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Thomas Griffin Dunne
June 8, 1955
New York City, U.S.
|Education||The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre|
(m. 1989; div. 1995)
|Relatives||Dominique Dunne (sister)|
John Gregory Dunne (uncle)
Joan Didion (aunt)
Thomas Griffin Dunne (//; born June 8, 1955) is an American actor, film producer, and film director. Dunne studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. He is known for portraying Jack Goodman in An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Paul Hackett in After Hours (1985), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Thomas Griffin Dunne was born in New York City, to Ellen Beatriz (née Griffin) and Dominick Dunne. As the oldest child, Dunne has Irish and Mexican ancestry, his father was born and raised in an Irish Catholic family with his maternal grandfather an Irish-American and his maternal grandmother a Mexican who was from Sonora, Mexico. He is the older brother of Alexander and Dominique Dunne. His mother founded the victims' rights organization Justice for Homicide Victims after Dominique's murder in 1982. His father was a producer, writer, and actor. He is also a nephew of writers John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. Raised in Los Angeles, Dunne attended the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts and then went to Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he developed an interest in acting, appearing in many school plays. He was scheduled to perform in a school production of Othello when on the eve of a performance, a teacher found him smoking marijuana. Dunne was immediately expelled, and moved back to New York soon afterwards to pursue his acting interests. He studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sanford Meisner.
Dunne began his professional acting career at age 19 with a small supporting role in The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975. He has since appeared on both film and television, starring in An American Werewolf in London (1981) as Jack Goodman, Johnny Dangerously (1984) as Tommy Kelly, After Hours (1985) as Paul Hackett, Who's That Girl (1987) as Loudon Trott opposite Madonna, My Girl (1991) as Jake Bixler, Quiz Show (1994) as the Geritol Account Executive, Game 6 (2005) as Elliott Litvak, and I Like It Like That (1994) as Stephen Price. Dunne also played Dr. Vass, opposite Matthew McConaughey, in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club.
Dunne's TV appearances include Frasier (pilot episode "The Good Son" as caller Russell, and in season 3 episode 11 "The Friend" as Bob), Saturday Night Live, Alias, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Episodes 5, 118, and 128). He portrayed Tony Mink in the comedy Trust Me on TNT. In 2012, Dunne guest-starred as management consultant Marco Pelios in seven episodes of the premiere season of the Showtime TV series House of Lies.
In 2018 he joined the cast of This is Us where he starred as Nicky Pearson, Jack Pearson's brother until the series concluded in 2022.
Dunne's first experience as a producer was the successful 1982 film, Chilly Scenes of Winter, an adaptation of the 1976 novel of the same name by Ann Beattie. Dunne and his co-producers, Amy Robinson and Mark Metcalf, had formed their production company, Triple Play Productions, in the late 1970s and optioned Beattie's book after agreeing to her stipulation that she be given a role. The film had a less than successful short run in theaters when it was released three years earlier with a "happy" ending and an alternate title, at the insistence of the distributor, United Artists. The trio persevered to have the film re-released with a more realistic ending and the same title as the book, which proved more successful. Dunne had a small part in the film, as Mark, a young doctor. After Mark Metcalf left the company, Dunne and Robinson continued as producing partners. Their company, now called Double Play Productions, produced several films, including Baby It's You, After Hours, Running on Empty and Game 6. In 1986, the company had signed an agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for a two-year production agreement.
Dunne's directorial debut was the 1995 short film Duke of Groove. For it, Dunne received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, along with producer Thom Colwell.
Since then, he has directed five feature films, including Addicted to Love (1997) and Practical Magic (1998). He also directed one segment of the 2012 anthology film Movie 43. Dunne produced and directed Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017), a documentary about his aunt, author Joan Didion, whom Dunne interviews and appears with on screen.
He married Anna Bingemann, an Australian stylist, in July 2009.
|1975||The Other Side of the Mountain||Yes||Herbie Johnson|
|1979||Chilly Scenes of Winter||Yes||Yes||Dr. Mark|
|1981||An American Werewolf in London||Yes||Jack Goodman|
|The Fan||Yes||Production Assistant|
|1983||Baby It's You||Yes|
|Cold Feet||Yes||Tom Christo|
|1984||Johnny Dangerously||Yes||Tommy Kelly|
|1985||After Hours||Yes||Yes||Paul Hackett|
|Almost You||Yes||Alex Boyer|
|1987||Amazon Women on the Moon||Yes||Doctor||Segment: "Hospital"|
|Who's That Girl||Yes||Loudon Trott|
|1988||The Big Blue||Yes||Duffy|
|Me and Him||Yes||Bert|
|Running on Empty||Yes|
|1991||My Girl||Yes||Mr. Jake Bixler|
|1992||Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even||Yes||David|
|Straight Talk||Yes||Alan Riegert|
|1993||Naked in New York||Yes||Auditioner|
|The Pickle||Yes||Planet Cleveland Man||Uncredited|
|1994||I Like It Like That||Yes||Stephen Price|
|Quiz Show||Yes||Geritol Account Executive|
|1995||Search and Destroy||Yes||Martin Mirkheim|
|1996||Duke of Groove||Yes||Short film|
|1997||Addicted to Love||Yes|
|2000||Lisa Picard Is Famous||Yes||Yes||Andrew|
|Sam the Man||Yes||Man in Bathroom|
|2002||40 Days and 40 Nights||Yes||Jerry Anderson|
|2003||Stuck on You||Yes||Himself|
|Game 6||Yes||Yes||Elliott Litvak|
|Your Product Here||Yes||Short film|
|2007||Snow Angels||Yes||Don Parkinson|
|2008||The Accidental Husband||Yes|
|The Great Buck Howard||Yes||Jonathan Finerman|
|2012||The Discoverers||Yes||Lewis Birch|
|2013||Broken City||Yes||Sam Lancaster|
|Movie 43||Yes||Segment: "Veronica"|
|Dallas Buyers Club||Yes||Dr. Vass|
|2014||Rob the Mob||Yes||Dave Lovell|
|2015||Touched with Fire||Yes||George|
|2016||My Dead Boyfriend||Yes||Joey Lucas / Nick McCrawley|
|2017||War Machine||Yes||Ray Canucci|
|Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold||Yes||Yes|
|2018||Ocean's 8||Yes||Parole Board Officer|
|Alright Now||Yes||Joanne's Dad|
|2021||With/In: Volume 2||Yes||Yes||Segment: "One Night Stand"|
|The French Dispatch||Yes||Legal Advisor|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Dick||Episode: "Secret Cinema"|
|1986||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Knoll||Episode: "The Jar"|
|1986||Saturday Night Live||Frankie Toussaint||Episode: "William Shatner/Lone Justice"; uncredited|
|1989||Trying Times||David||Episode: "Hunger Chic"|
|1990||Secret Weapon||Mordechai Vanunu||Television film|
|1992||Screenplay||Michael Tyne||Episode: "Buying a Landslide"|
|1993||Hotel Room||Robert||Episode: "Getting Rid of Robert"|
|1993||L.A. Law||Gerard Samuels||Episode: "F.O.B."|
|1993||Frasier||Russell (voice)||Episode: "The Good Son"|
|1995||The Android Affair||Teach / William||Television film|
|1996||Frasier||Bob Reynolds||Episode: "The Friend"|
|2001||Blonde||The Playwright||2 episodes|
|2001–07||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Henry Talbott||Episode: "Jones"|
|2002||Warning: Parental Advisory||Frank Zappa||Television film|
|2002||A Nero Wolfe Mystery||Nicolas Losseff||2 episodes|
|2002||What Leonard Comes Home To||Leonard||Television short|
|2004||Alias||Leonid Lisenker||2 episodes|
|2006||3 lbs||Dr. Jerry Cole||2 episodes|
|2006–07||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Seamus Flaherty||2 episodes|
|2009||Trust Me||Tony Mink||13 episodes|
|2009||Leverage||Marcus Starke||Episode: "The Two Live Crew Job"|
|2010||How to Make It in America||Fresconi||Episode: "Crisp"|
|2010||White Collar||Wesley Kent||Episode: "Company Man"|
|2010||The Good Wife||Judge Jared Quinn||Episode: "Cleaning House"; also director|
|2011||Damages||Dean Gullickson||3 episodes|
|2012–14||House of Lies||Marco Pelios||8 episodes|
|2013||Girls||Thomas - John's Father||Episode: "It's a Shame About Ray"|
|2013||The League||Burt||Episode: "The Von Nowzick Wedding"|
|2014||Red Band Society||Ruben Garcia||3 episodes; also director|
|2015||Manhattan||Woodrow Lorentzen||4 episodes|
|2015–16||Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll||Music Therapist||2 episodes|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Benno Gilbert||Episode: "Fashionable Crimes"|
|2016–17||I Love Dick||Sylvère||8 episodes|
|2018||Succession||Dr. Alon Parfit||Episode: "Austerlitz"|
|2018||The Romanoffs||Frank Shefflied||Episode: "Panorama"|
|2018–22||This Is Us||Nicky Pearson||29 episodes|
|2019||Better Things||Durham||Episode: "The Unknown"|
|2019–21||Goliath||Gene Bennett||7 episodes|
|2021||Search Party||Richard Wreck||2 episodes|
|2021||The L Word: Generation Q||Isaac Zakarian||2 episodes|
|TBA||The Girls on the Bus||Bruce Turner||Recurring role, upcoming series|
|2023||Billions||George Pike IV a.k.a. Fourth||Guest star|
Awards and nominations
|1986||After Hours||Golden Globe Award||Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical||Nominated|||
|1986||Independent Spirit Award||Best Feature (shared with Robert F. Colesberry & Amy Robinson)||Won|
|1994||Love Matters||CableACE Award||Actor in a Movie or Miniseries||Nominated|
|1996||Duke of Groove||Academy Award||Best Short Film – Live Action (shared with Thom Colwell)||Nominated|
|1996||Frasier||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2000||Lisa Picard Is Famous||Cannes Film Festival||Un Certain Regard Award||Nominated|
|2000||—||Deep Ellum Film Festival||Pioneer Filmmaker Award||Won|
|2013||The Discoverers||Sarasota Film Festival||Achievement in Acting||Won|
|2013||Sedona International Film Festival||Outstanding Actor||Won|
|2014||Movie 43||Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Director||Won|
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