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Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott captured audiences and critics alike with his career making performance as idealistic defense attorney Bobby Donnell on David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning series THE PRACTICE. For that 7-year role, McDermott would receive a Golden Globe Award and nominations for two Golden Globes, an Emmy, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Satellite Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series Drama. He was also nominated for an Individual Achievement in a Drama Award by the Television Critics Association and was a perennial favorite with audiences of the 1997-2004 series, receiving two nominations for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series by the Viewers for Quality Television Awards.

McDermott made his feature film debut in the 1987 war drama HAMBURGER HILL, but it was his role as Secret Service Agent Al D'Andrea, Clint Eastwood's secret service partner in Wolfgang Petersen's IN THE LINE OF FIRE, that catapulted his career. Before that he caught the attention of female fans playing Julia Roberts' husband Jackson Latcherie in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, a film that brought her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

He recently appeared in UNBEATABLE HAROLD, THE TENANTS, MISTRESS OF SPICES and EDISON as corrupt cop Frank Lazerov opposite Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, and LL Cool J. He can be seen in director Brad Isaac's upcoming A WEST TEXAS CHILDREN'S TALE as Cassie's uncle.

His film credits include: the crime drama WONDERLAND with Val Kilmer, Josh Lucas and Lisa Kudrow; TEXAS RANGERS opposite James Van Der Beek; THREE TO TANGO co-starring Neve Campbell and Matthew Perry; Jodie Foster's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr.; John Hughes' 1994 remake of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET opposite Sir Richard Attenborough; RUNAWAY JURY, JERSEY GIRL, TWISTER, THE BLUE IGUANA and, PARTY MONSTER co-starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green, which originally ran in Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

McDermott is an accomplished television and stage actor as well. His numerous television credits include: the recent TNT and BBC drama miniseries THE GRID opposite Julianna Margulies; the television feature A HOUSE DIVIDED; and guest appearances on WILL & GRACE, ALLY MCBEAL, TALES FROM THE CRYPT; and Penn & Teller's SIN CITY SPECTACULAR. He has also hosted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and directed an episode of THE PRACTICE.

The Connecticut native was raised in New York City and became interested in acting in high school, encouraged by Playwright and Actress Eve Ensler. He earned his drama degree at Fordham University and graduated from the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he was discovered by actress Joanne Woodward who later cast him in Golden Boy, the stage play directed by Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

He later starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's production of Biloxi Blues.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Dylan McDermott Facts

Birth NameMark McDermott
BirthdayOctober 26, 1961 (61)
BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Dylan McDermott compared to you?
Awards1999 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for The Practice)

Selected Filmography

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