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Dylan McDermott ACTOR


Dylan McDermott was born on October 26th, 1961 in Waterbury, Connecticut with the birth name Mark Anthony McDermott, born to teenage parents, Diane and Richard 'Mac' McDermott. 

His parents separated when he was just a young boy and he lived with his mother, sister and his mother's live-in boyfriend.  At the age of five she was shot by her boyfriend and the children were taken in by their grandmother, Avis Marino.

He first developed an interest in the arts when his father married playwright and actress,  Eve Ensler who was responsible for writing , "The Vagina Monologues", Ensler felt that Dylan had a talent for acting and encouraged him to study acting.  After graduating from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, he enrolled at Fordham University in New York City and majored in drama.

When he was studying acting under Sanford Meisner and involved in a workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse, he was discovered by Joanne Woodward, an actress and producer.  

His career in acting began in 1987 when he received a small part in the film, "Hamburger Hill" starring Courtney Vance, Don Cheadle and Steven Weber, which followed with roles in such films as, "Steel Magnolias" (1989) alongside Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt and Sam Shepard, "Twister" (1989) starring Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover, Tim Robbins and Harry Dean Stanton, "The Neon Empire" (1989) starring Ray Sharkey, Gary Busey, Linda Fiorentino, Martin Landau, Julie Carmen and Harry Guardino and "In the Line of Fire" (1993) starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Fred Thompson, Gary Cole and John Mahoney, the role that really helped his career in Hollywood.

In 1997 he was cast in the legal drama television series, "The Practice" portraying lawyer Bobby Donnell.  This role has earned him a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination.  He remained with the show until 2004, and then his next role was in the mini-series, "The Grid" (2004).   

Over the course of his career, McDermott has also appeared on the television series, "3 lbs." (2006), "Big Shots" (2007), "Dark Blue" (2009) and "American Horror Story" (2011) and most recently in the films, "Nobody Walks" (2012), "The Campaign" (2012) starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012) starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller and soon to be released, "Parental Guidance Suggested" (2013) and "The Frozen" (2013).  

Dylan McDermott has married only once to Shiva Rose whom he wed in 1995 and they had two children together before the marriage came to an end in 2008. 


2013         The Frozen 
2013         Parental Guidance Suggested 
2014         Olympus Has Fallen
2012         The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2012         The Campaign
2012         Nobody Walks
2011         American Horror Story
2009-2010     Dark Blue
2010         The Douché
2010         Burning Palms
2009         Mercy
2007-2008     Big Shots
2007         A West Texas Children's Story
2007         The Messengers
2006         Unbeatable Harold
2006         3 lbs.
2006         A House Divided
2005         Edison
2005         The Mistress of Spices
2005         The Tenants
2004         The Grid
1997-2004     The Practice
2003         Will & Grace
2003         Runaway Jury
2003         Wonderland
2003         Party Monster
2001         Texas Rangers
1999         Saturday Night Live 
1999         Three to Tango
1998         Sin City Spectacular 
1998         Ally McBeal 
1997         'Til There Was You
1995         Home for the Holidays
1995         Destiny Turns on the Radio
1994         Miracle on 34th Street
1994         The Cowboy Way
1993         In the Line of Fir
1992         The Fear Inside 
1992         Tales from the Crypt
1992         Jersey Girl
1991         Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
1991         Into the Badlands
1990         Hardware
1989         Steel Magnolias
1989         Twister
1989         The Neon Empire 
1988         The Blue Iguana
1987         Hamburger Hill

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