- Matt Dillon
Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Matthew Raymond Dillon
February 18, 1964
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, gaining fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s.
Matthew Raymond Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, to second-generation Irish American parents Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer. He was raised in a close-knit Roman Catholic family as the second of six children. Dillon's paternal grandmother was the sister of comic strip artist Alex Raymond. Dillon has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin Dillon, is also an actor, and appears on the hit TV series Entourage which has earned him several Emmy nominations in the supporting actor comedy category. Dillon grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, and before dropping out in junior year, he attended Mamaroneck High School.
In 1977, Jane Bernstein and a friend were helping director Jonathan Kaplan cast the violent teen drama Over the Edge when they found Dillon cutting class at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. Dillon auditioned for a role and made his debut in the film. The film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, and grossed only slightly over $200,000. Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year; the teenage sex comedy Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, and the more serious teen dramedy My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace. The films, released in March and July 1980, respectively, were box office successes and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences.
Another of Dillon's early roles was in the Jean Shepherd PBS special The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters. The only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA, where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public.
One of his next roles was in Liar's Moon, where he played Jack Duncan, a poor Texas boy madly in love with a rich banker's daughter. In the early 1980s, Dillon also had prominent roles in three adaptations of S. E. Hinton novels: Tex (1982), The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983). All three films were shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hinton's hometown. The Outsiders and Rumble Fish had Dillon working with Francis Ford Coppola and Diane Lane. He followed those up with The Flamingo Kid in 1984. He made his Broadway debut with the play The Boys of Winter in 1985.
Dillon did voiceover work in the 1987 documentary film Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. In 1989, Dillon won critical acclaim for his performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy.
Dillon continued to work in the early 1990s with roles in movies like Singles (1992). He had somewhat of a career resurgence when he played Nicole Kidman's husband in To Die For (1995), as well as starring roles in Wild Things (1998) and There's Something About Mary (1998), for which he received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
In 2002, he wrote and directed the film City of Ghosts, starring himself, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu. That same year he starred in Factotum, a film adaptation of an autobiographical work by Charles Bukowski. Two years later he received critical praise and earned a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe along with Oscar nominations for his role in Crash, a film co-written and directed by Paul Haggis. In 2005 Dillon co-starred in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded and on March 11, 2006 hosted Saturday Night Live, in which he impersonated Greg Anderson [disambiguation needed ] and Rod Serling in sketches.
Dillon starred in the comedy You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. The film opened on July 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, Dillon was honored with the Premio Donostia prize in the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
Dillon contributed his voice as the narrator, Sal Paradise, in an audiobook version of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
Dillon appeared in several music videos during his career. He made a cameo appearance as a detective in Madonna's Bad Girl music video which also stars Christopher Walken. Dillon appeared in 1987 in the music video for "Fairytale of New York" by the Irish folk-punk band The Pogues playing a cop who escorts lead singer Shane MacGowan into the drunk tank.
Dillon had a 3-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz in the late '90s.
On December 30, 2008, he was arrested by the Vermont State Police after he was clocked traveling at 106 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 91 near Newbury, Vermont. He was charged with negligent operation of a vehicle. His attorney, Mark Kaplan, entered a plea of not guilty on Dillon's behalf in a January appearance in Orange County Court in Chelsea, and also appeared in court on February 25, 2009. He faced a maximum of one year in jail, and a fine of $1,000. He pleaded guilty to speeding and paid a $828 fine on March 30, 2009; in return, the negligence charge was dismissed by prosecutors. Dillon, with former actress Michele Anderson, had a son Indiyo in March, 2008.
Dillon is mentioned on Jeff Buckley's Live at Sin-é: Legacy Edition CD. On the fifth track Buckley mentions that he cut his hair because people thought he looked like Matt Dillon. Dillon's name is dropped in the lyrics of "After the Fire", a song that Pete Townshend wrote for Roger Daltrey's solo album Under a Raging Moon:
I saw Matt Dillon in black and white/There ain't no colour in memories/He rode his brother's Harley across the TV/ While I was laughing at Dom deLuise
I dance the same dance every night;/ It's only you you're killing./ Super glue the queen of hearts and the information she's spilling,/ Matt Dillon.
In Nick Hornby's 1998 novel About a Boy, protagonist Will Freeman wears a black leather jacket that he liked to think made him look like Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy when he goes on to meet his love interest, Rachel.
Film Year Film Role Other notes 1979 Over the Edge Richie White Film debut 1980 My Bodyguard Melvin Moody Little Darlings Randy Adams 1981 Gunmen's Blues Lake short film 1982 Tex Tex McCormick Liar's Moon Jack Duncan 1983 Rumble Fish Rusty James Amazed Ewan Willson The Outsiders Dallas 'Dally' Winston 1984 The Flamingo Kid Jeffrey Willis 1985 Target Chris Lloyd/Derek Potter 1986 Native Son Jan Rebel Rebel 1987 The Big Town J. C. Cullen 1988 Kansas Doyle Kennedy 1989 Drugstore Cowboy Bob Won- Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Bloodhounds of Broadway Regret 1991 A Kiss Before Dying Jonathan Corliss 1992 Singles Cliff Poncier 1993 The Saint of Fort Washington Matthew Mr. Wonderful Gus 1994 Golden Gate Kevin Walker 1995 To Die For Larry Maretto Frankie Starlight Terry Klout 1996 Grace of My Heart Jay Phillips Albino Alligator Dova Beautiful Girls Tommy 'Birdman' Rowland 1997 In & Out Cameron Drake 1998 There's Something About Mary Patrick (Pat) Healy Won-MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Wild Things Sam Lombardo 2001 One Night at McCool's Randy 2002 Deuces Wild Fritzy City of Ghosts Jimmy also director and writer 2003 Abby Singer Himself 2004 Employee of the Month David Walsh 2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Trip Murphy Crash Sgt. John Ryan Nominated–Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 2006 Factotum Henry Chinaski playing Charles Bukowski You, Me and Dupree Carl Peterson Loverboy Mark limited release 2008 Nothing But the Truth Patton Dubois 2009 Old Dogs Barry Armored Mike Cochrane 2010 Takers Det. Jack Welles Television Year Title Role Notes 1982 The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters Ralph PBS TV-Movie 1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Eddie Megeffin HBO TV-Movie 1991 Fishing with John IFC 1999 Oz Director of Episode:
Napoleon's Boney Parts
2007 The Simpsons Louie Voice/Episode:
2011 Modern Family Robbie Sullivan Episode:
Awards and nominations
Matt Dillon has won several awards in his career including Screen Actors Guild Award, MTV Movie Award and Independent Spirit Award. He also nominated for many awards which includes Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA with the film Crash. He was also honored in the San Sebastián International Film Festival where he received the "Donostia Lifetime Archievement Award." This list includes awards and nominations for his work. In the "Best Ensemble" category, he shared the award with the rest of the ensemble cast.
Year Ceremony/Award Nomination Film Result 1981 Young Artist Awards Best Young Motion Picture Actor My Bodyguard Nominated 1983 Best Young Actor – Motion Picture Tex Nominated 1990 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Drugstore Cowboy Won 1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain (tied) There's Something About Mary Won Best Kiss (shared) Wild Things Nominated Teen Choice Awards Film – Funniest Scene There's Something About Mary Won Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy There's Something About Mary Won 2005 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Crash Won Gotham Awards Tribute Award - Won Best Ensemble Cast Crash Nominated Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Crash Won Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Crash Nominated Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year Crash Won Satellite Awards Best Ensemble Crash Won Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cast Crash Won Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Crash Won 2006 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Crash Nominated BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Nominated Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated Best Ensemble Won Empire Awards Best Actor Nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Nominated Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Won Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated SAG Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Best Cast Won San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Lifetime Archievement Award - Won 2007 Cairo International Film Festival Special Award - Won
- ^ Cigar Aficionado | People Profile | Matt Dillon
- ^ Matt Dillon Biography (1964-)
- ^ Dillon, Matt (August 6, 2005). "Behind the mask". London: The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/3645566/Behind-the-mask.html. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
- ^ Flynn, Paul (August 11, 2005). "Matt's Crash landing". Evening Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/film/article-20064410-matts-crash-landing.do. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
- ^ Rader, Dotson (July 23, 2006). "‘‘You Don’t Shut the Door on Hope’’". Parade. http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2006/edition_07-23-2006/Matt_Dillon. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- ^ "Fordham golf coach has way with the brush". USA Today. October 9, 2001. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2001-10-10-fordham-golf.htm. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- ^ Kevin Dillon Biography at FilmReference.com
- ^ Over the Edge: An Oral History of the Greatest Teen Rebellion Movie of All Time September 2009, Vice Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
- ^ "50 Top-Grossing Films". (Week ending May 23, 1979). Variety, pp. 9.
- ^ "Matt Dillon box office tallies". http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?id=mattdillon.htm. Retrieved March 10, 2006.
- ^  Flicklives.com - A Salute to Jean Shepherd
- ^  NTW Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters, The
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- ^ Matt Dillon Pleads Guilty WPTZ news, March 30, 2009
- ^ Hornby, Nick. "About A Boy". Riverhead Books, 1998, p.213.
- Matt Dillon at the Internet Movie Database
- Matt Dillon at the Internet Broadway Database
- Scotsman.com interview (November 13, 2005)
- About. com interview (May 3, 2005)
- BeliefNet interview (2003)
- Cigar Aficionado interview (October 31, 1996)
- Mug Shot at The Smoking Gun (March 6, 2009)
MTV Movie Award for Best VillainRebecca De Mornay (1992) • Jennifer Jason Leigh (1993) • Alicia Silverstone (1994) • Dennis Hopper (1995) • Kevin Spacey (1996) • Jim Carrey (1997) • Mike Myers (1998) • Matt Dillon / Stephen Dorff (1999) • Mike Myers (2000) • Jim Carrey (2001) • Denzel Washington (2002) • Daveigh Chase (2003) • Lucy Liu (2004) • Ben Stiller (2005) • Hayden Christensen (2006) • Jack Nicholson (2007) • Johnny Depp (2008) • Heath Ledger (2009) • Tom Felton (2010) • Tom Felton (2011)
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