Grew up in Mamaroneck, New York
At age 14, was spotted by casting director Vic Ramos while cutting class in junior high school
Made film debut in the violent teen drama "Over the Edge"
Played a hunk who deflowers Kristy McNichol in the camp drama "Little Darlings"
Cast as the bully in "My Bodyguard"
Made TV debut in "American Playhouse" (PBS) production of "The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters"
Played titular character in "Tex"; first of three alienated teens Dillon portrayed in films based on S.E. Hinton novel
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
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
Played a non-hoodlum role in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid"
Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"
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
Played a dim-witted Seattle grunge rocker in Cameron Crowe's ensemble comedy, "Singles"
Played a schizophrenic homeless man in "The Saint of Fort Washington"
Starred as Nicole Kidman's doomed husband in Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"
Played an actor who outs his high-school English teacher (Kevin Kline) during his Oscar speech in the comedy "In & Out"
Played a popular guidance counselor accused of raping two students (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards) in the campy thriller "Wild Things"
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"
Directed an episode of the HBO drama "Oz"
Had featured role in the independent film "Deuce's Wild"
Made feature directorial debut with "City of Ghosts"; also co-starred
Played a racist cop in Paul Haggis' directorial debut, "Crash"; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor
Cast in the Disney feature "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)
Played a newlywed married to Kate Hudson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"
Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in Rod Lurie's "Nothing but the Truth"
Cast in a supporting role opposite John Travolta and Robin Williams in the comedy "Old Dogs"
Starred in the crime thriller "Armored"
Appeared in the ensemble crime thriller "Takers"