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Also Known As: Matthew Raymond Dillon Died:
Born: February 18, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: actor, writer, director, restaurateur, bar owner

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Once typecast as a doomed young rebel with smoldering good looks, Oscar-nominee Matt Dillon managed to outlast his teen stardom from Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983) and enjoy a respected career in both drama and comedy. His acclaimed starring role in Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989) helped build a bridge from Dillon's reckless teen roles to more adult fare, though he showed a career-long penchant for seedy and duplicitous characters, to which he always brought a charismatic charm or brooding allure. While making successful forays into cartoonish, blockbuster comedies like "There's Something About Mary" (1998) and "You, Me and Dupree" (2007), Dillon also stuck close to independent film where he displayed uncommon versatility with Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Factotum" (2006), and Paul Haggis' "Crash" (2005), for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Despite the New Yorker's Hollywood-outsider status, Dillon maintained a prolific career that while marked by numerous dips and peaks, steadily held the respect of critics and audiences for several decades.

Once typecast as a doomed young rebel with smoldering good looks, Oscar-nominee Matt Dillon managed to outlast his teen stardom from Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983) and enjoy a respected career in both drama and comedy. His acclaimed starring role in Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989) helped build a bridge from Dillon's reckless teen roles to more adult fare, though he showed a career-long penchant for seedy and duplicitous characters, to which he always brought a charismatic charm or brooding allure. While making successful forays into cartoonish, blockbuster comedies like "There's Something About Mary" (1998) and "You, Me and Dupree" (2007), Dillon also stuck close to independent film where he displayed uncommon versatility with Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Factotum" (2006), and Paul Haggis' "Crash" (2005), for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. Despite the New Yorker's Hollywood-outsider status, Dillon maintained a prolific career that while marked by numerous dips and peaks, steadily held the respect of critics and audiences for several decades.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  City of Ghosts (2002) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Black Marks, The (2014)
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 Bad Country (2014)
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 Sunlight Jr. (2013)
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 Girl Most Likely (2013)
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 Boot Tracks (2012)
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 Takers (2010)
9.
 Armored (2009)
10.
 Old Dogs (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Mamaroneck, New York
1979:
At age 14, was spotted by casting director Vic Ramos while cutting class in junior high school
1979:
Made film debut in the violent teen drama "Over the Edge"
1980:
Played a hunk who deflowers Kristy McNichol in the camp drama "Little Darlings"
1980:
Cast as the bully in "My Bodyguard"
1982:
Made TV debut in "American Playhouse" (PBS) production of "The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters"
1982:
Played titular character in "Tex"; first of three alienated teens Dillon portrayed in films based on S.E. Hinton novel
1983:
Portrayed the troubled teen leader of "The Outsiders," based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name; first film with Francis Ford Coppola and Diane Lane
1983:
Played an alienated teen living in his brother's shadow in Coppola's "Rumble Fish"; again co-starred with Lane in another film based on a Hinton book
1984:
Played a non-hoodlum role in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid"
1985:
Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"
1989:
Won rave reviews for his portrayal of a junkie who robs drugstores to support his habit in the critically acclaimed "Drugstore Cowboy"; first collaboration with director Gus Van Sant
1992:
Played a dim-witted Seattle grunge rocker in Cameron Crowe's ensemble comedy, "Singles"
1993:
Played a schizophrenic homeless man in "The Saint of Fort Washington"
1995:
Starred as Nicole Kidman's doomed husband in Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"
1997:
Played an actor who outs his high-school English teacher (Kevin Kline) during his Oscar speech in the comedy "In & Out"
1998:
Played a popular guidance counselor accused of raping two students (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards) in the campy thriller "Wild Things"
1998:
Featured as a sleazy private detective hired by Ben Stiller to track down Cameron Diaz (then his real-life girlfriend) in the Farrelly brothers comedy "There's Something About Mary"
1999:
Directed an episode of the HBO drama "Oz"
2001:
Had featured role in the independent film "Deuce's Wild"
2002:
Made feature directorial debut with "City of Ghosts"; also co-starred
2005:
Played a racist cop in Paul Haggis' directorial debut, "Crash"; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2005:
Cast in the Disney feature "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton
2006:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)
2006:
Played a newlywed married to Kate Hudson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"
2008:
Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in Rod Lurie's "Nothing but the Truth"
2009:
Cast in a supporting role opposite John Travolta and Robin Williams in the comedy "Old Dogs"
2009:
Starred in the crime thriller "Armored"
2010:
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"
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Education

Mamaroneck High School: Mamaroneck , New York -

Notes

Dillon co-owns a bar called The Whiskey in NYC's Paramount Hotel and a restaurant in New York called The Falls.

He is an avid collector of French and American antiques.

"Dillon's first brooding performance came even earlier: [director Jonathan] Kaplan met him after "[Over the] Edge" casting scouts, looking for hood types for the suburban teen-rebellion drama, had spotted the strikingly handsome boy at the Hammocks School in Larchmont, N.Y. "We happened to get him at a time in adolescence when he was acting," says Kaplan. "I asked, `What does your dad do for a living?" and he says, "He's a f---ing businessman.' And I asked, 'What does your mother do?' and he says, 'She don't do s---.' Then I found out his father's a stockbroker or something, and this is all a working-class, Lower East Side Italian pose from a middle-class Irish kid from the suburbs."-- (From Entertainment Weekly, October 9, 1992).

"If you find the right part for Matt, he has a level of depth and soulfulness that his contemporaries just don't have," says [Tim] Hunter, who directed the film ["The Saint of Fort Washington"]. "He's a very passionate guy and he puts that into the work. Plus, besides having a lot of talent, he has real decency."-- From "Matt Dillon Comes Full Circle" by Laurie Werner, Newday, November 15, 1993.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Cameron Diaz. Actor. Met in 1995 while both were filming movies in Minnesota; together from 1996 until September 1998.
companion:
Elisa Shores. Singer. Rumored to be dating as of June 2004.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Kevin Dillon. Actor. Born on August 19, 1965; appeared in Oliver Stone's "Platoon" (1986) and "The Doors" (1991), among other films.

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