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Real Name: Dylan McDermott
Birthday: 10/26/1961 in Waterbury, Connecticut

Biography And Filmography:

Most commonly thought of as a television actor, Dylan McDermott is the whole leading man Hollywood package – super celebrity good looks with substantial acting experience to match.

Despite his outwardly appearing success, things did not always come easily for him. After weathering a miserable and heartbreaking childhood, he endured a series of poor movie roles before finally getting his Golden Globe winning role as Bobby Donnell, the criminal defense attorney heading up a struggling Boston law firm on “The Practice” (1997-2004).

Born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, Connecticut on Oct. 26, 1961, his childhood was bad from the start. The oldest of two children, his mother Diane was only 15 years old when she had Dylan. At age 17, his father, Richard, was no more equipped for marriage or children than his mother. Life turned tragic in February of 1967 when his mother, Diane was shot and killed at the age of 20, accidentally by her then boyfriend while he was cleaning his gun. Forty years later, her death is still shrouded in mystery with no clear answers of exactly what happened. The young actor was just five years old at the time and his sister, Robin a mere six months old.

With a desire to succeed in acting, Dylan gave up his once wild ways of drinking, smoking and fighting, and studied at New York City’s Fordham University to immerse himself  in the world of acting and theater. In 1985, he appeared in Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” It was during this stage performance that a talent agent spotted the actor and sent him packing for Hollywood. His first movie role was in the Vietnam feature film “Hamburger Hill” (1987) as Sergeant Frantz; in this very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. He followed with roles in “The Blue Iguana” (1988), and “Twister” (1989), about an oddball family on a Kansas farm who are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm..

His next movie was a smash hit. He played Julia Roberts sympathetic husband in the southern heart-warmer “Steel Magnolias” (1989) alongside an all-star cast that included Sally Field, Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine. In real life, he became romantically involved with his co-star Roberts – until she met Kiefer Sutherland on the set of her film, “Flatliners” (1990), and quickly dumped him. Apparently not one to hold a grudge, the actor later teamed with Kiefer – who at that point had also been dumped as well – in the 1994 feature film, “The Cowboy Way” (1994)

After his successful turn in Steel Magnolias,” he took roles in boring movies like “Hardware” (1990), and “Jersey Girl” (1992) before starring as a secret service agent next to Clint Eastwood in the hit movie “In the Line of Fire” (1993) with Rene Russo. That year he met his future wife, Shiva Rose in a Santa Monica coffee shop. It was love at first sight for McDermott. The couple were married in November 1995 and were soon a red carpet staple. A year later, Rose gave birth to their daughter Colette; in 2005, the couple welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte Rose.

In 1994, he co-starred as the fashionable romantic interest to Elizabeth Perkins in the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994). The following year, he worked on the Jodie Foster produced comedy “Home for the Holidays” (1995), with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr., where after losing her job and making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and then finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, a women has to face spending the holiday with her dysfunctional family. 

The celebrities association Jeffrey Kramer, the president of David E. Kelly productions, paid off when he asked Dylan to audition for a new television series called “The Practice” (1997- 2004). He was a perfect fit for the part of Bobby Donnell, and helped to transform “The Practice” into a smash hit by providing a fresh, hot sex appeal together with an intensity that kept audiences glued to their televisions. Everybody loved the show - even the critics, allowing him to win a 1998 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Drama TV Series. That year he was also voted People magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People.” In 1999, he was honored again with an Emmy nomination for his “Practice” work. 

He then took a bizarre, and some felt career ending role in the drug, sex, homosexual, non-stop party and drag culture film "Party Monster" (2003) starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green. Set in the New York club scene, and the sex and drug culture of the late 1980's thru the 1990's, "Party Monster" is a tale which chronicles the rise and fall of club-kid promoter Michael Alig, a party organizer, whose extravagant gay and care-free life was sent spiraling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his friend, roommate, and drug dealer, Angel Melendez. 

Some critics felt this was a coming out movie for Macaulay Culkin, as rumors of his homosexuality dated back to the Michael Jackson days - and the fact that Seth Green was in a real-life gay relationship during filming of "Party Monster". But McDermott endured the critics reviews, and suspicions, and showed he could handle both diverse, and controversial roles - and overcome critics with his talents. In hindsight, "Party Monster" went on to become a cult hit, and was nominated for three awards.

During "The Practice" down-time, he starred in the romantic comedy “Three to Tango” (1999) also starring Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell. In 2003, he was hired and cast as a dirty, tattooed dope dealer in a supporting role in “Wonderland” (2003) with Val Kilmer, based on the real life Los Angeles drug killings on Wonderland Avenue. In 2005, he starred as the romantic champion in the mystical drama, “The Mistress of Spices” (2005). He then appeared in the crime thriller "Edison" (2005) with Justin Timberlake, about a naive and ambitious reporter who is convinced an elite force within the Edison Police Department is corrupted. 

Next, he ventured into the horror genre, starring in “The Messengers” (2007) as a city boy who relocates his family away from the dangers of urban living to a haunted house in the country.  The actor then returned to series television appearing in eleven episodes of the dramatic comedy “Big Shots” (2007- ) starring Christopher Titus, which was seen as an all male adaptation of “Desperate Housewives”. He played womanizing scumbag Duncan Collingsworth, a cosmetics company CEO who has lots of extra time to spend at the country club with his three best male buddies, as well as continue an affair with his stunning ex-wife. That same year, the sad news came that he had divorced Rose, after almost 12 years of marriage – practically a lifetime in Hollywood.

But he did not stay down for long, rebounding back to the big-screen in the blockbuster romantic drama "Have Dreams, Will Travel" (2008), with an all-star lineup including Matthew Modine,  Lara Flynn Boyle and Heather Graham, set in the 1960's, the movie is a magical tale of two 12-year-olds who embark on an adventure to find new, and cool parents and escape their neglected, overly adult influenced existence. 

He wrapped his year with the romantic drama "Mercy" (2009), about a young novelist who tries to write about love, but realizes he will first need some real-life experience before taking on the subject.


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