Dermot Mulroney

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Dermot Mulroney
Dermot.jpg
Mulroney at the premiere of August: Osage County, Toronto Film Festival, September 9, 2013
Born(1963-10-31) October 31, 1963 (age 50)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Keener
(1990–2007)
Tharita Catulle
(2008–present)
Children3
 
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Dermot Mulroney
Dermot.jpg
Mulroney at the premiere of August: Osage County, Toronto Film Festival, September 9, 2013
Born(1963-10-31) October 31, 1963 (age 50)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Keener
(1990–2007)
Tharita Catulle
(2008–present)
Children3

Dermot Mulroney (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor and director. Acting since the 1980s, he is known for his roles in the films Young Guns, Where the Day Takes You, My Best Friend's Wedding, and About Schmidt.

Early life[edit]

Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia. His mother, Ellen B. (née Goen), was a housewife and amateur actress originally from Manchester, Iowa, and his father, Michael Mulroney, was a law professor (and amateur racecar driver) at Villanova University School of Law, originally from Elkader, Iowa.[1][2][3] He has a sister, Moira, and three brothers, Conor, Kieran (who is also an actor), and Sean. Moira formerly worked in the Philadelphia DA's office as an assistant district attorney[4] and later at WXPN, an FM radio station in Philadelphia, but now works elsewhere in the non-profit industry.[5] Some of Mulroney's ancestors immigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine; he is of mostly Irish descent, with more distant German ancestry.[6] Mulroney attended Maury Elementary School and played cello in school and city youth orchestras, as well as acting in children's community theater. Mulroney attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a cellist. He later attended T. C. Williams High School (grad. 1981) as well as Northwestern University (grad. 1985) in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

Career[edit]

Most of his lead performances have been in romantic comedy films. Mulroney has appeared in many movies, including as the male lead in My Best Friend's Wedding alongside Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. He is probably best known for his western roles as either an outlaw or gunman. Mulroney co-starred in the 1988 western Young Guns, for which he is possibly best known, in which he played "Dirty Steve" alongside Emilio Estevez, and in 1994 he starred with Mickey Rourke in The Last Outlaw, which has since become a cult classic among western genre fans. Mulroney also played the love interest of Madeleine Stowe in the western Bad Girls. He first gained critical acclaim in the film Longtime Companion, portraying a young man with HIV during the early days of the outbreak of the virus, who becomes the first of his group of friends to succumb to the disease. He was also in the ensemble film The Family Stone starring Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2005, he played a "date-for-hire" character alongside Debra Messing in The Wedding Date. He was also in the movie Abduction as Martin Price.

Mulroney played Gavin Mitchell on the TV series, Friends. His character dated Rachel for one episode but they broke up when it became too complicated between them because of Ross. In 1993, he wrote the song "Someone Else's Used Guitar" for Peter Bogdanovich's The Thing Called Love. Mulroney also had a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. Mulroney also is credited as a song performer on the movie and for four other tunes, as well as acting in the movie. In 2007, Mulroney voiced Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the animated series The Batman in the season 5 episode "Ring Toss". He occasionally reads stories on the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio radio. In 2012, Mulroney played the love interest of Zooey Deschanel, Russell, in the Fox series New Girl. In 2013, he portrayed the title starring role in the psychotronic horror film The Rambler, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2011, Mulroney directed the film Love, Wedding, Marriage.

Personal life[edit]

Mulroney married actress Catherine Keener in 1990 after they met in 1987 when filming Survival Quest. The couple separated in May 2005 and filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was final on December 19, 2007.[7] They have a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1999).

Mulroney is an accomplished cellist, and in 2005 appeared alongside Boyd Tinsley for Alanis Morissette's show at the House of Blues in Hollywood. He played cello in the song "Place Your Hand" from Melissa Etheridge's 1992 album Never Enough, on the EP for Rain Phoenix's band Papercranes, and on the score to Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).[8] Mulroney (cello and mandolin) and his brother Kieran (violin and accordion) were both members of the punk-folk band Low and Sweet Orchestra which included members of The Pogues and The Circle Jerks. He is now a member of Cranky George, together with his brother and James Fearnley of the Pogues.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986The Drug KnotTV movie
1986Sin of InnocenceTim McGaryTV movie
1987High School and PregnantBobbyTV movie
1987Long GoneJamie WeeksTV movie
1988SunsetMichael Alperin
1988Young GunsDirty Steve Stephens
1989Staying TogetherKit McDermott
1989Survival QuestGray
1989UnconqueredRichmond Flowers Jr.TV movie
1989Longtime CompanionJohn
1990Bright AngelGeorge
1991Career OpportunitiesNestor Pyle
1992Where the Day Takes YouKing
1992SamanthaHenry
1992The Heart of JusticeElliot BurgessTV movie
1993Point of No ReturnJ. P.
1993Thing Called Love, TheThe Thing Called LoveKyle Davidson
1994Silent TongueReeves McCree
1994Bad GirlsJosh McCoy
1994There Goes My BabyPirate
1994Angels in the OutfieldMr. Bomman (Roger's Dad)
1994Last Outlaw, TheThe Last OutlawEustis
1995CopycatReuben Goetz
1995How to Make an American QuiltSam
1995Living in OblivionWolfAlso associate producer
1996Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger EffectJoe
1996Kansas CityJohnny O'Hara
1996Box of Moon LightWik
1996Bastard Out of CarolinaLyle Parsons
1997My Best Friend's WeddingMichael O'Neal
1999Goodbye LoverJake Dunmore
2000TrixieDex Lang
2000Where the Money IsWayne
2001Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of ObjectsJim Train
2001Investigating SexEdgar
2001Lovely & AmazingKevin McCabe
2002About SchmidtRandall Hertzel
2004UndertowJohn Munn
2004Hair HighRodVoice only
2005Wedding Date, TheThe Wedding DateNick Mercer
2005Must Love DogsBob Connor
2005Family Stone, TheThe Family StoneEverett Stone
2006Griffin & PhoenixHenry Griffin
2007Dante's InfernoDanteVoice only
2007ZodiacCaptain Marty Lee
2007Georgia RuleDr. Simon Ward
2007GracieBryan Bowen
2008JoleneUncle Phil
2008Burn After ReadingStar of "Coming Up Daisy"
2008Memory Keeper's Daughter, TheThe Memory Keeper's DaughterDr. David HenryTV movie
2008Flash of GeniusGil Previck
2010InhalePaul StantonAlso known as Run for Her Life
2011AbductionMartin Price
2011J. EdgarColonel Schwarzkopf
2011Silent WitnessTony LordTV movie
2012Struck by LightningNeal Phillips
2012The GreyTalget
2012Big MiracleColonel Scott Boyer
2012Trade of InnocentsAlex Becker
2013Space WarriorsAndy Hawkins
2013StokerRichard Stoker
2013The RamblerThe Rambler
2013JobsMike Markkula
2013August: Osage CountySteve Heidebrecht

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986FameMaxEpisode: "Losin' It"
1986CBS Schoolbreak SpecialDoug DawsonEpisode: " The Drug Knot"
1993Family PicturesMack EberlinTelevision movie
2003FriendsGavin Mitchell3 episodes
2007–2008The BatmanGreen Lantern / Hal JordanVoices; 3 episodes
2012–2013New GirlRussell5 episodes
2012Saturday Night LiveHimselfEpisode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2013EnlightenedJeff Flender6 episodes
2014CrisisBill GibsonMain Role

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