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Matt Dillon

Matt DillonAKA Matthew Raymond Dillon

Born: 18-Feb-1964
Birthplace: New Rochelle, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Drugstore Cowboy

Matt Dillon was raised in a Westchester County suburb of New York, with four brothers and one sister. Most of his friends, he says, were from dysfunctional or broken families, but his parents were happily married middle-class Irish Catholics. Dillon landed in show business through pure dumb luck. Talent scouts were visiting his junior high school, scouting fresh faces for a low-budget film. Dillon was not interested when he saw the flyers, and was not planning to audition until a scout spotted him in the hallway and explained that it would be a way to ditch classes without getting into trouble. At the audition, Dillon wore a petulant "tough guy swagger" that landed him a key role in a tale of white suburban unrest, Over the Edge.

He dropped out of high school and became a staple of independent films. His "teen heartthrob" era culminated with three films in a row based on novels by S. E. Hinton: Tex with Meg Tilly, and Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders with an all-future-star cast and Rumble Fish with Mickey Rourke. When Dillon outgrew such roles, he moved on to more grown-up assignments, among them Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy and To Die For. In Cameron Crowe's Singles, he played the lead singer of a grunge band played by Pearl Jam. His most famous role probably remains the sleazy private eye in There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz.

He wrote and directed the 2002 film City of Ghosts with James Caan, which was poorly received at the box office and criticized by Asian activists for its depiction of Cambodian prostitutes. "They offered me some books to read," says Dillon. "Women's studies or something. I think they were being a little too politically correct."

Dillon's grand-uncle, Alex Raymond, was the cartoonist who invented "Flash Gordon". Another grand-uncle, Jim Raymond, drew the "Blondie" comic strip for more than 40 years. Dillon's father, retired from a career selling packing material, is now a painter.

Father: Paul Dillon (sales manager, now a painter)
Mother: Mary Ellen Dillon (housewife)
Brother: Paul (former actor, b. 1962)
Brother: Kevin Dillon (actor, b. 19-Aug-1965)
Sister: Katy (b. 1966)
Brother: Timothy (b. 1969)
Brother: Brian (b. 1972)
Girlfriend: Cameron Diaz (actress, dated late 1990s)

    High School: Hommocks School

    Risk Factors: Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    City of Ghosts (10-Sep-2002)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Art of the Steal (11-Sep-2013)
    Pawn Shop Chronicles (12-Jul-2013)
    Sunlight Jr. (20-Apr-2013)
    Girl Most Likely (7-Sep-2012)
    Takers (20-Aug-2010) · Jack Welles
    Armored (4-Dec-2009) · Mike Cochrane
    Old Dogs (25-Nov-2009) · Barry
    Nothing But the Truth (8-Sep-2008) · Patton Dubois
    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (20-Jan-2007) · Himself
    You, Me and Dupree (13-Jul-2006)
    Once in a Lifetime (18-May-2006) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Herbie: Fully Loaded (24-Jun-2005)
    Factotum (12-Apr-2005) · Hank Chinaski
    Loverboy (24-Jan-2005) · Mark
    Crash (10-Sep-2004)
    Employee of the Month (17-Jan-2004)
    City of Ghosts (10-Sep-2002) · Jimmy
    Deuces Wild (3-May-2002) · Fritzy
    One Night at McCool's (19-Apr-2001)
    There's Something About Mary (15-Jul-1998)
    Wild Things (20-Mar-1998) · Sam Lombardo
    In & Out (10-Sep-1997) · Cameron Drake
    Albino Alligator (17-Jan-1997) · Dova
    Grace of My Heart (8-Sep-1996) · Jay Phillips
    Beautiful Girls (9-Feb-1996) · Tommy "Birdman" Rowland
    Frankie Starlight (22-Nov-1995) · Terry Klout
    To Die For (May-1995) · Larry Maretto
    Golden Gate (28-Jan-1994)
    Mr. Wonderful (15-Oct-1993) · Gus
    The Saint of Fort Washington (13-Sep-1993) · Matthew
    Singles (18-Sep-1992)
    A Kiss Before Dying (26-Apr-1991) · Jonathan Corliss
    Bloodhounds of Broadway (3-Nov-1989)
    Drugstore Cowboy (6-Oct-1989) · Bob
    Kansas (23-Sep-1988)
    Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (Oct-1987) [VOICE]
    The Big Town (25-Sep-1987)
    Native Son (12-Dec-1986) · Jan
    Rebel (5-Dec-1985)
    Target (8-Nov-1985)
    The Flamingo Kid (21-Dec-1984)
    Rumble Fish (21-Oct-1983) · Rusty James
    The Outsiders (25-Mar-1983)
    Liar's Moon (Sep-1982)
    Tex (30-Jul-1982) · Tex McCormick
    Little Darlings (14-Aug-1980) · Randy
    My Bodyguard (11-Jul-1980) · Moody
    Over the Edge (2-Nov-1979)


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