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Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon has built a successful film career that spans three decades, showcasing his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. As The New York Times' film critic A.O. Scott put it, He seems to be getting better with every film.

From his breakthrough performance in The Outsiders to his hilarious turn as an obsessed private investigator in There's Something About Mary, Dillon has proven himself to be one of the most versatile actors of his generation. His numerous film credits include Factotum in which he played Charles Bukowski, Rumble Fish, Over the Edge, My Bodyguard, One Night at McCool's, John McNaughton's Wild Things, In & Out, Kevin Spacey's Albino Alligator, Grace of My Heart, Ted Demme's Beautiful Girls, Gus Van Sant's To Die For, Kansas, Golden Gate, Mr. Wonderful, , The Flamingo Kid, The Saint of Fort Washington, Cameron Crowe's Singles and A Kiss Before Dying, and You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson.

In 1990, Dillon won an IFP Spirit Award for his gritty performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy. He also displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film Crash. This role earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics Choice Award and BAFTA Award as well as an Independent Spirit Award win. In addition, the film won both a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble.

Aside from being an accomplished actor, Dillon wrote, and made his feature film directorial debut with City of Ghosts, in which he also starred with Gérard Depardieu, Stellan Skarsgård and James Caan. Prior to City of Ghosts, Dillon made his television directorial debut in 1997 with an episode of HBO's gritty prison drama Oz. He will next be seen in Takers for Screen Gems, and in Disney' Old Dogs opposite John Travolta, Robin Williams and Kelly Preston.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Matt Dillon Facts

OccupationActor, Director, Writer
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1964 (59)
BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Matt Dillon compared to you?
Awards1999 MTV Movie Awards: Best Villain (for There's Something About Mary)

Selected Filmography

The Outsiders
Beautiful Girls
There's Something About Mary
Valentine's Day
Wild Things
Fish Gun with Matt Dillon
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