Dylan McDermott

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Dylan McDermott
Dylan McDermott (Straighten Crop).jpg
McDermott in May 2009
Born Mark Anthony McDermott
(1961-10-26) October 26, 1961 (age 52)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Shiva Rose (1995–2009; divorced)
Children 2

Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott; October 26, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the legal drama series The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award nomination. He is also well known for his roles in the first two seasons of American Horror Story, entitled American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Asylum portraying Dr. Ben Harmon and Johnny Morgan, respectively.

He also starred as Lt. Carter Shaw on the TNT series Dark Blue, and FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle in the CBS drama series Hostages. McDermott also had played the supporting role of David Lind in the 2003 film Wonderland. Lind was a member of the Wonderland Gang; a group of drug dealers involved in the Los Angeles cocaine trade.

Early life[edit]

McDermott was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Diane (née Marino) and Richard McDermott. He is of Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English, French, and Irish descent.[1][2] Diane was 15 and Richard was 17 when McDermott was born; by 1967, the couple had divorced, and Diane and her two children were living with her mother, Avis (Rogers) Marino.[3] On February 9, 1967, Diane was killed.[1] Her death was originally ruled an accident, but police later claimed that evidence they had found would be enough to file murder charges against John Sponza, who had been living with Diane at the time. Sponza told authorities that Diane accidentally shot herself after picking up a gun he had been cleaning. Sponza, who police say had ties to organized crime, was killed in 1972; his body was found in the trunk of a car in a Waltham, Massachusetts grocery store parking lot.[4]

McDermott and his sister were raised by Avis in Waterbury.[3] As a teenager, he began taking trips to visit his father, who owned the West Fourth Street Saloon in Greenwich Village, New York.[5] The two would go to the movies and the younger McDermott would work in his father's bar, serving drinks and breaking up fights.[6] He would also fast-talk his way into the Mudd Club and Studio 54.[1] 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.[7] McDermott graduated from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury.

McDermott's 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.[8] She has since divorced his father. Ensler, with whom McDermott has remained close, encouraged him to pursue an acting career,[4] and began writing roles for him into her plays.[1] After Ensler suffered a miscarriage, he took on the name Dylan, the name planned for her unborn child.[6] He attended acting school at the Jesuit-run Fordham University, as well as studying under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Career[edit]

McDermott starred as Chris in the 1989 film Twister about a man who tried to rescue his girlfriend and daughter from a tornado storm.[9] The same year brought Neon Empire, a movie about the rise and fall of one man in Las Vegas.[10] 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".[7] He got this distinction again in 2000.[11] 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.[12]

In 2004, McDermott starred alongside Julianna Margulies four-part mini-series The Grid, playing FBI Special Agent Max Canary in an anti-terrorist unit.[13] Returning to theater in 2006, the actor played a returned soldier suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder in the Ensler's play The Treatment.[14] 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.[15] Beginning in 2009, McDermott starred in the TNT drama Dark Blue, playing a veteran cop who heads a squad of undercover LAPD officers.[16] The show ran for two seasons, each consisting of ten episodes. In 2011, McDermott starred on American Horror Story on FX as Dr. Ben Harmon. He returned to the second season as a new character due to the series' anthology format, this time portraying Johnny Morgan. 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.

In May 2013, McDermott launched his first Photography Exhibition in Montreal, Quebec at Avenue Art Gallery as part of a collaboration with Art Agent, Marina Cutler. The Exhibition titled THE DYLAN PROJECT, MAKE SOME NOISE! tied his support for The V-Day Organization and love of photography together as the project is a way to bring attention and funds to this organization that supports women in various ways who have suffered violent acts of aggression. McDermott and Cutler have plans to bring THE DYLAN PROJECT to other locations.

Personal life[edit]

McDermott has a younger sister, Robin.[3] He married actress Shiva Rose on November 19, 1995.[3] They have two daughters, Collette and Charlotte. Collette's birth is prominently featured in Ensler's Vagina Monologues.[1] On September 27, 2007, People confirmed that McDermott and Rose had separated.[17] On May 16, 2008, CelebTV.com reported that McDermott had filed for divorce from Rose.[18] The divorce was finalized on January 2, 2009.[19]

McDermott has been featured in magazines such as Men's Health.[20] In 1999, he was a finalist in the GQ "Man of the Year" issue.[21][22] McDermott is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for over 20 years.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hamburger Hill Sgt. Adam Frantz
1988 Blue Iguana, TheThe Blue Iguana Vince Holloway
1989 Neon Empire, TheThe Neon Empire Vic Television film
1989 Twister Chris
1989 Steel Magnolias Jackson Latcherie
1990 Hardware Moses "Hard Mo" Baxter
1991 Into the Badlands McComas Television film
1991 Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Bruce Simmons
1992 Jersey Girl Sal Tomei
1992 Fear Inside, TheThe Fear Inside Pete Caswell Television film
1993 In the Line of Fire Al D'Andrea
1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe 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 Dawkan
1999 Three to Tango Charles Newman
2001 Texas Rangers Leander McNelly
2003 Party Monster Peter Gatien
2003 Wonderland David Lind
2003 Runaway Jury Jacob Wood Uncredited
2005 Edison Sergeant Francis Lazerov
2005 Tenants, TheThe Tenants Henry Lesser
2005 Mistress of Spices, TheThe Mistress of Spices Doug
2006 Unbeatable Harold Jake Salamander
2006 A House Divided Anderson Television Film
2007 Messengers, TheThe Messengers Roy
2007 Have Dreams, Will Travel Uncle
2009 Mercy Jake
2010 Burning Palms Dennis Marx
2012 Nobody Walks Leroy
2012 Campaign, TheThe Campaign Tim Wattley
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Mr. Kelmeckis
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Dave Forbes
2013 Freezer Robert Saunders
2014 Behaving Badly Jimmy Leach Completed
2014 Mercy Post-production
2014 Autómata Wallace Post-production
2015 Survivor Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Tales from the Crypt George Gatlin Episode: "This'll Kill Ya"
1997–2004 Practice, TheThe Practice Bobby Donnell 147 episodes
1998 Ally McBeal Bobby Donnell 2 episodes
1998 Sin City Spectacular Himself Episode: #1.5
1999 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Dylan McDermott/Foo Fighters"
2002 Music Behide Bars Host 8 episodes
2003 Will & Grace Tom Episode: "Heart Like a Wheelchair"
2004 Grid, TheThe Grid FBI Agent Max Canary 2 episodes
2006 3 lbs Dr. Douglas Hanson Unaired Pilot
2007–08 Big Shots Duncan Collinsworth 11 episodes
2009–10 Dark Blue Carter Shaw 20 episodes
2011–13 American Horror Story Dr. Ben Harmon Murder House: 12 episodes
Johnny Morgan Asylum: 5 episodes
2013–14 Hostages Duncan Carlisle 15 episodes
2014 Stalker Jack Larsen

Stage[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1998 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The Practice Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Practice Won
1999 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Practice Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Practice Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Practice Nominated
1999 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Practice Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Practice Nominated
2000 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Practice Nominated
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Practice Nominated
2000 Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The Practice Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Practice Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Practice Nominated
2004 Prism Awards Best Performance in a Theatrical Feature Film Wonderland Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Ensemble The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television American Horror Story: Murder House Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "In Search of Dylan McDermott". Esquire. 133 (3):166, March 2000.
  2. ^ Biography for Dylan McDermott at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b c d "Hollywood's New Golden Boy"
  4. ^ a b "Dylan McDermott is on a path of rediscovery", Washington Post - MSNBC.com
  5. ^ "THEATER; Today the Anatomy, Tomorrow the World". New York Times. September 26, 1999. 
  6. ^ a b Rita Braver. "Dylan McDermott" (interview), CBS Sunday Morning, October 30, 2011.
  7. ^ a b (1998-05-11), "Dylan McDermott". People. 49 (18):144
  8. ^ [1], Interview with wife Shiva Rose McDermott
  9. ^ Pitman, Randy (1990-02-01), "Twister". Library Journal. 115 (2):124
  10. ^ Pitman, Randy (04-01-1990), "The Neon Empire". Library Journal. 115 (6):154
  11. ^ No byline (2000-05-08), "Dylan McDermott". People. 53 (18):174
  12. ^ "Legal Eagles Out of Practice". People. 59 (21):19 (June 2, 2003)
  13. ^ Kelleher, Terry (2004-07-26), "The Grid". People. 62 (4):35
  14. ^ McCarter, Jeremy 2006-09-25, "Eve Ensler Has Issues". New York. 39 (33):78
  15. ^ "Shannen Doherty, Dylan McDermott Join Burning Palms Ensemble Film" TV Guide. October 30, 2008. Retrieved on October 31, 2008.
  16. ^ TNT Dark Blue website
  17. ^ No byline (2007-10-15), "CELEBRITY ROUNDUP". Time. 170 (16):27. Retrieved on 2008-01-15
  18. ^ Dylan McDermott files for divorce from wife Shiva Rose. Retrieved on 2008-05-20
  19. ^ No byline (2007-12-02), "McDermott to Wife: Til January Do Us Part". Retrieved on 2008-12-02
  20. ^ O'Neill, Hugh (September 2004), "ICONS of Style". Men's Health, Vol. 19 (7): 48
  21. ^ Johnson, Julie A. (1999-12-13), "Hanks rules roost on Nov. newsstands". Advertising Age. 70 (51): 62
  22. ^ "20 YEARS OF SEXY LAWYERS". People.64 (22): 181-82 (2005-11-28)
  23. ^ "Practice makes perfect: Life's a beach for Dylan McDermott and new girlfriend". London: Daily Mail. 2010-09-28. 

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