Hugh Dillon

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Hugh Dillon
Born(1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 51)
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresHard rock, Rock'n'roll, Indie rock, Soft rock
OccupationsSinger, actor, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, Harmonica
Years active1987–present
Associated actsThe Headstones
Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir
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Hugh Dillon
Born(1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 51)
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresHard rock, Rock'n'roll, Indie rock, Soft rock
OccupationsSinger, actor, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, Harmonica
Years active1987–present
Associated actsThe Headstones
Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir

Hugh Dillon (born May 31, 1963 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian musician and actor. Dillon was the lead singer of the Headstones during the 1990s. He has also been a film and television actor, some of his notable roles including Mike Sweeney in Durham County and Ed Lane in Flashpoint.


Music career[edit]

Dillon was the lead singer for the Kingston hard rock band The Headstones from 1987 until 2003. The Headstones became one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands of the 1990s.

After The Headstones broke up in 2003, Dillon formed the band Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, an indie rock band whose style draws from country, pop, punk and new wave influences. They released The High Co$t of Low Living in 2005. Hugh has released a solo album entitled, Works Well with Others, and it came out on October 13, 2009.

Dillon was the record producer for an album by Canadian rockers The Rubbers, and he has scored and written compositions for various television productions.

Dillon and the rest of the Headstones reformed the band in 2011.

Acting career[edit]

Dillon landed his first big screen part in director Bruce McDonald's Dance Me Outside (1995). Next came his critically acclaimed lead performance as Joe Dick in McDonald's 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo.[1] The film caught the eye of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, and his company, Rolling Thunder Pictures, distributed the movie, bringing international attention to the film.

Dillon went on to build a repertoire of notable roles in feature films, including Lone Hero, also starring Robert Forster and Sean Patrick Flanery, 2005's Assault on Precinct 13 with Ethan Hawke, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. In 2007 he was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. He received critical acclaim when he starred opposite Vera Farmiga in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie, Down to the Bone. Dillon has guest-starred on numerous television programs, such as The Eleventh Hour, ReGenesis, Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also does the voice-overs for Canadian Chevrolet ads, both on TV and radio, and for Manulife One financial services.

Dillon starred as Mike Sweeney in the critically acclaimed Canadian dramatic series Durham County. Durham County follows the tormented life of Detective Mike Sweeney, a world-weary homicide detective, who moves with his wife Audrey (Hélène Joy, ReGenesis) and daughters Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf) and Maddie (Cicely Austin) to a seemingly idyllic suburban community in the hopes of a new beginning. Hugh Dillon’s performance earned him a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in 2008. Durham County season 1 was widely received by Canadian audiences and earned a total of 14 Gemini nominations which resulted in five wins. Durham County season 2 premiered in July 2009 on TMN and Movie Central.

Dillon starred as Sergeant Ed Lane in the CTV/CBS co-production police drama series Flashpoint, which ran for five series between 2008 to 2012.[2] The one-hour drama series also starred Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau, and followed the tough but emotional lives of an elite Strategic Response Unit that was clearly set in Toronto through the many establishing shots, but never explicitly stated in the show until late in the third season. The series was picked up by CBS for broadcast later in 2008 in the United States, making it the first Canadian series since CTV's Due South in 1994 to air on network primetime in both Canada and the United States. He has most recently voiced Nick in Left 4 Dead 2, a video game developed by Valve. Dillon also played the role of Francis Becker on the third season of the American crime drama series, The Killing.[3]


1994Dance Me OutsideClarence Gaskill
1995Curtis's CharmSpitting White Trash Thug
1996Hard Core LogoJoe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew
1999JohnnyDell and Alice's Dad
2002Lone HeroKing
2004Down to the BoneBob
2004Ginger Snaps BackRev. Gilbert
2005Assault on Precinct 13Tony
2006Hope and a Little SugarBar Construction Worker
2006Trailer Park Boys: The MovieSonny
2008SurveillanceDad (Steven)
2008About FaceThe Agent
2008Down to the DirtRenny
2011IssuesBobbyShort film
2012CosmologyShort film, post-production
2013The Last CropVincentpost-production
1995Prince for a Day(uncredited)TV movie
2000Twitch CityHoward the Cannibal
Guy in Convenience Store
Episode: "The Return of the Cat Food Killer"
Episode: "I'm Fat and I'm Proud"
2002Degrassi: The Next GenerationAlbert ManningEpisode: "When Doves Cry: Part 1"
Episode: "When Doves Cry: Part 2"
2003Degrassi: The Next GenerationAlbert ManningEpisode: "Tears Are Not Enough: Part 1"
2003Blue MurderKevin MarshallEpisode: "Necklace"
2003StarhunterGusEpisode: "Biocrime"
2004Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh HourEddieEpisode: "Hard Seven"
2004Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, TheThe Love Crimes of Gillian GuessBobby TomahawkTV movie
2004Wool Cap, TheThe Wool CapLeather JacketTV movie
2004ReGenesisDanny DexterEpisode: "Prions"
Episode: "The Oldest Virus"
2005ReGenesisDanny DexterEpisode: "Resurrection"
2005Our FathersJohnny DeFrancoTV movie
2007Gathering, TheThe GatheringDet. GambleTV miniseries
2007-2010Durham CountyMike Sweeney18 episodes
2008Quality of Life, TheThe Quality of LifeJean TellierTV movie
2008Of Murder and MemoryVincent NicholTV movie
2008Ink: Alter Egos ExposedNarrator (Himself)TV movie
2008-2012FlashpointEd LaneMain role
2013The KillingFrancis Becker
2013ContinuumMr. EscherRecurring
Video Games
2009Left 4 Dead 2NickValve Software
2012DishonoredCity WatchBethesda
2013Resident Evil 6NickCapcom X Valve Crossover DLC



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  1. ^ Pike, David L. (2012). Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. ISBN 1442612401. 
  2. ^ "Hugh Dillon as Ed Lane". CBS. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ "‘Flashpoint’s Hugh Dillon joins ‘The Killing’". The Loop. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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