Oct. 26th, 1961
Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
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Mark Anthony McDermott (born October 26, 1961), known professionally as Dylan McDermott, is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the television legal drama The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination, and his roles in the first two seasons of American Horror Story. He also starred in the TNT series Dark Blue as Lt. Carter Shaw.
McDermott was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Diane (née Marino) and Richard "Mac" McDermott. His father was of Irish descent, and his mother had Italian, English, Irish, and French ancestry. His mother was fifteen and his father was seventeen when he was born. He has a younger sister, Robin. By 1967, the couple had divorced, and Diane and her two children were living with her mother. On February 9, 1967, his mother was shot dead. Her death was originally ruled an accident. Police later claimed that evidence they found would be enough to file murder charges against John Sponza, who had been living with Diane McDermott at the time. Sponza had told authorities that she accidentally shot herself after picking up a gun he had been cleaning. Sponza, who police say had ties to organized crime, was shot dead in 1972, his body found in the trunk of a car in a Waltham, Massachusetts, grocery store parking lot. Dylan was 5-years-old when his mother died. He and his sister were raised by their maternal grandmother, Avis (Rogers) Marino, in Waterbury.
His father's third wife was playwright Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues), who legally adopted McDermott when he was 15 and she was 23; she has since divorced his father. Ensler, with whom he has remained close, encouraged McDermott to pursue an acting career and began writing roles for him into her plays. After Ensler suffered a miscarriage, he took on the name Dylan—the name planned for her unborn child. He attended acting school at the Jesuit-run Fordham University, as well as studying under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
McDermott starred as Chris in the 1989 film Twister about a man who tried to rescue his girlfriend and daughter from a tornado storm. The same year brought Neon Empire, a movie about the rise and fall of one man in Las Vegas. However, his first big break as an actor was in the hit film In the Line of Fire. Through his connection with 'Clint Eastwood', McDermott was able to land his first major gig in The Practice. The show expanded McDermott's stardom, and he made People's list of the "50 Most Beautiful People In The World 1998" with the magazine calling him a "a prime-time heartthrob". He got this distinction again in 2000. Despite his success on The Practice, McDermott was cut from the show. Executive producer David E. Kelley cited "economic and creative realities" as a result of pressure from ABC to reduce costs. McDermott did appear in the final two episodes of the final season.
In May 2013, McDermott added "Photographer" to the list of his professions. He launched his first Photography Exhibition in Montreal, Quebec at Avenue Art Gallery as part of a collaboration with Art Agent, Marina Cutler. The Exhibition titled THE DYLAN PROJECT, MAKE SOME NOISE! tied his support for The V-Day Organization and love of photography together as the project is a way to bring attention and funds to this organization that supports women in various ways who have suffered violent acts of aggression. McDermott and Cutler have plans to bring THE DYLAN PROJECT to other locations.
McDermott stars as FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle in the CBS drama Hostages.
McDermott married actress 'Shiva Afshar Rose on November 19, 1995. They have two daughters Collette and Charlotte. The elder daughter's birth is prominently featured in Ensler's Vagina Monologues. On September 27, 2007, People confirmed that McDermott and Rose had separated. On May 16, 2008, CelebTV.com reported that McDermott had filed for divorce from Rose. The divorce was finalized on January 2, 2009.
McDermott has been featured in magazines such as Men's Health. In 1999, he was a finalist in the GQ "Man of the Year" issue. McDermott is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for over 20 years.
- Dated 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv) during and after filming _Steel Magnolias (1989)_ (qv)
- Changed his name from Mark to Dylan in tribute to his ex-stepmother, 'Eve Ensler' (qv), who suffered a miscarriage and who would have given her own child that name. Dylan and Eve have an extremely close and caring relationship.
- He took the name Dylan out of respect to his stepmother who was pregnant with a boy she named Dylan, but had a miscarriage.
- Majored in drama at Fordham University and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC under 'Sanford Meisner' (qv).
- Hosted VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll.
- Attended the 2005 Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Other attendees included 'Albert Brooks (I)' (qv), 'Morgan Freeman (I)' (qv) and 'Jon Tenney' (qv).
- He jokes about the fact that he is often confused with actor/musician 'Dermot Mulroney' (qv).
- (1998) Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.