MATT DILLON – AN AMERICAN ACTOR


Born on February 18, 1964, in New Rochelle, New York. A veteran performer, Matt Dillon has tackled a variety of roles in both dramatic and comedic films. He got his first break when he was fourteen years old. A talent scout spotted him hanging out in a hallway at his junior high school. Dillon was cutting class at the time. Soon after this fateful encounter, he landed his first film role. Making his debut in Over the Edge (1979), Dillon played a teenager who lives with his family to a planned community outside of Denver. His character—like the other teens in community—had little to do and nowhere to go. In response, he acts out in all sorts of ways with some dire consequences. Critics hailed the mostly teenage cast’s realistic portrayal of youthful angst and frustration. Unfortunately, the film received little promotion and quickly disappeared from movie theaters.

With his next role, Dillon quickly became one of the most popular teenage heartthrobs of the 1980s, joining the ranks of Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, and others. He appeared in Little Darlings (1980) with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol. As part of a bet, the two young women try to become the first to lose their virginity while at summer camp. McNichol ends up accomplishing this task with Dillon’s character. That same year, Dillon co-starred in My Bodyguard (1980) with Chris Makepeace as a high school bully. The tough guy role wasn’t too far from his real life at the time, according to Dillon. He told People magazine that “I used to get in a lot of fights.” The same article went on to explain how the teenage Dillon was receiving as much as 200 fan letters a day and had a 5,000-strong fan club at the time.

Dillon played the title character in Tex (1982), an adaptation of a popular young adult novel by S. E. Hinton. In this family drama, Tex and his brother Mason are two teenagers who basically left to fend for themselves since their rodeo cowboy father is practically never home. Meg Tilly played Tex’s girlfriend and Emilio Estevez appeared as her brother. For his work in the film, Dillon earned many positive reviews, with critic Robert Ebert calling his performance “complicated and convincing.” Working with director Francis Ford Coppola, Dillon starred in two other film adaptations of S. E. Hinton novels. He co-starred with many up-and-coming stars, such as Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, and C. Thomas Howell in The Outsiders (1983). In this film, set in 1950s Nebraska, he played Dallas Winston, the leading member of a gang of poor teens known as the Greasers. The Greasers’ main rivals are a group of rich kids known as the Soches. When a Greaser kills one of the Soches (played by Leif Garrett), the conflict between the two groups escalates.Released that same year, Dillon played Rusty James, a young thug, in Rumble Fish (1983). Part of his character’s struggle in the film was to live up to the reputation of his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, played by Mickey Rourke. Diane Lane appeared in the film as Rusty’s girlfriend and Dennis Hopper played his father. While critics had mixed opinions about both of Coppola’s adaptations, the films proved popular with movie-goers. The Flamingo Kid (1984) was also a big hit for Dillon. In this dramatic comedy, he played a recent high school grad who takes a summer job as a cabana boy at an affluent beach club. Critics were wowed by his subtle portrayal of a young man trying to figure out his future as he pushed and pulled by two very different examples—the wealthy, but morally suspect car dealer (Richard Crenna) and his own humble, hard-working father (Hector Elizondo).

Dillon seemed to disappear off the pop culture radar for a time, but, in fact, he was working a very personal project. For several years, he worked on the crime thriller City of Ghosts (2002), which he wrote, directed, and starred in. The independent film failed to garner much attention, but Dillon told People magazine that the project was worth all of the effort he put into it. “I wish more people saw it and appreciated it but, hey, I have nothing but great memories of that experience.” In 2004, Dillon returned to the spotlight for his critically acclaimed turn as a bitter, bigoted cop in Paul Haggis’s Crash. The film explored several intersecting storylines set in Los Angeles and the drama unfolds over the course of a few days. For the first time in his career, Dillon netted an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his complex portrayal of the prejudiced police officer. All of the lead actors on Crash won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

After Crash, Dillon continued to make toward some unusual choices in films. He played the fictional alter ego of writer Charles Bukowski in Factotum (2006). Tackling much lighter fare, Dillon played a rival race car driver in the family comedy Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) with Lindsay Lohan and a husband caught between his wife and his deadbeat friend in You, Me and Dupree (2006) with Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. Dillon is expected to appear in several upcoming films, including the legal drama Nothing But the Truth with Kate Beckinsale and the comedy Old Dogs with John Travolta and Robin Williams. One of six children, Dillon is not the only member of his family in the entertainment business. Younger brother Kevin Dillon currently appears in the hit HBO comedy series Entourage.

FILM APPEARANCES

  • Richie, Over the Edge, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Randy, Little Darlings, Paramount, 1980
  • Melvin Moody, My Bodyguard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Jack Duncan, Liar’s Moon, Crown, 1982
  • Tex McCormick, Tex, Buena Vista, 1982
  • Host, Wild Rides, 1982
  • Dallas “Dally” Winston, The Outsiders, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Rusty James, Rumble Fish, Universal, 1983
  • Jeffrey Willis, The Flamingo Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Title role, Rebel, Vestron, 1985
  • Chris Lloyd, Target, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Jan Florek, Native Son, Cinecom, 1986
  • J. C. Cullen, The Big Town (also known as The Arm), Columbia, 1987
  • Doyle Kennedy, Kansas, Trans World, 1988
  • Regret, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Columbia, 1989
  • Bob Hughes, Drugstore Cowboy, Avenue R Films, 1989
  • Jonathan Corliss, A Kiss before Dying, Universal, 1991
  • Narrator, Prufrock, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna and Truth or Dare), 1991
  • Cliff Poncier, Singles, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Gus DeMarco, Mr. Wonderful, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Matthew, The Saint of Fort Washington, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Kevin Walker, Golden Gate, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1994
  • Larry Maretto, To Die For, Columbia, 1995
  • Terry Klout, Frankie Starlight, Fine Line, 1995
  • Tommy “Birdman” Rowland, Beautiful Girls, Miramax, 1996
  • Jay Phillips, Grace of My Heart, Gramercy/Universal, 1996
  • Dova, Albino Alligator, Miramax, 1996
  • Himself, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s (documentary), Northern Arts Entertainment, 1996
  • Cameron Drake, In and Out, Paramount, 1997
  • Himself, Pitch, 1997
  • Sam Lombardo, Wild Things (also known as Sex Crimes and wildthings), Columbia, 1998
  • Pat Healy, There’s Something about Mary, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Himself, Rockets Redglare! (documentary), Big Plate Pictures, 2000
  • Randy, One Night at McCool’s, USA Films, 2001
  • Fritzy Zennetti, Deuces Wild (also known as Deuces Wild–Wild in den Strassen), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2002
  • Jimmy Cremming, City of Ghosts, United Artists, 2003
  • Interviewee, Breakfast with Hunter, 2003
  • David Wells, Employee of the Month, Bull’s Eye Entertainment, 2004

FILM WORK

  • Producer and director, City of Ghosts, United Artists, 2003

TV APPEARANCES

SERIES

  • Fishing with John, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 1991

MOVIES

  • When He’s Not a Stranger, CBS, 1989
  • Eddie Megeffin, “Return to Kansas City,” Women & Men II (broadcast as a segment of HBO Showcase; also known as A Domestic Dilemma and Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules), HBO, 1991

SPECIALS

  • Young Ralph, “The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters,” American Playhouse, PBS, 1982
  • The Boy Who Loved Trolls, PBS, 1984
  • Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • Voice of Mike, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (also knownas Dear America), HBO, 1987
  • Marsalis on Music, PBS, 1995
  • AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Stars, CBS, 1999

AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Academy Awards, 1983
  • The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 1998 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1998

EPISODIC

  • Late Show with David Letterman, multiple appearances, 1993-1998
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1994
  • The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998
  • Contest Searchlight, Comedy Central, 2002
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2003
  • The View, 2003

STAGE APPEARANCES

  • Night of 100 Stars II, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • (Broadway debut) Monsoon, Boys of Winter, Biltmore Theatre, 1985

TV DIRECTOR – EPISODIC

  • “Napoleon’s Boney Parts,” Oz, HBO, 1999

RECORDINGS

VIDEOS

  • Cop, “Bad Girl,” Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99, Warner Reprise Video, 1999
  • Appeared as a cop in the music video “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues.

AUDIO BOOKS

  • Narrator, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, Caedmon Audio, 2000

WRITINGS

  • Screenplays – (With Barry Gifford) City of Ghosts, United Artists, 2003

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jack
    Jul 30, 2010 @ 14:15:27

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    Sep 30, 2010 @ 15:06:55

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