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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 31, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, musician, producer

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An actor of laid-back charm and natural talent, handsome leading man Dermot Mulroney embodied both toughness and vulnerability in a wide array of roles. After spending the 1990s crafting intimate roles in well-regarded indie films, Mulroney first entered the mainstream spotlight as Holly Hunter's doomed police partner in the serial killer flick "Copycat" (1995) but made his biggest impact as romantic leading man to Julia Roberts in the blockbuster romantic comedy, "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). His role in the latter film was so highly identifiable with Mulroney, that he spent the next decade diversifying his résumé with various character parts in films like "Lovely & Amazing" (2001), a hilarious turn in "About Schmidt" (2002), and even a recurring arc on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) as Rachel Green's sketchy coworker. But he ultimately returned to the romantic comedy fold with a series of highly enjoyable portrayals in "The Wedding Date" (2005), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "The Family Stone" (2005). He branched out once again with supporting turns in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac" (2007) and the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" (2008), but was lost in the shuffle in "Abduction"...

An actor of laid-back charm and natural talent, handsome leading man Dermot Mulroney embodied both toughness and vulnerability in a wide array of roles. After spending the 1990s crafting intimate roles in well-regarded indie films, Mulroney first entered the mainstream spotlight as Holly Hunter's doomed police partner in the serial killer flick "Copycat" (1995) but made his biggest impact as romantic leading man to Julia Roberts in the blockbuster romantic comedy, "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). His role in the latter film was so highly identifiable with Mulroney, that he spent the next decade diversifying his résumé with various character parts in films like "Lovely & Amazing" (2001), a hilarious turn in "About Schmidt" (2002), and even a recurring arc on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) as Rachel Green's sketchy coworker. But he ultimately returned to the romantic comedy fold with a series of highly enjoyable portrayals in "The Wedding Date" (2005), "Must Love Dogs" (2005) and "The Family Stone" (2005). He branched out once again with supporting turns in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac" (2007) and the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" (2008), but was lost in the shuffle in "Abduction" (2011) and "J. Edgar" (2011). Despite a relatively low profile later in his career, Mulroney remained busy as a character actor in several movies a year.

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 Stoker (2013)
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 Space Warriors (2013)
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 Rambler, The (2013)
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 Jobs (2013)
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 Big Miracle (2012)
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 Silent Witness (2011)
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 Inhale (2010)
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Raised in Alexandria, VA
1986:
Made TV debut in CBS movie "Sin of Innocence"
1988:
Feature debut, Blake Edwards' "Sunset"
1988:
Joined all-star cast of Christopher Cain's Western "Young Guns"
1989:
Played a gay man who dies from an AIDS-related illness in "Longtime Companion"
1990:
Acted with Sam Shepard in Michael Fields' "Bright Angel"
1992:
First leading role in a feature, "Where the Day Takes You"
1993:
Portrayed the clueless boyfriend of Bridget Fonda's trained assassin in "Point of No Return"
1993:
Wrote song "Someone Else's Used Guitar" for Peter Bogdanovich's "The Thing Called Love"; also acted in the movie
1993:
Re-teamed with Shepard for "Silent Tongue"
1993:
Acted with Steve Buscemi for the first time in "The Last Outlaw" (HBO)
1994:
First collaboration with director Tom DiCillo, short film "Scene Six, Take One"; played Wolf, the cinematographer to Buscemi's director
1995:
Served as associate producer of DiCillo's "Living in Oblivion," an expanded version of "Scene Six, Take One"
1995:
Played Wynona Ryder's beau in "How to Make an American Quilt"
1996:
Re-teamed with DiCillo for "Box of Moonlight," playing a hostile grease monkey
1996:
Played a young upstart mobster in Robert Altman's "Kansas City"; Buscemi also in cast
1996:
Appeared briefly in Anjelica Huston's "Bastard Out of Carolina" (Showtime) as Jennifer Jason Leigh's sweet-tempered husband
1997:
Portrayed the prospective bridegroom caught between Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1998:
Starred with Patricia Arquette and Don Johnson as "a murderous, adulterous, ambitious family" in black comedy "Goodbye Lover"
2000:
Shared screen with film legend Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino in "Where the Money Is"
2000:
First film with writer-director Alan Rudolph, "Trixie"
2001:
Re-teamed with Rudolph for "Investigating Sex"
2001:
Appeared in Nicole Holofcener's "Lovely & Amazing" opposite wife Catherine Keener and Brenda Blethyn
2002:
Delivered comedic turn as Jack Nicholson's prospective son-in-law in "About Schmidt"
2003:
Cast in ensemble feature "The Safety of Objects"
2004:
Starred with Josh Lucas in dramatic thriller "Undertow"
2005:
Starred with Debra Messing in romantic comedy "The Wedding Date"
2005:
Played the eldest son who brings his girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his family in holiday comedy "The Family Stone"
2007:
Co-starred in Garry Marshall directed "Georgia Rule"
2007:
Portrayed the father in "Gracie," a movie inspired by events in the lives of Elisabeth and Andrew Shue
2008:
Cast in TV adaptation of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" (Lifetime)
2008:
Cast in the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2010:
Played Jim Rockford in NBC TV-movie "The Rockford Files"
2011:
Played Col. Schwarzkopf in biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
2012:
Acted in adventure thriller "The Grey," co-starring Liam Neeson
2012:
Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
2012:
Cast in Chris Colfer's feature writing debut "Struck by Lightning"
2012:
Cast opposite Charlie Sheen in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," directed by Roman Coppola
2013:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in drama thriller "Stoker"
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Education

T. C. Williams High School: Alexandria , Virginia - 1981
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1985
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1985
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1985

Notes

Mulroney plays the cello, mandolin and guitar. He and his brother Kieran belong to a band called the Low and Sweet Orchestra. Once called the Sweet and Low Orchestra, the band's original name constituted copyright infringement in the private sector (a certain sugar substitute took umbrage).

With Iowa in his background, he has something in common with John Wayne: "I've seen his boyhood home [in Winterset]; they have a roadside attraction there. My father always identified with the Duke. In fact he once gave me what he considered a compliment--I'm still not sure how to take it. After he'd seen me in five or six things, he said, 'Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne.' And I said, 'How so?' And he said, 'Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles.' Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment." --Dermot Mulroney to Graham Fuller in Interview, June 1997

Recalling an afternoon making "My Best Friend's Wedding" when he and co-star Julia Roberts shot scenes on a boat traveling under Chicago's many bridges: "On practically every bridge, some pedestrian would scream, 'Julia, I love you!' But about halfway through the day, we passed under a bridge and I heard a man go, 'Hey, Dermot.' And I thought, all right. It might be 100 to 1, but I'm on the board. It turned out to be a friend of mine from college. I respect him for not screaming for Julia. At least he had the dignity to say hello to me." --Mulroney quoted in US, July 1997

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wife:
Catherine Keener. Actor. Met while filming "Survival Quest" (1989); nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for "Being John Malkovich" (1999).

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father:
Micahael Mulroney. Attorney, law professor. Originally from Elkader, Iowa.
mother:
Ellen Mulroney. Actor. Originally from Manchester, Iowa.
brother:
Sean Mulroney. Lawyer. Older.
brother:
Conor Mulroney. Older.
brother:
Kieran Mulroney. Actor, musician. Born c. 1965; acted with his brother in "Career Opportunities" (1991).
sister:
Moira Mulroney. Lawyer. Younger.
son:
Clyde Mulroney. Born c. June 1999.
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