Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon

Feb. 18th, 1964
Born in
New Rochelle, New York, USA

Matt Dillon's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Wayward Pines TV Show
Wayward Pines
100 Greatest Teen Stars TV Show
100 Greatest Teen Stars
Contest Searchlight TV Show
Contest Searchlight

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Bad Country
2013 - Girl Most Likely
2013 - Pawn Shop Chronicles
2013 - Sunlight Jr.
2013 - The Art of the Steal
2013 - Girl Most Likely
2010 - Takers
2009 - Old Dogs
2009 - Armored
2007 - Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
2006 - You, Me and Dupree
2006 - Loverboy
2006 - Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
2006 - ...So Goes the Nation
2005 - Factotum
2005 - Herbie Fully Loaded
2004 - Crash
2004 - Employee of the Month
2003 - Breakfast with Hunter
2002 - City of Ghosts
2002 - Deuces Wild
2001 - One Night At McCool
1998 - There's Something About Mary
1998 - Wild Things
1997 - In & Out
1996 - Beautiful Girls
1995 - To Die For
1995 - Frankie Starlight
1993 - Mr. Wonderful
1992 - Singles
1991 - A Kiss Before Dying
1991 - Madonna: Truth or Dare
1989 - Drugstore Cowboy
1987 - The Big Town
1985 - Target
1985 - Target
1983 - Rumble Fish
1983 - The Outsiders
1982 - Tex
1980 - Little Darlings
1980 - My Bodyguard
1979 - Over the Edge

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Pat Healy
Louie (Voiced)
Robbie Sullivan
Himself - Host
Himself - Audience
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Originally a teen star (generally in "troubled youth" roles), who has since matured into one of Hollywood's most enjoyable actors to watch on screen with a wonderful versatility in his acting range, tall, lean and handsome Matt Dillon was born in February 1964 in New Rochelle, New York, and was discovered by pure chance. Talent scouts were roaming the halls of Hommocks School, spied the good-looking Dillon, and asked him to attend a casting call. He showed up, put on a swagger and petulant attitude for the casting director and landed his first film role, appearing in Over the Edge (1979), a "troubled-youth" film about bored Colorado teenagers fighting developers, their parents and the police. His next role was as a teen bully who gets his comeuppance in the "feel-good" movie My Bodyguard (1980). He was the object of teenage female desire in Little Darlings (1980), and followed that as a poor boy eloping with a rich girl in Liar's Moon (1982).

Dillon was now a hot property, and his next three film roles were in quality productions of best selling novels by author 'S.E. Hinton' that cemented him as the US' #1 teen star. First he starred as a fatherless country boy in Tex (1982), then he headlined a cast of superb young actors, including 'Tom Cruise', 'Emilio Estevez', 'Rob Lowe' and 'Patrick Swayze', in the moving The Outsiders (1983), and finally he was back in trouble once more in the superb Rumble Fish (1983).

As his looks matured, Dillon moved into broader roles such as the smooth-talking Brooklyn teenager conning everyone at a posh Florida country club in The Flamingo Kid (1984). He made his first foray into adult action with 'Gene Hackman' in the thriller Target (1985), followed by several B-grade romantic efforts, before striking gold with the critics with his performance in the uncompromising 'Gus van Sant' film about drug addicts, Drugstore Cowboy (1989). Unfortunately, his next few films fell back into a degree of mediocrity until another intriguing performance as a young schizophrenic in The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), then another romantic comedy role in Mr. Wonderful (1993). He worked again with van Sant as naive husband Larry Maretto opposite murderous 'Nicole Kidman' in the icy thriller To Die For (1995).

Dillon remained busy and turned in excellent performances in the sexy thriller of murder and double-crosses, Wild Things (1998). He was hilarious as a sleazy private eye lovestruck by 'Cameron Diaz' in the box-office smash There's Something About Mary (1998). He starred in the black comedy One Night at McCool's (2001), made his feature film directorial debut with City of Ghosts (2002), had a day that goes from bad to worse in Employee of the Month (2004). And, for his work in the Best Picture Academy Award winner Crash (2004/I), Dillon received a long-overdue Oscar nomination, as Best Supporting Actor.

  • Played a lead role in three of author S.E. Hinton's books made into movies consecutively: Tex (1982), The Outsiders (1983), and Rumble Fish (1983).
  • Has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia.
  • Is a runner, and regularly runs through Central Park in New York, where he lives. Usually he is not recognized.
  • Dated 'Cameron Diaz' (qv) for several years in the late 1990's.
  • He is left-handed.
  • "Matt Dillon" is also the fictional name of the hero of _"Gunsmoke" (1955)_ (qv), television's longest-running ever western series (20 years from 1955 to 1975). The hero, a U.S. Marshal for Dodge City, was played by 'James Arness' (qv).
  • His grandmother, Bea Dillon, is the sister of two famous artists: 'Alex Raymond (I)' (qv) and Jim Raymond. 'Alex Raymond (I)' (qv) was the creator of the cartoon strip, Flash Gordon; and also Jungle Jim and Rip Kirby. Jim Raymond drew Blondie for 'Chic Young' (qv) for about 40 years.
  • Is a New York Mets baseball fan and collects 'Mookie Wilson (I)' (qv) baseball cards.

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