Dylan McDermott, 2009
|Born||Mark Anthony McDermott
October 26, 1961
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Shiva Afshar Rose (m. 1995–d. 2009)|
Mark Anthony McDermott (born October 26, 1961), better known by his professional name of Dylan McDermott, is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the television legal drama The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination, and his role in the series American Horror Story as Dr. Ben Harmon. He also starred in the TNT series Dark Blue as Lt. Carter Shaw.
Mark Anthony McDermott was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Diane (née Marino) and Richard McDermott. His father was of Irish descent, and his mother had Italian and English ancestry. His mother was fifteen and his father was seventeen when he was born. He has a younger sister, Robin. By 1967, the couple had divorced, and Diane and her two children were living with her mother. On February 9, 1967, his mother was shot dead. Her death was originally ruled an accident. Police later claimed that evidence they found would be enough to file murder charges against John Sponza, who had been living with Diane McDermott at the time. Sponza had told authorities that she accidentally shot herself after picking up a gun he had been cleaning. Sponza, who police say had ties to organized crime, was shot dead in 1972, his body found in the trunk of a car in a Waltham, Massachusetts, grocery store parking lot. Dylan was 5-years-old when his mother died. He and his sister were raised by their maternal grandmother, Avis (Rogers) Marino, in Waterbury.
As a teenager, McDermott began taking trips to visit his father, who owned the West Fourth Street Saloon in Greenwich Village. The two would go to the movies and the younger McDermott would work in his father's bar serving drinks and breaking up fights. He would also fast talk his way into the Mudd Club and Studio 54. McDermott was uncomfortable with himself as a teenager, saying he had a "Dorothy Hamill hairdo". He began to imitate his acting heroes, such as Marlon Brando and Humphrey Bogart, to adopt their demeanor. McDermott graduated from Holy Cross High School, Waterbury.
His father's third wife was playwright Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues), who legally adopted McDermott when he was 15 and she was 23; she has since divorced his father. Ensler, with whom he has remained close, encouraged McDermott to pursue an acting career and began writing roles for him into her plays. After Ensler suffered a miscarriage, he took on the name Dylan — the name planned for her unborn child. He attended acting school at the Jesuit-run Fordham University, as well as studying under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
McDermott starred as Chris in the 1989 film Twister about a man who tried to rescue his girlfriend and daughter from a tornado storm. The same year brought Neon Empire, a movie about the rise and fall of one man in Las Vegas. However, his first big break as an actor was in the hit film In the Line of Fire. Through his connection with Clint Eastwood, McDermott was able to land his first major gig in The Practice. The show expanded McDermott's stardom, and he made People's list of the "50 Most Beautiful People In The World 1998" with the magazine calling him a "a prime-time heartthrob". He got this distinction again in 2000. Despite his success on The Practice, McDermott was cut from the show. Executive producer David E. Kelley cited "economic and creative realities" as a result of pressure from ABC to reduce costs. McDermott did appear in the final two episodes of the final season.
In 2004, McDermott starred alongside Julianna Margulies four-part mini-series The Grid, playing FBI Special Agent Max Canary in an anti-terrorist unit. Returning to theater in 2006, the actor played a returned soldier suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder in the Ensler's play The Treatment. In 2007, McDermott starred in the television series Big Shots. Due to low viewership, the show was cancelled in January 2008 after 11 episodes without completing the planned 13-episode season. On October 30, 2008, TV Guide reported that McDermott was due to co-star alongside Shannen Doherty in the film Burning Palms, a satire based on Los Angeles stereotypes told through five intertwining storylines. Beginning in 2009, McDermott starred in the TNT drama Dark Blue, playing a veteran cop who heads a squad of undercover LAPD officers. The show ran for two seasons, each consisting of ten episodes. In 2011, McDermott starred on American Horror Story on FX as Ben Harmon. He returned to the second season as a new character due to the series' anthology format. In 2012, he appeared in three films; The Campaign, playing Tim Wattley, a campaign manager, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as the father of main character Charlie (Logan Lerman), and Nobody Walks, as Leroy. He recently appeared in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen as a traitorous Secret Service Agent who helps a group of terrorists seize control of the White House.
McDermott married actress Shiva Afshar Rose on November 19, 1995. They have two daughters Collette and Charlotte. The elder daughter's birth is prominently featured in Ensler's Vagina Monologues. On September 27, 2007, People confirmed that McDermott and Rose had separated. On May 16, 2008, CelebTV.com reported that McDermott had filed for divorce from Rose. The divorce was finalized on December 2, 2008. McDermott has been featured in magazines such as Men's Health. In 1999, he was a finalist in the GQ "Man of the Year" issue. McDermott is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for over 20 years.
|1987||Hamburger Hill||Sgt. Frantz|
|1988||The Blue Iguana||Vince Holloway|
|1989||The Neon Empire||Vic||TV movie|
|1989||Steel Magnolias||Jackson Latcherie|
|1991||Into the Badlands||McComas||TV movie|
|1992||Where Sleeping Dogs Lie||Bruce Simmons|
|1992||Jersey Girl||Sal Tomei|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||George Gatlin||Episode: "This'll Kill Ya"|
|1992||The Fear Inside||Pete Caswell||TV movie|
|1993||In the Line of Fire||Secret Service Agent Al D'Andrea|
|1994||The Cowboy Way||John Stark|
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Bryan Bedford|
|1995||Destiny Turns on the Radio||Julian Goddard|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Leo Fish|
|1997||'Til There Was You||Nick|
|1997-2004||The Practice||Bobby Donnell||147 episodes|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Bobby Donnell||2 episodes|
|1999||Three to Tango||Charles Newman|
|1999||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Dylan McDermott/Foo Fighters"|
|2001||Texas Rangers||Leander McNelly|
|2003||Party Monster||Peter Gatien|
|2003||Runaway Jury||Jacob Wood||Uncredited|
|2003||Will & Grace||Tom||Episode: "Heart Like a Wheelchair"|
|2004||The Grid||FBI Agent Max Canary||2 episodes|
|2005||The Tenants||Henry Lesser|
|2005||The Mistress of Spices||Doug|
|2006||A House Divided||Anderson||TV movie|
|2006||Unbeatable Harold||Jake Salamander|
|2007||Have Dreams, Will Travel||Uncle|
|2007-2008||Big Shots||Duncan Collinsworth||11 episodes|
|2009||Burning Palms||Dennis Marx|
|2009-2010||Dark Blue||Carter Shaw||20 episodes|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Ben Harmon||12 episodes|
|2012||The Campaign||Tim Wattley|
|2012||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Mr. Kelmeckis|
|2012-2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Johnny Morgan||5 episodes|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Dave Forbes|
|2013||Behaving Badly||Jimmy Leach||Post-poduction|
|2013-present||Hostages||FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle||upcoming series|
- Golden Boy (date and role unknown)
- Believe It, See It, Survival (1978) —
- Biloxi Blues (1985) — Joseph Wyzykowski
- Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man (1995) —
- The Treatment (2006) — Man
- Three Changes (2008) — Nate
Awards and nominations
- "In Search of Dylan McDermott". Esquire. 133 (3):166, March 2000.
- "Hollywood's New Golden Boy"
- "Dylan McDermott is on a path of rediscovery", Washington Post - MSNBC.com
- Rita Braver. "Dylan McDermott" (interview), CBS Sunday Morning, October 30, 2011.
- (1998-05-11), "Dylan McDermott". People. 49 (18):144
- , Interview with wife Shiva Rose McDermott
- Pitman, Randy (1990-02-01), "Twister". Library Journal. 115 (2):124
- Pitman, Randy (04-01-1990), "The Neon Empire". Library Journal. 115 (6):154
- No byline (2000-05-08), "Dylan McDermott". People. 53 (18):174
- "Legal Eagles Out of Practice". People. 59 (21):19 (June 2, 2003)
- Kelleher, Terry (2004-07-26), "The Grid". People. 62 (4):35
- McCarter, Jeremy 2006-09-25, "Eve Ensler Has Issues". New York. 39 (33):78
- "Shannen Doherty, Dylan McDermott Join Burning Palms Ensemble Film" TV Guide. October 30, 2008. Retrieved on October 31, 2008.
- TNT Dark Blue website
- No byline (2007-10-15), "CELEBRITY ROUNDUP". Time. 170 (16):27. Retrieved on 2008-01-15
- Dylan McDermott files for divorce from wife Shiva Rose. Retrieved on 2008-05-20
- No byline (2007-12-02), "McDermott to Wife: Til January Do Us Part". Retrieved on 2008-12-02
- O'Neill, Hugh (September 2004), "ICONS of Style". Men's Health, Vol. 19 (7): 48
- Johnson, Julie A. (1999-12-13), "Hanks rules roost on Nov. newsstands". Advertising Age. 70 (51): 62
- "20 YEARS OF SEXY LAWYERS". People.64 (22): 181-82 (2005-11-28)
- "Practice makes perfect: Life's a beach for Dylan McDermott and new girlfriend". London: Daily Mail. 2010-09-28.