Matt Dillon

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Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
BornMatthew Raymond Dillon
(1964-02-18) February 18, 1964 (age 50)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979–present
Partner(s)Cameron Diaz (1995–1998)[1]
FamilyKevin Dillon (brother)
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Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Dillon at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
BornMatthew Raymond Dillon
(1964-02-18) February 18, 1964 (age 50)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979–present
Partner(s)Cameron Diaz (1995–1998)[1]
FamilyKevin Dillon (brother)

Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, and gained fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s. He has appeared in films such as Little Darlings (1980), My Bodyguard (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), Beautiful Girls (1996), There's Something About Mary (1998), Wild Things (1998), Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Crash (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), and Armored (2009). In 2013, he appeared in the comedy film The Art of the Steal as an art thief alongside Kurt Russell.

In 1990, he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for Drugstore Cowboy and in 2006 won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for Crash and the San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award. Crash won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005. In 2011 he received the special "Tomislav Pinter Award" at Avvantura Festival Zadar (Croatia) upon his presence at the filmfestival.

Early life[edit]

Matthew Raymond Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer.[2][3] His paternal grandmother was the sister of comic strip artist Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon.[4] Dillon is the second of six children; he has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin Dillon,[5] is also an actor and appeared on the hit TV series Entourage, which earned him several Emmy nominations in the supporting actor comedy category. He has Irish, and some Scottish and German, ancestry.[6] Dillon was raised in a close-knit Roman Catholic family.[7][8][9] He grew up in Mamaroneck, New York.


In 1978, Jane Bernstein and a friend were helping director Jonathan Kaplan cast the violent teen drama Over the Edge when they found Dillon cutting class at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. Dillon auditioned for a role and made his debut in the film.[10] The film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, and grossed only slightly over $200,000.[11] Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year; the teenage sex comedy Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, and the more serious teen dramedy My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace. The films, released in March and July 1980, respectively, were box office successes[12] and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences.

Another of Dillon's early roles was in the Jean Shepherd PBS special The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters.[13][14] The only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA, where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public.

One of his next roles was in Liar's Moon, where he played Jack Duncan, a poor Texas boy madly in love with a rich banker's daughter. In the early 1980s, Dillon also had prominent roles in three adaptations of S. E. Hinton novels: Tex (1982), The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983). All three films were shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hinton's hometown. The Outsiders and Rumble Fish had Dillon working with Francis Ford Coppola and Diane Lane. He followed those up with The Flamingo Kid in 1984. He made his Broadway debut with the play The Boys of Winter in 1985.

Dillon did voiceover work in the 1987 documentary film Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. In 1989, Dillon won critical acclaim for his performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy.

Also in 1987 Dillon appeared as a policeman in the video to The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl video Fairytale of New York.

Dillon continued to work in the early 1990s with roles in movies like Singles (1992). He had somewhat of a career resurgence when he played Nicole Kidman's husband in To Die For (1995), as well as starring roles in Wild Things (1998) and There's Something About Mary (1998), for which he received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.

In 2002, he wrote and directed the film City of Ghosts, starring himself, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu. In 2005, he starred in Factotum, a film adaptation of an autobiographical work by Charles Bukowski. Two years later he received critical praise and earned a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe along with Oscar nominations for his role in Crash, a film co-written and directed by Paul Haggis. In 2005 Dillon co-starred in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded and on March 11, 2006 hosted Saturday Night Live, in which he impersonated Greg Anderson and Rod Serling in sketches.

Dillon starred in the comedy You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. The film opened on July 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, Dillon was honored with the Premio Donostia prize in the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Dillon contributed his voice as the narrator, Sal Paradise, in an audiobook version of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.

Dillon appeared in several music videos during his career. He made a cameo appearance as a detective in Madonna's Bad Girl music video which also stars Christopher Walken. Dillon appeared in 1987 in the music video for "Fairytale of New York" by the Irish folk-punk band The Pogues playing a cop who escorts lead singer Shane MacGowan into the "drunk tank". In 2007, the band Dinosaur Jr. hired Dillon to direct the video for their single "Been There All The Time" from the album Beyond. That year, he starred in The Simpsons episode "Midnight Towboy".

Personal life[edit]

Dillon had a three-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz in the late 1990s.[15]

On December 30, 2008, he was arrested by the Vermont State Police after he was clocked traveling at 106 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 91 near Newbury, Vermont.[16] He was charged with negligent operation of a vehicle. His attorney, Mark Kaplan, entered a plea of not guilty on Dillon's behalf in a January appearance in Orange County Court in Chelsea, and also appeared in court on February 25, 2009.[17] He faced a maximum of one year in jail, and a fine of $1,000. He pled guilty to speeding and paid a $828 fine on March 30, 2009; in return, the negligence charge was dismissed by prosecutors.[18]

Cultural influence[edit]

Dillon is mentioned on Jeff Buckley's Live at Sin-é: Legacy Edition CD. On the fifth track Buckley mentions that he cut his hair because people thought he looked like Matt Dillon. Dillon's name is dropped in the lyrics of "After the Fire", a song that Pete Townshend wrote for Roger Daltrey's solo album Under a Raging Moon:

I saw Matt Dillon in black and white/There ain't no colour in memories/He rode his brother's Harley across the TV/ While I was laughing at Dom DeLuise

Dillon has been mentioned as the source inspiration behind the creation of "Hanma Yuujiro" the father of the main character of the fighting manga series "Grappler Baki" which is denoted to be "The strongest creature in the world"

Dillon is also mentioned in Pencey Prep's "Don Quixote" from the album Heartbreak in Stereo.

I dance the same dance every night / It's only you you're killing / Super glue the queen of hearts and the information she's spilling / Matt Dillon.


1979Over the EdgeRichie White
1980My BodyguardMelvin Moody
1980Little DarlingsRandy Adams
1982TexTex McCormick
1982Liar's MoonJack Duncan
1982The Great American Fourth of July and Other DisastersRalphTV movie
1983Rumble FishRusty James
1983The OutsidersDallas 'Dally' Winston
1984The Flamingo KidJeffrey Willis
1985TargetChris Lloyd/Derek Potter
1986Native SonJan
1987The Big TownJ. C. Cullen
1988KansasDoyle Kennedy
1989Drugstore CowboyBob
1989Bloodhounds of BroadwayRegret
1991A Kiss Before DyingJonathan Corliss
1991Fishing with JohnHimself
1991Women & Men 2Eddie MegeffinTV movie
1992SinglesCliff Poncier
1993The Saint of Fort WashingtonMatthew
1993Mr. WonderfulGus
1994Golden GateKevin Walker
1995To Die ForLarry Maretto
1995Frankie StarlightTerry Klout
1996Grace of My HeartJay Phillips
1996Albino AlligatorDova
1996Beautiful GirlsTommy 'Birdman' Rowland
1997In & OutCameron Drake
1998There's Something About MaryPatrick (Pat) Healy
1998Wild ThingsSam Lombardo
2001One Night at McCool'sRandy
2002Deuces WildFritzy
2002City of GhostsJimmyAlso director and writer
2003Abby SingerHimself
2004Employee of the MonthDavid Walsh
2005Herbie: Fully LoadedTrip Murphy
2005CrashSgt. John Ryan
2006FactotumHenry Chinaski
2006You, Me and DupreeCarl Peterson
2007The SimpsonsLouie (voice)TV series (1 episode: "Midnight Towboy")
2008Nothing But the TruthPatton Dubois
2009Old DogsBarry
2009ArmoredMike Cochrane
2010TakersDet. Jack Welles
2011Modern FamilyRobbie SullivanTV series (1 episode: "Princess Party")
2012Girl Most LikelyGeorge/The Bousche
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesRichard
2013The Art of the StealNicky Calhoun
2013Whiskey BayJesse Weiland
2013Sunlight Jr.Richie

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
1981Young Artist Award Best Young Actor in a Major Motion PictureMy BodyguardNominated
1983Young Artist Award Best Young Motion Picture ActorTexNominated
1990Independent Spirit Award for Best Male LeadDrugstore CowboyWon
1999MTV Movie Award for Best Villain (tied with Stephen Dorff)There's Something About MaryWon
1999MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Denise Richards & Neve Campbell)Wild ThingsNominated
1999Teen Choice Award Funniest SceneThere's Something About MaryWon
1999Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – ComedyThere's Something About MaryWon
2005Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting ActorCrashWon
2005Gotham Tribute AwardWon
2005Gotham Award Best Ensemble CastCrashNominated
2005Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting ActorCrashWon
2005Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting ActorCrashNominated
2005Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the YearCrashWon
2005Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion PictureCrashWon
2005Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best CastCrashWon
2005Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best CastCrashWon
2006Academy Award for Best Supporting ActorCrashNominated
2006BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting RoleCrashNominated
2006Black Reel Award for Best EnsembleCrashNominated
2006Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorCrashNominated
2006Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting EnsembleCrashWon
2006Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting ActorCrashNominated
2006Empire Award for Best ActorCrashNominated
2006Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureCrashNominated
2006Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting MaleCrashWon
2006Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorCrashNominated
2006SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleCrashNominated
2006SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureCrashWon
2006San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Lifetime Archievement AwardWon
2007Cairo International Film Festival Special AwardWon
2011Special Tomislav Pinter AwardWon


  1. ^ "Cameron Diaz Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Cigar Aficionado | People Profile | Matt Dillon
  3. ^ Matt Dillon Biography (1964-)
  4. ^ "Fordham golf coach has way with the brush". USA Today. October 9, 2001. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kevin Dillon Biography at
  6. ^
  7. ^ Dillon, Matt (August 6, 2005). "Behind the mask". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Flynn, Paul (August 11, 2005). "Matt's Crash landing". Evening Standard. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Rader, Dotson (July 23, 2006). "‘‘You Don’t Shut the Door on Hope’’". Parade. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ Over the Edge: An Oral History of the Greatest Teen Rebellion Movie of All Time September 2009, Vice Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  11. ^ "50 Top-Grossing Films". (Week ending May 23, 1979). Variety, pp. 9.
  12. ^ "Matt Dillon box office tallies". Retrieved March 10, 2006. 
  13. ^ [1] - A Salute to Jean Shepherd
  14. ^ [2] NTW Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters, The
  15. ^ "Matt Dillon Attempts to Explain Cameron Diaz Split". 2006-07-24. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ [4][dead link]
  18. ^ Matt Dillon Pleads Guilty WPTZ news, March 30, 2009

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