Hugh Dillon

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Hugh Dillon
Dillon at K-Days 2015
Dillon at K-Days 2015
Background information
Born (1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 59)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
GenresHard rock, rock 'n' roll
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, producer
Years active1987–present
Member of

Hugh Dillon (born May 31, 1963) is a Canadian singer and actor who is the lead vocalist of rock band Headstones. He is also a film and television actor; his notable roles include Mike Sweeney in Durham County, Ed Lane in Flashpoint and Sheriff Donnie Haskell in Yellowstone. He is also the co-creator, executive producer and series regular of the Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dillon was born and grew up in Kingston, Ontario.[2] Dillon grew up living on the same street as future NHL star Doug Gilmour and would play hockey with him on the frozen swamp in their neighbourhood. Dillon also played hockey with Paul Langlois,[3] future guitarist of The Tragically Hip. Dillon attended the Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute at the same time that David Usher and members of The Tragically Hip such as Gord Downie attended the school.[4] After high school, Dillon briefly attended Queen's University[5] and lived in London, England,[1] before moving to Toronto[6] and now divides his time between there and Los Angeles.[7]

Music career[edit]

Dillon performing in 2017

Dillon is the lead singer for rock band Headstones. Formed in 1987, the band's debut album Picture of Health was released in 1993 and featured the singles "When Something Stands For Nothing", "Cemetery", "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" and "Three Angels". The album was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, being certified platinum in Canada for selling in excess of 100,000 copies. In a recording career that has spanned three decades, the band has released ten studio albums and numerous chart-topping singles.

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. Band members were guitarist J.P. Polsoni, Chris Osti on bass, keyboardist Ben Kobayashi, and percussionist Derek Downham.[8] The band released an album, The High Co$t of Low Living, in 2005 through The Tragically Hip guitarist Paul Langlois's Ching Music label.[9][10] Dillon also released a solo album entitled Works Well with Others in 2009 through Ching Music.

After their hiatus, original Headstones members (Dillon, Carr & White) reformed the band in 2011. In 2013, they crowdfunded their album, Love + Fury,[11][12] through PledgeMusic. Love + Fury is the band's first top 10 album, and it garnered the band a No. 1 hit single. The Headstones followed up with another crowdfunded album in 2014, One in the Chamber Music. In 2015, Fuck It became the band's first-ever vinyl release.

Little Army was released on Cadence Music in 2017. The album included the No. 1 hit "Devil's On Fire". In 2019, the Headstones released Peopleskills, which yielded "Leave It All Behind" and "Horses", two No. 3 singles on the US Billboard charts.[13]

Acting career[edit]

Dillon's first large-screen acting role was in director Bruce McDonald's 1995 film Dance Me Outside.[14] He then played a leading role as Joe Dick in McDonald's 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo.[15][16]

Dillon has appeared in a number of feature films, including Lone Hero, 2005's Assault on Precinct 13, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.[17] In 2007, he was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.[18] He starred opposite Vera Farmiga in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie, Down to the Bone. Dillon has guest-starred on various television programs, including The Eleventh Hour, ReGenesis, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. He has also created voice-overs a number of television and radio advertisements.[citation needed]

Dillon starred as Mike Sweeney in the Canadian dramatic series Durham County.[19] His performance earned him a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in 2008;[20] the show itself won five Gemini awards and its second season was aired on TMN and Movie Central.

Dillon starred as Sergeant Ed Lane in the CTV/CBS police drama series Flashpoint, set in Toronto, which ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2012.[21][22] Dillon won the "Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2014 for his performance in the episode "Fit for Duty" on Flashpoint.[23]

Dillon is the Co-creator and Executive Producer of the streaming service series Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount Plus. On August 5 via Deadline[24] it was announced that Dillon would also become a series regular playing the role of Ian Ferguson, alongside Jeremy Renner, and he will return as Sheriff Donnie Haskell on season 4 of the cable series Yellowstone on Paramount, alongside Kevin Costner. He also played the role of Francis Becker on the third season of the American crime drama series, The Killing[25] opposite Joel Kinnaman, simultaneously appearing on Continuum. Dillon played a lead role for three seasons of CBC's X Company. Dillon has also appeared in Twin Peaks, feature film Wind River alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, Syfy's The Expanse, and feature films The Humanity Bureau and I Still See You.[26]



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 Reverend 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 Steven
2008 About Face The Agent
2008 Down to the Dirt Renny
2011 Issues Bobby Short film
2015 The Offer Richard Short film
2016 Dark Harvest Vincent
2017 Wind River Curtis
2017 The Humanity Bureau Adam Westinghouse
2018 I Still See You Mathison


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Twitch City Howard the Cannibal / Guy in the Convenience Store 2 episodes
2002–2003 Degrassi: The Next Generation Albert Manning 3 episodes
2003 Blue Murder Kevin Marshall Episode: "Necklace"
2003 Starhunter Gus Episode: "Biocrime"
2004 The Eleventh Hour Eddie Episode: "Hard Seven"
2004 The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess Bobby Tomahawk TV movie
2004 The Wool Cap Leather Jacket TV movie
2004–2005 ReGenesis Danny Dexter 3 episodes
2005 Our Fathers Johnny DeFranco TV movie
2007 The Gathering Detective Gamble 2 episodes
2007–2010 Durham County Mike Sweeney Series lead
2008 The Quality of Life Jean Tellier TV movie
2008 Of Murder and Memory Vincent Nichol TV movie
2008 Ink: Alter Egos Exposed Narrator TV movie
2008–2012 Flashpoint Ed Lane Series lead
2013 The Killing Francis Becker 12 episodes
2013 Continuum Mr. Escher 7 episodes
2015–2017 X Company Colonel Duncan Sinclair Series regular
2017 The Expanse Lieutenant Sutton 3 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Tom Paige Episode: "Part 7"
2018 The Detectives Detective Rod Piukkala Episode: "Stranger Calling"
2018–present Yellowstone Sheriff Donnie Haskell Series regular
2021–present Mayor of Kingstown Ian Ferguson Series regular, also Co-creator &

Executive Producer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Nick Valve
2012 Dishonored City Watch Bethesda
2013 Resident Evil 6 Nick Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC



Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir[edit]


  • Works Well with Others (the first solo album, released October 13, 2009, many of its songs are featured on the television show Flashpoint, track listing:
  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. ^ a b Hart, Courtney (January 20, 2020). "Hugh Dillon Co-Created Show Gets Green Light from Paramount Network".
  2. ^ "The Hour: Hugh Dillon". CBC Television. Season 6, Episode 25, October 28, 2009
  3. ^ "Hab at Heart: Paul Langlois". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Headstones song recalls halcyon early days in Kingston". thewhig. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Hugh Dillon | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  6. ^ Hampson, Sarah (2013). "Hugh Dillon and the mathematics of a happy life". The Globe and Mail.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Headstones' Hugh Dillon Has Seen Some Shit". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  8. ^ "Hugh Dillon covers a lot of ground on Works Well With Others". The Georgia Strait, by Steve Newton, November 13, 2009
  9. ^ Steve McLean (June 2006). Hot Canadian Bands. Lone Pine Pub. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-894864-53-4.
  10. ^ "The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir — The High Co$t Of Low Living". Chart Attack, June 7, 2005
  11. ^ "Fans Fund New Album for The Headstones". Kingston Herald, 2013/02/20 in Entertainment/Featured by Merideth Smith
  12. ^ "'Gasoline and fire'". By Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 20, 2013
  13. ^ Gerard, Steve (August 3, 2020). "Headstones Single "HORSES" Gallops Up Billboard Chart".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ " Hard-rocking Headstones driven by soft spot". Barrie Advance, November 13, 2015. By Laurie Watt
  15. ^ "Hugh Dillon changes direction" Archived March 31, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. MIKE ROSS, Edmonton Sun, September 9, 2005
  16. ^ Pike, David L. (2012). Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. ISBN 978-1-4426-1240-2.
  17. ^ "Headstones' Hugh is acting up again". Canoe Showbiz, STEVE TILLEY, November 30, 2004
  18. ^ "Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor", Wikipedia, January 12, 2021, retrieved January 13, 2021
  19. ^ "Durham County: Season 1". By Sam Sutherland", Exclaim!, August 22, 2008
  20. ^ "No more Mr. Tough Guy". CBC News, Sarah Liss, October 26, 2009
  21. ^ "Hugh Dillon's intensity rocks "Durham County"". Channel Guide Magazine, August 19, 2009, Elaine Bergstrom
  22. ^ " Television ripped from the headlines". GAYLE MacDONALD, Globe and Mail, July 9, 2008
  23. ^ "Flashpoint ‐ Fit for Duty CTV (Bell Media) Hugh Dillon". Shaw Media. 2014. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  24. ^ Denise, Petski (August 2021). "'Mayor Of Kingstown': Hugh Dillon, Pha'rez Lass & Tobi Bamtefa Join Cast As Production Begins On Taylor Sheridan's Series For Paramount+".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ "'Flashpoint's Hugh Dillon joins 'The Killing'". The Loop. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  26. ^ "Table 2: IMDB results". doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.252/table-2. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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