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Also Known As: Thomas Griffin Dunne Died:
Born: June 8, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, concessions manager

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A wiry, often comically explosive performer in independent features in the 1980s and 1990s, Griffin Dunne was a character actor and occasional leading man who also dabbled in producing and directing with often impressive results. He made his debut in the late seventies and produced his first film almost immediately thereafter; outstanding turns in "An American Werewolf in London" (1981) and "After Hours" (1985) balanced his tenure as producer on such critically lauded films as "Baby, It's You" (1983). Dunne's acting career faltered in the late 1980s, though he continued to oversee such hits as "Running on Empty" (1988) and "White Palace" (1990). He launched his directorial career in 1996 with an Oscar-nominated short, "The Duke of Groove," but subsequent efforts were largely hit-or-miss. Still, his knack for exasperated comic turns maintained his favored status as an entertaining guest performer in films and television throughout the new millennium.

A wiry, often comically explosive performer in independent features in the 1980s and 1990s, Griffin Dunne was a character actor and occasional leading man who also dabbled in producing and directing with often impressive results. He made his debut in the late seventies and produced his first film almost immediately thereafter; outstanding turns in "An American Werewolf in London" (1981) and "After Hours" (1985) balanced his tenure as producer on such critically lauded films as "Baby, It's You" (1983). Dunne's acting career faltered in the late 1980s, though he continued to oversee such hits as "Running on Empty" (1988) and "White Palace" (1990). He launched his directorial career in 1996 with an Oscar-nominated short, "The Duke of Groove," but subsequent efforts were largely hit-or-miss. Still, his knack for exasperated comic turns maintained his favored status as an entertaining guest performer in films and television throughout the new millennium.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Movie 43 (2013)
3.
  Fierce People (2007) Director
4.
  Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000) Director
5.
  Practical Magic (1998) Director
6.
  Addicted to Love (1997) Director
7.
  Duke of Groove, The (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Food (2015)
2.
 Rob the Mob (2014)
3.
 Tumbledown (2014)
4.
 Blood Ties (2014)
5.
6.
 Discoverers, The (2013)
7.
 Broken City (2013)
8.
 Last Night (2010)
9.
 Shrink (2009)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Los Angeles, CA
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Began acting in a high school production of Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story"
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Moved to New York after high school to study acting
1974:
Film acting debut, "The Other Side of the Mountain"
1977:
Founded Triple Play Productions with Amy Robinson and Mark Metcalf
1979:
First feature as producer (also acted), "Chilly Scenes of Winter/Head Over Heels"; produced with Amy Robinson and Mark Metcalf
1981:
Co-starred in cult favorite "An American Werewolf in London," directed by John Landis
1983:
Co-founded (with Amy Robinson) Double Play Productions
1983:
First film released under the Double Play banner, John Sayles's "Baby, It's You"
1985:
Co-starred (also produced) with Rosanna Arquette in Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"
1986:
TV-movie acting debut, "From Here to Maternity"
1987:
Co-starred with Madonna in romantic comedy "Who's That Girl?"
1988:
Produced Oscar nominated "Running on Empty," directed by Sidney Lumet
1990:
Produced "White Palace" with James Spader and Susan Sarandon
1991:
Played an English teacher in comedy drama "My Girl"
1995:
Earned Oscar nomination for Best Short Film for "The Duke of Groove"
1997:
Feature film directorial debut, "Addicted to Love"
1998:
Helmed second feature "Practical Magic," starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman
2001:
Directed mockumentary "Lisa Picard Is Famous"; also played a filmmaker shooting a movie about an aspiring actress
2002:
Played comedic supporting role as the head of an Internet company in "40 Days and 40 Nights"
2006:
Cast opposite Michael Keaton in "Game 6," about the historic 1986 World Series; also produced
2007:
Helmed "Fierce People," starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland
2007:
Cast in romantic drama "Snow Angels" alongside Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell
2009:
Cast as an advertising firm boss on TNT series "Trust Me"
2012:
Appeared on Showtime's "Hosue of Lies"
2013:
Acted opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in crime drama "Broken City"
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse: New York , New York -
HB Studio: New York , New York -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Carey Lowell. Actor. Married December 9, 1989; appeared with Dunne in Doris Dorrie's "Me and Him"; divorced.
companion:
Sophie Dahl. Model. Granddaughter of Roald Dahl and actress Patrica Neal; dated from late 1998 until they reportedly separated in March 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Dominick Dunne. Writer.
mother:
Ellen Griffin Dunne. Divorced from Dominick; striken with multiple sclerosis; died January 1997 at age 64.
uncle:
John Gregory Dunne. Writer. Married to writer Joan Didion.
brother:
Alexander Dunne. Teacher, writer. Born c. 1957.
sister:
Dominique Dunne. Actor. Murdered October 1982; appeared as the eldest daughter in "Poltergeist" (1982).
daughter:
Hannah Dunne. Born April 1990; mother Carey Lowell.
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