Mar. 22nd, 1959
Loma Linda, California, USA
Matthew Modine's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Youngest of 7 children born to Mark and Dolores Modine. He was raised in a Mormon family, which was forced to move every couple of years because his father worked as a drive-in movie operator. All of the children worked in the drive-ins. After seeing a documentary about the film Oliver! (1968), Modine decided he wanted to become an actor. After high school, he dropped out of BYU and worked several odd jobs before moving to New York in 1979. He landed a job as a chef at Au Natural in Manhattan, where he met his wife, Cari. They married a year later, and Matthew began landing roles in film, and later theatre and TV. He and his family live at Arbolay, a 100-acre farm in Upstate Millbrook, New York.
- Is a horticulturist and a carpenter.
- Attended BYU
- Founder of Bicycle For A Day (BFAD) A global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride a bicycle rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint.
- On a radio interview with 'Jonathan Ross (I)' (qv) in late February 2006, he said he was only baptised a Mormon, but the family wasn't very orthodox or 'tight-knit', and only practiced seriously during his very early years.
- Was originally offered 'Tom Cruise' (qv)'s role in _Top Gun (1986)_ (qv). Turned down the part because he disagreed with the film's cold-war politics.
- Does not own a TV.
- Learning to fly-fish; his teacher is 'Liam Neeson' (qv).
- Good friends with 'Eric Stoltz' (qv).