Hugh Dillon

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Hugh Dillon
Born (1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 53)
Origin Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, Rock'n'roll, Indie rock, Soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Harmonica
Years active 1987–present
Associated acts The Headstones
Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir

Hugh Dillon (born May 31, 1963 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian musician and actor. Dillon was the lead singer of the Headstones during the 1990s. He has also been a film and television actor, some of his notable roles including Mike Sweeney in Durham County and Ed Lane in Flashpoint.


Music career[edit]

Dillon was the lead singer for the Kingston hard rock band The Headstones from 1987 until 2003. The Headstones became one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands of the 1990s.

After The Headstones broke up in 2003, Dillon formed the band Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, an indie rock band whose style draws from country, pop, punk and new wave influences. They released The High Co$t of Low Living in 2005. Hugh has released a solo album entitled, Works Well with Others, and it came out on October 13, 2009.

Dillon was the record producer for an album by Canadian rockers The Rubbers, and he has scored and written compositions for various television productions.

Dillon and the rest of the Headstones reformed the band in 2011.

Acting career[edit]

Dillon landed his first big screen part in director Bruce McDonald's Dance Me Outside (1995). Next came his critically acclaimed lead performance as Joe Dick in McDonald's 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo.[1] The film caught the eye of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, and his company, Rolling Thunder Pictures, distributed the movie, bringing international attention to the film.

Dillon went on to build a repertoire of notable roles in feature films, including Lone Hero, also starring Robert Forster and Sean Patrick Flanery, 2005's Assault on Precinct 13 with Ethan Hawke, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. In 2007 he was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. He received critical acclaim when he starred opposite Vera Farmiga in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie, Down to the Bone. Dillon has guest-starred on numerous television programs, such as The Eleventh Hour, ReGenesis, Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also does the voice-overs for Canadian Chevrolet ads, both on TV and radio, and for Manulife One financial services.

Dillon starred as Mike Sweeney in the critically acclaimed Canadian dramatic series Durham County. Durham County follows the tormented life of Detective Mike Sweeney, a world-weary homicide detective, who moves with his wife Audrey (Hélène Joy, ReGenesis) and daughters Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf) and Maddie (Cicely Austin) to a seemingly idyllic suburban community in the hopes of a new beginning. Hugh Dillon’s performance earned him a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in 2008. Durham County season 1 was widely received by Canadian audiences and earned a total of 14 Gemini nominations which resulted in five wins. Durham County season 2 premiered in July 2009 on TMN and Movie Central.

Dillon starred as Sergeant Ed Lane in the CTV/CBS co-production police drama series Flashpoint, which ran for five series between 2008 and 2012.[2] The one-hour drama series also starred Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau, and followed the tough but emotional lives of an elite Strategic Response Unit that was clearly set in Toronto through the many establishing shots, but never explicitly stated in the show until late in the third season. The series was picked up by CBS for broadcast later in 2008 in the United States, making it the first Canadian series since CTV's Due South in 1994 to air on network primetime in both Canada and the United States. He has most recently voiced Nick in Left 4 Dead 2, a video game developed by Valve. Dillon also played the role of Francis Becker on the third season of the American crime drama series, The Killing.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dillon won the "Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2014, for his performance in the episode "Fit for Duty" on Flashpoint.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dance Me Outside Clarence Gaskill
1995 Curtis's Charm Spitting White Trash Thug
1996 Hard Core Logo Joe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew
1999 Johnny Dell and Alice's Dad
2002 Lone Hero King
2004 Down to the Bone Bob
2004 Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning Rev. Gilbert
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Tony
2006 Hope and a Little Sugar Bar Construction Worker
2006 Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Sonny
2008 Surveillance Dad (Steven)
2008 About Face The Agent
2008 Down to the Dirt Renny
2011 Issues Bobby Short film
2012 Cosmology Short film, post-production
2016 The Last Crop Vincent
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Prince for a Day (uncredited) TV movie
2000 Twitch City Howard the Cannibal
Guy in Convenience Store
Episode: "The Return of the Cat Food Killer"
Episode: "I'm Fat and I'm Proud"
2002 Degrassi: The Next Generation Albert Manning Episode: "When Doves Cry: Part 1"
Episode: "When Doves Cry: Part 2"
2003 Degrassi: The Next Generation Albert Manning Episode: "Tears Are Not Enough: Part 1"
2003 Blue Murder Kevin Marshall Episode: "Necklace"
2003 Starhunter Gus Episode: "Biocrime"
2004 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Eddie Episode: "Hard Seven"
2004 Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, TheThe Love Crimes of Gillian Guess Bobby Tomahawk TV movie
2004 Wool Cap, TheThe Wool Cap Leather Jacket TV movie
2004 ReGenesis Danny Dexter Episode: "Prions"
Episode: "The Oldest Virus"
2005 ReGenesis Danny Dexter Episode: "Resurrection"
2005 Our Fathers Johnny DeFranco TV movie
2007 Gathering, TheThe Gathering Det. Gamble TV miniseries
2007-2010 Durham County Mike Sweeney Lead Role, 18 episodes/3 seasons
2008 Quality of Life, TheThe Quality of Life Jean Tellier TV movie
2008 Of Murder and Memory Vincent Nichol TV movie
2008 Ink: Alter Egos Exposed Narrator (Himself) TV movie
2008-2012 Flashpoint Ed Lane Lead Role, 75 episodes/5 seasons
2013 The Killing Francis Becker
2013 Continuum Mr. Escher Recurring
2015 X Company Duncan Sinclair Main role
2017 The Expanse Lt. Sutton Recurring
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Nick Valve Software
2012 Dishonored City Watch Bethesda
2013 Resident Evil 6 Nick Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC



Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir[edit]

Hugh Dillon[edit]

Works Well With Others is the first solo album released by Hugh Dillon. It was released October 13, 2009. Many of the songs are featured on the television show Flashpoint.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Friends of Mine"
  2. "Sentimental Me"
  3. "Well On Your Way"
  4. "Ten Feet Tall"
  5. "Surface of the Sun"
  6. "Reel to Reel"
  7. "Lucky"
  8. "Lost At Sea"
  9. "Radio Plays"
  10. "Bottom of a Dream"
  11. "My Mistakes"
  12. "Ignore That Call"
  13. "Puzzle I Am"
  14. "Don't Be Fooled"


  1. ^ Pike, David L. (2012). Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. ISBN 1442612401. 
  2. ^ "Hugh Dillon as Ed Lane". CBS. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ "'Flashpoint's Hugh Dillon joins 'The Killing'". The Loop. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Flashpoint ‐ Fit for Duty CTV (Bell Media) Hugh Dillon". Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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