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Also Known As: Matthew Avery Modine Died:
Born: March 22, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Loma Linda, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, model, chef

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Matthew Modine worked with some of the most respected directors in the film industry, yet following a string of critically acclaimed dramatic performances in the 1980s, the actor was adrift temporarily before discovering a niche of steady, challenging work on television. By the time he was 30 years old, the lanky blond actor had established a talent for portraying all-American types impaired by moral and emotional conundrums in Robert Altman's "Streamers" (1983), Alan Parker's "Birdy" (1984) and Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). He also showcased a charming, fresh-scrubbed guilelessness in lighter fare like Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob" (1988), but when Hollywood was unable to find more adult roles that suited his image, Modine segued into small screen work. Television provided a steady outlet, with Modine becoming a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for television movies including "And the Band Played On" (HBO, 1993). In the new millennium, Modine further regained his artist's reputation with stage appearances in a number of works by Henry Miller and a recurring role on the acclaimed series "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ), all of which added up to a reminder that the remarkably...

Matthew Modine worked with some of the most respected directors in the film industry, yet following a string of critically acclaimed dramatic performances in the 1980s, the actor was adrift temporarily before discovering a niche of steady, challenging work on television. By the time he was 30 years old, the lanky blond actor had established a talent for portraying all-American types impaired by moral and emotional conundrums in Robert Altman's "Streamers" (1983), Alan Parker's "Birdy" (1984) and Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). He also showcased a charming, fresh-scrubbed guilelessness in lighter fare like Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob" (1988), but when Hollywood was unable to find more adult roles that suited his image, Modine segued into small screen work. Television provided a steady outlet, with Modine becoming a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for television movies including "And the Band Played On" (HBO, 1993). In the new millennium, Modine further regained his artist's reputation with stage appearances in a number of works by Henry Miller and a recurring role on the acclaimed series "Weeds" (Showtime, 2005- ), all of which added up to a reminder that the remarkably talented and appealing Modine had spent a career sadly underutilized by Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Ecce Pirate (1995) Director
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  When I Was a Boy (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Jobs (2013)
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 Wrinkles (2012)
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 Cat in Paris, A (2012)
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 Too Big to Fail (2011)
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 Trial, The (2010)
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 Frenemy (2009)
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 Poliwood (2009)
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Grew up in Utah
1977:
Moved to New York at age 18 to begin acting lessons with Stella Adler; found work as a chef in a macrobiotic restaurant (date approximate)
1982:
Made TV debut on "Amy and the Angel," an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1983:
Feature film acting debut in "Baby, It's You"
1984:
Starred as a Vietnam veteran in Alan Parker's "Birdy"
1987:
Returned to the Vietnam milieu for Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"
1988:
Played playwright Eugene O'Neill in the PBS drama special "Journey Into Genius"
1990:
Professional stage debut, "Breaking Up"
1993:
Opened the New Mercury Theater at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA
1993:
Co-wrote and co-directed (with Todd Field) the short film "Smoking"; debuted at the Hamptons Film Festival; credited as Matthew Avery Modine
1993:
Starred in Alan Rudolph's "Equinox"
1993:
Played a neurosurgeon in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"
1993:
Starred in the acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO TV-movie "And the Band Played On"
1994:
Portrayed "Jacob" in the TNT biblical miniseries
1995:
Helmed the short film "Ecce Pirate"
1995:
Appeared opposite Geena Davis in the ill-fated pirate adventure "Cutthroat Island"
1997:
Headlined the ratings success "What the Deaf Man Heard," a CBS installment of "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
1998:
Made feature directorial debut with "If ... Dog ... Rabbit"
1999:
Appeared in Oliver Stone's ensemble drama "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Starred in TV version of "Flowers for Algernon" (CBS)
2001:
Played title role in revisionist miniseries "Jack and the Beanstalk" (CBS)
2004:
Co-starred with Kirstin Davis in the TNT movie "The Winning Season"
2005:
Cast in "The Transporter 2," starring Jason Statham and scripted by Luc Besson
2007:
Joined the cast of Showtime's suburban pot comedy "Weeds" as a real estate developer who has romantic dalliances with both Celia (Elizabeth Perkins) and Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker)
2012:
Co-starred with Eva Mendes in the comedy-drama "Girl in Progress"
2012:
Cast as as deputy commissioner Peter Foley in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
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Notes

Modine has appeared in print campaigns for Vestimenta.

"I'm held in high regard, but I can't green-light a picture that Tom Cruise can." --Matthew Modine quoted in The New York Times Magazine, November 16, 1997.

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wife:
Caridad Modine. Married in 1979.

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father:
Mark Alexander Modine. Drive-in theater manager. Died on July 3, 1995 of cancer.
mother:
Dolores Modine.
brother:
Mark Modine. Older.
brother:
Michael Modine. Older.
brother:
Maury Modine. Older.
brother:
Russell Modine. Older.
sister:
Marcia Modine. Older.
sister:
Elizabeth Modine. Older.
son:
Bowman Modine. Born c. 1986; mother, Cari Modine.
daughter:
Ruby Modine. Born in November 1990; mother, Cari Modine.
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