy Rowland
1996
71% Frankie Starlight
  • Terry Klout
1995
87% To Die For
  • Larry Maretto
1995
0% Golden Gate
  • Kevin Walker
1994
78% The Saint of Fort Washington
  • Matthew
1993
53% Mr. Wonderful
  • Gus
1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John
  • Actor
1992
91% Malcolm X
  • DJ at the Harlem `Y' Dance
1992
80% 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
88% The Flamingo Kid
  • Jeffrey Willis
1984
71% Rumble Fish
  • Rusty James
1983
65% The Outsiders
  • Dallas Winston
1983
83% Tex
  • Tex McCormick
1982
No Score Yet Wildrides
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Liar's Moon
  • Jack Duncan
1981
86% My Bodyguard
  • Moody
1980
No Score Yet Little Darlings
  • Randy
1980
89% Over the Edge
  • Richie
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
58% Wayward Pines
2015-2016
  • Ethan Burke
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Robbie
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
Oz
1997-2003
  • Director

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